Outside Magazine, Jul 2005



As he rolls for number seven, wrap your mind around the life and legacy and farewell Tour de France of Lance Armstrong—hero, dad, six-time King of the World, rock-star arm candy, and (sometime after '06) the next! governor! of Texas!

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.

U.S. Postal redefined how a Tour de France team should be built. But with new riders, new sponsorship, and new demands within the sport, can Lance and his teammates live up to their pedigree and grab a seventh yellow jersey?

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 open—and 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 race—for 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…

Is there a "next Lance" in the American ranks? Meet Craig Lewis, a 20-year-old who still has a long way to go but is already turning heads with his physiological gifts and grit.

From NASCAR rides to stunt-plane flights, gift giving gets amped up by a new wave of adventure entrepreneurs

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…

What's it like to cross the pacific alone in a rowboat? Ask France's 27-year-old Maud Fontenoy.

AS LANCE’S FIVE-HOUR training ride stretches into six and a half, I start getting itchy. I’ve been following in a car, handing up food, drinks, and clothes; it’s for a good cause, but I want to get some exercise, too. It’s nearing sunset as we finish, and I have 45…

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…

Don't fix your dream ride with duct tape and twist ties. Keep it running smoothly with the ultimate home bike garage.

Modern adventure is safer than you think—once you know the difference between legitimate danger and irrational fear

A new breed of luxury camping mixes fresh air and fireside fun with crisp linens and five-star dining

Welcome to Croatia, the melting pot of hot. Where East meets West, the old is new, the young are worldly-wise, the wilds are pristine, and the 20th-century shadows of war are giving way to a hip and happening 21st-century place to find peace.

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…

Boxing drills aren't just for pugs anymore—they'll jump-start your fitness for mountain biking, paddling, climbing, and more

Nowhere near it, in fact. For his latest televised ramble, Monty Python alum Michael Palin takes his flying circus to the roof of the world.


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

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

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


» 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

» Flash fitness: Lance’s coach, CHRIS CARMICHAEL , cooks up a race-caliber quickie workout. PLUS: The heart-healthy EIGHT-MINUTE MEDITATION session.

» 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

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.

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