Saturday, May 22, 2010

floyd - the truth is out there

In 2006, after Floyd Landis won a crazy mountain stage in the Tour de France (the Tour that he would win and then have taken away due to doping), I wrote a very sentimental and melodramatic post about Floyd's mountain climbing ability, and about mountain climbing in general.



Despite positive doping tests from that Tour, Floyd would deny drug use for four years. He even set up the Floyd Fairness Fund (or the longer title Fund to Fight for Fair Treatment for Floyd Landis and Advocate Advances in Best Practice in Anti-Doping in Sport. Basically - you were meant to donate to the fund to help Floyd clear his name and also help protect other athletes from every being tarnished in this way.

Well the truth is now out of the bag - Floyd has confessed, and he's saying that Lance was involved in the doping.

I don't really care about Lance. What gets me is the indignant, holier than thou, "how dare you accuse me of doping" attitude that Floyd (and McGwire and Bonds etc) put on for as long as they possibly can, until something makes them realize that it's pointless and they might as well confess. And to go so far as to set up a Floyd Fairness Fund?!? That's ridiculous. In his confession, Floyd should have also added "I would like to announce that anyone who contributed to my fund is welcome to come and punch me in the face."

It's such a shame. Those mountain stages in the Tour and other cycling races are so inspiring and dramatic. To hear - a few weeks or months or years later - that the dudes providing the drama were flat out cheating.... well... it just ruins it, doesn't it?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Last day of mini-vacation

The Trek road bike mentioned below has sold. Thanks to my buddy for selling it for me and to everyone who inquired about it. I hope the buyer enjoys many long summer rides on it.



It's mid-May and my thoughts are more about gardening right now than biking. The photo above comes at the end of a nice day here in central-Ontario - the plants and vegetables in the foreground will soon be in our garden this weekend hopefully, and the bike out in the lawn was deposited there by my wife after a "gotta ride my bike in this sunshine" outing along the lakeshore trails.



The cats spent most of the day under a bench.