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The Secret Race Audiobook

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

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Publisher's Summary

The Secret Race is a definitive look at the world of professional cycling—and the doping issue surrounding this sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong—by former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times best-selling author Daniel Coyle.

Over the course of two years, Coyle conducted more than 200 hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke candidly with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends. The result is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win.

Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s best-liked and top-ranked cyclists—a fierce competitor renowned among his peers for his uncanny endurance and epic tolerance for pain. In the 2003 Tour de France, he finished fourth despite breaking his collarbone in the early stages—and grinding 11 of his teeth down to the nerves along the way. He started his career with the U.S. Postal Service team in the 1990s and quickly rose to become Lance Armstrong’s most trusted lieutenant and a member of his inner circle.

For the first three of Armstrong’s record seven Tour de France victories, Hamilton was by Armstrong’s side, clearing his way. But just weeks after Hamilton reached his own personal pinnacle—winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics—his career came to a sudden, ignominious end: He was found guilty of doping and exiled from the sport.

From the exhilaration of his early, naïve days in the peloton, Hamilton chronicles his ascent to the uppermost reaches of this unforgiving sport. In the mid-1990s, the advent of a powerful new blood-boosting drug called EPO reshaped the world of cycling, and a relentless, win-at-any-cost ethos took root. Its psychological toll would drive many of the sport’s top performers to substance abuse, depression, even suicide. For the first time ever, Hamilton recounts his own battle with clinical depression, speaks frankly about the agonizing choices that go along with the decision to compete at a world-class level, and tells the story of his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong.

A journey into the heart of a never-before-seen world, The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

©2012 Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle (P)2012 Random House

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    Amazon Customer Marlton, NJ, United States 12-08-12
    Amazon Customer Marlton, NJ, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't think I was going to like it.I loved it!"

    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.

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    Aimee 12-01-12
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    "Finally, the real truth"
    Where does The Secret Race rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a fantastic expose--finally someone willing to tell the truth about what really goes on in the professional cycling world.


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    Charles Kissimmee, FL, United States 11-30-12
    Charles Kissimmee, FL, United States 11-30-12
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    What did you love best about The Secret Race?

    It's validity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Armstrong, because he is the main focus of the book besides Hamilton and people want to know weather he doped or not.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would say yes if that is what I wanted to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book answered some questions about the culture and secrets of some bicycle racers and bicycling clubs and organizations.

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    Scott Midvale, UT, United States 11-30-12
    Scott Midvale, UT, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well... That filled in a lot gaps."
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    For cycling fans this is a MUST READ. For those unfamiliar with this crazy sport the book provides enough background to make sense but the level of detail may be a bit much. The Secret Race is sometimes deeply sad, sometimes wildly humorous, sometimes riveting but always interesting. Coyle does a fine job. The quality of the writing is very high and he at least appears to have done a more than adequate job of fact checking. Although Runnette's voice seems inappropriate at first, he adds a level of sincerity that makes the story that much more believable. Like Tyler or not, this book adds perspective and detail to make sense of the whole doping situation in cycling. It's sad and unfortunate and far from black and white. An excellent read.

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    chuck 11-29-12
    chuck 11-29-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Interesting"
    If you could sum up The Secret Race in three words, what would they be?

    very interesting listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story answered all of the questions about doping in bike races and how they get away with it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never been a bike person but have always respected the athleticism of those who are. This is an very interesting story about how they have to cheat to compete and how they get away with it. I loved listening to this book.

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    Ken 11-29-12
    Ken 11-29-12
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    "I found it interesting worth the read!"

    A well written account of cycling, the desire to compete and how the rules were twisted.
    I now understand how it all works and how easy it is to love something so much you are willing to risk all. Now I wonder what other sports use these techniques.

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    Karl LONGMONT, CO, United States 11-20-12
    Karl LONGMONT, CO, United States 11-20-12
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    "Rough Reality - a must for cyclists"
    Would you listen to The Secret Race again? Why?

    It's time for us to all clean up our sport - and this is brutal dose of reality that anyone who loves the bike must read/listen.Great story, chapeau to Tyler for telling us the truth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Motoman


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    Jonas Trondheim, Norway 11-19-12
    Jonas Trondheim, Norway 11-19-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Shocking, gripping story - great listen!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Race?

    The honest, detailed story of the madness that was professional cycling during over the last 15 years.


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    Melissa Ames, IA USA 11-16-12
    Melissa Ames, IA USA 11-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting look behind the curtain"

    I've never been a huge fan of cycling, but I've loosely followed it over the years. This look behind the curtains of cycling was fascinating, not just for the connection to the scandal that is currently unfolding in the public, but also for the details of what it is like to be at the top of a sport. The training, the stress, the traveling. The complete and utter dedication these athletes have to the sport.

    I was glad to be able to experience the insight into this story as the public version was also unfolding. All of the players in the public scene are touched on in the book. However, it was obvious that editing of the book was skimped on in order to get it out in time. There were several repetitive passages and some less polished sections.

    Overall, a very interesting and timely book. Recommended.

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    Michelle 11-14-12
    Michelle 11-14-12
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    "A Must Listen For Cycling Fans"
    Where does The Secret Race rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed the story and was shocked by the behavior of the cyclists. If you think Armstrong is innocent, you must listen to this book. It is not a bitter tale, it is more a recounting of facts. Hamilton wants to tell the story because the truth lifts a burden from his soul.


    Did Sean Runnette do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I did not like the narrator. His inflection was "off" at times and I found it difficult to listen to him. If the story had not been so captivating, I wouldn't have listened.


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