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Wheelmen

Wheelmen

Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

  • Author: Reed Albergotti,Vanessa O'Connell
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101635886
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie." But his admission raised more questions than it answered—because he didn’t say who had helped him dope or how he skillfully avoided getting caught. The Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell broke the news at every turn. In Wheelmen they reveal the broader story of how Armstrong and his supporters used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world’s most difficult race. Wheelmen introduces U.S. Postal Service Team owner Thom Weisel, who in a brazen power play ousted USA Cycling's top leadership and gained control of the sport in the United States, ensuring Armstrong’s dominance. Meanwhile, sponsors fought over contracts with Armstrong as the entire sport of cycling began to benefit from the "Lance effect." What had been a quirky, working-class hobby became the pastime of the Masters of the Universe set. Wheelmen offers a riveting look at what happens when enigmatic genius breaks loose from the strictures of morality. It reveals the competitiveness and ingenuity that sparked blood-doping as an accepted practice, and shows how the Americans methodically constructed an international operation of spies and revolutionary technology to reach the top. It went on to become a New York Times Bestseller, a Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller, and win numerous awards, including a Gold Medal for the Axiom Business Book Awards. At last exposing the truth about Armstrong and American cycling, Wheelmen paints a living portrait of what is, without question, the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports.

The Wheelman

The Wheelman

  • Author: Samuel Sidney McClure
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Cycling
  • Page: N.A
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The Road Rights and Liabilities of Wheelmen

The Road Rights and Liabilities of Wheelmen

With Table of Contents and List of Cases

  • Author: George Burr Clementson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Bicycles
  • Page: 202
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Old Wheelways

Old Wheelways

Traces of Bicycle History on the Land

  • Author: Robert L. McCullough
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 0262029464
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
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How American bicyclists shaped the landscape and left traces of their journeys for us in writing, illustrations, and photographs.

Early Bicycles and the Quest for Speed

Early Bicycles and the Quest for Speed

A History, 1868-1903, 2d ed.

  • Author: Andrew Ritchie
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476630461
  • Category: Transportation
  • Page: 387
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 From the earliest “velocipedes” through the advent of the pneumatic tire to the rise of modern road and track competition, this history of the sport of bicycle racing traces its role in the development of bicycle technology between 1868 and 1903. Providing detailed technical information along with biographies of racers and other important personalities, the book explores this thirty-year period of early bicycle history as the social and technical precursor to later developments in the motorcycle and automobile industries.

Wheel Fever

Wheel Fever

How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State

  • Author: Jesse J. Gant,Nicholas J. Hoffman
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • ISBN: 0870206141
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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On rails-to-trails bike paths, city streets, and winding country roads, the bicycle seems ubiquitous in the Badger State. Yet there’s a complex and fascinating history behind the popularity of biking in Wisconsin—one that until now has never been told. Meticulously researched through periodicals and newspapers, Wheel Fever traces the story of Wisconsin’s first “bicycling boom,” from the velocipede craze of 1869 through the “wheel fever” of the 1890s. It was during this crucial period that the sport Wisconsinites know and adore first took shape. From the start it has been defined by a rich and often impassioned debate over who should be allowed to ride, where they could ride, and even what they could wear. Many early riders embraced the bicycle as a solution to the age-old problem of how to get from here to there in the quickest and easiest way possible. Yet for every supporter of the “poor man’s horse,” there were others who wanted to keep the rights and privileges of riding to an elite set. Women, the working class, and people of color were often left behind as middle- and upper-class white men benefitted from the “masculine” sport and all-male clubs and racing events began to shape the scene. Even as bikes became more affordable and accessible, a culture defined by inequality helped create bicycling in its own image, and these limitations continue to haunt the sport today. Wheel Fever is about the origins of bicycling in Wisconsin and why those origins still matter, but it is also about our continuing fascination with all things bicycle. From “boneshakers” to high-wheels, standard models to racing bikes, tandems to tricycles, the book is lushly illustrated with never-before-seen images of early cycling, and the people who rode them: bloomer girls, bicycle jockeys, young urbanites, and unionized workers. Laying the foundations for a much-beloved recreation, Wheel Fever challenges us to imagine anew the democratic possibilities that animated cycling’s early debates.

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

How cyclists were the first to push for good roads & became the pioneers of motoring

  • Author: Carlton Reid
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • ISBN: 1610916883
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 376
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Cyclists were written out of highway history in the 1920s and 1930s by the all-powerful motor lobby: Roads Were Not Built For Cars tells the real story, putting cyclists center stage again. Not that the book is only about cyclists. It will also contains lots of automotive history because many automobile pioneers were cyclists before becoming motorists. A surprising number of the first car manufacturers were also cyclists, including Henry Ford. Some carried on cycling right through until the 1940s. One famous motor manufacturing pioneer was a racing tricycle rider to his dying day.

Outing and the Wheelman

Outing and the Wheelman

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Sports
  • Page: N.A
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Ethnicity, Sport, Identity

Ethnicity, Sport, Identity

Struggles for Status

  • Author: J. A. Mangan,Andrew Ritchie
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 0714655740
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 340
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The struggle for status within sport is a microcosm of the struggle for rights, freedom and recognition within society. Injustices within sport often reflect larger injustices in society as a whole. In South Africa, for example, sport has been crucial in advancing the rights and liberty of oppressed groups. The geographical and chronological range of the essays in Ethnicity, Sport, Identity reveal the global role of sport in this advance. The collection examines cases of discrimination directed at individuals or groups, resulting in their exclusion from full participation in sport and their consequent struggle for inclusion. It shows how ethnic and national identity are sources of social cohesion and political assertion within sport, and it illustrates the manner in which sport has served to project ethnicity in various, often contradictory ways. It depicts sport as an agent of conservatism and radicalism, superiority and subordination, confidence and lack of confidence, and as a source of disenfranchisement and enfranchisement. That sport has been, and continues to be, a potent means of both ethnic restriction and release can no longer be ignored.