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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: September 2012 ISBN: 9780385392983
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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

  • “[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)

  • 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
     
  • [An] often harrowing story . . . the broadest, most accessible look at cycling’s drug problems to date. The New York Times
  • 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)
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Oleksiy Mishchenko | 1/31/2014

    " Depressing book about realities of EPO era road racing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 1/19/2014

    " Anyone interested in the Fall of Lance should read this book. It is particularly interesting to read it immediately before or after reading Lance's book, "It's Not About the Bike". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted Reutlinger | 1/19/2014

    " This confirms what @Lance just said (such as it is)....or vice versa. Twisted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/4/2014

    " Exactly what you always suspected, in painfully convicting detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayant | 1/2/2014

    " Nice read. Interesting facts about how doping is done in the cycling world. I found the last couple of chapters a little boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Gittes | 12/21/2013

    " Fastest read in recent memory. Feels like it is accurate but sure wish it wasn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Chekal | 12/20/2013

    " Disturbing affirmation of what swirled around the pro peloton during the last two decades. Sad state of affairs. Book was very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellis | 11/23/2013

    " Excellent book! Reading this account makes me feel not-so-sympathetic for Lance Armstrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Stanton | 11/3/2013

    " I enjoyed this, I think because I administered the drug they uses for doping. No matter what it was amazing to hear the deceit in this sport "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Nye | 10/8/2013

    " Read this in one night. Amazing how easy it was for the peloton to dope and get away with it. Makes me wonder how Landis got caught "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/4/2013

    " If you think you've heard it all about Lance Armstrong, think again! This is a must for those who follow cycling and an eye opener for anyone interested in sport/drugs in sport and the irresistible allure of The Tour De France. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberlee | 7/21/2013

    " Wow, who knew cycling was such a team endeavor? Hamilton's rationalization for the lying/doping is a bit thin @ times, but this was a fascinating look @ a crazy sport - some gruesome descriptions of group blood transfusion situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 6/28/2013

    " Really interesting. Lance Armstrong is a douche. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne August | 5/15/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down. Any cycling fan will enjoy and remember many of the events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babieca | 4/18/2013

    " Reading this book I've learnt a lot about the dark side or athletes. I believe everything is said by Tyler Hamilton. From now on, whenever I see Lance Armstrong I'll think he is not the hero he wanted to sell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iain | 3/22/2013

    " Excellent read. So that is what has been happening behind closed doors all these years I've been a fan of the sport of cycling. A lot of it is what you always suspected was happening but nobody talked about. An honest appraisal of the culture of doping that ruled the sport in the 1990s and 2000s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Watson | 12/4/2012

    " Very interesting . Lance sure comes across as a big jerk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 10/29/2012

    " I just want to give Tyler a big hug after I was done. Just read it. But don't read it while you're eating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Watson | 10/19/2012

    " Ace. If you love riding this is a great insite in to a the tour. "

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About the Author
Tyler Hamilton is a former professional bike racer, Olympic gold medalist, and NCAA champion. He raced professionally from 1995 to 2008 and now runs his own company, Tyler Hamilton Training LLC, in Boulder, Colorado. He lives in Missoula, Montana, with his wife, Lindsay, and his dog, Tanker.
 
Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of Lance Armstrong’s War and The Talent Code. He lives with his wife and four children in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Homer, Alaska.
About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.