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.
A resounding yes. Because the truth about about Pro Cycling must be laid bare so all of us who've enjoyed it over the years can continue to do so. While we were all enthralled by the feats of Tyler Hamilton, Lance Armstrong and many others at the time, it's now impossible to go back and watch replays of those years without a very sour taste in the mouth. This book gives one the feeling that Pro Cycling is capable of redemption.
Hero: Tyler Hamilton Villian: Lance Armstrong
From Tyler Hamilton, through Danial Coyle, through Sean Runnette's reading, I could hear Tyler Hamilton. I think that testifies to greatness all the way through. There will never be another Frank Muller, but Sean was great.
This is one of the best books I've heard this year.
I liked the insight into what was actually going on, and how athletes prepare for competition. I've been a Tour fan for about 15 years, and I finally feel like I have some understanding of what these athletes must do both mentally and physically to be contenders.
My favorite scene was during Hamilton's first Tour de France. I watched that race, and it was incredible to relive it from the inside out.
I was moved (to anger) by the way to other doping athletes treated Tyler Hamilton after his bust.
Boy, did I learn a lot, not just about racing strategy, but about physiology and the formulas for peak performance.
Yes, I have told many friends to read it. It was full of great info on the races that Hamilton raced in, and how the doping was implemented by most professional racers.
When I found out that Lance Armstrong actually reported Tyler Hamilton for beating him in a race, when they were BOTH doping, not just Hamilton!
Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...
We all knew these elite athletes were pushing hard to the edge of what human beings could do naturally but this story goes beyond just Tyler's experiences and he explain the Cycling industry's need to look the other way in order for everyone to continue to make the money! Yet again the root of all evil - money! What will we do to get it, what lies will we allow ourselves to believe, and who really has the strength to say when enough is enough. We all know NFL and college football players are taking things to increase their size and strength! We have seen baseball players doing it and now cyclists. Its been going on in the Olympics for years so why don't we just allow it all and call it okay instead of looking the other way and pretending its not going on. Are we really harming people by doing this? I am sure there are people who are getting sick from doing this and some that even will die but death should be the reason to stop pushing the limits of what humans can do. We are a chemical world - better living through chemistry, right? If this was truly about the sporting event itself would we see aerodynamic bikes for time trials and carbon fiber this and that on every bike. This book dives deep into the world from Tyler's perspective and how winning becomes the only thing no matter the cost because being second is merely the first loser and there is no money for being second is there? The connection to a perceived hero in Lance Armstrong just highlights the willingness to do whatever it takes to be number one and just how much money can be achieved if you can be number one several times. But we need to step back and ask, at what cost? As a cyclist, triathlete, weekend warrior who battles my waistline, I am sure if this was my profession I would most likely be right there with all of these guys trying to earn my salary and looking for that advantage. The book made me stop and think about what is my definition of performance enhancing is and what it means to be healthy and what I might do to improve, achieve, and be with the competition at the top. Giving myself cancer is not my idea of success but if your only way to earn a living has become riding a bike then maybe I would follow Lance and Tyler down this long road. Is Tyler lucky and Lance the one we should feel for?
I believe this is just a small part of the growing trend to do whatever it takes to make huge money no matter who it hurts. Chemical companies back these events and we wonder why. Are you that naive? Did the LiveStong foundation take birth out of doping? But we just keep on living without thinking about the cost of what is happening. Making money is the game and the more you make the more success you have the more people want a piece of the action.
Great book as it made me think about foundations, cancer, racing, winning, and values.
This book just shows the power and corruption in big sports. I feel sorry for athletes who lose sight of racing for the pure sport of it. But humans will do whatever it takes to achieve despite our values.
Interesting book and well narrated. Would recommend this book to anyone interested in not only cycling but the underground drug trade. Im sure this goes on in more sports than we know.
When Tyler signs with a new team and sponsor and thereby uses EPO and seems to justify this action.
When Tyler scaoed very high in a time trial at the onset of his bicycle career.
When he made a decision to quit cycling and move on.
At the risk of being harsh there is a bit of self-righteousness here that may be infectious in our society. By this I mean there seems to be a presumption that if one acknowledges their crime they should thereby be held in high esteem. This can be a slippery slope.
I was truly impressed by Mr. Hamilton, both his story and his character. The only question is does he really speak that eloquently in real life? :) It is really a great book and a somewhat terrifying look into professional bike racing.
I was hesitant to buy the book since I saw Hamilton's interview on 60 minutes and dismissed him as a liar. I wanted to believe that Armstrong was clean, especially after reading his books. Armstrong was my hero. I know have a new hero. Tyler Hamilton's courage to open up about his doping is one of the most courageous acts I have known. To face his sins and break from of them takes a strength that few men(or women) can truly claim. Since listening to his book, I have found a new courage to do what is right no matter what the consequence. I only hope I can follow through the way he did. Thank you Tyler. I haven't lost a hero. I gained a better one.
This was a fantastic expose--finally someone willing to tell the truth about what really goes on in the professional cycling world.