Everyone else has an opinion on the Chris Froome salbutamol situation. Here’s ours… (1) IT ISN’T EVEN CLOSE Okay, we get it. Mistakes happen. But for any rider to register TWICE the legally accepted amount of a WADA-monitored substance in their body is rather a lot. At best it’s sloppy and unprofessional. At worst it’s … More FROOME vs SALBUTAMOL: 6 OBSERVATIONS
“I’ve just been asked if I’d race the #OlympicTimeTrial tomorrow (so many crashes in road race..). No TT bike etc. What do you guys reckon?” Namibian rider, Dan Craven, outsources the decision-making to his 14,000-strong Twitter following. — Craven again, reacting to the remarkable new WR set in the women’s 10,000m in Rio. — “They … More Classic Cycling Quotes: Rio Edition
Okay, first to admit I’m no engineer. But what does everyone make of this video? (The original post has now had almost 70,000 views and continues to draw a wide range of viewpoints.) This is an Elite Men’s CX race. Watch the rear wheel of the 4th rider, white kit on the inside. It seems … More CX Motor Man?
In recent days the conversation amongst many of my riding mates has shifted to the issue of supplements. Or, more specifically, whether they actually make much difference for hack riders like the majority of us? Of course EPO has received a mention as it always does, as has colostrum and creatine. But without doubt some of the most interesting … More Morning glory (WARNING: ADULT THEMES)
From the outset you know this is no Hollywood fairytale. There is no happy ending. The guy dies at just 34, depressed, alone and coked out of his mind. But whilst we know precisely where the storyline is heading, this is still a compelling piece of filmmaking from Emmy-nominated director, James Erskine. The powerfully made 90-minute … More Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (REVIEW)
“In France the cycling community said that those who spoke about doping were ‘pissing in the soup’.” Michael Barry, Shadows on the Road. In that case I’ll have the fish, please.
The post, below, is not about Alberto’s bike…merely inspired by the extraordinary sequence of events it triggered. In the past 36 hours, many have been openly wondering why the whole Contador ‘broken bike’ saga took off so explosively during Monday’s Stage 10 and, stoked by evermore articles and photos on social media, still won’t go away. … More The truth is out there, isn’t it?
“I heard she was so doped up that she had a beard on her penis.” Garmin-Sharp rider Phil Gaimon in his superb book “Pro Cycling on $10 a day”, referring to a controversial female rider back in 2002. (Full review of the book coming soon.)
“It was undeniable that he was a champion cyclist. But he was also a fragile guy with a huge ego and a coke habit.” Charlie Wegelius talks about the late Marco Pantani in his biography, Domestique. The 10th anniversary of Pantani’s death is this Valentine’s Day.