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
Selective forgiveness. def. The act of forgiving one person for their behaviour, but not forgiving another person who did the same thing. For some time now I’ve been quite fascinated, and often perplexed, observing how differently social and mainstream media react to different doping fiascos, largely dependent upon where that athlete is from. Some suggest these … More Doping and the fine art of selective forgiveness
Okay, so right up front I need to confess this isn’t specifically a cycling book. But, as the name suggests, it is about sport and it does have plenty of references to cycling including none other than Eddy Merckx and his hour record of 1972. Plus chess, there’s quite a lot of chess. The author, David Epstein, is an American journalist who … More BOOK REVIEW: The Sports Gene
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)
“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.
Another week in pro cycling. Another two doping scandals. Guilty or otherwise, it’s all becoming a blur, don’t you think? Like old wallpaper, it’s there. But you barely pay any attention to it as you’ve seen it all before. So from now on, whenever another doper is outed (and of course there will be more) … More Another doping story? It’s just wallpaper to me now
Article from Cyclingnews this morning. One Canadian rider – Francois Parisien of Argos Shimano – reacts to Hesjedal’s doping confession this week. He’s not happy, and who can blame him? Canadian Cyclist François Parisien doesn’t believe Ryder Hesjedal’s confession that he used banned substances ten years ago but not ever since. “I don’t believe it … More What he said: Parisien on Hesjedal
Sent in by a reader about an hour ago. Dedicated to Ryder Hesjedal who of course only doped once, a long time ago, and has been clean ever since – whilst earning a very nice living, it must be said. Good on him for finally coming clean. However like most before him, it appears he only … More Wheel of (mis)Fortune
You know the running joke about all of Lance Armstrong’s books being shifted from Non Fiction to Fiction? Well, this pic is in a similar vein. A mate of mine, Jack, sent it in. Spotted at a JB Hi-Fi store. Love it.