We’re often (as a matter of course) a day late & a dollar short around these parts. The recent chatter regarding Landis/Kimmage being no exception to this doctrine of halfassedery.
Paul Kimmage interviewed Floyd Landis a few days before Thanksgiving of ’10. Their 7 hour conversation was distilled into Kimmage’s Sunday Times article published yesterday, meant for a general audience. Kimmage, however, felt that Landis’ detailed views on cycling needed to be aired, so he offered us the transcript of their interview. Naturally we accepted. The transcript is presented here in the form Kimmage intended, with no edits from us. We’d like to thank Kimmage and Landis for speaking freely, and note that the opinions within are strictly theirs.
NY Velo had it up two days ago. You can read it here: The Gospel According to Floyd. I’ve been working though it, slowly. By that, I mean I’ve had to read parts twice. Even three times. This goes very deep. There is so much to roll over in your mind. I have a lot of respect for both of these men. Are they without flaws? Of course not. Few among us are.
I’ll not put either upon a pedestal, lest they should fall off and get hurt. I’m glad this transcript is seeing the light of day. I’ve often said, only half joking, that the truth wants to be free. I’ve generally said that in regards to all the shenanigans and high jinks going on over at U.S. Postal, Bruyneel and his barrels of Belgian bunny juice be damned.
Landis speaks the truth. And his words weight a ton:
I was afraid to let (what I thought of myself) be based on cycling because I didn’t like what cycling had become; I didn’t like that it had become a game of doing all these other things; I never liked the bad politics; I never liked the fact that we had to dope. I shouldn’t say I had a moral objection to it because I had accepted it but it wasn’t something that I felt in my mind I should be proud of. Id.
You can also read it at velonews with the usual pro/con, god/liar arguments following in the comment section.by