Emma O’Reilly is a 42-year-old massage and sports injury therapist living in Cheshire who runs her her own business The Body Clinic. A keen cyclist herself, Emma worked for scandal hit US Postal team for two years during the Tour de France.
Emma O’Reilly’s The Race to Truth has been picked as one of the Guardian’s best reads of 2014.
‘Elsewhere, the former soigneur Emma O’Reilly’s memoir The Race to Truth (Bantam Press) offered fresh insights into the Lance Armstrong story from a player who was neither campaigner nor cyclist but someone stuck in the middle.’
Emma O’Reilly’s sensational memoir The Race to Truth has been short-listed for Sports Book of the Year in the Irish Book Awards.
‘… I think deserves mentioning is the brilliant way that Emma engages with the reader; possibly because of her ability to humanize matters. She really draws the reader in and essentially makes them walk through everything as if they were really there as a fly on the wall. The ability she has to make the reader feel the guilt of involvement in the drug scene of cycling, the agony of the legal procedure and the emotional roller coaster that eventually leads to hope is executed brilliantly.’
‘I recommend this book whole heartedly. It’s a book that possibly more than anything gives us a more rounded view of the era of cycling we have- hopefully- emerged from.’
‘For those out there , like me, were the Armstrong fans who read the autobiographies and drunk in the words in blind belief: read this book., I found it a great blank filler.’
Emma O’Reilly’s memoir The Race to Truth has been selected by the Daily Herald as one of the Best Summer Reads of 2014.
‘O’Reilly may be a woman who knows where the bodies are buried, but intriguingly this compelling memoir doesn’t appear motivated by revenge or vindication - although no one could fault her had she chosen to pursue that avenue. Rather it is an attempt to help salve and heal the damaged reputation of the sport she loves. It’s worth checking out for the foreword by Armstrong himself in which he comes as close to being genuinely humbled as I’ve heard him.’
The Guardian has interviewed Emma O’Reilly, former soigneur to Lance Armstrong, whose new book The Race to Truth, Blowing The Whistle on Lance Armstrong and Cycling’s Doping Culture: My Story is out now.