Athletes Doping Reveled
Hamilton was the young man caught up in the dream of European pro cycling gone terribly wrong. He had the guts and courage to take on the whole establishment by going public and being shunned by his peers and industry. Great story and even better moral.
He was just OK and somewhat flat.
It was just amazing to hear the truth about cycling doping and all the details on how they did it. Being a long time cyclist my self and knowing that they were doping but then to get all the details was just amazing.
highly recommend this book to anyone...
Better as it accents the story
At the Aspen restaraunt
doping up just before the stage
Yes with Lance and Dr. Ferrari both doing a great job at lying
I have known of doping in the Tdf and cycling for years. I hope that through this book the sport will finally come clean. I am not holding my breath though as Lance could but will not go to the USADA and the International body to tell them what really happened. His 7 yellow jerseys on display at his house are too important to give up.
An absolutely absorbing, and completely believable story of PED use in cycling. Hamilton describes how riders are sucked into the 'win at all costs culture' slowly but irrevocably.
Many reviewers have done an excellent job reviewing this book, so I do not need to repeat a lot of what has already been said. It’s an eye-opening book worth your time for all the reasons given by other reviewers.
The one comment I can make that is either not mentioned or it received scarce attention is the amount of swearing and harsh “gutter language” used in the book. It seems excessive and that hardly 5 minutes can go by without at least one off-color word being used. Often I found this distracting from the story. The impression you get is that even if there was no doping going on, many professional cyclists are foul-mouthed jerks. Probably not the case, but that’s the impression you receive from the book.
This would be a great book of hard life lessons to share with youth except that the excessive language disqualifies it. Definitely do not listen with the younger family members. Use of gutter language is what separates a good book from a great book, and it’s the only reason I give it 3 stars instead of 4.
This is an incredible story of a sport that played by there own rules and believed they were right to do so. It also provided details of the performance benefits of performance enhancing drugs that I did not know. The book made me realize that those who used them in any sport had a very real advantage and a were cheating the fans from seeing real competition.
Could be a bit repetitive at times but overall very good.
This is one of the best books I have come across in recent years. On the surface it is an honest account of what it is like to be a pro cyclist. Below that there ar many aspects of this story that are disturbing and thought provoking.
What would you do if your choice were to dope like everyone else, or quit your job and start over? It gives a true account of the power of drugs in athletic performance and how being clean means going home.
On another level, it causes one to question the media and the accounts we hear in the press. While Paul Sherwin and Bob Roll were telling one story of what was going on at the Tour de France, Tyler lets you know what was really happening. The stories are so different it makes one wonder about the accuracy of the press in general. One would have thought that a conspiracy of such magnitude would be impossble to keep under wraps.
The oher aspect that is fascinating is how all this comes together through the self-organization of all the players involved. There no one person orchestrating the whole thing. It is merely the alignment of the self interest of all the parties involved, the UCI, the riders, the teams, and the media.
Don't read this unless you are prepared to spend many hours pondering these questions and thinking about how we would behave in similar circumstances. It is easy to be moral when you do not have so much at stake.
Tyler Hamilton relates a compelling history of how a basically honest person got trapped into a web of lies and deceit. While the book provides insight into Armstrong's history of doping and evasion, the book really focuses on how pervasive it was within the sport. It explains the edge that doping gave the athletes ... but also showed how hard they still had to work.
This book is not for the faint of heart, many parts of the book made me squeamish ... the things the athletes did to dope their blood were really quite gruesome.
My favorite part was at the end during the Sixty Minutes interview when Tyler explains why he got caught up in doping by asking the interviewer what he would do if he had to choose between doping and giving up the sport.
It was vey detailed. I am bias towards Lance so it is difficult to write the review. They gave a lot of details and convincing evidence.
One of Daniel Coyles better books
Very good reader!
It made me angry and sad
I support Lance
Only my second book but with athletics being close to my heart, the best so far.
Being a competitive triathlete I particularly enjoyed the story during the gritty details of intense racing.
The encounter between Tyler and Lance on the bike after Tyler was told by Floyd Landis of Lance squealing to authorities.
Hey Lance, burn any bridges lately?
I knew there were dopers in professional cycling, but until I read this book I never knew it was basically all the professional cyclists that were doping. So glad Tyler had the courage to tell his story. This tell all story needed to come out so the sport can hopefully be cleaned up. Can't believe I supported and believed in Lance all those years. The truth hurts but it so desperately needed to come out. Thanks Tyler!
No, his voice did not fit the main character in my opinion. Tyler was gritty and no nonsense. The reader was more formal and stuffy.