Nicole Cooke: ‘I blew the whistle on drugs but no one listened to me’

From today's The Guardian, and excellent article by the first British winner of the Tour de France (sorry Sir Wiggo) and former Olympic and World Champ, Nicole Cooke, on CIRC, TUEs and the curious selective hearing of the authorities when it comes to doping. Click the image below to head to the article.

Lee’s Lowdown on PEZ: The Evils of Ego

The weekly column on PezCycling News went up earlier today, click on the image below to head over there to read it. Basically it covers how ego is an absolute necessity - to a point, but that it is also the beginning of the end it left unchecked...  

Quite Comprehensive: The Oral History of Lance Armstrong

No, you dirty-minded Fred, not the history of Lance in the back seat of cars... which is kind of a misnomer as he's always in the driver's seat. Right, Madame Armstrong? Here is a thoroughly investigated and lovingly compiled history of Lance's verbal spewages, some conscious and others less so, about how great and lovely … Continue reading Quite Comprehensive: The Oral History of Lance Armstrong

Charlie Hebdo, le dopage & cartoons

Very interesting article in today's The Guardian by Suze Clemitson about how Charlie Hebdo taught her more about the reality of doping in cycling than she would ever have read in the pages of Pro Cycling or Cycling Snooze. "I learned more about the murky world of cycling from the cartoonist’s pen than from the … Continue reading Charlie Hebdo, le dopage & cartoons

Hincapie’s Gran FRAUDO wanders ever further into The Absurd

alternate realities? string theory, perhaps, where near-identical universes thrum alongside each other, where other variations of you live out their existence doing the same stuff but with different outcomes? or the confirmation that the world has truly gone bat-shit crazy? . whatever it is, George Hincapie and his cheery band of fellow travelers have somehow … Continue reading Hincapie’s Gran FRAUDO wanders ever further into The Absurd

Hushovd comments reflect deep-seated contradictions in cycling culture

I met Thor Hushovd once. I was racing in the 2012 Tour of Qatar as a member of the RTS Racing Team, previously known as the Giant Racing Team. We’d been invited by virtue of being the third best team in Asia in 2011, after two Iranian teams. So, there I was, sat at the … Continue reading Hushovd comments reflect deep-seated contradictions in cycling culture

Betancur’s ‘difficultness’ might mean he misses Le Tour

this article originally appeared in The Roar. “Where did it all go wrong, Carlos?” Colombian cycling fans might be asking Carlos Betancur in years to come. The 24 year old had all that a young pro cyclist could wish for, and then some – a very decent salary, a flat in Europe, the respect of … Continue reading Betancur’s ‘difficultness’ might mean he misses Le Tour

the curious case of George Hincapie

I do not know where to start when it comes to George Hincapie. Ex-Lance Armstrong teammate, ongoing Lance apologist, ex-doper, supergrass, writer, hotelier, clothing entrepreneur, and team sponsor. George wears so many hats that we really shouldn’t be surprised that even he gets confused from time to time as to which one he’s wearing. Let’s … Continue reading the curious case of George Hincapie

The Outer Line: The Forgive Me Roadshow

by crankpunk i've written this before but it's worth noting again i think. when i started crankpunk i was between journalism jobs and seeking an outlet to write about what is one of the driving passions of my life, the bike, and all things cycling. as a rider and a racer who dropped out of … Continue reading The Outer Line: The Forgive Me Roadshow