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.
I enjoyed reading this book. An alternative title could be "It's Not About the Lance." :-) That's a joke. The book is mostly about Lance Armstrong.
I'm taking off one star because criminals shouldn't profit from writing books about their crimes. (Such laws are called "Son of Sam laws.") Hamilton wasn't convicted of any crimes because the criminal investigation was dropped, apparently due to political pressure from Lance Armstrong. Still, if Hamilton were contrite about his confessed crimes he would donate his share of the book royalties to a charity.
I'm taking another star off for the audiobook reader. Sean Runnette's voice seethes contrition. Again, if Hamilton were contrite he would have read the book himself. Instead, an actor who's good at sounding contrite read it. I'm left with the suspicion that all the contrite parts were written by the ghostwriter, and that Hamilton doesn't feel so bad about his crimes.
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.
Armstrong, because he is the main focus of the book besides Hamilton and people want to know weather he doped or not.
I would say yes if that is what I wanted to do.
I thought the book answered some questions about the culture and secrets of some bicycle racers and bicycling clubs and organizations.