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 Strade Bianche: Valverde and Van Avermaet stain the white roads

Yeah, who to cheer for when one guy is an unrepentant doper, one is under investigation for connections to a dodgy doctor, when one rode on whilst under threat of suspension and the other is copying him? If you love the sport, recognise the UCI (under current rules) is unable to temporarily stop you racing, … Continue reading Lee’s Lowdown on Strade Bianche: Valverde and Van Avermaet stain the white roads

Cillian Kelly on CrankPunk makes the footnotes of the CIRC report

I said this earlier today on Twitter: the CIRC folk could have saved themselves a lot of time if they'd just read crankpunk.com in the first place. It was a bit of a glib comment but, a little amazingly, it seems that the CIRC folk did indeed do just that when doing research for the … Continue reading Cillian Kelly on CrankPunk makes the footnotes of the CIRC report

Where does Froome vs Contador rank in the list of cycling rivalries?

if you're coming to find the original version of this article you are out of luck. it's disappeared. here is the article as best as i can remember it. _____________________ Coppi and Bartali, Anquetil and Poulidor, Anquetil and the lock on his stepdaughter's bedroom door, Hinault and Lemond, Lemond and Lance, Cipollini and Soul Glo, … Continue reading Where does Froome vs Contador rank in the list of cycling rivalries?

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...  

Marijuana to enhance cycling performance? (& not just for downhill MTB kids)

Yes, apparently this might be happening. An article in The Guardian this week cites a report in The Wall Street Journal that an increasing number of ultra-marathon nutters runners are lighting up the doobies in training and pre- and post-race. “If you can find the right level, it takes the stress out of running,” says … Continue reading Marijuana to enhance cycling performance? (& not just for downhill MTB kids)

Talansky & Leipheimer: a bromance for the ages

Ever fallen in love with someone? Ever fallen in love? In love with someone Ever fallen in love? (Love…) In love with someone You shouldn't've fallen in love with   The Buzzcocks Andrew Talansky knows that feeling. When all around you judge you for nothing less wrong than lovin’. How deep it cuts. The scars it … Continue reading Talansky & Leipheimer: a bromance for the ages

Landis, Lemond, Lance and Leinders: Why it has to be all or nothing

Floyd Landis talks sense sometimes. (Note the sometimes). He's one of the former EPOlogists that actually has something worth listening to. Sometimes. Yep, he denied his arse off when he got busted, denied it for way too long and messed around with a lot of people who supported him, but his contrition since then has … Continue reading Landis, Lemond, Lance and Leinders: Why it has to be all or nothing

4 Italian amateurs busted for a total of 75 years

You may remember an article I wrote on how the Italian authorities and race organisers are leading the way on anti-doping measures and testing not only in pro races but also on the amateur scene. News just in confirms that that drive sis continuing, with Gazzeta dello Sport annnouncing a few days ago that four … Continue reading 4 Italian amateurs busted for a total of 75 years

Cavendish: “Can you be 100% that one of these journalists isn’t f***ing your wife?”

Mark Cavendish love a good ol' Omerta, if nothing else. First he blamed Riccardo Ricco for all cycling's ills, back in 2011: "The sport’s better off without him," Cavendish said. "He’s not a problem that the sport faces, he is the problem that the sport faces. “He doesn’t mirror a lot of riders, he’s a … Continue reading Cavendish: “Can you be 100% that one of these journalists isn’t f***ing your wife?”