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Thursday, August 31, 2006

credit where it's due

French rider Mathieu Claude (Bouygues Telecom) finally set the break and rode like a banshee to open up an 11-minute lead at 45km.

From today's Velonews story on the Vuelta. That's global reach, baby.

Extreme lightweight bike?



From light, to lighter to tiny? Or is it a circus bike?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Good day for Discovery at the Vuelta

Discovery youngster Janez Brajkovic finished 2nd on the stage 5 "beyond category" climb to Covatilla. Janez was outsprinted to the line by none other than last year's ProTour winner, Danilo Di Luca. Tommy D and Triki Beltran also placed in the top 11 on the stage, and the three Disco riders are all in the top 10 on GC. Disco also leads the team classification.

Tommy D is 22" down on Valverde and 29" down on Sastre. Brajkovic and Danielson are both better TT men than the Spanish favorites, but we will have to wait to see how they fair. There is another climbing stage on Friday, as well as Sunday.

Our man Brajkovic is only 22 years old and was the U23 TT world champ in 2004, when he beat the infamous Thomas Dekker of Holland in the event.

Vuelta e Espana Results:

Stage 5 Result
1 DI LUCA ITA LIQ
2 BRAJKOVIC SLO DSC m.t.
3 KASHECHKIN KAZ WT 7
4 MARCHANTE ESP SDV 15
5 SASTRE ESP CSC 22
6 VALVERDE ESP CEI 22
7 MARZOLI ITA LAM 36
8 SÁNCHEZ ESP EUS 39
9 BELTRAN ESP DSC 39
10 KOHL UT TMO 42
11 DANIELSON USA DSC 42

Stage 5 GC
1 DI LUCA ITA LIQ
2 BRAJKOVIC SLO DSC 4
3 KASHECHKIN KAZ WT 18
4 SASTRE ESP CSC 29
5 MARCHANTE ESP SDV 35
6 VALVERDE ESP CEI 36
7 BELTRAN ESP DSC 55
8 DANIELSON USA DSC 58
9 KOHL UT TMO 1:00
10 SÁNCHEZ ESP EUS 1:04

Bicycle Pedal'r closing one store

Check it out.  Bicycle Pedal’r has decided to close the Wildcat store in a month.  It is hard for small independent retailers to make it paying the rents needed to support new shopping centers.  Either that or (as I wrote earlier) this is the impact of cheaters on our sport.

Here is the note from Ed Sussman on the issue:

 

Hello everybody,

 I want you to be among the first to hear that Marisue and I have decided to close the Wildcat Store. Our 5-year lease is over soon and despite the loyalty and support of our good customers, like yourselves, that location has not been profitable. We believe that we can more productively leverage our resources in a single store situation. Our vision for Bicycle Pedal'r is a state-of-the-art retail environment with more choices and more selection than what we are currently able to offer in two stores. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some of you. It is important to note though, that all of the staff members from the Wildcat store will be transferred to County Line. We recognize the tremendous pool of talent we have in our staff and intend to capitalize on those assets to the fullest extent possible. Effective immediately, Adam Rachubinski has been promoted to the position of General Manager. He will oversee day-to-day operations as I assume a more advisory role with fewer day-to-day responsibilities. I will continue to be available as needed, though, to assist with all your cycling needs.

 We will close the Wildcat store permanently on Monday, September 25th. Beginning Tuesday, September 5th and continuing through Sunday, September 24th, we will be having a "Moving Sale". Our desire is to sell-off as much inventory as possible during that period so we won't have to move it. There will be great deals on remaining bikes, clothing, helmets, shoes, and much more. Tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers.

 In order to give time for the word to get out, our Saturday morning rides will continue on the current schedule through September. That means this Saturday, September 2nd and next Saturday, September 9th, we will meet and leave from the Wildcat store. Thereafter, we will always meet and leave from County Line. Different and/or alternate routes may be adopted based on your suggestions.

 Thanks for your understanding and continued support.

 Ed

 

Now go and buy something from Pedal’r!

Good Luck Ed.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Zabel finally Wins

After what seems like 87 second place finishes in the past few years, Erik Zabel won today's Stage 4 of the Vuelta e Espana. Zabel beat race leader Thor Hushovd to the line by half a bike length to claim his first grand tour stage victory of the year. I guess the old man can still race!

Monday, August 28, 2006

José "Ace" Azevedo leaving Discovery Channel

Disco announced that José “Ace” Azevedo is leaving the team at the end of 2006 to race locally in Portugal.  While this is clearly a big loss, a couple of questions come to my mind.

  • First, do you think we will get a quote from Lance along the lines of José Who?
  • Second, do you think this is an indication that Ace doesn’t think that Disco can win?

I am concerned that Disco has become nothing more than a hype machine.  Until Johan/Dirk/Sean/Lance hire a No. 1 and treat him that way, we are in for a period of celebrating 9th place finishes.

Jan Ullrich goes english

Tooling around the internet and I find Jan Ullrich in English.  This means one of two things:

1 – Americans and their ethnocentric view of the world has required that everything bend to our will and be in English or;

2 –The power of the internet is driven by The Divine.

No wonder then that Redlight swam across the Rio Grand, evaded the federales and studied hard just to become an American……You can take Redlight out of Holland but you can’t take the Euro out of Redlight.

 

Sunday, August 27, 2006

New Theme Song

Red Hot Chili Peppers paying homage to ME!!!!!

Forgiveness?

Filip Meirhaeghe cheated. He used EPO and got caught. Today Velonews had an interview with this guy who has recently returned to international mountain bike racing. The following is a quote regarding whether or not fans have "forgiven" him.

A conversation with Filip Meirhaeghe: 'You make a mistake, you get punished and then you start again': "People in Belgium forgave me. A lot of people were disappointed, of course, but they forgave me, which is good. They have settled so they have forgiven me and they are back behind me. At the World Cup in Spa in Belgium I had so many supporters. It felt good to be wanted back. It's only about five percent of the people that are booing me, and I'm okay with that."

I find the notion of forgiveness in this case curious. First, what does forgiveness really mean? Does it mean that you are OK with the dude racing again? Or does it simply mean that you can understand why he did it?

Without question, the use of EPO is cheating. It is no different than taking a short cut through the woods during a race. It is no different than using a motor on your bike. In effect, cheating takes money from competitors but more costly is the disenchantment of fans. This in turn reduces the "cycling" marketplace. Ask Ed Sussman, the owner of Bicycle Pedal'r who he feels about selling one less bike.

For me, forgiveness stops at understanding. I understand why a guy would cheat. But I also think they are no different from Ken Lay or Jeffery Skilling in that they are thieves and can't be trusted.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Discovery Channel is not the same without Big Tex

We all expected the races to be different without Lance Armstrong running the team. But I find it interesting that more of his aggressive traits do not seem to have worn off on the remaining team. Check out Tom Danielson's comments on Discovery Channel's performance.

Danielson happy with team's TT: "We weren't that smooth at the start, and the first left-hander we kind of got bottle-necked, got split, and it took a little bit to get back together. There was a little confusion on the rotation. We started the wrong way and then had to get going the other. Then there was a policeman in the road who wasn't there in warm-up, so we all hit the brakes and we had a big hesitation there. When something is there that wasn't there when you preview the course it changes your rhythm. "

Doesn't this seem an odd response? Big Tex was always about preparedness. There was never any confusion in the team. We have always thought he was a great rider. What might be true is that he was an even better team leader.

And Redlight, no, he wasn't a great doper in that he never got caught.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Cycling School

How do you know your kid has a shot at getting a good grade?  When you learn that their teacher just rode the triple by pass. 

Last night was “back to school” night at the local Jr. High where we learned that Miss M’s language arts teacher is a cyclist and a spin instructor.  Pretty bitch’n I say.

As I have written/said many times in the past, compared to the mainstream cyclists have a very different view of the world.  Consider Bob Roll.  A cyclist understands his humor where as the sedentary don’t.

With this in mind, Miss M has been raised in house with a cyclist and therefore has a keen understanding of how we think.  As such, I believe that she is better equipped to understand her language arts instructor.

How’s that for pressure on a kid!!!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Vuelta a ETTTña

On Saturday, the Vuelta a España kicks off with a 7k flat TTT.  Seven Ks Team Style!!!!!  That is about the distance from my TV to my fridge.  That means that teams will be on the course for around 7 minutes.

 

In other news, I have heard that Jan Ullrich will tow the line for the Vuelta for his new team……Equipo Puerto.  Dude will have to wear full body armor as Vino is still pissed about getting hosed in the Tour.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Hincapie Hosed!

Georgie came into the 7th and final stage of the Eneco Tour of Benelux with a 3 second lead over Stefan Schumacher of Gerolsteiner. Here's a recap of the stage 7 finish from www.thepaceline.com.

An amazing and controversial finish at the Tour of Benelux as first Philippe Gilbert (FDJ - 28" down on GC) went off on a daring final 5 km solo shot. But an attentive final select group was not going to let him get that far down the road knowing that a 10" time bonus was waiting on the line. But while Gilbert would go on to win by 2" on the day, the final drama took place in the last 100m.

As the peloton drove down to come oh-so-close to catching Gilbert, 2nd place Schumacher (3" down on GC) had Discovery Channel race leader George Hincapie locked right onto his wheel. As they came hard down to the line, Schumacher on the left against the barriers, a spectator's arm came out of the crowd accidentally striking Schumacher's head / left arm / upper body. The Gerolsteiner rider immediately swept hard right to try and avoid it and in the process took out Hincapie's front wheel, dumping him to the ground, and then Schumacher went on to get 3rd on the stage and the 4" time bonus potentially making him the race leader by 1" in a very, very controversial finish.

As Schumacher plead his case to anyone that would listen, Hincapie and Assistant Sports Manager Dirk Demol made their opinions known and then waited on the judges' decision, and a very frustrating one for Hincapie as they determined Schumacher was not at fault, the result stands and Schumacher wins the Tour of Benelux by one second. As he came to the stage to accept the red jersey the young Schumacher was clearly not happy with the way things ended as this highly controversial final stage will be one talked about for years to come.

Monday, August 21, 2006

By the numbers - LAF

Here's the data from the computer:

Start time 7:36 (way too long in line for most of us)
First restroom break? Exactly 1.24 miles in...

Up Lookout mountain appears to be about 38 minutes (Hammerson beat that by about 30 seconds).
Up Highgrade from the break where the Redlight family sponsored a Gatorade break and relieved us of heavy gear (armwarmers and vests) was 1:15 (I beat Hammerson by about a minute due to a last moment resurgence).
Maximum uphill grade 14%, max speed 44.7 (not too careful, not completely nuts), max temp 94 F, average speed 16.9, and a total ride time of 6:34.

Average speed on the LAST 10 miles: 19.4 mph. Strong finish to get into the top 100 of century riders (we were officially inside top 150 by Highgrade and only passed people from there on out).

Total climbing according to my computer was 7480 feet. According to my legs about 17 miles.

Overall, excellent organization with great rest areas and volunteers. Little late on the start, but everything else was great. Most riders were cool, and ready to chat (except up Highgrade...).

Part of the reason for our finishing surge was an idiot that nearly put me into a wall because he just had to pass when there was an oncoming rider on the bike path. I put the hammer down and we caught him and others easily to kill the last 10 miles. Hammerson was going so fast he flew through the finish and had his bike packed up before the announcer could say his name.

At one point, we discussed that both of us would have quit somewhere had we been alone (Highgrade top for H, back of Deer Creek for R). Staying together paid off in the long run.

Hammerson, how's your back? I got a sunburn on my arms, and my @$$ hurts.

Brasstown Bald Beaver

Am I the only one snorts with sophomoric glee about the name “Brasstown Bald”?  It sounds to me like code for a dirty joke.  Maybe it is just ubiquitous porn on the internet, but I can’t help but think the great climb in the Tour de Georgia could just as easily been called Brasstown Bald Beaver.

Hammerson's New Company

Apparently our Hammerson has started a real estate development company and forgotten to tell anyone.  Check it out.  I would have figured that the dude would have started a bike manufacturing company rather than stay in real estate.

BTW – Don’t bother googleing Redlight because you only get a bunch of filthy porn.

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Back!

It's coming around slowly. The massage and stretching appears to be helping. For now, it's all systems go for the Livestrong century this weekend. I'll pay the consequences later.

Redlight and I will be heading to downtown on Saturday for lunch and a walk around the Livestrong Village if anyone wants to tag along. It will be a 10:30 - 10:45 departure from H Ranch.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Happy Ending?

Hammerson is heading in to have his back worked on today. Somebody (Julie I think) he works with recommended this Thai Massage Parlor down on east Colfax. Supposedly they are running a special this week on lower back massages when you buy the "Happy Ending".

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Phonak down in flames

Did you hear the one about the pro cycling team that couldn't stay away from cheating? Yeah, well, apearantly so did iShares when the pulled the plug on Phonak. Can't say that I blame them. This team had some problems with the rules and I would be willing to be that Floyd was victimized by his own team.

Nice one

Love the masthead. Very creative, and an easy way for you to respond.

By the way, the Parker Crit folks are looking for "racer host families". One or two racers would stay with you if you have room, a shower and a safe place for bikes. Could be a great way to get the inside scoop.

Hammerson, sorry to say most of the Disco boys would not qualify.

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Wrath of the Triple

The Triple Bypass has inflicted its wrath on my lower back. Today, I am walking around like an 80 year-old man with a spear protruding from his back. This is a result of a glorious ride up High Grade yesterday with Redlight in preparation for the Livestrong ride this weekend.

The back pain started during the Triple due to the effort, cold temperatures and rain. It went away for a bit, but now returns after every bike ride. I'm fine during rides, but pay the piper for days afterward.

I spoke to a sports therapist today, and will be getting some treatment and advice on Wednesday. She believes it is a deep tissue issue and can be treated with massage and stretching. I'm hoping she's right. In any case, I probably will not be riding between now and Sunday.

I will be riding the Livestrong century this weekend, but I may need a chauffeur to drive me to treatment the next day.

Let's hope it doesn't rain.

How Far

Disco is very excited to announce that George Hincapie finished 9th at the Classica San Sebastian.  Note to Johan: Wake me up when you can win a race.  9th is a sad finish.

 

Yes Hammerson, I do know that Disco is a stage race team.  But please.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Faster Than Gravity

Did you know that on December 26, 2004 you rode faster?

Gravity

 

 

Nice title work

Dirt, you LPME, another timely title change.

Hammerson and I were sitting at the top of High Grade, and we came to the conclusion that we were both or neither. We're fat AND fast compared to some, and were the other way around to others.

Awesome riding today, bro. Nice weather, lots of chicks on bikes, and a semi easy cruise up High Grade. I couldn't do any more, but Hammerson was hanging back for me and his cold. Next week is going to be interesting.

Floyd to MLB

News report out of Denver that Floyd Landis will join the Colorado Rockies for their stretch run to get into the playoffs.

Floyd's statement. "Dude, like the dope testing proceedures in the Majors are totally lacking compared to cycling. With my chemistry skills, I can bulk up and crush 475 foot bombs to help my beloved Colorado Rockies win the World Series."


PS - Floyd, I still love you but I am totally bummed out.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Triki to Liquigas

From www.cyclingnews.com

Beltrán to Liquigas
Manuel 'Triki' Beltrán will ride for Liquigas next season. The 35 year-old climber has spent the last four years with Discovery Channel, but in 2007 will ride alongside Stefano Garzelli and Danilo di Luca in Liquigas.

Why do I do the Livestrong Ride?

It's because of situations like this one that Chris Brewer writes about on the www.thepaceline.com.

http://www.thepaceline.com/freeforallitem.aspx?cid=2392

It's because my dad died about 30 years too soon.

It's because one in three people have cancer.

It's because our dumbass hick president and his friends only care about Iraq, their hypocritical faith, same-sex marriage and oil.

It's because our government is cutting cancer research dollars that could save many lives one day.

It's because the money this country has spent on Iraq so far could have taken care of every homeless person in the USA or gone a long way to finding treatments and cures for cancer.

It's because I hope to help the LAF raise awareness for cancer treatments, early detection and survivors.

And lastly, it's because I love to ride my bike.

Livestrong

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

LAF blast of a lifetime

OK, I admit it. I can't get enough of that route for the 100 miler.

Invesco field to Lookout Mountain. Down to Morrison and the C-470 trail. Over to our own little piece of cycling hell, Deer Creek to High Grade. No relief either, we go over the top the hard way, along "city view". Back down to the back of Deer Creek. On the way down, we turn before the bottom, going to Ken Caryl, out to the C-470 trail and back. Upto Highway 6, which will take us over to the Platte River trail for the final stretch back to Invesco.

Most of the unscouted parts, I'd never scout anyway (20th, Hwy 6). Everything else is as tough as it gets. Good thing there will be rest areas every 10-15 miles. I'm guessing one will be at the school house at High Grade (which may be my turn around and go home spot...)

Hammerson, drop the big ring and wait for me.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Maroon Minivan Madness

Is someone trying to tell me something? Should I "hang up the cleats" and become a Directeur Sportif? Just drive a car behind Hammerson and Dirt with water and music?

I left the house at 5:45 AM today. I turned right onto Broadway, heading to Wildcat. At the light, I moved over, but not very far (premonition?). I stopped at the redlight (premonition?), and sat in the right hand third of the MEDIAN, not even the turn lane (premonition?).

Standing there waiting for a few cars to pass and the light to turn green. Next thing I see is a maroon minivan coming east on Wildcat. It turns, and this woman and I are looking eachother in the eye as she heads right for me, cutting off the turn something evil. She saw me with 20 feet to go (I couldn't even react, I had a bike between my legs, one foot clipped in). She swerved into MY left hand turn to avoid me. All that to beat the one car coming west on Wildcat.

Once again, my heartrate was unnecessarily elevated. Dirt, I need a gun...

Jens is the MAN!

I love Jens Voigt's attacking style of riding. Jens also works well for his teammates and selflessly pulls the whole peleton when needed. The thing I also love about Jens is that he also takes advantage when given the chance to shine himself. Here's some of his major wins.

2 stages, Tour de France (plus several days in yellow)
2001 Grand Prix des Nations
1999, 2004 Critérium International
2005 Tour Méditerranéen
2005 LuK Challenge

It also looks like Jens will win the 2006 Tour of Germany (Deutschland Tour). Jens finished with the lead group on both mountain stages (including winning stage 6), and he won today's stage 7 38km TT. Jens has dominated Leipheimer, Vino and all other contenders in Germany. The finish of stage 6 was amazing. Jens and a Lampre rider were momentarily dropped by Leipheimer and Kashechkin with 2km to go. Jens then pulls the other rider and himself back up to Levi and Kashechkin when the grade lessens. He catches them in a tunnel with 1km to go, and the tunnel is lit only by the lights of the photographers' motorbikes. The lighting effect was cool. Kashechkin tries to attack and neither he or Levi have anything left. Jens comes to the front, leads the four remaining riders towards the line and outsprints them all to the finish. It looked like he was in tremendous pain and dropped, and then he outkicked them all to the finish. It was amazing! I watched the finish twice on cycling.tv last night it was so good. Jens is the MAN! (in Germany)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Damn Right

Loved this broadcast regarding Floyd.

Even rants are going anti-Floyd

http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/10668.0.html

Interesting sarcasm and parody of the Floyd situation.

All I know is that the ride itself is still pure fun. Watching Dirt burn rubber on a take off and then promptly fall on the left side of his ass is priceless. Seeing him lean over the bars and push until we blew by the Voigt look-alike even more fun. Hey, it must have been the Amstels on Saturday night...

Floyd Landis on the Today Show

Matt Lauer interviewed Floyd this morning on the Today Show regarding THE story.  I am not sure that this really helped him.  Floyd states that he didn’t put anything in his body but doesn’t know why he failed the test.  He also stated that the “isotope test” is a subjective test.  Sounds like he isn’t doing his homework.

Floyd Interview

 

 

 

More Than Floyd?

There is certainly more going on in the world of cycling than Floyd's doping trial in the court of public opinion and ultimately in the real courts.

The Tour of Germany (Deutschland Tour) is getting good. Levi Leipheimer escaped from a small group yesterday to take the win in stage 5. Amazingly, Jens Voigt came in with the next few riders only a few seconds back to claim the leader's jersey. I watched the stage from my sickbed on cycling.tv. Today, Jens pulled off an amazing feat and got over an HC climb and a 1st category climb up to the finish to win the stage by 2 seconds over Leipheimer. Jens held the yellow jersey on a climbing stage! I know, I know, now you (Dirt) are going to say, "he must have been doping". I think my man Voigt is just psyched for his home tour. I'm happy for him, as he is definitely one of my favorite riders.

Over at the Tour of Denmark (Post Danmark Rundt), Fabian Cancellara won the six stage event over Stuart O'Grady, Baden Cooke and the best Danish riders each team could dig up.

Keep the faith and enjoy these other events. The Vuelta starts in a few weeks. The last three grand tours have been tainted by doping. Let's hope they can pull off a clean Vuelta.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

What am I supposed to do with this?

Memo to Floyd Landis: Your fans are really bummed out. We are the jury in the court and the prosecution has just laid out some very strong evidence against you. We can buy the fact that your T/E ratio was high. We can agree that your hypothyroidism may have generated a whole lot of testosterone. Hell, we are all drinking Amstel because you told us it makes you faster. But dude, they weighed your carbon atoms and they are too skinny to be natural!

Its time to give up the pooch. Slide over to your medicine cabinet and take a look at the ingredients for all the crap that you take. I am sure you are going to find a micro ingredient in your pills that you hadn't previously noticed. Mind you, ignorance wont get you cleared with WADA or with your fans. Call the press conference and get it over with. Remember Robert Plant "Lying wont do you no good."

Meanwhile, what the hell am I supposed to do with the fact that Pro-cycling is a chemistry parade? How am I to enjoy amazing feats of human strength when all I can think of is: what chemical must be running through their veins? I guess that we will all become much more euro in that we will instantly decry the winners as the "best dopers".

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I'm baaaack in the saddle again

Thanks to some great pulls by Hammerson and the ever present mental pushing by Dirt, I rode Monarch for the first time in just under 6 weeks today. Wow, nothing like getting back on the bike and enjoying the sun, the wind, the road and some friendly chatter about cracks, crashes and upcoming rides.

My shoulder did fine the entire ride, and only standing up and hammering caused a little discomfort. I'm optimistic about training the next few weeks and getting at least some form back for LAF.

Hammerson, impressive riding in the big ring. Dirt, always good to see you out there.

Nothing Shocking

As we have predicted here at Banshee Cycling, Floyd Landis' 'B' Sample came back positive, Phonak sacks him and the Tour will undoubtably strip his title.
Landis's second sample confirms original finding
I spoke with Redlight on the issue last night. I think this incident is forcing me to believe that ALL of the studs in the pro peleton are doping. What I mean is that I can't believe in a guy who has a spectacular ride.
Very Sad.

Floyd Officially a Doper

The Paris lab today confirmed that the results of Floyd Landis' "B" sample test match the "A" sample. Phonak subsequently fired Floyd, and the Tour no longer considers him the winner. There is a formal disciplinary process through USA Cycling and the USADA still to come, and likely many appeals and claims. This sucks!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

My Sentiments Exactly

From Richard Pestes at PezCylingNews.com as an opener to today's mailbox:


We should be relaxing on a sunny ride, satisfied that July was one of the best Tours ever, but not one cycling fan I know is in high spirits. Our feelings run from disbelief, to sympathy, to disappointment and even complete rejection… Of course I speak of the current dope scandal, and it’s been the big topic in MailBag…

It SucksPez Sez: I think the whole thing sucks. The whole thing being drugs in cycling, now emphasized by Operation Puerto and Floyd’s situation. In my opinion this is much worse than the Festina Affair in ’98, and I’d not be surprised to see cycling in general taking a few years to recover.

It sucks that such a great Tour is now in question.

It sucks that Floyd’s awesome ride on stage 17 is in question.

It sucks that I don’t know what to believe.

It sucks that many in the press have turned this into something it’s not.

It sucks that my local news hour finally covers cycling and this is their story.

It sucks that the cycling public can only take so much trash before they lose interest.

It sucks that this could be enough to turn off a lot of current and potential cycling sponsors.

It sucks that clean riders get tarred with the same brush as the others.

As I watch the story develop, my stomach sinks further each day as another piece of evidence appears to surface against Floyd. I want to believe in Floyd – oh yes I do, but for now I’m left to believe or disbelieve whatever I see in the media. What I’ve seen so far does not look good for Floyd’s defense, and I’m praying he (and Ullrich and Basso and the rest) can clear this up - for him, for fans, for cycling.

Is cycling too hard?

As many of us consider the plight of Floyd Landis and the continual barrage of doping allegations, one wonders if these pros are forced to “dopage” in order to combat the rigors of a sport that demands too much on the body.  Is cycling too hard?

We all know how much it hurts to ride fast up one hill.  The grand tours are three week affairs.   Add to that a 9 month season of training and racing.  Could it be that the “un-enhanced” human body can’t take the abuse?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Recovery ride

OK, time to get real. I've been hammering in the basement, and the arm is feeling good at work. I believe I will get permission to go ride Monarch this weekend.

So, any of you studs ready for a recovery level ride so I can suck up behind you? I can do Saturday AM or Sunday AM, as long as it's light out and I don't do crack(s).

Hammerson, I have a green light so far to do LAF. I'll need you to be my leadout man for a measly 99.5 miles or so, OK?

More Fun with Carbon Isotopes

Update your online subscriptions to the New York Times to read their article on Landis.  It is pretty interesting.  Here are some quotes:

The results of two types of tests have thrown Landis’s status into doubt. One of them, a sophisticated measure called a carbon isotope ratio test, will be difficult, if not impossible, for Landis to refute. The test examines the atomic makeup of testosterone in the urine and can determine if it is natural or synthetic.

Landis failed that test, according to a person inside the International Cycling Union with knowledge of the results. Landis’s personal doctor, Brent Kay, confirmed the finding.

Followed up by this more positive note:

But Kay said the B sample could come back negative.

“The carbon isotope was only mildly elevated,” he said. “We know, from a statistical standpoint, that the first result could have been a false positive.”

 

 

How do they know?

Check it out.  According the New York Times, scientists can tell whether testosterone in the body is synthetic (cheater) or natural (stud).  Scientist can measure the atomic weight of the of carbon atoms in the naturally occurring substance in the body then compare the atomic weight of the carbon atoms in the testosterone.  If the weights are the same, then dude is a study.  If they differ, dude is a cheat.

New York Times link

Get out your atomic scales and brush up on your periodic tables cuz we’re gonna boogie.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Memo to UCI; What the hell are you doing?

I don't understand the logic of destroying a man's career/legacy without definitive, conclusive, irrefutable proof.

UCI source says some Landis testosterone exogenous: "Some of the testosterone found in Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' 'A' sample is from an external source and not his body's, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, quoting an unidentified UCI official."

What is wrong with taking the time and the steps to do the test correctly and release the results then?

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