While most have already accepted that Lance Armstrong likely used performance-enhancing drugs at some point in his career, Hamilton and Coyle go further into the larger phenomenon, taking readers down a rabbit hole of malleable doctors, blind-eyed team directors, and athletes who push their bodies to the physical and moral limit.
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Stogie, Book, Drink, PleasureBig Cigar, Little Book, Perfect Summer AfternoonConveniently, it takes about the same length of time to smoke a big cigar as it does to read a short novella. This book was released a month ago and I resisted reading it, until I spotted it at a book store on holiday and gave in.
After Hamilton was busted for blood doping and couldn’t clear his name, he kept a low profile until he was summoned by Jeff Novitzky and, under oath, revealed all. Though it was obvious that Hamilton found it unfair, the relationship between the two continued as unfriendly rivalry. The author Daniel Coyle adds useful factual footnotes throughout the book that add context and value to the memoirs. While it offers a level of satisfaction, confirming what went on behind closed doors, the Lance Armstrong saga remains unsettled; there may never be an actual admission of guilt, even though the evidence is stacked against him.
Whether you are for or against Lance, or remain undecided, this is a good read and provides a new perspective, one you wont get from Phil Liggett. Christopher Jones Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a professional design business, Signale. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website.
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 bestselling author Daniel Coyle. Over the course of two years, Coyle conducted more than two hundred hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke candidly with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends.
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. From the exhilaration of his early, naive days in the peloton, Hamilton chronicles his ascent to the uppermost reaches of this unforgiving sport.
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.
Tyler Hamilton is a former professional bike racer, Olympic gold medalist, and NCAA champion.
Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of Lance Armstrong’s War and The Talent Code. Merckx 525 celebrates the unmatchable career of Eddy Merckx, the most dominant athlete of the 20th century. A beautifully illustrated survey of more than sixty-five years of work by one of the most pioneering and influential names in bicycle design. Tyler Hamilton zal een boek uitbrengen met daarin een berg dopingonthullingen die hij eerder deed over zichzelf en zijn voormalige ploeggenoot Lance Armstrong. Hamilton werd na zijn carriere zelf geschorst en moest zijn olympische titel van 2004 inleveren, die hij won op de tijdrit.
The Secret Race, a new book from ex-pro bike racer Tyler Hamilton and the author of Lance Armstrong’s War, Daniel Coyle, hit bookshelves this past Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

But The Secret Race is about so much more than that; it’s the story of what life is like at the top level of bicycle racing—and about a life built, broken and rebuilt again. I first met Hamilton in 1994, when he joined our Coors Light Cycling Team for a short time as a stagiaire—sort of a still-amateur intern on a professional team. The next time I had any interaction with Armstrong was at the 1994 Tour DuPont, the same race in which Hamilton met the future Tour winner for the first time. The Secret Race takes us from Hamilton’s early cycling career through team changes, his eventual positive doping test and on to present day.
Having known and ridden alongside many of the other riders featured in the book, I was impressed with how accurately each was portrayed. I was even reminded of parts of pro-cycling life I’d long forgotten, like the daily struggle to become as thin as possible while your body is begging you for more food—and what it actually feels like when you finally get to that magical level of fitness. Without a doubt, steadfast Armstrong supporters will be quick to dismiss Hamilton’s story as sour grapes.
Was the USADA’s cry to “clean-up the sport” merely a disguised, personal witch hunt based on a specific vendetta against Armstrong? To put it simply, if you have followed pro cycling during the last decade then you will find The Secret Race captivating. Though this case against Lance Armstrong was dropped the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA) has come now close formally convicting one of the most prominent cyclists of our times. As it turns out, Hamilton was in the right place at the right time to give us an account of what went on. What seemed to be an unusual but unspectacular event was put into perspective when Armstrong’s team-mate, Floyd Landis, hinted shortly after that Armstrong was behind it, telling the UCI that Hamilton and the team were using new doping techniques. As a powerful influencer, anything inconvenient can be wrapped up in spin, critics can be attacked and their motives questioned, their characters destroyed. It is worth noting that there are differences in the US and UK versions of this book, the UK libel laws are stricter. 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 need to win. In the 2003 Tour de France, he finished fourth despite breaking his collarbone in the early stages—and grinding eleven of his teeth down to the nerves along the way. 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. He raced professionally from 1995 to 2008 and now runs his own company, Tyler Hamilton Training LLC, in Boulder, Colorado. De uitgeverij van Hamilton heeft aangegeven dat zijn boek, “The Secret Race, op 5 september uit zal komen.
Daarnaast zal hij dieper ingaan op zijn, zoals hij het zelf noemt, gecompliceerde relatie met Lance Armstrong. The show’s host, Matt Lauer, focused his interview mainly on the book’s allegations that Lance Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs during career. Armstrong congratulated Hamilton for his sixth place finish in the Tour DuPont’s prologue time trial, and me for the profile that USA Today ran about my role within the Coors Light team. Further, Coyle inserted other characters’ commentary into the narrative so carefully, that it almost felt like they were right there, adding a bit more color and context to Hamilton’s story.

It was a bit like sitting across the table from him—or perhaps on a bar stool next to him—and listening to an uncensored story of his life in the sport. Perhaps, but the number of cyclists that have admitted to or been tested positive for doping has undoubtedly left not only scars, but gaping wounds on the sport of professional cycling. Ex-Pro Cyclist Tyler Hamilton sets you in the middle of the peloton and reveals the shadowy side of cycling. When you are already riding at your limit, getting the extra advantage can be the difference to getting dropped or attacking and dropping others. The differences are relatively minor though if you are curious, the Velo Veritas website documents these differences. Its psychological toll would drive many of the sport’s top performers to substance abuse, depression, even suicide. This was the time before smart phones and Google searches, yet the guy had the equivalent of a major-league-baseball scouting report on me—and I was far from being a cycling celebrity.
From his first races as a pro, to his decision to dope, to the pride of helping his teammate win the sport’s biggest event, to the detective-novel-style disguises and clandestine meetings, to getting popped, to coming to grips with his life, The Secret Race is an outstanding read—a real-life look at many of the struggles that face a professional bicycle racer.
But erase every single sentence alleging a connection between Lance Armstrong and doping, and this book is still an absolute must-read for aspiring bike racers and every fan of the sport.
Guilty or not, this book fascinates and captures the sport in a definitive, albeit unflattering, way. Where the seven time Tour de France winner is a confident and charismatic personality in the media, inside the cycling world he can dominate, intimidate, manipulate and control.
As clear and believable as many of the episodes are, others are speculative or open to speculation. 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 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. It’s pretty damning, and while Hamilton is portrayed as a more passive character in the relationship, even after leaving (or being ejected) from team US Postal, his journey continued with doping. For the first three of Armstrong’s record seven Tour de France victories, Hamilton was by Armstrong’s side, clearing his way.
During the time he rode with us, I seem to recall him crashing three times in just two races—and still placing okay. The book however pulls these into the chronological context and, in the case of the Dr Ferrari and Lance Armstrong connection for example, it becomes less and less likely that this relationship never involved doping prescriptions. 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. His ability to push himself past his own physical ability and bike-handling skills were undoubtedly the reason for many of his famous crashes and broken bones.

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