**spoiler alert** I received this book from a First-Reads Giveaway.
As someone who loves cycling, and whose family is, at times and especially in July,**spoiler alert** I received this book from a First-Reads Giveaway.
As someone who loves cycling, and whose family is, at times and especially in July, obsessed with cycling, racing, and professional cyclists, this book was extensively informative.
I don't follow details of professional cycling, but I know my brothers do. I entered this giveaway with them in mind; I will be giving them this book now that I have finished reading it.
What surprises me most about this book is how nonchalant everyone in the world of cycling is about doping. I understand that Tyler Hamilton just wanted the truth to come out about using the drugs. The beginning of the book really made me understand how easy it was to fall into the trap just like every other cyclist. However, I feel that another purpose of the book was to darken Lance's reputation, especially given the mood of the last few chapters. I honestly believe that the recent revocations of all his Tour de France titles sucessfully achieved this. This book doesn't as much make me think less of Lance as a person as it makes me look at the world of cycling with a sour taste in my mouth. Again, the premise is used that Hamilton just wanted to tell the truth, but Lance is not the only one who doped. Everyone did.
I understand that cycling is a tough sport, but this book makes me think that it is not even a sport anymore. I understand the obsession with wanting to win. I understand that the only way to even come close to achieving that is by doping. What I don't understand, is how it evolved into something that is less dependent on your skills and more dependent on your precise body statistics, which you tweak to your liking by taking whichever drugs your team doctor deems necessary. Was it ever about the abilities of the cyclists, or has cycling just been a doping game all along? ...more