- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (Sept. 5 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345530411
- ISBN-13: 978-0345530417
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs Hardcover – Sep 5 2012
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“Loaded with bombshells and revelations.”—VeloNews
“The holy grail for disillusioned cycling fans . . . The book’s power is in the collective details, all strung together in a story that is told with such clear-eyed conviction that you never doubt its veracity. . . . The Secret Race isn’t just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. It’s the game ender.”—Outside
“[An] often harrowing story . . . the broadest, most accessible look at cycling’s drug problems to date.”—The New York Times
“ ‘If I cheated, how did I get away with it?’ That question, posed to SI by Lance Armstrong five years ago, has never been answered more definitively than it is in Tyler Hamilton’s new book.”—Sports Illustrated
“Explosive.”—The Daily Telegraph (London)
About the Author
Tyler Hamilton is a former professional bike racer, Olympic gold medalist, and NCAA champion. He raced professionally from 1995 to 2008 and now runs his own company, Tyler Hamilton Training LLC, in Boulder, Colorado. He lives in Missoula, Montana, with his wife, Lindsay, and his dog, Tanker.
Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of Lance Armstrong’s War and The Talent Code. He lives with his wife and four children in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Homer, Alaska.
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My brother-in-law is as big a fan of cycling as I am and he ended up getting it first. When I spoke to him he hadn't even finished 1/2 of it and said "you have to read this. It describes the inner workings and systems better than anything I've read so far". Once in hand I flew through the pages. Well written from Tyler's point of view he clearly outlines what it's like to train and compete at the highest level, the struggle to get there, and the inevitable choices that are made by the individual. Each event that's recounted in different races are spot on and as I read through I can recall those specific points clearly as if I had watched it just yesterday. To be able to relate to those periods in a race as a spectator but also understand what was going through Tyler's mind at that point combined with the knowledge of the systematic doping that was happening changed my outlook on some riders and the sport completely.
I have a much better understanding of why doping is unfair and how it affects each individual differently. I used to think that if they all dope then isn't it still a fairly level playing field which is completely misguided. Many professional reviews had slammed this book for being more about Lance Armstrong than about Tyler Hamilton and a way to sell the pages. I disagree. Following Tyler's ascent into the elite world shows that his career was always intertwined at some point with Lance. He spent a great deal of time on team Postal (which is also where his eventual involvement with doping began) and even after leaving was still exposed to the "Lance camp" as cycling at that level is a very small, closely tied community. Yes there are many references and events that include Lance but it's also a part of the life and career that Tyler has experienced. To say this is a book mainly about Lance Armstrong is false as it's truly a complete and detailed account of the career of Tyler Hamilton.
If you're a cycling fan this is highly recommended. If you're not a cycling fan but want a better understanding of what it's really like behind the ropes this is one of the best. As a general read I'd say all you have to do is check out other reviewer's comments. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Tyler and what he's done and would hope that someday, other top elite cyclists retired or not, come forward. If they don't, this book has at least given me an understanding why.
They all doped during the Armstrong era. Stripping people of titles and wins is all fine and good, but who do you give the titles to? None of them were clean. Yes, they should be exposed for what they did. Ultimately, they are not heros. But I question the validity of stripping them of their titles based on the fact that none of them were clean. Does that mean that no one should have a title for the Armstrong period?
Ultimately, you feel sorry for them. They had tough choices to make. I admire Tyler for coming forward and exposing the truth. It was not an easy thing for him to do.
I recommend this read. It provides an insight into the world of professional cycling that you never see while watching the Tour de France on television.
superhumans. Compared to the cyclists of the late 1980's, these techniques created an unrecognizable sport.
It however is not just a sport science book but it also tells us a lot about the players and personalities
in the sport during the 1990's and the 2000's.
Tyler Hamilton's recollections are so detailed. You can sense the pain and the release of opening up about
his dishonest past (and that of his teammates). I applaud his revelations on what happened - it's
the only way to move forward.
A great read! I've read it twice from end-to-end.
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