The Secret Race - Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle

The Secret Race

By Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle

  • Release Date: 2012-09-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 1,153 Ratings


“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

The Secret Race is the book that rocked the world of professional cycling—and exposed, at long last, the doping culture surrounding the sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong. Former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s top-ranked cyclists—and a member of Lance Armstrong’s inner circle. Over the course of two years, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle conducted more than two hundred hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends. The result is an explosive page-turner of a book that takes us deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to win that they would do almost anything to gain an edge. For the first time, Hamilton recounts his own battle with depression and tells the story of his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong. This edition features a new Afterword, in which the authors reflect on the developments within the sport, and involving Armstrong, over the past year. The Secret Race is a courageous, groundbreaking 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.
With a new Afterword by the authors.
“Loaded with bombshells and revelations.”—VeloNews

“[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)


  • Eye opening

    By Tzaneen85
    The detail that Tyler Hamilton uses in this book makes you feel as if you are a 1st hand witness to the events he discusses. The raw feelings and emotions are gripping; so much so that it was difficult to put this book down. Excellent in all ways.
  • Outstanding book

    By Out of a suitcase
    Must read if you're a cycling fan and/or enjoy a good comeback story. I couldn't put this book down. The inside stories of his life and career as well as the tone of humility, sincerity, and enlightenment make this an exciting and powerful book.
  • Truth and Redemption

    By HP164
    Through Tyler's story we are able to see how fragile Mankind is masked in the physically demanding sport of Professional Cycling....A great read....
  • it's dope!

    By coliewertz
    someone had to write it. like him or not, Hamilton put it out there. at best, the shoes of a professional cyclist are difficult to put yourself in. Hamilton does a good job of taking a snapshot of the peloton--it's indiduals, teams, and morals from both. He really could only do that, as an everday cyclist isn't faced with the choice to dope. of course, they can. but Hamilton tries to develop a tangible, readable framework of the lengths athletes can go to feel like a playing field is level. he asks simply to join him for a few hundred pages of empathy, not sympathy.
  • The secret race

    By Corsair Pilot
    This is one of those must read books. We often are to ready to denigrate those professional athletes, such as Hamilton, who use a performance enhancing drug. And for good reason, but as this book points out we miss the systemic factors and, of course, the human condition. As Hamilton points out, the doping is only one part of the equation. These are athletes competing at the very margin of performance. In the end, Hamilton's decision to stop the BS is the epiphany many realize to their credit. To this end, his story is transcendent as well as informative.
  • MCS MD

    By Gynoman79
    Comprehensive behind the scenes look at PED use in professional cycling. No sport his physically more demanding and thus the biker who uses PEDs has the most to gain in terms of success. Fascinating account of the intricacies of PED techniques and use by Elite cyclists.
  • The Secret Race is excellent

    By Merckxx
    Thank you for your honesty! Sad but encouraging - thanks.
  • Outstanding and honest!

    By mattlenio
    This book is a pretty easy read and contains a clear and honest look at the world of cycling. This book will change your view on the sport and will definitely change your view of the great Lance Armstrong.
  • Refreshing

    By JJ2W
    I feel relieved having read Tyler's story of cycling's recent history and the dark course it followed. It is a candid account of the depths of the human spirit and a showcase of how terribly destructive power and influence can be when it falls into the wrong hands. My love of cycling grew out of this wild period. Tyler's ease makes the truth a little bit easier to swallow.
  • Great

    By Cjfttudjrjnxydjfjf
    If you love cycling then this is the book for you