Last week the French senate released its report on doping during the 1998 tour and surprise surprise some of the cycling's biggest names were busted post careers just when it matters least. I've zoned out on my twitter timeline as each cycling news site I follow publishes their version of the story. I'm not afraid … Continue reading Confessional
Mr. Simon, I know you are currently on Vacation, which started on Saturday, and as I gather will be a couple weeks in duration, but I was hoping I may disturb your R & R for a moment. I listen to your voice every Saturday morning before I head off to my job at Seattle … Continue reading Open Letter to Scott Simon
I love the Selle San Marco’s classic Concor Light Saddle. It’s shape and aesthetic remind me of an era that through the wonders of birth, time and space I never really experienced. To just look at this saddle is to want to ride fast. It appears perfect in every way. I am not the only … Continue reading Too Much Zef, Ode to a Concor Light.
Cycling's twitter pundits (meaning pretty much anyone who comments on cycling in 140 characters) were in a tizzy this weekend when a rumor, let me say that again a RUMOR, surfaced claiming Lance was "weighting a confession." Rumor also had it that Armstrong was talking with USADA officials with the hopes that he may at some … Continue reading Stage Managed Circus.
Calling Jens Voigt "beloved" would be a gross understatement. Jens is accessible, speaks English well, and is nearly always at the front of the race. But last week he kind of stepped in it when he was asked if he was going to read confessed doper Tyler Hamilton's new book The Secret Race. His reply was: "Not in a … Continue reading Hero Worship
The Vuelta has ended with Alberto Contador taking the overall. This is his first victory after his ban for Clenbuterol. An event that was filled with all the drama and corruption, that we will now forever associate with these events. That makes a total of five Grand Tour wins, making him one of the best riders … Continue reading Mind of a Champion.
We've all heard the news by now so this is a bit late to the game. But we will have this going on for awhile, just like all things Lance. My twitter feed blew up when the news dropped that Armstrong would no longer fight the charges brought against him by the USADA. What I … Continue reading Ding Dong the Witch is Dead?
There was some ballyhooing about yesterday's Ronde being a boring. I say NONSENSE! We just had to wait a while for it to happen. A select three man group (might be a stretch with Ballan, but...) is pretty exciting. Did I miss the Muur? You bet, but I'm not sure the race would have turned … Continue reading Bruyneel’s Luck
This may seem a bit behind the times, since the Contador suspension news cycle has long since passed. Still there is something here for us to consider. Here in the states, popular opinion holds that Contador is a doping cheat, who raced on Pro Team Astana with Lance during his comeback year. The internal team … Continue reading Rethinking Contador
Next month there are several classic spring racesin the world of pro cycling. The Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo, and Gent-Wevelgen are few World Tour races among many more national and local races that will open the 2012 season. For serious cyclists, like the owner of this blog who is in the middle of a heavy week … Continue reading Doping Scandals Have Soured My Spring Classic Excitement