The Secret Race
- Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
- Narrated by: Sean Runnette
- Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-09-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio Books
On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner at a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his best-selling book Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler had something else on his mind. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal,, and his decade spent running from the truth. "I'm sorry," he told Coyle. "It just feels so good to be able to talk about this. I've been quiet for so many years."
Over the next 18 months, Hamilton would tell his story - and his sport's story - in explosive detail, never sparing himself in the process. In a way, he became as obsessed with telling the truth as he had been with winning the Tour de France just a few years before.
The result of this determination is The Secret Race, a book that pulls back the curtain and takes us into the secret world of professional cycling like never before. It's a world populated by unbelievably driven - and some flawed - characters. A world where the competition used every means to get an edge, and the options were stark. A world where it often felt like there was no choice.
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By Bettym on 19-03-13
Great story even if you are not a bike racing fan
This book tells it like it was about the doping culture in top class bike racing and how it was impossible to win without enhancing your performance. A fascinating insight into the top races and racers, making clear that those superhuman feats you had seen in the Tour de France on TV really were that - beyond normal human achievement. Tyler Hamilton comes across as a basically decent guy, and there is relatively little special pleading. The commentary by his co-author Daniel Coyle adds welcome balance. Just be glad that the Tour is so much slower than it was. Sean Runnette reads really well.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Mark on 09-07-13
Wasn't a Fan, am now!
This book answers a lot of the questions a non-athlete would ask about why someone would dope. It comes across as being an honest account by someone who readily admits their own failings as a person. A very interesting insight into the world of professional bike racing and doping generally.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Matt on 30-04-13
The whole story of how they did it, frightening!
If you could sum up The Secret Race in three words, what would they be?
What did you like best about this story?
Getting to know Lance Armstrong and some of his teammates from an inside perspective. What it's like to live, train and compete in the top echelon of professional cheaters... I mean cyclists...
What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Sean really brings the dynamic of living the story. He tells it as though it is live and happening all around us right now... This could also be because I listen to it while cycling in the mornings!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didn't cry but I definitely laughed out loud several times while listening. Some of the stories were genuinely funny but mostly just quite shocking to learn some of the secret techniques these guys use to maintain their competitive advantages in the sport.