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Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Report - "The Secret Race"

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.

It was a good read…  but one without too many jaw dropping moments…

Yes lance is a good guy to have on your side…  but a douchebag to everyone else.

EPO use rampant in the late 90s and early 2000s…

Transfusions blood doping of choice since the EPO test along with micro dosing EPO, and testosterone…

I kinda had that figured out already… 

What did surprise me was to what he proclaimed innocence: Raced clean at Rock Racing and that he still had no idea how he tested positive for having someone else's blood.

It was also interesting to find out what he's been up to since 2008 when he was suspended for the 2nd time.

But the most important revelation of the book for the general public is that it completely dispels the "everyone doped so the playing field was level" myth.  Better doctor = better chance of wining.

Have you read it?  What did you think?

Haven't read it yet?  Get it.  Read it. It's good.


Big Daddy Diesel said...

Interesting, now I am interested

Matthew Smith said...

Hmmm... I might have to give it a read.

Will said...

I don't know if I want to spend the time reading about doped up athletes. The sport of cycling has a culture of doping going back decades. Why else do you think these guys never smile? I mean really, when I see cyclists when I'm running I always see this look on their face like they are training for the tour de france, and they are weekend warriors! Lance? Dumped his wife after she nurtured him back from cancer. Tyler Hamilton was a stud. He finished the tour with broken bones. But he was doped! Lump them all in with Barry Bonds.