Its Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance ArmstrongIt is such an all-American story. A lanky kid from Plano, Texas, is raised by a feisty, single parent who sacrifices for her son, who becomes one of our countrys greatest athletes. Given that background, it is understandable why Armstrong was able to channel his boundless energy toward athletic endeavors. By his senior year in high school, he was already a professional triathlete and was training with the U.S. Olympic cycling developmental team. In 1993, Armstrong secured a position in the ranks of world-class cyclists by winning the World Championship and a Tour de France stage, but in 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Armstrong entered an unknown battlefield and challenged it as if climbing through the Alps: aggressive yet tactical. He beat the cancer and proceeded to stun all the pundits by winning the 1999 Tour de France. In this memoir, Armstrong covers his early years swiftly with a blunt matter-of-factness, but the main focus is on his battle with cancer. Readers will respond to the inspirational recovery story, and they will appreciate the behind-the-scenes cycling information. After he won the Tour, his mother was quoted as saying that her sons whole life has been a fight against the odds; we see here that she was not exaggerating. Brenda Barrera
It's Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
With any luck, this will be the last time I write about Lance Armstrong. But first, I want an apology. And I deserve one. Some readers will have followed my evolution from gullible fanboy to surprised reader to angry man. Now I am simply amazed. I am not one of them. For years I watched Lance Armstrong denounce those who dared accuse him of doping.
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Lance Armstrong is know for his accomplishments on the bike as repeat winner of the Tour de France. But out of public view, Lance overcame struggles far greater than any mountain in France. Lance is also a cancer survivor. Lance shares stories normally kept very private. He shares the difficult start he had in life being raised by a teen mother without any support from his biological father who disappears from Lance's life when he is two.