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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 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 eleven of his teeth down to the nerves along the way. He started his career with the US 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Loaded with bombshells and revelations. VeloNews
  • The holy grail for disillusioned cycling fans . . . The book’s power is in the collective details, all strung together in a story that is told with such clear-eyed conviction that you never doubt its veracity. . . . The Secret Race isn’t just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. It’s the game ender. Outside
     
  • If I cheated, how did I get away with it?’ That question, posed to SI by Lance Armstrong five years ago, has never been answered more definitively than it is in Tyler Hamilton’s new book. Sports Illustrated
  • Explosive. The Daily Telegraph (London)
  • [An] often harrowing story . . . the broadest, most accessible look at cycling’s drug problems to date. The New York Times
  • “[An] often harrowing story…the broadest, most accessible look at cycling’s drug problems to date.”

    New York Times

  • “The holy grail for disillusioned cycling fans…The book’s power is in the collective details, all strung together in a story that is told with such clear-eyed conviction that you never doubt its veracity…The Secret Race isn’t just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. It’s the game ender.”

    Outside

  • “‘If I cheated, how did I get away with it?’ That question, posed to SI by Lance Armstrong five years ago, has never been answered more definitively than it is in Tyler Hamilton’s new book.”

    Sports Illustrated

  • “Loaded with bombshells and revelations.”

    VeloNews

  • “Explosive.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Kallan | 2/19/2014

    " Easily readable and in great detail exposes the elite professional cycling culture of the late 1990s and the 2000s for what it was. And it is at its most effective ripping away the facade that was once Lance Armstrong, all-American hero. Pretty much all the top riders of the era cheated in one way or another; however, it was off of the bike where Armstrong ran roughshod over anyone or anything that he perceived to get in his way through threats and intimidation. And that it came out in September 2012 right before Armstrong's admission of guilt makes it that much more compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michel Reij | 2/14/2014

    " Impressive book that manages to explain the psychology behind using doping very well. It's well written and highly captivating. I am very glad I read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dina | 2/4/2014

    " While enjoying the book I found it rather anti climactic since Armstrong's admission of doping. The details of how all the cyclists doped and avoided getting caught were mind boggling. As a past follower of the tour I am now cured. I found the book readable and would recommend it to anyone interested in the sport. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Oleksiy Mishchenko | 1/31/2014

    " Depressing book about realities of EPO era road racing "

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