So, after training for a month and half, losing some much needed pounds, and the weather being nice, instead of broiling hot, I decided to head back to my old stomping grounds, and race the Carolina Cup in Greensboro, NC, which if you check their website the winners of the race from many years ago, and even as of late, reads like a pretty good list of some of the best domestic cyclists that have pounded the pavement in the US over the years. Plus, it’s a race put on by the team/shop that I used to ride for. So really, it was more about hanging out with some old friends, meeting new ones, and figuring out that lining up against 60 some odd guys who have been racing all year isn’t the smartest thing.
About 5 laps, and done, soft pedaled, and then hopped on the back of the train when it came around again to get some training in. Man, no top end. This guy needs some work on the road this winter if I want to race the bike again in the near future (which I do). Also, got the ‘cross build going on right now, and will be lining up for some cross races in the Mid Atlantic, to once again, have my ass handed to me, and you know what? Fuck it, I’m OK with that. I hope and or plan to have some sort of fitness by the time Spring rolls around. We’ll see, and if I don’t? Well, as I said above, fuck it. I am NOT even going to come close to racing back up as a 1 like I used to be, no fucking way. Too much time needed for that I think. And time, I don’t have.
Anyway, like everyone else, been following this Joe Papp stuff as it evolves, and have been following the US Postal investigation as well. Man, I can’t wait until the shit drops for good on this one. Heading back down to NC last weekend, I heard some rumors, well, not rumors, but at the Crossroads Cycling Classic series of races in NC (I will add, that if you have a chance to go and race this series, it is well run, and well worth the time, and there is a ton of good racing) apparently USADA made an appearance. Not for the Pro 1/2 category though, no sir, it was for the Master’s categories. A few former teammates of mine got pee tested, as did a lot of other guys racing in the Master’s categories out there.
Here’s the thing. For years on end, before I really got into racing (around 2000), and long after I got out of racing a lot (2007), the rumor around the bunch has always been that certain older aged riders in NC, and the Southeast in general had been racing dirty for years. There were trips to Old Mexico in the winter for “training” (even though they live in NC where it doesn’t really snow that much, and you can train all year long). The trips would last, well, months sometimes. And, those guys would return being harder than fucking barn nails. And normally right before the season would start, they’d disappear again for another few weeks, to “hone” their form before the season would start, and then they’d come out swinging.
You can still regularly see these guys riding at the front, or off the front of most 1-2 races in the SE on any given sunny summer weekend. I’ve heard there were some nervous guys that weekend that USADA showed up, because, who would think that USADA would show up to a small race series, in North Carolina to test the Master’s racers, IF they didn’t have some good information (the DoD would call it, actionable intelligence) of who was, and was not taking PEDs to enhance their riding? They ain’t gonna waste their time going down there without coming back with something. I can’t wait to see what they found.
Then there is the Papp list itself. It is said that there are what? 187 some odd names on there? Lots of cyclists, and some other athletes. I can’t wait until that thing drops.
Shit is getting real out there, and I’m loving it.
Oh, and when Lance finally does get busted, all you Lance-o-philes can kiss my ass after defending him all of this time.by