Outside Magazine, Jul 2005
From prologue to Paris, DANIEL COYLE followed the reigning champ throughout the 2004 Tour and all the way to victory No. 6. Now he's written a true-life sports thriller about how the Armstrong machine smashed the opposition. In this exclusive excerpt from Lance Armstrong's War, the author chronicles the brutal turning point of Lance's greatest triumph.
From 1996 to 2004, the U.S. Postal Service pro cycling squad, a.k.a. Lance's team, was a veritable Harvard Business School for ascendant cyclists. As lieutenants and workhorses for Armstrong during his six straight Tour victories, these tenacious students learned the tactics, training, and focus it takes to win cycling's biggest competitions. Here's the lowdown
Cheaters can't be stopped. Testing costs a fortune. It's shockingly easy to beat the system. The drug cops are perpetually playing catch-up. Says who? Drug-testing expert Don Catlin, that's who. He's the doping detective who helped break the BALCO scandal wide openand the man who's about to launch a radical new campaign to finally solve the problem.
Aside from T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich and CSC's Ivan Basso, few of the riders on the 22 teams lining up for the Tour de France have a legitimate shot at winning the whole thing. But there is still the glory of stage wins and the races within the racefor the green sprinter's jersey and the polka-dot climber's jersey, among others. Whether shadowing Discovery o
Big Moments 1910 Killer Climb It wasn’t until the eighth Tour that race organizers experimented with the first big mountain stages, in the Pyrenees. The 7,000-foot climb up the now legendary Col du Tourmalet took riders along goat tracks barely passable by car. When Octave Lapize, who was…
FOR CENTURIES, Eastern mystics have prescribed meditation as one-stop shopping for all that ails you. And Western researchers have been proving them right, showing that it can boost memory, concentration, and even athletic performance. Dr. Herbert Benson, president of the Mind/Body Medical Institute, in Boston, has shown that just two…
If you’re the grandson of legendary aquaman Jacques Cousteau, swimming with sharks is almost blasé. But becoming one—now that’s honoring your pedigree. This past winter, Fabien Cousteau, 37, climbed inside Troy, a 14.5-foot submarine/shark decoy, to film the great whites around Guadalupe Island, off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Created by Hollywood-stuntman-cum-inventor…
Garbage Land From Our Pages Correspondent Peter Stark takes on uncharted whitewater and roiling 30-foot drops—along with Hummer-size hippos and riled-up crocodiles—in At the Mercy of the River (Random House, ), a harrowing account of the first descent of Mozambique’s 400-mile Lugenda River. Stark first wrote…
F E A T U R E S
TOUR DE FRANCE 2005
Call it Astounding Athletic Greatness 101: In our tribute to, and conversation with, Lance Armstrong, the emphasis is on endurance, commitment, discipline, and the most incredible stretch of dominance in cycling history.
By Hal Espen
STREET FIGHTING MAN
What was it like to be Lance in the 2004 Tour as he flattened foes, got spat on by crowds, turbocharged his way up killer mountain stages—and flashed his “Dead Elvis Grin”? In this excerpt from the riveting new book Lance Armstrong’s War, you’re placed right in the saddle with the best rider we’ll ever see.
By Daniel Coyle
Craig Lewis, a 20-year-old dynamo from Spartanburg, South Carolina, has the raw talent and physical gifts to be a Tour champ. All he needs is experience, nonstop coaching, and about seven more years of pain.
By Andrew Vontz
PLUS: The inside word on this year’s TOUGHEST RIDERS AND TEAMS ; a family tree of U.S. POSTAL ALUMS ; and the all-time MIGHTIEST MOMENTS in the history of the Tour
THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS IN SPORTS
UCLA’s Dr. Don Catlin, a top scientist in the escalating war between drug testers and athletes who cheat, has some jaw-dropping news: The bad guys will always win. Now he’s masterminded a revolutionary new anti-doping system. Can he make it fly?
By Brian Alexander
Croatia is the go-to destination of the new Europe, thanks to sun-soaked islands, sailing action, adventure ops, celeb-filled hangouts—and a dawning era of peace eclipsing years of war. You’ll be booking a return before you can say “Odlicno!“
By Tim Sohn
D E P A R T M E N T S
» After completing his sixth BBC travelogue, Monty Python’s MICHAEL PALIN has a telling tea with Outside correspondent David Rakoff
» Shark-suiter: Fabien Cousteau gets chummy with great whites in A SUB SHAPED LIKE JAWS
» Row, row, row… and row: France’s Maud Fontenoy strokes 4,356 miles ACROSS THE PACIFIC —half of it butt naked
» Diamonds are forever, just like the memory of flying your own plane in a dogfight. We suss four outfitters gunning to give you THE GIFT OF ADVENTURE .
» ELIZABETH ROYTE follows the ripe stench of her own refuse in Garbage Land; disgraced New York Times Magazine journalist Michael Finkel rebounds in True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa; and more
» Welcome to the posh rough of LUXURY CAMPING , from South Carolina to SoCal: Think marble- and gold-trimmed latrines, 300-thread-count sheets, post-hike massages, and tentside lobster
» THE WILD FILE on midday stargazing, what makes a hill become a mountain, un-locking the Panama Canal, and more
» We bring you THE ULTIMATE HOME BIKE GARAGE , from shop-worthy tools to a carbon-fiber pump
REVIEW & BODYWORK SPECIAL REPORT
Who doesn’t want to be as buff as a boxer? We bring you THE SWEET SCIENCE of fitness—a ten-part workout to help you put the pugilist’s pop into the rest of your sporting arsenal—and KILLER GEAR to keep you swinging: bags, gloves, medicine balls, jump ropes, and workout wear. You may sting like a butterfly, but you’ll look pretty doing it.
THE HARD WAY
In the wilds we travel, few things are more deadly than a falling coconut. So why are mountain lions, pirates, and being swept from the summit the stuff of nightmares? Our stalwart skeptic debunks the IRRATIONAL FEARS of playing outside.
By Mark Jenkins