David Millar will mark his 18th and final season as a professional cyclist by teaming up with the Small Steps Project charity, which aims to help underprivileged children and adults who survive by scouring rubbish dumps, and Fizik, to produce a unique shoe design for every race he competes in this season. They’ll all be auctioned off at the end of the year.
The project, dubbed ‘An Eloquence Of Movement', is a partnership between Fizik, Millar and members of his racing club Velo Club Rocacorba. “I asked fi’zi:k if it would be possible to design and make a different shoe for every race of my final season,” Millar says. “We could auction them off at the end of the year… And like that we created our mad plan.”
Each shoe design, hand made in Italy, is specific to the race and its region to “tell the emotional story of David’s involvement at this race – in 2014 and over the past two decades.” Millar has completed his first race of the season, the Challenge Majorca earlier this month , and wore the shoes pictured in this article.
The other shoe designs will be revealed throughout the season and all the shoes in the series will be sold at an auction in aid of the Small Steps Project at a special end-of-season event. You can keep track of the project at the special website, www.fizik.it/an_eloquence_of_movement/
Small Steps Project is a humanitarian organisation supporting children who survive by scavenging on the world’s rubbish dumps. The UK-registered charity is dedicated to helping children around the world – and their families – who live on landfill sites and other rubbish dumps. It raises awareness of the unacceptable hardships these people face, and provides practical aid and programs to help them break out of their plight, into education and employment
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.