Sunday, June 29, 2008

FWIW

For wider distribution, I repost my comment to Sunday's (6/29) TBV Roundup:

("Eightzero") said...

I can't believe I'm reading my last morning roundup....

I too will add my deepest thanks and congratulations to TBV, strbk and Judge Hue for their work here. It has changed my life, and the world is a better place for your efforts. You should be very proud of what you've done.

Thank you as well to all the commenters. Your contributions to reasoned debate is the essence of scientific inquiry and the skepticism that must take place when some tells us "it is obvious." Well done, all of you.

Lastly and most importantly, no matter where we are 24 hours from now, I wish to thank Floyd and his family. I remember the thrill I felt upon watching his ride in 2006. I still have stage 20 saved on my Tivo. I can't imagine what it has been like for them in the last 24 months, but their efforts have been a source of continuous inspiration to me. I have used his travail as an example to my law students (yes, I assigned his case as a class project), and have told any who would listen just how important it is to be afforded rights when the rich and powerful wish to exploit us for their personal gain. Those that stand up to injustice done will forever be my heroes.

Floyd: come next what may, you're my hero. One day I will have a t-shirt or jersey made: "My Hero won the 2006 Tour de France."

Thank you all.

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And for good measure, I'll add some slightly editorialized words of Drs. Jones:

TBV: The only thing that matters are the principles of fairness and justice.
USADA: What about the dopers?
TBV: Dick Pound would agree with me!
USADA: Two selfless martyrs. Jesus Christ!
[TBV slaps him across the face]
TBV: That's for blasphemy. The quest for justice and fairness is not sport - it's a race against evil! If justice is subverted by WADA and the ADAs, the armies of darkness will march all over the face of the Earth! Do you understand me?!

We're pilgrims in an unholy land....

Friday, June 27, 2008

What we did with the econostim check

We received our stupidity dividend check last week. The world is facing economic meltdown, so naturally George sent us a check and said "go shopping." Great. Maybe if the emperor could read, he'd notice the economy has now been stimulated down to about 11,000 on the Dow. Well done.

We deposited the check into the savings account. The rainy days are yet to come. Somehow I feel good about taking that cash out of a sinking economy.

Then again, I might spend it freely in the first 100 days of the coming Obama administration.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The cross exam we really wanted to see

Could this have happened before the CAS in March?
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Brenna: You want answers?
Suh: I think I'm entitled to them.
Brenna: You want answers?
Suh: I want the truth!
Brenna: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has cheaters. And those cheaters have to be found by men with laboratories. Who's gonna do it? You? You Mr. TBV? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Landis and you curse WADA. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Landis’ loss, while tragic, probably saved cycling. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves sport...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me in that lab. You need me in that lab.
We use words like metbolites, code, Isoprime...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a test tube and run a sample. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!
Suh: Did you order the dancing monkey?
Brenna: (quietly) I did the job you sent me to do.
Suh: Did you order the dancing money?
Brenna: You're goddamn right I did!!

My Drug of Choice

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Who's a dope?

VeloNews' 2008 Tour de France guide is out (printed under license from ASO and the French Tabloid L'Equipe.) Lots of cool stuff in it, but here's something worth noting: On page 223, the fastest time trials greater than 20km are listed. Greg LeMond has the fastest ahead of Armstrong and Miller. The latter is a confessed doper, and LeMond accuses Armstrong of the same nefarious activity. But Greg, faster than both, is clean as a whistle. Right.

Page 221 lists Riis as the winner of the 1996 TdF, but the 2006 winner is listed as Oscar Pereiro, not Floyd Landis. There is a footnote on the photo on page 226 about Riis. So why isn't Ullrich (the second place finisher in 1996) awarded a second win? Hmmm? Could it be the ASO has decided that...nah...that wouldn't be fair. Wait...what?

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Seattle Century

I received a nifty little flyer in the last issue of the Cascade Courier announcing the “Seattle Century.” They have a great web page for the event, and I plan to attend. When looking up the event on a great website/blog BikingBis, I discovered the Seattle Century (organized by a Portland group) is taking place on the same day as Tour de Peaks. Indeed, the TdP is taking place over what looks like some of the same roads in Fall City and Snoqualmie. That’s not really a Big Deal™ but I can describe my last attendance at the Tour de Peaks. While the route is very, very nice, the last time we rode that event, we had a bit of an unpleasant surprise. The “Tour de Feast” as the TdP calls themselves, ran out of food at the finish line. And not just late in the day, either. We got back to the finish line after a metric century. Fairly, we went a little slowly on the course – we had two flat tires, and were delayed a bit changing out the tubes. (Note there was no on the road SAG support. We also discovered no SAG support of any kind at the rest stops. No one even bothered to bring a floor pump.) We completed the ride at about 2pm, and got back to the starting pavilion to discover the organizers packing up everything to go home. When we asked about being fed, they said “we ran out of food. Sorry.” I do think they genuinely were sorry, but no one really was overly concerned about doing anything about it. What was at least as disconcerting was that we were hardly the last ones in to the finish. We passed *lots* of people out on the course. None of them got anything to eat either. We feasted on gels and powerbars from the car (kept right next to our floor pump.) Yum!

I wrote to the organizers afterwards and did receive a response. They blamed the lack of sufficient food on the attendees. Here’s their response:

... [W]e appreciate your comments, and am very sorry you weren't able to experience the food at Tour de Peaks. Unfortunately we not only underestimated the number of participants ( last year we had 340; this year 567 ), but also the huge appetites of the people who did eat. I heard stories of riders taking huge portions and three or four trips down the line. We are trying to come up with a solution for next year.

We will also better ride support next year, and our start/finish location will be different in 2007. As soon as we have the new venue confirmed we will post it on our website and send out emails to all previous riders. Keep checking back starting the first of the year.

Thanks again for riding and for taking the time to send us your thoughts, as so many other riders wrote to say how much they enjoyed it. We do appreciate your efforts and hope you will come see what Tour de Peaks has in store for you next year!


We’re looking forward to the “Seattle Century” this year.