This is to be tonight’s catch all post. Go figure.
Email from Lovedog:
Two links here (one NPR audio player, one for RealPlayer, both are the same 29 min. interview) regarding Floyd and his book and his ongoing doping legal issues:
Interesting perspectives, comments and arguments. It is worth the time to listen.
A few things to mention…
If you are adamant about riding clean wouldn’t you be extremely interested in the RIDECLEAN project? Floyd was at a RIDECLEAN team member’s house the night prior to El Tour de Tucson 2006….and granted this is only a 2nd hand story, but apparently he was mostly interested in the music choice for the evening. Later at a Scottsdale fund raiser, when he met a RIDECLEAN T-shirt clad fan of cycling, Landis, to the best of my knowledge as a founding member of RIDECLEAN, has shown no interest in the project, although he did pose for a picture.
If you were adamant about riding clean, wouldn’t you gladly accept free RIDECLEAN merchandise to promote clean riding? This was not the case when I presented Gord Fraser (he calls in to NPR during the Floyd Landis interview-so please listen to it via the link) with a RIDECLEAN T-shirt at the post El Tour party. He offered to wash his car with it, but not wear it. Maybe just an “off” joke, but it definitely made for an awkward conversation and gift attempt….somewhat contrary to the message delivered over the phone to NPR listeners. Upon my 2nd attempt, Gord did accept, somewhat reluctantly, some RIDECLEAN socks. He said that they would not to be used while riding on the road, or while conducting camps, but while Mt. biking.
I am in no way saying the above scenarios are indicative of doping, but after contemplating the NPR interview what strikes me is no mention or promotion of clean sport, only accusations and speculation regarding lab testing. Without promotion of clean sport, how do these professional cyclist see anything changing with the doping policies they criticize? How do we move forward without this type of movement being embraced by the sport’s top figures? What legacy will be left for our future athletes with the current approach?
I don’t really care if these guys doped or not, what matters is the future of cycling and I think we need everyone’s help to improve it.
That’s about it for tonight.
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