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It's Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life is an autobiographical novel by ace cyclist, Lance Armstrong.

Summary of the Book

It's Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life is an inspirational and uplifting story of Lance Armstrong and his life as a sportsman, patient, father, and a transformed man. Lance Armstrong was the top cyclist in the world, having consecutively won the Tour de France. But he soon came to realize that life, and not the cycling track was going to be his biggest challenge. He was diagnosed with stage 3-testicular cancer in October, 1996 which had spread to his lungs, abdomen and his brain. With merely 40 percent chances of survival, it seemed that his good life would soon come to an end.

With the help and support of his family and friends, rigorous sessions of chemotherapy and surgery, Lance finally recovered. He decided it was important to return to the world of cycling, for him to be able to heal his ruptured body and soul. Thus, began his training sessions through the mountains of North Carolina. He decided to make a comeback and won the 1999 Tour de France. This book was published on May 22, 2000, shortly after his grand victory. The book provides an incisive look into the life of Lance Armstrong, from his childhood to the 1999 Tour, and the birth of his first child.

About Lance Armstrong

Lance Edward Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He was classified as having won the Tour de France, seven times consecutively between 1999 and 2005. He was later disqualified from all the races and banned from competitive cycling for life, for doping offenses. Lance Armstrong is a cancer survivor and is the Founder of the Livestrong Foundation. Other books by Lance Armstrong include Every Second Counts, Comeback 2.0: Up Close and Personal, The Lance Armstrong Performance Program: 7 Weeks to the Perfect Ride, and Lance Armstrong: Images of a Champion.

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Author Lance Armstrong
Author Info Lance Armstrong is one of America's greatest ever sportsmen, having won the Tour De France a record five times. In 1996 he established the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a charity to aid the fight against cancer. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.

Book Details
Publisher Random House
Imprint Yellow Jersey
Publication Year 2004 November
ISBN-13 9780224060875
ISBN-10 0224060872
Language English
Edition New ed
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 304 Pages
Dimensions
Width 0.79 inch
Height 7.8 inch
Depth 0.86 inch
Weight 243.0 Grams
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Ravish
15 Nov 2011
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It's not about being human too

It's not about the bike and this book is almost not about a human too.

It's a story that hollywood would have dismissed as cliched, because only in fairy tales do you hear of tales of such grit, determination and dreams.

Bullied into the corner with cancer, stomped by chemo and torn by sponsors, Lance makes a comeback, this time leaner, more resolved to win than ever.

The book conveyed in first person by Lance, takes you through his childhood in Austin, his triathlon days and then his Cance and then his amazing comeback to win his first Tour De France.

Read it to be inspired, to be awed...
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It's not about the bike and this book is almost not about a human too.

It's a story that hollywood would have dismissed as cliched, because only in fairy tales do you hear of tales of such grit, determination and dreams.

Bullied into the corner with cancer, stomped by chemo and torn by sponsors, Lance makes a comeback, this time leaner, more resolved to win than ever.

The book conveyed in first person by Lance, takes you through his childhood in Austin, his triathlon days and then his Cance and then his amazing comeback to win his first Tour De France.

Read it to be inspired, to be awed...
It's not about the bike and this book is almost not about a human too.

It's a story that hollywood would have dismissed as cliched, because only in fairy tales do you hear of tales of such grit, determination and dreams.

Bullied into the corner with cancer, stomped by chemo and torn by sponsors, Lance makes a comeback, this time leaner, more resolved to win than ever.

The book conveyed in first person by Lance, takes you through his childhood in Austin, his triathlon days and then his Cance and then his amazing comeback to win his first Tour De France.

Read it to be inspired, to be awed and to believe nothing is just impossible

97% of 34 users found this review helpful.
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Nipun Abbi
26 Jan 2012
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It's what you do, which makes you extra-ordinary

What if you are on the top of the hill of success, and suddenly someone pushes you down?

That's what Lance Armstrong is,
A super successful biker, and suddenly one day his career seems to end because he is diagnosed with cancer.

The story is not about how Lance fought, but how an everyday person would react and go through in his toughest times.

It would let you decide that who your well wishers are,
It will let you realize what real struggle is,
And it will give you the importance of family, friends and life.

It simply teaches you not to take life for granted.

Its written just like a s...
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What if you are on the top of the hill of success, and suddenly someone pushes you down?

That's what Lance Armstrong is,
A super successful biker, and suddenly one day his career seems to end because he is diagnosed with cancer.

The story is not about how Lance fought, but how an everyday person would react and go through in his toughest times.

It would let you decide that who your well wishers are,
It will let you realize what real struggle is,
And it will give you the importance of family, friends and life.

It simply teaches you not to take life for granted.

Its written just like a s...
What if you are on the top of the hill of success, and suddenly someone pushes you down?

That's what Lance Armstrong is,
A super successful biker, and suddenly one day his career seems to end because he is diagnosed with cancer.

The story is not about how Lance fought, but how an everyday person would react and go through in his toughest times.

It would let you decide that who your well wishers are,
It will let you realize what real struggle is,
And it will give you the importance of family, friends and life.

It simply teaches you not to take life for granted.

Its written just like a simple conversation and you'll feel that you're having a discussion in you room.

Any person who wants to read for any reason,
To get inspired, to just time pass, to gift, read just for the pleasure of reading or any reason you may have, you should give this book at least one read.

Believe me, you'll want another read of the book.

93% of 14 users found this review helpful.
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Deepak Malani
24 Apr 2012
Realizing human capacity

The book is an autobiographical account of Lance Armstrong, whose career path to become a cycling champion was shattered at the age of 25 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He candidly describes his fight against cancer, the consequent loss of hope to race, small inspirations to comeback to track and then a punishing training schedule that culminate into seven consecutive wins at Tour de France (TdF). He speaks of a mix of deep harrowing experiences during his chemotherapy treatment and brain surgery, since he was in advanced stage of malignancy; and that of spiritual experience... ()

The book is an autobiographical account of Lance Armstrong, whose career path to become a cycling champion was shattered at the age of 25 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He candidly describes his fight against cancer, the consequent loss of hope to race, small inspirations to comeback to track and then a punishing training schedule that culminate into seven consecutive wins at Tour de France (TdF). He speaks of a mix of deep harrowing experiences during his chemotherapy treatment and brain surgery, since he was in advanced stage of malignancy; and that of spiritual experience...

The book is an autobiographical account of Lance Armstrong, whose career path to become a cycling champion was shattered at the age of 25 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He candidly describes his fight against cancer, the consequent loss of hope to race, small inspirations to comeback to track and then a punishing training schedule that culminate into seven consecutive wins at Tour de France (TdF). He speaks of a mix of deep harrowing experiences during his chemotherapy treatment and brain surgery, since he was in advanced stage of malignancy; and that of spiritual experiences when he survived the harshest of the moments near the finish line of the Tour stages with only an ounce of physical energy available to cross the line.

It is an enjoyable read to motivate you to fight stronger, practice harder, and never never never give up!

Quotable Quotes:
"We are so much stronger than we imagine"
"They (doctors) know more about life and death than most people"
"Hope is the only antidote to fear"
"We have unralized capacities that sometimes only emerge in crisis"

5 of 5 users found this review helpful.
★★★★★
★★★★★
Lokesh Joshi
01 Nov 2012
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A must for your collection

Genre Review -

Simply awe inspiring, a must for your collection of inspirational books

A perfect gift to a person suffering from cancer. After going through Lance's story it might become a life changer / saver for the patient

LiveStrong with Lance Armstrong - complete message of the book in one line

Literature Review

1) An easy read, if you have standard Indian vocublary, you won't require the dictionary not even the pocket one

2) A good gauge to check your reading comprehension skills you should be able to finish it two days

If you don't meet any of the above two conditions you n...
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Genre Review -

Simply awe inspiring, a must for your collection of inspirational books

A perfect gift to a person suffering from cancer. After going through Lance's story it might become a life changer / saver for the patient

LiveStrong with Lance Armstrong - complete message of the book in one line

Literature Review

1) An easy read, if you have standard Indian vocublary, you won't require the dictionary not even the pocket one

2) A good gauge to check your reading comprehension skills you should be able to finish it two days

If you don't meet any of the above two conditions you n...
Genre Review -

Simply awe inspiring, a must for your collection of inspirational books

A perfect gift to a person suffering from cancer. After going through Lance's story it might become a life changer / saver for the patient

LiveStrong with Lance Armstrong - complete message of the book in one line

Literature Review

1) An easy read, if you have standard Indian vocublary, you won't require the dictionary not even the pocket one

2) A good gauge to check your reading comprehension skills you should be able to finish it two days

If you don't meet any of the above two conditions you need to seriously review yourself on the above two parameters (Take it easy, just kidding)

4 of 4 users found this review helpful.
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Shikhar Chauhan
26 Apr 2012
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Stuff of legends

Lance Armstrong's story is the stuff of legends. 'It's not about the bike' is a spectacular book describing the life of a man born with immense talent who had a tough childhood and was marred down by cancer but emerged as the greatest cyclist ever.
Lance was a rough teen, successful tri-athlete and an excellent son.
The narration is good and style, engaging. The story,described in breathtaking 290 pages, is truly inspiring.
Human relationships are described well and their importance revealed, as the story progresses.
He is a cancer survivor and his experiences are priceless, and his body i...
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Lance Armstrong's story is the stuff of legends. 'It's not about the bike' is a spectacular book describing the life of a man born with immense talent who had a tough childhood and was marred down by cancer but emerged as the greatest cyclist ever.
Lance was a rough teen, successful tri-athlete and an excellent son.
The narration is good and style, engaging. The story,described in breathtaking 290 pages, is truly inspiring.
Human relationships are described well and their importance revealed, as the story progresses.
He is a cancer survivor and his experiences are priceless, and his body i...
Lance Armstrong's story is the stuff of legends. 'It's not about the bike' is a spectacular book describing the life of a man born with immense talent who had a tough childhood and was marred down by cancer but emerged as the greatest cyclist ever.
Lance was a rough teen, successful tri-athlete and an excellent son.
The narration is good and style, engaging. The story,described in breathtaking 290 pages, is truly inspiring.
Human relationships are described well and their importance revealed, as the story progresses.
He is a cancer survivor and his experiences are priceless, and his body is one of the fittest.
Lance won Tour de France 7 consecutive times and still the simplicity of his personality leaves one in awe.
Book has a lot to teach: love, respect, struggle, determination, inspiration, teamwork and friendship.
There's a human touch to the book and describes a life cheered and supported by true friends. Lance at one point had lost all hope to return to cycling. His perception of life had changed. He didn't want to cycle anymore but his friends and wife helped him find his true self. Earlier he cycled to earn a living but now it was for the love of it.
Describing the moments just after his '99 Tour de France win and the yellow jersey awarded to him he writes,'only the zipper is mine, rest all belongs to my team, the front, the back, all of it'.

I have always looked upto him since I was 9 years old when I saw his poster in my school and read few articles about him, and time spent reading this book has been a good investment.

Quality of the pages is excellent and the cover is good.

4 of 4 users found this review helpful.

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