Book of the Day: Tyler Hamilton’s “The Secret Race”

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I just bought the Kindle version of Tyler Hamilton’s book, and I’m sort of dreading it. A cyclist friend tells me it totally settles the issue of whether Armstrong was doping during his TdF wins, and not in Lance’s favor. This would not surprise me, but I have to admit I still had a tiny flame of hope that Armstrong really was a clean rider. And I’ll mourn the day that tiny flame is extinguished.

Good thing the same anti-doping standards were never applied to musicians. Jazz and rock would be nonexistent.

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour De France: Doping, Cover-Ups, and Winning at All Costs.

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16 comments

1 darthstar  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:23:20pm

Going for a ride this Sunday...does Lance have any recommendations? I'm thinking mescaline but could be convinced to take something else.

Related:

2 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:23:54pm

If you have to pull a band-aid off, do it quickly; don't prolong the pain.

3 darthstar  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:24:56pm

What happens when teabaggers get onto game shows.

4 b_sharp  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:27:07pm

re: #2 Mostly sane, most of the time.

If you have to pull a band-aid off, do it quickly; don't prolong the pain.

Jazz is a band-aid?

5 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:27:59pm

re: #4 b_sharp

Jazz is a band-aid?

No, jazz can be prolonged, I believe.

Facing unpleasant truths is better done quick, or with the aid of a good friend.

6 b_sharp  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:32:09pm

re: #5 Mostly sane, most of the time.

No, jazz can be prolonged, I believe.

Facing unpleasant truths is better done quick, or with the aid of a good friend.

Well there goes a perfectly good potential pun cascade.

Wait, maybe there's one there using Viagra.

Yup, this is firmly in the realm of a sustained cascade.

7 compound_Idaho  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:32:51pm

Making my annual trip tomorrow to watch LOTOJA (Logan, UT to Jackson, WY), the longest single stage bike race in the country, 206 miles 3 mountain passes. If you are an athlete, it is very inspiring to watch. Mrs. compound is driving a support vehicle for one of the riders this year.

8 darthstar  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:39:22pm
9 Sionainn  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:39:39pm

re: #7 compound_Idaho

Making my annual trip tomorrow to watch LOTOJA (Logan, UT to Jackson, WY), the longest single stage bike race in the country, 206 miles 3 mountain passes. If you are an athlete, it is very inspiring to watch. Mrs. compound is driving a support vehicle for one of the riders this year.

How long does it normally take for that race?

10 darthstar  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:39:44pm

Yeah...he said 'derp'. :)

11 researchok  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:41:01pm

I haven't read the and my interest in cycling is only passing.

Is there any hard evidence anywhere Armstrong was a doper?

12 engineer cat  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:44:22pm

Good thing the same anti-doping standards were never applied to musicians. Jazz and rock would be nonexistent.

my personal version of this is to pull the plug and let's see how you sound 100% acoustic

13 compound_Idaho  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:44:48pm

re: #9 Sionainn

How long does it normally take for that race?

The elite riders finish in just over 9 hours. 9:16 won last year. The slower riders work like hell to finish before the coarse closes at dark. Surprisingly few spectators along the coarse. Its no Boston marathon. I bring my cooler, beer, cow bells and a lawn chair and cheer for every rider at about mile 180.

14 Sionainn  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:45:33pm

re: #13 compound_Idaho

The elite riders finish in just over 9 hours. 9:16 won last year. The slower riders work like hell to finish before the coarse closes at dark. Surprisingly few spectators along the coarse. Its no Boston marathon. I bring my cooler, beer, cow bells and a lawn chair and cheer for every rider at about mile 180.

Have a great time!

15 compound_Idaho  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 6:48:44pm

re: #14 Sionainn

Have a great time!

I will. It is cool to watch the elite riders go by, but the ones that make a chill run up my leg and inspire me the most are the ones trying to finish at dusk with 20 miles still to go.

16 Three Chord Monty  Fri, Sep 7, 2012 11:33:33pm

"Good thing the same anti-doping standards were never applied to musicians. Jazz and rock would be nonexistent."

Fortunately, music, unlike bicycle racing, isn't a competition.

Oh...wait...


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