Secret Race takes William Hill prize

An exposé of doping in professional cycling has won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Bantam Press' The Secret Race by former Tour de France writer Tyler Hamilton and writer Danial Coyle received the award today (26th November).

Spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “The mysterious world of cycling holds a certain fascination in the public consciousness—now more than ever following the recent home-grown success in the sport. The Secret Race lifts the lid on that world and delivers a shocking and jaw-droppingly frank account of what it’s like to compete at the highest level.”

It is the third title about cycling to win the award, following Paul Kimmage’s win for Rough Ride and Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins’ It’s Not About the Bike.

Now in it 24th year, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year is worth £24,000. The winners also receive a £2,000 William Hill bet, a specially-commissioned hand-bound copy of their book and a day at the races.

Also at the event, the Best Sports Book Cover Design award went to Rich Norgate for That Near-Death Thing (Orion). Norgate received a £1,000 prize, a free £1,000 bet, and a framed copy of the work.