The Loyal Lieutenant

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  • Title: The Loyal Lieutenant
  • Author: George Hincapie Craig Hummer
  • ISBN: 9780007549559
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Loyal Lieutenant by George Hincapie has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.

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    • You look at the cover of this book and you think, “Great! We can finally hear Hincapie’s side.” That’s the book I wanted to read. I always loved watching him ride. His long, celebrated career was exciting and interesting. This book is not. Once I cracked the cover, I started to quickly figure out the more juicy parts of his story by what he didn’t include. If you don’t sniff out the same thing right away, you certainly will when you open to the sparse and carefully curated picture se [...]

    • (Note: I will be riding the Hincapie Gran Fondo next weekend, Oct. 22nd -so yes, I'm a fan)OK, so he's not Hemingwaywe knew that going in. But Hincapie is an American original who lived and prospered through one of the most tumultuous periods in professional cycling. The story is told through his own voice, without apology, but of course with context. I enjoyed his tells-it-as-he-saw it prose - although I'm left wondering if he has really given his experience the introspection that comes with ma [...]

    • What a legend George Hincapie is! The sport of cycling is much better today for having had him a part of it for close to two decades. George tells the story of his long career in cycling, from the very beginning where he started out riding his bike as a kid in Queens New York in the early ‘80’s, right through to his last race in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado in 2012; and all the races in between. He describes all the ups and downs he experienced over all those years and it is ver [...]

    • Matt Englar-Carlson

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:13 AM)

      Well, let's get the skinny out of the way. This is not a very well written book, and it is quite linear and boring. I always liked Hincapie- still do- but this is a tough read. I remember seeing Hincapie rise as a junior and loved the way he road and showed the toughness of a true rouleur. With all of his experience and history, you would think there would be some great stories. I was hoping for stories of the classics and of racing, but that is a minor part of the book. I know there are stories [...]

    • After finishing Lance Armstrong's biography, my friend lent me this one to get another perspective on biking and doping and Lance. He warned me that I might feel "dirty" after reading this.I don't know that I necessarily felt dirty though. But that is probably because this was not written like a normal autobiography. There were pull-out quotes from other people about how awesome George was (which was a little strange, but acceptable). The worst thing is that it read like a travelog. There was ra [...]

    • This was an interesting book, but I'd have preferred it to be longer with more detail on what George was thinking at different points of his career. He gives a good overview - high level - explanation of things, but really does not get into the details I was hoping for. Essentially, I didn't learn anything new that I hadn't heard before. Maybe that's because there's not anything more to learn. Craig Hummer does a good job crafting the words, but I was really hoping to get a deep peak into the mi [...]

    • Meh. I wanted to like this book more as I have always admired Big George. I felt Tyler Hamilton's book was much better.

    • I always admired Hincapie as a professional cyclist, didn't win many races, but always gave it his best. I didn't really enjoy the book though, in fact after I was about half way through I gave up. I thought it was written poorly, kinda dry and I didn't care for all the added quotes from family and acquaintances that seemed to just gush about how great George was. I was disappointed that he glossed over the issue of doping, saying that it was just something they had to do to be competitive. It d [...]

    • I like to read a cycling book when the Tour de France is on TV each July. This was good, especially about the early days of Hincapie's career as an amateur and then a young professional. You can make your own judgment about the drug use and rationalizations. Some will forgive, some will not; they didn't spoil the book for me. Considering he rode for 9 champions (Lance 7x, Contador 1x, Cadel Evans 1x) and 17 full tours, it's an impressive resume and career.

    • George Hincapie was in 17 Tour de France races. That is incredible. Some he doped, while most he didn't. This is about the 5th or 6th book I have read about the cycling doping scandals and nothing much new was revealed. I still find it hilarious when the cyclists complain that they weren't treated fairly when they were busted for doping. Um, doping isn't fair. Try to act sorry so it is easier to forgive you.

    • Sara Goldenberg

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:13 AM)

      I really enjoyed hearing from Big H years after the fact, as (you'd think) the true story can come out with nothing to lose.First of all, it's not written in his voice at all. It's well-written and it's very interesting, it's just not what I expected to read.2ndly, he downplays the doping culture so much, that it's just not believable.I'm glad he and Lance remained friends, though.

    • This is welcome, compelling story that an entire generation of cyclists and bike racing fans should read. (Alas, it's hard to give 5 stars to an all-too-often poorly organized, lightly edited, and cobbled together memoir. But very few people who buy this book - particularly in hardback - were seeking lyrical prose or soaring rhetoric to begin with.)History will recall Hincapie as one of the (alas, not the) greatest American bike racers. Which is remarkable to the extent he never won an Olympic g [...]

    • Really, George, you marry the most beautiful woman in cycling and give us a picture of her contorted so she has wrinkles all over her neck? I’m afraid that rather sets the tenor for the book. It seems George gave very little time or attention to it and it reads much more like an authorized biography than an autobiography. His was always going to be a difficult book to write, given how George must attempt to salvage his reputation after the drugs exposes. For sales impact it pitches itself as L [...]

    • For many many years, I was a loyal fan of the Tour de France and of professional cycling. Apparently, there are few heroes anymore which has disillusioned me and made me quite sad even though I understand the pressure to compete and to be successful. George Hincapie was always one of my favorites and I thought he was quite an upstanding guy and good teammate. This book has done nothing to change that image but it also revealed almost nothing new. That could be because I have read nearly all of t [...]

    • As a fan of professional cycling and George Hincapie in particular, I really looked forward to the publication of this book. After having read it, however, I found it to be fairly pedestrian and a typical cyclists biography. There were nuggets of information that definitely make it worth one's time to read. For me it was the discussions of his relationship with Lance Armstrong, his best friend and former team captain, and his impressions of Floyd Landis and the 2006 Tour de France. Of course dop [...]

    • George is still my heroI love George and I understand the environment of cycling the time. I have read other books on this topic and was really looking forward to George's take on it all. I was disappointed though at how disjointed the narrative seemed - at times I couldn't figure out what years he was referring to, or sometimes even who was narrating. the anecdotes provided all sounded like they were in the same voice, so at times it was difficult to keep stories, timelines, and histories strai [...]

    • Very glad I read this since I was a very avid Tour de France fan before all of the doping scandals began. I liked reading an insiders story of many of the races I watched. And I felt that Hincapie was very honest in his motivations to begin doping and his motivations to stop years later. Not a "tell all" book about others in the sport, just Hincapie's account of the life he led during those years. As much as I wanted to read this book since it came out, I could not bring myself to buy it because [...]

    • Interesting but just OK. I found this book difficult to read, not because of the content, but the assembly. Craig Hummer is the co-author and his impact is evident. Craig is a sports broadcaster and that is the style in which this story is built. "Sound bites" are reminiscent of a 20/20 expose, or a documentary film, without the benefit of a visual medium. The story tries to be liner, but in fact jumps forward and back constantly. I read this shortly after reading Tyler Hamilton's, The Secret Ra [...]

    • The story reflects the personality.The story was not a big revelation in any way. A great inspiration GH is but, subject matter for a captivating page turner he is not. I was hoping for maybe just a bit more dirt on the uglier side of the sport. I felt this story skipped the details that make an interesting biography, and laboured over the mundane goings on of a pro cyclist. I guess the timing of this book led me to believe it would be more along the lines of Hamilton's tell all book. It's an ok [...]

    • George's story is intriguing to me. I enjoyed his book, and it's remarkable to read his perspective on races I so clearly remember. We were at the Tour of California in 2010/2011 and met George when he was on the trainer in the basement of the parking garage of our Squaw Valley hotel. They hadn't ridden due to bad weather, but he was doing his ride nonetheless. That encapsulates his character and dedication. I will always be saddened by doping in cycling, but frankly it is all too much a part of [...]

    • If it wasn't for the Lance Armstrong doping case only a few hardcore cycling fans would care enough about George Hincapie to read a book about him. Aside from the doping parts, Hincapie's story is pretty boring. As for the meat of the story--the doping--Hincapie is a sorry Lance Amrstrong apologist. We only did drugs because everyone else did! We did the least amount possible! Armstrong begged the governing bodies to do more testing! It's not the fault of the riders and team managers, it's the f [...]

    • Ultimately, Big George’s story proves that he does indeed deserve our continued love and respect. This is far from just another cycling memoir. It's a vivid picture of what life is like as a professional cyclist. George Hincapie neither glosses over nor sensationalizes the doping in the pro peleton. He lets us understand the choice: ride with the big boys or go home. If you want to read more of what I have to say about this, you can read it on my blogbeccafjellanddavis/the-l

    • Bought because it was cheap rather than because it was going to be a biographical masterpiece. We're Tour-mad in our house at this time of year and funny to read of current Tour stars in their formative years in the 90s and 00s. Clumsy and simplistic style I thought and it skimmed over Hincapie's doping, although it does seem as though he was genuinely talented whcih makes it so much more of a shame. Interesting to read the mental approach to his role leading the main cyclists to the front, much [...]

    • This is a really fun and easy read. The paragraphs from teammates, family, friends, etc. throughout the book were a nice and interesting addition. It exemplifies how much his teammates and valued George's tenure. The only reason I am giving the book 4 stats is because the editor framed so much of the book on his relationship with Lance which is only a portion of his career and the book. I am blaming the editor based on the acknowledgments at the ending ignoring Lance and the boon focus on Cav an [...]

    • Some of the other reviews criticized this book for being too linear, and leaving out a lot of stuff. While I can't speak to the latter, I have to say I didn't mind the linear nature all that much. There was a lot of material to cover. When he chose to go into depth (e.g on the tactics of a particular race stage), he made it reasonably clear. Maybe he was skimming the surface in places, but it was a full and eventful career, so it's hard to say that he should have gone into enormous depthor throw [...]

    • The worst cycling book I've ever read. Just an absolute disaster of a book in every way. Turgid "writing" that's like a word bingo of antithetical cliches. I doubt Hincapie meant to come of as a sociopath, but that's what happens. Jarring. (For some reason, I can't stop laughing as I write this review. This book was so terrible that it's almost funny, but only if you have someone to share the laughs with. Alone you might resort to self harm.)

    • Jessica Schupak

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:13 AM)

      Was torn between 2 and 3. The first half is boring, the second half comes to life a little more but I wouldn't call it a and it isn't very well written. I was always a big Hincapie fan and really wanted to like this book more. He also leaves a lot unsaid, a little less revealing than a lot of the other books that cover cycling's dark days and there is an odd absence of talking about his sister when the rest of the family is so prominently featured.

    • I found this book insightful in the life of a cyclist. This is George's journey, not a tell all book, but for any longtime fan, or a new cycling fan, it will give you an idea of the stresses, and background on the Doping issue, while also giving you an idea of their life. If you want to read about him asking for forgiveness, or outing his friends, this isn't it. If you want one man's story, this is a good read. I highly recommend it.

    • Overall the book is easy to read, plain simple language. George Hincapie is probably one of America's greatest cyclists. His longitivtiy in the sport was amazing. I really don't understand his animosity towards Floyd Landis. It appears it was Floyd who spilled the beans about all the doping that was going on. I still enjoyed the book, but there is really nothing to be learned in the book. What a shame!

    • I wanted soooooooo badly to like this book because I admire Big George and thought Craig Hummer would be able to write an interesting story. I still like Big George, but the book was very disappointing. It is very poorly constructed and written. So many of the quotes seemed to be endorsements for the "Hincapie Product" or somewhat forced, with few providing fresh insight into the man.

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