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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609613376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609613372
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A story of competition and commitment that will raise readers' heart rates as it brings the antagonistic world of velodrome racing to life."—Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Marty Nothstein is widely regarded as America’s most accomplished track cyclist. During his 17-year racing career Nothstein won an Olympic gold medal in Sydney (2000) and a silver medal in Atlanta (1996). He lives in Orefield, PA.

Ian Dille is a freelance journalist and contributing writer for Bicycling magazine. He lives in Austin, TX.


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I had so much fun reading this book.
Ruben A. Collins Destinations
The detail with which Mr. Nothstein recalled the stories and the events made you feel like you were there and part of the action.
karensk
It also provides many nice break points if you're like me and read before bed or sporadically throughout the day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By karensk on June 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When they titled this book "The Price of Gold," it was the perfect choice. I started reading this book because I have enjoyed following the sport of bicycle track racing for many years, and I figured it would be a good read. I know many of the folks in this book and truthfully also wanted to see how accurate and detailed the whole thing would be.

I did not count on not being able to put it down and reading the whole thing cover to cover in a single weekend. Marty Nothstein's story is so very interesting and unique, you really need to read it yourself. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a good "Rocky Balboa" type of story, because that is exactly what this is. A tale of extreme hard work and sacrifice culminating in the ultimate honor in sport. The detail with which Mr. Nothstein recalled the stories and the events made you feel like you were there and part of the action. It was easy to visualize and so easy to read. The most difficult part was hiding the book away from my family until I was finished with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Brad on January 25, 2013
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Nothstein takes what could have been a cliché story of rising from disappointment--those who know, know that "losing" silver is a pain perhaps worse than even a fourth-place finish--to ultimate triumph and makes it arrestingly, and at times, shockingly personal. Rather than get bogged down in the silly emotionalism that so often accompanies the stories of a person chasing their dreams, he writes with candor and a sort of utilitarianism about the various obstacles he and his team faced (he's quick to point out, frequently, that he regards his victories as a true team effort despite being the only one on the bike. This could have come off as false modesty, but it's utterly genuine.), and how they overcome them. At the same time, he doesn't shy away from talking about how aspects of his childhood and upbringing factored into his athletic motivations. He manages to pull this off without sounding like the member of a support group, and while there is at times considerable anger, as a man he's free from cynicism and bitterness. In a word, Nothstein is human even if his accomplishments are really anything but. Because without some of the back story, the sort of training he underwent for so many years would otherwise make him look quite machine-like. It was that regimented, that frequent, that consistent, and that intense.

Believe it: What Nothstein and his team did in the 2000 Olympics was nothing short of amazing. Unreal, in a sense. I wish I'd seen it, even though the written narrative is vivid in its own right. It's hard to explain to those without racing experience how much nerve it takes to race track successfully, and I'm not sure it's possible to convey the pain, the thrill, and the anxiety that so often comes with it. This book comes pretty close.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thoms on January 11, 2013
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Marty is an amazing cyclist who conquered the track. In a sport dominated by Europe and Australia, Marty put the US back on the map by working harder and longer than his competitors. I could not put it down! A must read for anyone aspiring to be the next great athlete, in any sport.
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By Joaquin on February 21, 2014
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This autobiography by Nothstein is quite entertaining. My real reason for purchasing it though is because I am always searching for information on sprint training and racing. He dose give a glimpse of his training regimen but not a laid out program of coarse. He mentions gearing a few times. Mainly he shares his life in cycling and Marty's personality is revealed. It is intriguing to here about his many confrontations against other great sprinters like Darren Hill, Fiedler, Hübner,Rousseau, and MacLean to name a few. These matches are filled with cursing, hooks, body slams and crashes.
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By John Rowland on December 20, 2012
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Athletes are profoundly inept at explaining to those of us who will never reach high athletic status what training at an elite level feels like-the pain, the fatigue, the boredom, the frustration and the self-doubt.I have read all the cycling books and many other great athlete books and nobody comes close to letting you and I into the mind of the talented and dedicated like Nothstein. This a book about training and the mindset to train for victory. I have never ridden a bike on a track,but this is irrelevant in reading this book. Nothstein inspired me. He details how the desire to win transformed him into someone who will leave no training stone unturned if it even hints at competitive advantage. While punishing himself,for instance, with a track sprinting regimen, he happens to see the great weightlifter-wrestler, Mark Henry, dunk a basketball. Since Henry tips the scales at 400+ it occurs to Nothstein that Olympic lifting might augment the kind of general athleticism he wants to enhance for cycling. So he adds extensive Olympic lifting to his training schedule! Overtrain? Nothstein does it for months and the adaptation his body makes when he finally rests is phenomenal.
The effects on the person,however, are to be expected and Nothstein is apt at describing them. This is the famous athlete book that made me want get into shape even at my age. Read it.
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By Patrick J Mchugh on December 19, 2012
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A fantastic book to read. Exciting and insightful into the world of track racing and what is required to win an Olympic medal.
Very well done!!!!
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