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Bill Gifford

Bill Gifford

Bill Gifford is the author of Ledyard: In Search of the First American Explorer. 


A Riveting New Look at Bike Racing's Dirty Past

In his long-awaited memoir, 'One-Way Ticket,' a cheater turned reformer tells all about performance-enhancing drugs, the Tour de France, and a rider he used to know named Lance

Bill Gifford
Jul 24, 2019

Uphill. Downhill. I Like That.

Clever, goofy, charismatic, and fast, the two-time world champion may never win the Tour de France (he’s not a climber), but he just might be the star who saves bike racing

Bill Gifford
Jul 3, 2017

The Silencing of a Low-Carb Rebel

South African physician Tim Noakes, one of the world’s greatest sports scientists, has been preaching an ultra-low-carb, high-fat diet as the key to fitness and health. His ideas have made him a bestselling guru, but now his critics are pushing back—and as Bill Gifford reports, they’re putting his theories on trial.

Bill Gifford
Dec 8, 2016

Tiny Dude, Giant Wave

Some of the world’s scariest waves explode off the coast of Portugal, and North Shore gunslinger Garrett McNamara won’t stop until he’s tamed an elusive wave he calls Big Mama

Bill Gifford
Apr 25, 2014

An embedded film-maker boldly documents Lance Armstrong’s downfall

Bill Gifford
Oct 7, 2013

Closing the book (we hope) on bike racing’s drug-fueled era of excess

Bill Gifford
Oct 12, 2012

With the release of his new tell-all about the doping culture of professional cycling, The Secret Race, Tyler Hamilton has been blamed for cashing in on the celebrity of one-time teammate and brother-like figure Lance Armstrong. But what he's really saying—to Armstrong and everyone else—is this: Come clean with me. You'll feel better, and it's not too la

Bill Gifford
Sep 5, 2012

Tyler Hamilton’s new book, The Secret Race, makes it impossible to believe Lance’s story anymore

Bill Gifford
Aug 31, 2012

It's Not About the Lab Rats

If Lance Armstrong went to jail and Livestrong went away, that would be a huge setback in our war against cancer, right? Not exactly, because the ­famous nonprofit donates almost ­nothing to scientific research. BILL GIFFORD looks at where the money goes and finds a mix of fine ideas, millions of dollars aimed at “awareness,” and a few very blurry lines.

Bill Gifford
Jan 5, 2012

Two decades after Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France, the world's biggest bike race is our party now. The only question: How long will we stay?

Bill Gifford
Jun 16, 2006

Meet the Champions Club, an elite group of bike-crazy execs who are richer than Croesus, can hammer with Lance, and are donating millions to ensure a gold-plated future for U.S. cycling

Bill Gifford
Jun 1, 2006

The Golden State gets set to host America's richest bike race ever

Bill Gifford
Feb 1, 2006