Touching, fascinating, thought-provoking
Tyler Hamilton His personal story took me a wild ride into a world I had no idea about. I truly appreciate his honest. I felt very sad for brilliant athletes like Tyler, a honest and naive cyclist drawn into doing things he didn't intend to do in order to stay in games, and sympathetic for him, a helpless athlete who has worked so hard but been bullied by the corrupted governing bodies and the high-power bullies like Lance Armstrong. I don't hate Lance as a doper (since now I understand why) but as a cruel and manipulative bully who squeezes everyone to help himself snatch victories and big money and dump whoever is good enough to challenge him or becomes no use for him. I am always a fan for athlete champions. Now I felt I had been cheated and at the same time couldn't help crying out for a fair culture and transparent system in the whole athletic world. In order to promote positive changes, we first have to understand why things are the way they are now.
Tyler was manipulated to ride on the front only on "paniyagua" and had to apologize for not being able to keep up. Tyler lashed out to Lance Armstrong after finding out LA, such a f**king hypocrite, told UCI on him for doping.
Winning is everything
I would love to see a film made based on this book. As I was listening, I just constantly imagined how cool it would to watch the movie. It also would make a wider population understand the modern cycling or athletic world and an elite athlete's hard and difficult life.
The openness and revelatins of truth.
Riding on with crashed bone tells a lot about the game.
A very good illustration of at rotten system.
Before Lance Armstrong's ultimate confession on Optrap, I was one of many in awe of Lance Armstrong's feat of 7 TDF victories but also doubtful that he could have been clean. Tyler Hamilton with Daniel Coyle lay it all out and it is quite amazing. The best chapter has to be the last few where Tyler realizes who he is and finds empathy for Lance.
He did a good job with creating different voices for the various players in the story.
At times it switched between Tyler's and Daniel's voice narrating the story and it was a bit confusing.
Ever since reading "It's not about the Bike", I was a Lance defender and would listen to anything bad that was said about him. Only recently have I been able to set that aside and listen to other sides of the story. And I'm glad I did. This is a fantastic history of a witness to one of the great stories of cycling. Tyler did such a great job capturing the feelings and changes of cycling during the last two decades. Tyler's story of himself and what he went through was story enough to keep me captivated. But the details of his relationship to Lance Armstrong was fascinating and revealing. I could not get enough of this book and it will now be one of my favorite biographies that I've listened to.
The narrator was fantastic. He had such great timing and delivery. The narrator added such a great dimension to the story because he let it unfold and didn't force anything. He read it like an old friend telling a story around a campfire.
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
It's jam-packed with juicy information. As a casual observer of professional cycling I feel like I have a whole new understanding of the sport.
Lance Armstrong: "That is NOT normal!"
He read it so good, I thought he was the author. Fantastic narrator.
Days later and I still think about it all the time. I have a few more sayings I can use now too.
Wow, what a confession. The story just doesn't let up at all until about the very last 10 minutes. Highly recommended.
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.
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.