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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New edition edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224060872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224060875
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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People around the world have found inspiration in the story of Lance Armstrong--a world-class athlete nearly struck down by cancer, only to recover and win the Tour de France, the multiday bicycle race famous for its gruelling intensity. Armstrong is a thoroughgoing Texan jock, and the changes brought to his life by his illness are startling and powerful, but he's just not interested in wearing a hero suit. While his vocabulary is a bit on the he-man side (highest compliment to his wife: "she's a stud"), his actions will melt the most hard-bitten souls: a cancer foundation and benefit bike ride, his astonishing commitment to training that got him past countless hurdles, loyalty to the people and corporations that never gave up on him. There's serious medical detail here, which may not be for the faint of heart; from chemo to surgical procedures to his wife's in vitro fertilization, you won't be spared a single x-ray, IV drip, or unfortunate side effect. Athletes and coaches everywhere will benefit from the same extraordinary detail provided about training sessions--every aching tendon, every rainy afternoon, and every small triumph during his long recovery is here in living colour. It's Not About the Bike is the perfect title for this book about life, death, illness, family, setbacks, and triumphs, but not especially about the bike. --Jill Lightner, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's not about the bike....it's about the EPO, cortisone, actovegin, testosterone and blood doping.
It's about bullying teammates and team staff to build a massive doping conspiracy, ridiculing and marginalising anyone that questions you or your unbelievable performances, and discarding and trashing the reputations of those that want no part of it.
Mind you, it's a groundbreaking employment of the unreliable narrator in a biography.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Godsballs on 20 Jan. 2013
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That Armstrong beat cancer is something that cannot be taken away from him, and in that regard his tenacity and will to live is inspiring stuff. The rest? Pure fiction about a cycling career that was based on a lie that Armstrong fought every step of the way and didn't care who he destroyed to protect it.

Is this book still worth reading? Yes, the first part is compelling, the rest will chill your bones at the lie and the the myth that Armstrong sought the build.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By BarryO on 20 Jan. 2013
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A truly remarkable debut novel by someone whose previous background would not have suggested such talent. It is humbling to think of him sat up all night creating this fantastic tale for us all as he waited for the drugs to wear off so he might sleep............. It really isn't about the bike is it Lance?.....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Bennett on 7 Nov. 2012
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I bought this some while ago after getting hooked on the Tour De France this year and wanting to read everything I could lay my hands on. But I was diverted into reading the "scandal" books first, especially The Secret Race, and ended up wondering if I wanted to read It's Not About The Bike after all. I decided to read it anyway and have to say that his style of writing is very engaging but I'm stunned at the audacity of the man - all those disingenuous comments about the links between his cancer treatment and doping made as if butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, all the comments about facing up to death knowing he'd led his life as a good person, no cheating etc...how embarrassed he ought to be reading it back now.

But my overwhelming reaction is what a great shame that a man who showed such enormous courage (if of course we can believe his own account) battling very serious cancers and surviving against all the odds should have thrown away a legacy which would have been great even if he'd not won a single race thereafter. I'm gobsmacked!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Brummer on 6 July 2009
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Armstrong is to be admired for his tenacity and will to fight on - but it's difficult to like him as he's comes over as so arrogant and filled with his own self importance. It's like watching a movie with characters you don't really like! Maybe it's just me, but I delight in following sportsman who are humble and modest (Roger Federer for instance)Struggled to finish the book.
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91 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2009
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It takes a lot to win a record seven consecutive titles in the worlds most grueling sport. Add to that an extra-ordinarily strong body, surviving cancer, and founding your own charity, Lance Armstrong should be a role model to every lazy, greedy, or even spoilt individual out there.

So why did I complete this book finding it hard to like him?

A lot of factors distanced me from Armstrong - someone whom I've always heard of, but wanted to know more about. I like inspiring books and was persuaded to purchase by the string of positive reviews, many going as far as suggesting it's "life changing" (a bit over-ambitious). I also had the plan of handing it over to my dads-friend who has Leukemia, and had to go through Chemo herself.

The 'bulk' of the book entails Armstrong's experiences with surviving cancer - how he dealt with it emotionally, the people who he met, and his thoughts along the journey. The start of the book is dedicated to his childhood and growing up as an insecure, yet energetic kid who competed in almost every sport available to him, and the growing relationship he had with his mother; something I really could relate to as a male.

However, what becomes obvious even half way through his book is that behind his broody face is a severely arrogant, temperamental, and for the most part self-indulgent individual; traits that although have helped him win an amazing haul of Trophies and titles, inevitably make him a very difficult person to get on with or please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian D. Jones on 2 July 2013
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Bored by his job as a lowly clerk for an undertaker who is tasked with the futile task of trying to resurrect his reputation, Lance spends his time indulging in fantasies and dreams of life as a successful pro-cyclist and seven time Tour De France winner....oh, sorry, wrong book!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Bullen on 10 Oct. 2012
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There is no doubt now. Seems this is a week for the 'mighty' to fall - Jimmy Savile and Lance Armstrong.

The conspiracies of silence are amazing in both cases. The extent of their charity work would be heroic, if it didn't help protect them from discovery.

If you had Lance Armstrong as a hero (I did, having read this book - cancer recovery then Tour de France record-breaking is a great story, which I would have given 5 (or more) stars to) then this report (see [...]) will change your mind. If you don't have the time to read it then the next sentence sums it up:

'The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.'

As the book is titled; 'It's not about the bike'.

Don't buy or read this book - it is based on lies.
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