It's Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

Version: Abridged
Author: Lance Armstrong , Sally Jenkins
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: August 2000
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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People around the world have found inspiration in the story of Lance Armstrong--a world-class athlete nearly struck down in his prime, who came back to win the world's most grueling test of cycling, the Tour de France. It's Not About the Bike is the story of Armstrong's journey from inauspicious beginnings through triumph, tragedy, transformation, and transcedence. Though he's a hero to millions, he never adopts a hero's pose. In his down-to earth Texas style, he tells of his childhood, early success, near-fatal cancer, recovery, survivorship, victory in the 1999 Tour de France, marriage, and first-time fatherhood. Everyone knows Lance Armstrong is a passionate and fearless competitor. It's Not About the Bike reveals what is truly heroic about the man: his depth of character and generosity of spirit.

Reviews (25)

Overcoming strength

Written by Anonymous on September 20th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was a pretty good book but it was just missing something i am not sure what it felt like he hadn't completely won this battle by the end of the book it seemed unfishined to me.

are'nt i the greatest?

Written by Anonymous on January 13th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

yeah, sorry just too narcissitic. i guess you have to be an a-hole to win, and he is an a-hole. and i am writing as someone who has had cancer and gone through the chemo and radiation myself. so it kept me interested, but he is so self centered.


Written by Anonymous from Elon, NC on May 19th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a phenominal story of overcoming and strength.

It's Not About the Bike

Written by Julie on July 31st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book is very exciting. It is very compelling and draws the reader into all the action. The reader is able to understand Lance Armstrong and why he may have made the choices that he has in his life. Awe-inspiring to learn what he had to overcome to get back on the bike. I highly recommend it!

Amazing Story

Written by Abhas A. on December 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book narrates a story of great accomplishment but I did not find it "thought provoking" (for that you may want to consider something like "autobiography of viktor frankl"). I admire Lance for what he has achieved. The book is well read and I highly recommend it.

Best Yet

Written by Anonymous on December 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was my favorite book thus far. Listening to Lance speak in his own words really added to the content of the book. He is much more of a Maverick than I would have thought from briefly seeing him on TV. The book covers everything that we would want to know about his life including the depth of his cancer illness and treatment. I very much enjoyed.

It's Not About the Bike

Written by Millionaire2B from San Jose, CA on November 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. Excellent motivational, real story. I enjoy books about overcoming hardships. The listen was easy and thought-provoking.

Its not about the bike

Written by Joan Lindley on November 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A very inspiring book in some ways. I think I would have been even more impressed by the accomplishments of Lance Armstrong if I had listened to this book when it first came out. He seemed so in-love with his wife that hearing the book after he had divorced her was a bit of a downer. But I am a hopeless romantic. Being a nurse and knowing somewhat about stage 4 cancer, it really is amazing that he lived. I am glad he is doing so much to help cancer patients believe they can lick their disease. That is where his real inspiration lies for now

Not underabirdged but rewarding

Written by Mark M. on March 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is an entertaining, revealing and, for the most part, motivational view of man I admire. Understand that it covers his life and career until after his first Tour de France win and birth of his first child. We learn a lot about th man and the forces that made him endure to be a champion - both the admirable and not so admirable parts. Just about the right length for what he has to say. Well narrated but would have been better if Lance had read it.

It's Not About the Bike

Written by Anonymous on January 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A book to teach you about much more than bike racing. Lance sets himself vulnerable to us so that we may be better people. Once you start listening you won't want to stop.

Author Details

Author Details

Armstrong, Lance

"Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong continues to make winning the Tour de France his annual cycling goal. He also oversees the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists cancer patients around the world with managing and surviving the disease. He lives in Austin, Texas."

Jenkins, Sally

Sally Jenkins is a columnist for the Washington Post. In 2002 she won the Associated Press Columnist of the Year Award. She has co-written many bestselling sports books, including "It's Not About the Bike" and "Reach For the Summit" with Pat Summitt.