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As someone who is a lifelong cycling fan who fell for the Armstrong Cancer Miracle until it all unravelled, this book offers an interesting insight into this sorry chapter of the sport JV was closer than most to some of the key players of the era and his candid explantion of why he doped and his subsequent outspoken position on ex dopers and drugs is fascitinating JV s love of cycling itself, the training, and his suffering for the cause comes through loud and clear If, like me, you consider cycling your sport then you will really enjoy this book Unlike other ex pro biographies, you also get a detailed account of the highs and lows of running a pro Tour cyling team and what it is like to come up against the twin Vampire Squids of Team Sky and ASO in this regard the book is pretty unique and offers some thought provoking ideas about how the sport could be much better structured and governed to serve the needs of the many and not just the hyper elite few.Overall, a great book from a clearly intelligent and outspoken guy who deserves to be listened to. An extremely well written and articulate book giving a warts and all view of professional cycling during the 90 s and up to the present day.Vaughters story starts in the light, moves though the dark and ends with a triumphant return to the light.A good book on professional cycling Enjoy. Jonathans book covers a life in cycling from a loner 12 Yr old who falls in love with the exotic far away world of European pro racing, to a pro living the dream, then EPO turning that dream into a nightmare and lifes traumas and success after the racing stopped up until 2019, so a real complete journey of the modern pro era For someone who is not an author by trade the book is so well written and so funny A truly amazing story is told with no punches pulled especially in self examination But the highest praise can be given to Jonathan as a human being full of amazing talent, determination and genuine integrity I have nothing but the highest respect for him and new insight to one of my favorite teams in the pro peloton EF Pro Cycling Diffidently a must read for any racing fan. I really enjoyed reading this seemingly candid account of JVs life It was at its best in dealing with the lance Armstrong relationship and was very interesting in recounting his management years.I also found it quite moving that it deliberately focused primarily on the professional not personal, but towards the end you could see the realisation that the two cannot be divorced from each other and there is a moving stock taking of what his life and relationships and profession have meant to JV.Top read ONE WAY TICKET is the story of a man and modern cyclingJonathan Vaughters is one of the leading figures in world cycling, a record breaking mountain climber, Tour de France stage winner and former teammate to Lance Armstrong He is now manager of the renowned Education First World Tour teamIn ONE WAY TICKET Nine Lives and Two Wheels he describes a journey from driven teenage prodigy, travelling to races in the back of his Dad s station wagon, to an obsessive determination to make it big whatever the cost He tells the story of his transformation from poacher to gamekeeper, detailing his painful decision to finally come clean about his own doping and to persuade others to do likewise by providing than enough shocking testimony to USADA US Anti Doping Agency to explode the Armstrong mythWorking in collaboration with The Timescritically acclaimed cycling correspondent Jeremy Whittle, Vaughters reveals the ease with which, his illusions shattered, he walked away from European racing He documents his own suffering in races, the trials of establishing a team and mentoring young riders, and the dizzying highs of success in races such as the Tour de France, Giro d Italia and Paris RoubaixJonathan Vaughters shares his unique experience to lift the lid on a world he has both loathed and loved Along the way he details the fights and fall outs with cycling s leading figures, including Lance Armstrong, Pat McQuaid, Johan Bruyneel, Bradley Wiggins and Dave Brailsford Insightful and well written The author sounds like an interesting and driven person that I d like to meet in real life Great book Great writing Great editing. Great insight into peleton and workings off a pro team from Jonathan Vaughters Doesn t quite tally with others accounts, particularly David Millar, and some views are clearly overly biased, but other than that a very enjoyable book. Great read Great autobiography I don t know Jonathan, but I do know and love the sport and while nothing in the book surprised or shocked me, I came away thinking the world of cycling is in a better place because of him On top, he just comes across as a top notch guy with his feet planted firmly on the ground Thanks for sharing your story Jonathan. I d been waiting for this book for a long time, since JV is was one of my favourite cyclists He describes growing up in the US trying to be a cyclist when cycling was a lost cause scrabbling to make it to races, trying to beat the big Texan Armstrong, trying to get noticed by a European team Since he also now owns, manages a team, it s a good view of the management side of things He also goes into the pain shame of the decades of doping his experiences and that of his team members All in all, a good read that seems, at times, to be painfully honest. Like any sport where marginal differences in performance can be the difference between winning and being spat out like old fish, cycling has a history of questionable performance enhancing practices The introduction of EPO to the sport was a game changer, that flipped the field Vaughters got his first European contract just at the time when EPO hit the peloton, and he talks about his own struggles to ride clean and how he succumbs to become a user.There seems to be a whole genre of books about professional cycists admitting their use of performance enhancing drugs, and in particular the influence of the US Postal team leader Lance Armstrong and EPO Despite having read several of these books already, Vaughters book helped me to understand just how significant the performance improvements of EPO were, the cycle of effects from EPO, and how it s use changed over time to evade testing.The book left me saddened for a lost generation of cyclists, who may have been the greatest in the absence of EPO.Aside from the impact of EPO, Vaughters also does a good job of describing the tenuous nature of a professional cycling team The whole sport seems to be built around instability, so that from the individual cyclist, to the team, right up to the governing organisations, there is the constant threat of becoming irrelevant.