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.
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?