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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Jobless even if innocent...

Tyler got fired...http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/7257.0.html

Just complaining that it wasn't fair wasn't enough. Too bad, he'd be good at next year's tour.

LA on DL

As I was nodding off last night, I heard that LA was going to be on Letterman. Unbelievably I was able to stay up to see it (note to Anne, how about a Tivo for Christmas?). Pretty good interview in that Dave didn't ask any ridiculous questions. He did ask if there were any good races in the US to which LA said "No". He did mention that he will be doing the Tour de Georgia next year. He also mentioned the Spring Classics as a focus for next year. When asked about the Tour, he said that will definitely ride it again but still unsure about next year. He also mentioned that he hasn't trained nearly as hard this year as in all of the years past.

What price cool

I don't care, these things are stupid looking.

DenverPost.com - LIFESTYLES: "Portable bicycles are gaining respect among commuters"

Saturday, November 27, 2004

New Cyclist Enters the World

My little sister dropped a new rider into the world this evening. Jack Adams was born. At 7 5/8 lbs he has a distinct weight advantage for climbing. Dude has rad thighs too.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Floyd a free agent soon?

Floyd Landis discusses his situation after bolting to Phonak and the possibility of being a free agent soon if Phonak misses out on a ProTour license. From our friends at Cycling News.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=riders/2004/interviews/floyd_landis042

Latest from Tyler Hamilton

Latest TH press release. Interesting....

http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/7242.0.html

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Fat Tire Training

Sorry Redlight but Ullrich is a fatass euro fag. He is too lazy. His pint training and Xtacy training may be good, but not his cycling. He is a total disappointment. He wants to blame his failure on "American" thinking. F You fatass. Here's to hoping you hit the rail.

Monday's EuroFile: UCI postpones Phonak decision; Beloki going back to Saiz? Ullrich wants showdown: "Armstrong claimed T-Mobile rider Ullrich, 30, had become too lazy in training and that was the reason for his below-par performances over the past 12 months. "

Monday, November 22, 2004

Altitude tent for sale

Don't bother training. Just sleep at a higher altitude. I wonder if the tent will fit over my couch?

http://www.coloradousedbikes.com/item.cfm?BN=BN11102419227446

How light is too light?

Weigh in after reading this article on Cycling News.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/?id=2004/features/uci_weight

Banshee Team Leader?

Looks like Joseba Beloki is looking for a job. Maybe we can get him to be Banshee team leader. Here's the latest from VeloNews.

Beloki on the job market
Spain's three-time Tour de France podium finisher Joseba Beloki has split with the Saunier Duval cycling team and is on the look out for a new stable, his agent Pablo Arregui told AFP Monday.

The 31-year-old former ONCE team leader joined Saunier Duval last July from French outfit La Boulangere.

Beloki fell out with La Boulangere after the team's doctors refused to prescribe a cortisone treatment for him, despite the rider claiming he suffered from asthma.

Click image to enlarge

by AFP (file photo)

Happier Times: Beloki at the 2002 Vuelta

He has failed to get back to his former form after suffering a fractured leg during the 2003 Tour de France.

Beloki was in second place overall before he fell heavily after skidding on melted tar four kilometers from the finish line of the ninth stage at Bourg-d'Oisans.


Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Interesting Conversation today

Today, Nov 17 I was traveling from Vietnam to Hong Kong and ended up in line at immigrations in VNam with a guy from Mavic. He said some interesting things: 1) he doubted that we would see LA in tdf this year. He spoke with LA's lead mechanic and he was pretty disgruntled with the fans at the 04tdf. 2) he doubted that phonak would make it into the 05 Pro Tour. The reason? The owner calling into question the WADA testing after 3 of his guys failed. This guy was also not surprised about TH and the doping. More later, I will be home next week.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Fake Penises????

This is classic. Apparently the Olympic Gold winning discuss thrower got a kink in his tube and couldn't provide the sample. He was then caught dumping someone else's pee into the test cup.

Fake penises and other prosthetic devices are the latest methods being used by athletes to try to beat the international drug testing system.

LA in the Tour of Flanders

The Dutch get all the big news first. From VeloNews:

Armstrong looks to Tour of Flanders
Lance Armstrong said Tuesday that he plans to compete in next year's Tour of Flanders, saying, "I want to prove to the world that I can also do this."

Armstrong made the comment during an interview scheduled for broadcast on Dutch television in January.

The Belgian classic, slated for April 3, covers a winding, sometimes cobbled, 257-kilometer route between Bruges and Meerbeke.

Armstrong, the only rider in history to win the Tour de France six times, suggested earlier this month, though, that he may skip next year's race to pursue other ambitions.

The Texan has won the Clasica San Sebastian, but never a spring classic, coming closest on several occasions in the Amstel Gold race. His team director said a decision would be made on the Tour de France early in 2005. Steffen Wesemann won the 88th Tour of Flanders World Cup race last April.


Monday, November 15, 2004

Tattered Cover HR

I checked out the new Tattered Cover today. It is pretty cool to have a little style in HR. It is a little different from the Cherry Creek store. However, I am pretty excited that they are here in the burbs.

While I was there, they had a magazine called "Road" which is for road biking. I had never heard of it and while trying to find it on the net I came across this gem ->

Asphalt Magazine: "Asphalt is a magazine for the dedicated road cyclist."

Don't miss their sister publication, Concrete!

Sunday, November 14, 2004

New York Times Article on TH

Although this requires a sign-up, it is a pretty interesting article on old TH. Obviously he maintains his innocence but there are some interesting facts rolled out in this piece. Its also a 4 pager!

The New York Times > Sports > Other Sports > In Trying to Save Medal and Tour de France Hopes, Hamilton Faces Uphill Course: "In Trying to Save Medal and Tour de France Hopes, Hamilton Faces Uphill Course"

Saturday, November 13, 2004

No ducks, No glory


The composite donkey. A whole new way to train on the really cold days. That is, if there are any ducks (or geese) around.

ACA Annual Meeting

Don't know if anyone is interested but the ACA is holding their annual meeting on the 12th. These are the guys that put togther the Cherry Creek TT and the Bob Cook.

Friday, November 12, 2004

This is getting really old

Same story, different loser.
Kraft's EPO admission continues to rattle triathlon world: "As quoted in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, Kraft explained her feelings after her tainted win in Kona: 'I was already ashamed after the victory. Success was not as beautiful as in Frankfurt. . . . I began three weeks before Hawaii with the EPO treatment, and I quit it five days before [the October 16 race].'
'I did something stupid. The mistake cannot be rectified. I am going to bear all the consequences. I never really rejoiced over the victory in Hawaii. I was ashamed the entire time, especially in front of my family. I cheated,' she told the Hesse state radio yesterday. "


What is with these guys? Have they lost all sense of reality? I guess we should ask ourselves if we would take performance enhancing drugs to make us more money. Or another way, would you break the law, even if you didn't believe in the law, to make more money? That, in a sense, is what these losers are doing. I hope this bitch hits gravel.

The Dutch are coming, The Dutch are coming

Looks like Redlight's family won't be taking our farms anytime soon!

"The unprecedented attempt by Dutch financial giant Rabobank Group to buy a part of the Farm Credit System, one of America's oldest government-sponsored enterprises, collapsed amid a backlash by shareholders and farm-state politicians." - WSJ

Jersey Time

The new SC cycling jersey. Not the best design work but it might just be another "must have." With a little work I could be all 'SC all the time!


Thursday, November 11, 2004

Drugs are rampant in all sports - what are we waiting on...

This is lengthy, only because I cannot link to a subscription site.


Flap Over DopingTaints Another GroupOf Athletes -- Pigeons
Racing Results Have BritonsGrousing About Steroids;A Bird's 3,000-Mile Flight
By JOHN CARREYROU Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNALNovember 11, 2004; Page A1
CHELTENHAM, England -- After rocking the worlds of cycling and track and field, the scourge of doping is ruffling feathers in another athletic endeavor: pigeon racing.
Gifted with uncanny navigation skills, pigeons have been used to carry messages for centuries. In the early 1800s, people in northern France started racing them. Half a century later, pigeon contests took off in Britain and became the poor man's horse racing. Today the country boasts 50,000 "fanciers," as pigeon trainers are called, and some three million specially bred racing pigeons.
But a pall has been cast on the venerable sport. In Belgium, where the pastime is also popular, scores of pigeons have tested positive for steroids. A number of fanciers have been suspended since the Ministry of Health imposed drug testing in 1995 out of concern for the birds' welfare. In 2001, Belgian police raided 80 homes of breeders and feed-and-medicine suppliers, confiscating large quantities of illegal products that were being used to goose performances.
Until recently, no one had raised questions about the sport in Britain. But a series of sensational race results by fanciers here has sparked grousing that some are feeding their pigeons more than grain.
Baldy the champion pigeon.
The 107-year-old Royal Pigeon Racing Association, which is based in this scenic region of western England and counts Queen Elizabeth II among its members, instituted random drug testing in July. The substances banned in the RPRA's 2004 rulebook read like a list of drugs outlawed at the Olympic Games: anabolic steroids, beta-agonists, corticosteroids, opiates, analgesics and synthetic hormones, among others.
So far, the RPRA's 40 tests have all come back negative. But some of the country's top fanciers nevertheless remain under a cloud of suspicion. Among the rumors flying: They are using new drugs that can't be detected, or the drugs have left the pigeons' systems by the time tests are administered. The successful fanciers reply that the doping allegations are sour grapes from jealous rivals.
"I've had a lot of suspicions because of certain performances," says Frank Brammer, an 81-year-old fancier from Gloucester who started racing pigeons in 1937, when he was 14. "Some people who have to win at all cost will dope their pigeons," he says. He adds that he has caught fellow fanciers using other tricks to cheat -- such as tampering with race clocks or with pigeons' identification rings.
An incident involving one of Mr. Brammer's birds fanned the doping rumors when the pigeon in question went missing during a race between France and England in May, only to turn up in Canada two months later. A racing pigeon's maximum range is usually around 500 miles, but this bird traveled more than 3,000 miles over the Atlantic Ocean.
Mr. Brammer, who swears he doesn't dope his birds, says it's "fantasy" to think his pigeon could have flown that far, even on drugs. He speculates that it hit some bad weather over the English Channel and took refuge on a passing ship bound for North America.
Pigeons have an impressive ability to find their way home from afar. Scientists believe they use an internal sun clock and an innate ability to read the Earth's magnetic field to guide themselves. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used pigeons to carry messages. In the 12th century, the Caliph of Baghdad had them deliver mail in one of the world's first postal services. When Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo in 1815, Count Nathan Rothschild famously received the news from a pigeon long before anyone else in London, and profited by investing in depressed British government bonds.
In the 19th century, pigeon racing spread from its hub of northern France to Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Britain. Today, there are pigeon fanciers in North America, Asia and Africa.
In modern races, pigeons are transported in a big truck to sites hundreds of miles from home and then released. The pigeon that flies back fastest to its loft -- the birdhouse where it was born and bred -- wins the race. In some races, pigeons are taken as far afield as southern France or Spain and have to find their way back to England.
Performance-enhancing drugs can produce roughly the same effects in pigeons as in human athletes. Anabolic steroids build up a pigeon's muscles. Beta-agonists open its respiratory tract and improve breathing. Both can boost a pigeon's endurance. Corticosteroids, which are administered in eye drops, delay a pigeon's molting, enabling it to train harder and race later in the season.
The incentive to cheat is in large part financial. Fanciers can earn big money from prizes awarded at races or by betting thousands of pounds among themselves. By far the greatest potential for gain comes from selling champion cocks and hens for breeding. One pigeon with a particularly impressive record of victories fetched a record £177,000, or about $328,000.
Anxiety grew this year in Britain when some fanciers flew circles around the competition in the country's toughest races. A fancier from Birmingham, Bob Walton, placed seven of his pigeons among the top 36 finishers -- including first, second and fourth places -- in The Vanrobaeys Gold Ring Classic on Aug. 30. He won $45,158 in prize money and a new car. Mr. Walton's pigeons have since been tested and cleared. He declined to comment for this article.
Mark Evans, a 40-year-old fancier from the town of Whitley Bridge in North Yorkshire, did even better. His pigeons claimed the top six places (and 10 of the top 12 places) in a race that is part of the prestigious Midlands National Championship. When droppings were collected from his birds for testing the day after the stellar performance, rumors began swirling that he had been caught doping them.
The RPRA can't afford the expensive fees of the laboratory the Belgian federation uses at the University of Ghent, so it sends its samples to a horse-testing lab in South Africa. It takes a month for results to come back. During the long wait, Mr. Evans, who also sells pigeons he breeds, got calls from clients "who wanted to know if the rumors about drugs were true," he says. "It hurt our reputation."
He was eventually cleared, yet he says some of his competitors still suspect him of foul play and even refuse to race against him. "Unfortunately, there's a lot of jealousy in this sport," he says. Mr. Evans has won the six-race Midlands National Championship three times in the past four years. He says the reason his pigeons do so well is their elite breeding. "We have the best bloodlines in the world," he says.
Steve Palin, a 42-year-old window washer from Cheltenham who moonlights as a fancier, doesn't believe the doping rumors. Having inherited his passion for the sport from his father, he gets up at 5:30 every morning to feed his pigeons and let them out for an exercise flight. "I honestly don't think most fanciers in this country would use drugs," he says, as he pets Baldy, a strapping champion with a white beak and greenish neck who has won seven races.
The RPRA plans to continue the drug testing next year. Fanciers whose pigeons test positive will be banned from racing for three years. "We'll show people that we do have a clean sport," says Peter Bryant, the association's general manager.
Write to John Carreyrou at john.carreyrou@wsj.com

Fat Tire

While I was putting on a shirt this morning I watched as the bicycle communter went rolling by. Dude is fast.

Meanwhile, I am dreaming of a bike trip that is captured in the photo below.



Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Chopper Bike ......for kids


Check out these "kid" sized choppers. I found them out front of Performance Bike Shop on Yosemite. $170 for a cool ass sled.

Cycling in Singapore

Hello from Singapore. I have been here 2 days and have seen exaclty ZERO roadies. Of course it would be tough to train for anything of much length in a country that is 23 miles East-West and 13 miles North-South. And also at sea level, not too mention the average daily high of 90 and nightly low of 80, every damn day of the year. Sing is just about on the equator, so i would think that the Banshee cycling team would be the #1 ranked team in Sing!

Monday, November 08, 2004

More Tyler Doping Info

Turns out that testing of Tyler's blood was initially negative at the Olympics and then changed to positive. It also appears that the lab was unsure of testing protocols, and there were suspect time lapses in the chain of events. The plot thickens. Read more on Cycling News.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=features/2004/hamilton_medal

You can also read the official report here:

http://www.wada-ma.org/docs/web/communications/publications/reports/athensioreport.pdf

Oscar vs. Beast Update


Oscar vs. Beast
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Here's Oscar Freire passing the horse on the home stretch to win the race on the criterium course in Spain.

Weekend Ride

Decided to get off my couch and ride on Sunday. Had a permission slip to also ride Saturday, but decided to sleep in (just after 8:00) instead. Saw Bernie and one other member of the lame HR cycling club at the Northridge rec center at 11:00 when taking Graham to tennis lessons. As if anyone with kids could ride at that time.

On Sunday, rode from HR to Fleming's in the Tech Center. Fleming's Steakhouse was the scene of my anniversary training table the night before where I ingested large quantities of red meat, crab, beer, potatoes, cream, cheese, fat and more fat. I decided to visit the scene of the carnage the next day on the bike. In this case a combination of fat and fast (casual 17.0 mph for 29 miles). Arrived home in time to catch Carol, Bonnie and Jen leaving for a leisurely Sunday ride through Chatfield at 9:00.

Looks like bad weather is coming. Not sure how much longer outdoor riding will continue.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

A rat's view

Being stuck riding inside like a caged rat can't be healthy. One's mind wanders to alternative forms of training. Like skiing!

So what is one to do but access satellites to see what the snow conditions will be like over the next few weeks.




God I love technology. We all know that the warm air in Phoenix screwed up the storm that is headed our way for mid-week. More promising is the North Pacific brew that looks to put some snow in our hills in the next 10 days.

Dam(n) road...

Friday, 3:30 pm, Randy and I rode off from HR to Chatfield. I got a flat on the dam(n) road and fixed it there. We then had to go back soon, but not before punishing ourselves on the hill. Friday PM run may become standard exercise...

Saturday, I decided to test my luck and rode from the house to the dam(n) road again. I did five "as hard as I could" runs up the dam. It's only about a half mile, but it takes about 2-2:45 minutes (depending on effort and previous runs). Max heart rate up to 183, never below 174 on the entire hill. I rode one lap of the parking lot at the top, then back down and start again immediately (3-5 minute break between runs). I wasn't the only one doing repeats there, either.

I was back home in about an hour and 15. Next time, 7 runs, and then up from there. Should help climbing power, time trial efforts, cardio strength and psychological pain threshold push. Not a bad alternative to Monarch, unless you hammer the hills there and make it intervals.


Friday, November 05, 2004

Ain't Sport Grand

I love this stuff.

Friday's EuroFile: Caf�s Baqu� future in doubt; Another Italian world's; Matxin happy with SD debut: "Freire to race against horse and buggy
Reigning world champion Oscar Freire is set to take on a horse and buggy in a charity race this weekend in Spain.
The charity race will pit Freire and his bike against jockey Felipe Hern�ndez and his horse and buggy over a criterium course in Valencia. "

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Weekend Rides

Lets here what everyone has in mind. I still can't hall my carcass out of the pit of disease. It's not looking good for me.

Know Him From Adam

I missed this earlier this year. It is a pretty interesting interview from the Denver Post with TH before the season started.

DenverPost.com - Know Him From Adam: "know him from adam
Tyler Hamilton"

Bike Group moves to Boulder from Boston

These guys will be too busy dodging hippies and pot smokers to be very effective in Boulder. They should have moved to the City and work on safe roads rather than bike paths!

DenverPost.com - NEWS: "The mission of the organization is to put 'more people on bicycles more often' - and so the group's move to Boulder was logical, Blumenthal said. The city has nearly 100 miles of paved and dirt paths used by cyclists."

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Attorneys Suck

How hard can this really be?

Tyler Hamilton: Playing the waiting game: "If you're awaiting word on the final outcome of the Tyler Hamilton doping case, better not hold your breath. It could be well into January of 2005 - or even later - before any kind of conclusion is reached, according to Hamilton's attorney Howard Jacobs. "

Monday, November 01, 2004

Advice from Mom

My mom sent me this quote.

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "...holy shit...what a ride!"


Halloween ride...

Just before the clouds rolled in, it was sunny and about 58 degrees. So I decided to ride the Platte river trail. Weirdest ride yet.

Many riders were out there, so it was a swerve fest. Also had to avoid geese (Dirt, would you kill them already) as well as their loads of shit on the trail. Then as I approached the stadium, there were these weirdos in blue and orange walking around. Six wide, no space to go and then they yell at me for saying "on your left". Good thing they got a lousy game to watch...

Anyway, after about 30 miles or so at 19.5 mph average, I was done. Coasted home and lumbered up Lucent (saved an 18 mph average). I think foundation mile rides need to be 30 miles or below for a while.

Anyway, I'm out for all of next weekend, which probably means it'll be great weather.

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