We got an unsolicited email from Mr. Tom Zirbel recently regarding recent post of ours. The title alone is enough to tell you the direction it took, the author called it: Another one eats it. The tone was tough as we don’t often pull our punches.
From: Tom Zirbel
I’ve been getting brave lately and reading what others have to say about my case. I figured DC would be good for extremes. I just ask you to be careful about the attitude you’re propagating. The pessimism you exude about our sport is not doing any good. It’s fine that you write for entertainment purposes but you’ve obviously got quite the following so with that comes some responsibility to cycling (if you care about the sport).
It’s okay that you believe I’m a cheater, but in saying so I would hope that you’ve done your due diligence and looked at the research on DHEA as a performance enhancer, looked at the prevalence of anabolic contamination in supplements (18% in a recent study), taken into account how often I was tested (11 times in 2009 so why would I take something so easily tested for), and so on. I don’t expect people who don’t know me to believe me, but I do expect people who say I’m undoubtedly a cheater to at least have researched the issue a bit. And please, just understand that you hold some power with this forum and your pessimism rubs off on others.
And if I am able to prove that the DHEA got into my system without my knowing, I hope you’ll post that on your little soap box blog.
I replied and inquired about posting his message on the site. I told him then what I will repeat now: If it turns out in the DHEA got into his system through a contaminated supplement (or other such route), we will post such information. We’re not out to nail any particular person, we’re calling out the entire ridiculous system.
I don’t know this guy from Adam. But, I hope he does come out on top of this. I appreciate the fact he wrote the email and said what he has to say.by