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The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest, well-written insight into the crazy world of pro cycling, 20 Aug 2014
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Given all the revelations about Lance Armstrong in the last few years, I was interested in reading a first hand account about how and why doping became such a widespread and 'legitimate' practice. Tyler Hamilton's honesty and recollection of his professional career throughout the 1990s and 2000s gives a fascinating insight into this mirky, secretive and cut-throat world of professional cycling. The detail with which Hamilton describes blood transfusions and the harbouring of illegal drugs - often right under the noses of UCI - gives some insight into the dangerous 'anything goes' and 'win at all costs' mentality.

The on on-off friendship between Hamilton and Armstrong (who were team mates at US Postal in the 90s) is perhaps the most prominent thread running throughout the book, but the ways doping has impacted on other layers of Hamilton's life are interesting. As with other books of this genre (such as David Millar's 'Racing Through the Dark'), Hamilton's honesty is ultimately about finding forgiveness and redemption, and telling the truth on an otherwise inaccessible world. Well worth a read.


Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team
Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 20 Aug 2014
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This is a fantastic book. If you have even a remote interest in Africa, development or cycling (I tick all these boxes) then you will find this hard to put down. Lewis does an excellent job of contextualizing the horrific events in 1994 and then conveys just how integral the bicycle is for the socio-economic progress of the country. Although I found the material about bike races, training etc interesting, Team Rwanda is ultimately about redemption and re-defining a nation, that for the majority of people, is remembered for the genocide. I strongly urge you to read this book.


The Bones Of What You Believe [Digipack]
The Bones Of What You Believe [Digipack]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good electro pop, 15 Oct 2013
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If you are reading this then chances are you're already leaning towards purchasing this album, and I'd encourage you to do exactly that. I can't quite remember how I came across this band but after playing some of their songs through YouTube and enjoying the 80s electro-pop vibe, I decided to buy 'The Bones of What You Believe'.

It is one of those albums where you are loathed to skip to the next track as each song either grabs you with both hands from the first second (The brilliant 'Gun' and 'Lies' spring to mind) or slowly draws you in (the build up and then explosion in 'Tether', in my opinion the best song on the album, is the best example of this). I've listened to this album a few times in different moods and places and it delivers on every front each time, so my advice would be to give it a go; you'll be glad you did.


Ironman Start to Finish: 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon
Ironman Start to Finish: 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon
by T. J. Murphy
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good companion to budding Iron distance athletes, 14 Mar 2012
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I bought this book as I needed a detailed, proven, reputable and cheap trianing programme to get me through my first Ironman triathlon later this year. The book itself is written in a very accessible, easy to understand way. The first half explains the justification behind the 6 month training programme, which is presented as a day-by-day programme in the latter half of the book. It is reassuring to know exactly what needs to be done and when, though for any newbies to Ironman, don't launch yourself straight into the programme - spend a few weeks building fitness or you will risk injury and burnout afer a month of following the programme (I speak from experience!)

That said, I am following this programme and have noticed improvements in my fitness, so it does work. The only downside is that the swim distances are written in yards, and learning some of the shorthand for swim and cycle drills takes a while. But once you are familiar with this side to the training programme you are fine. I would recommend this book to anybody who is doing an Iron distance triathlon or interested in entering an event.


A Life Without Limits
A Life Without Limits
by Chrissie Wellington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.58

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book about a superb woman!, 14 Mar 2012
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This review is from: A Life Without Limits (Hardcover)
If like me you are familiar with Chrissie Wellington's achievements or have an interest in triathlon, then you don't need me or anybody else to tell you to buy this book. For those of you who are not, then this book will take you on an honest and enlightening journey into the world of one of the most inspirational and successful athletes in history. Chrissie's experiences and interests outside of sport also make for a fascinating and thought-provoking read; her passion for development really shines through. Reading about Chrissie's achievements is nothing short of awe inspiring and goes to show that 'a life without limits' can be lived by us all. As someone who is interested in development (and, like Chrissie, a geography graduate) and taking on my first Ironman event later this year, this book is a reminder that anything really is possible. Buy this book and be inspired.


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