Lance Armstrong won the 1999 Tour de France in dramatic fashion, and was the first American to win this European-dominated race since Greg LeMond in 1990. What made his victory even more spectacular was that in 1996 Armstrong was diagnosed with life-threatening testicular cancer. Discovered late, the cancer had spread into his lungs and brain and he was given as little as a three percent chance of survival. In It's Not About the Bike, Armstrong describes his battle with cancer. The story follows his progress from the highs of being one of the fittest athletes in the world, to the lows of debilitating chemotherapy, then back to the highs of winning the three-week, 2,387 mile Tour de France. Along the way, Armstrong learned valuable lessons about himself, his family, and his priorities in life.
Lance Armstrong's triumphant return from cancer to win the Tour de France is the stuff legends are made of. Far from being a book only about bike racing, It's Not About the Bike is a story of overcoming tremendous odds, and will appeal to sports fans and non-fans alike.
Reviewed by pk, 7/2000. Other reviews by pk.