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It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life | Paperback

Released on 03 May 2001

Author: Lance Armstrong | Format: Paperback

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Winner of the William Hill sports book of the year. 'Lance Armstrong's story is the stuff of legends' Independent. 'Having nearly lost his life Lance Armstrong serves up his story for the rest of the world to wonder at, shudder at and learn from' Guardian. 'I want to die at a hundred years old after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at 75 miles per hour. I don't do anything slow, not even breathe. I do everything at a fast cadence: eat fast, sleep fast.' At twenty-four, Lance Armstrong was already well on his way to becoming a sporting legend. Then, in October 1996, he was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer - doctors gave him a 40% chance of survival. On that day Armstrong's life changed for ever and in typical fashion, he met the challenge head on - this was one fight he was determined not to lose. As he battled against the cancer invading his body and the chemotherapy that threatened to sap his soul, he focussed on his training and drew strength from the people around him who never gave up.Just sixteen months after Armstrong was discharged from hospital, he entered the Tour de France, a race famed for its gruelling intensity, and won, in the fastest ever time. Just a few months after that, he became a father. It's Not About the Bike is the story of one man's inspirational battle against the odds, charting his progress through triumph, tragedy and transformation. This is an awe-inspiring tale of immense courage and will.

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 An inspirational and moving read!

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Anyone who has any interest in professional cycling will have heard of Lance Armstrong. He is a household name in the sport and a great champion and role model for anyone looking improve their cycling.
The book details his less than perfect child hood, his early sporting career and transition into the world of cycling. It centres itself primarily around his battle with cancer, his lowest moments and his return to greatness.
Ive not personally read a book that was so deeply moving and am glad to have been inspired by Lance`s incredible story.
This really is a must read.

 5 stars is not enough.

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I vaguely knew the story of Lance Armstrongs illness and his amazing Tour de France career. My husband is an avid cyclist and while I love to watch I myself am not what you would call particularly fit.
We had this stashed away in the attic so I thought I'd give it a read. Started on a Sunday evening the book was finished by Tuesday bedtime. Once I picked it up I found it very hard to put down.
As the other reviews have said this book touches on Lances childhood
and his amazing relationship with his mother who in her own right is an extraordinarily inspirational woman. Whether you're a cyclist or just a fan like me you really should read this book. Lance isn't everyones favourite sportsman, mainly I suppose due to his outspoken personality but having read this book my respect and admiration for him had soared.
This is a raw and at times gritty book about Lances amazing fight for not only his life but the respect of some of those in the cycling world and also the worlds press.
A totally inspirational book about a man with more grit and guts than most of us could ever dream of having.

 5 stars is not enough.

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I vaguely knew the story of Lance Armstrongs illness and his amazing Tour de France career. My husband is an avid cyclist and while I love to watch I myself am not what you would call particularly fit.
We had this stashed away in the attic so I thought I'd give it a read. Started on a Sunday evening the book was finished by Tuesday bedtime. Once I picked it up I found it very hard to put down.
As the other reviews have said this book touches on Lances childhood
and his amazing relationship with his mother who in her own right is an extraordinarily inspirational woman. Whether you're a cyclist or just a fan like me you really should read this book. Lance isn't everyones favourite sportsman, mainly I suppose due to his outspoken personality but having read this book my respect and admiration for him had soared.
This is a raw and at times gritty book about Lances amazing fight for not only his life but the respect of some of those in the cycling world and also the worlds press.
A totally inspirational book about a man with more grit and guts than most of us could ever dream of having.

 Absolutely Brilliant

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You would probably have to have been buried underground for the past 10 years to not have heard of Lance Armstrong. However, you may not really know much about Lance and his incredible story.

I didn't really know much about him, I only knew the basics and that he was a Tour de France champion. However, when in an airport bookshop, I needed something to keep me occupied for the journey ahead. Lance's book was what I found.

The book, as the title would suggest, is not really about cycling and even people completely uninterested in the sport should probably read this book.

It is a detailed retelling of the story of Lance's illness and his battle to recover and ride again. It's gritty and really punches home with it's chilling message that cancer is real and it can affect anybody in any condition. Lance himself describes his recovery as lucky. Clearly aware of the countless thousands who face cancer, battle hard and don't survive.

Lance describes how the illness changed him and how he so nearly gave up on his cycling but then goes on to describe his meeting of his wife and the Tour de France comeback that began his incredible reign of dominance in the world's premier cycling competition.

Truly a great book - no book collection should be without a copy!

 the most mentally inspiring book you will ever read

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one man's story of coming back from cancer wich doctors thought was less than a 10% survivability rate to winning the most gruelling sports endurance event in the world told with remarkable humility and honesty. if there has ever been a book to inspire you beyond all belief then this is it.A remarkable read.

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AuthorLance Armstrong
PublisherVintage (United Kingdom)
Year2001
ISBN9780224060875
FormatPaperback - 304 Pages
Illustrationsportraits