Cookson, Astana, and the Death of Hope

And the first rule of Twitter is that you should never tweet something you will live to regret. Not many people follow that rule but it is quite a good one, one that Brian Cookson OBE (Oh! Benevolent Entity?) was never taught, quite obviously. The decision to award Astana a World Tour license for 2015 … Continue reading Cookson, Astana, and the Death of Hope

Groundhog Day at Astana HQ: Vinokourov to star in classic comedy remake!

Bill Murray was brilliant in Groundhog Day, playing the cantankerous Phil, the weatherman who woke up every day in the same day, trapped in a town he hated, a fate that drove him to several failed suicide attempts. Playing Rita, the love interest, was Andie McDowell. Phil tried day after day (quite literally) to bed … Continue reading Groundhog Day at Astana HQ: Vinokourov to star in classic comedy remake!

BRECK EPIC introduces Zero Tolerance for dopers!

proper NEWSFLASH this one... Mike McCormack, organiser of the BRECK-EPIC MTB stage race in Colorado, one of the premier events in North America, today tweeted that his race will no longer accept as an entrant any rider that is serving or has ever served a USADA or WADA suspension. https://twitter.com/BreckEpic/status/534780473244123136 this is awesome. why? because … Continue reading BRECK EPIC introduces Zero Tolerance for dopers!

The Taiwan KOM Challenge: why we banned all formerly suspended riders from our race

We had a decision to make. The 2013 winner of the Taiwan KOM Challenge had arrived on the start line of the race fresh from a doping suspension, causing heated debate on internet as to the validity of his victory. The integrity of the event that we had been working hard on for so many … Continue reading The Taiwan KOM Challenge: why we banned all formerly suspended riders from our race

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke & The Art of Cynicism

“Being cynical is the only thing that is still fun about cycling,” wrote Willard Ford, and I love that line so much that I might put it on a t-shirt. But here’s an interesting thought - which came first, the doping, or the cynicism?There are several different kinds of cycling fan, of course, but for … Continue reading Jonathan Tiernan-Locke & The Art of Cynicism

Bruyneel is right: his 10 year ban just is not fair

“The evidence establishes conclusively that Mr Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders.” “Similarly, Dr Celaya and Mr Marti were part of, or at least allowed themselves to be used as instruments of, that conspiracy.” The above … Continue reading Bruyneel is right: his 10 year ban just is not fair

Cape Epic ban of dopers is a bold move that others should follow

this article first appeared on The Roar. What do we do with these guys huh? They come along to a race, doped up, get busted, go away for two years or even less. Then at the end of their suspension, they swan along again and slot right back in to the groove of things, taking … Continue reading Cape Epic ban of dopers is a bold move that others should follow

Contador calls for what now?

crankpunk reads a lot, at least three books a week which means i go through a lot of coloring pencils, but even i gave up join-the-dots drawing a long time ago. seems however that Alberto Contador wants to play, so why not? i have nothing else to do, so let's give the Spaniard his ounce … Continue reading Contador calls for what now?