Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Breaking News: Panel decision imminent

Monday, May 23, 2021

Murrieta, California (Reuters) - Today marks the 14th anniversary of the ending of the Floyd Landis / USADA hearing at the former site of Pepperdine University; Malibu has since been washed into the Pacific Ocean after the sea level rose more than 4 feet over the past decade. To date, the world and Floyd Landis, 45, are still waiting for the decision of the arbitration panel on Landis' fate and whether he can be finally declared or dethroned the Tour de France Champion of 2006. According to inside sources at the WADC (World Anti-Doping Conglomerate), founded in 2012 from the remnants of WADA and USADA, the decision is expected any day now since Richard McLaren will retire in a week from today. Travis Tygart, Dick Pound and Pat McQuaid, WADC's triumvirat, had no comment. Patrice Brunet and Christopher Campbell haven't been seen in public since 2017.

Greg Lemond, 60, recently stated in an ESPN3 interview, that he is still angry at Landis, and that Lemond himself should have won the 2006 TdF. And who doesn't remember Lemond's quote from Aug 26, 2007, as published in the Denver Post:

"I told him, 'Floyd, you may think you can get away and hide your lie, but it's always there and it works on you and it works on you,"' LeMond said. "'And in 15-20 years it manifests itself. It's proven throughout psychotherapy and (with) psychologists and psychiatrists that trauma or lying or not being true to yourself has a dramatic effect on self-destructiveness."'

And here are we now, 14 years later. Landis: "Lemond should finally shut up. I've won the Tour fair and square."

Asked about whether Landis will race the Leadville 100 again this year: "It depends; for the past 14 years, I've hoped that Lance would finally take up the challenge, but every time he bailed out". After Dave Wiens' retirement in 2013, Landis has been winning the Leadville MTB race every year.

Landis also expressed only little surprise about the decision of the 2021 Tour of Colorado (moved from California due to the receding CA coast line) organizers earlier this year, to yank 62 of the 142 riders from the race due to positive doping tests. "It's 2006 all over again, why is the LNDD still in business ?". WADC had declared LNDD the only officially accredited anti-doping lab on the planet. Landis: "The LNDD today yields 800% more positive doping tests than in 2007, and they only upgraded to Windows95 in 2011. This is ridiculous!". Landis could be the first winner in the Tour's 118-year history to be stripped of his title because of drugs.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sat, Aug 25

37 days until the Mount Diablo Challenge. For the fun of it, I'll attempt to maintain a training log in a post dated 10/7/07 12:01am, although don't expect it to be too serious.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fri, Aug 24

The Mount Diablo Challenge is just 6 weeks and 2 days away. Today I signed up:

So officially I'm commited to give Floyd Landis a hard time, if he gives me a headstart of an hour. Judging by last year's result, I'll end up being in 836th place ... winning is not everything.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sun, Aug 19

This week has been a bit disappointing in terms of miles cycled. After last Sunday's 82 miles, I had to skip the Thursday lunch ride, and today we've completed a 33 mile loop, but at least with 3711 feet of climbing.

There's word that Floyd Landis signed up for the 26th Annual Mount Diablo Challenge, an 10.8 mile bike ride that climbs up 3,249 feet to the summit of Mount Diablo. The race takes place on October 7th in Danville, CA. The registration fee is $50, and all proceeds benefit Save Mount Diablo’s land conservation efforts. Last year's race was won by 51-year old Robert Anderson from Mill Valley, CA, in 47:28.3. If you add one hour to it, this would be my finish time. I haven't made up my mind yet, but the race between Floyd and TBV should be exciting.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Mon, Aug 13

Time to clean the dust and the spider webs on this blog ...

Another great ride yesterday: from the Presidio to Point Reyes Station and back, ~5000 ft of climbing over a ~76 mile distance. While the day started out chilly and grey, with the usual fog across the span of the Golden Gate Bridge, and everyone wondering who's idea it was to ride in THAT weather, the sun came through quickly once we reached Sausalito, just north of the bridge. The arm warmers and vests came off another couple of miles later, before the first climb of the day. The route continued through the neighborhoods and downtowns of Larkspur, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo and Fairfax, with lots of ignored stop signs and a couple of cops watching closely over the compliance of a few. Two more climbs before Nicasio; from there another 10 miles to Point Reyes Station, a favorite destination of not only bikers with big calves and quiet 18-pound vehicles, but also bikers with big bellies and loud 600-pound vehicles. After a 20-minute break, we headed back the same way we came. Unexpectedly, Rich took a stop sign seriously, and TBV a little tumble. Two final climbs, facing some congestion due to "rental" cyclists on the bridge, we finished with about 4:45 total riding time, and about 16 mph average speed.

2007 riding stats: #of rides: 55, annual mileage: 2084, pace: 3381.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Doping sanctions: Baseball vs Cycling

Yesterday, Neifi Perez of the Detroit Tigers was suspended by his team for his third doping offense. Perez' very cruel sentence: an 80-game suspension, season-ending. Baseball has some real harsh sentencing; from the article:

"Under baseball's labor contract, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling. [...] Perez was suspended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested positive for a second time. [...] Perez was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant. [...] Another positive test would lead to a suspension to be determined at the discretion of commissioner Bud Selig, with Perez having the right to have an arbitrator review the penalty."

Let's have a moment of silence for Perez, or at least feel some pity for him. OK, that's enough!

Putting this into perspective to Cycling: cyclists like Floyd Landis, Iban Mayo, Cristian Moreni, Alexandre Vinokourov and Patrik Sinkewitz may or will face a bit tougher sentence:
"Under tough anti-doping rules, a first-time offense draws an two-year suspension. A second offense results in a ban for life."

Can someone explain this glaring difference and injustice ? And if suspicions of doping (isn't this what Rasmussen's case is really about?) can get you pulled from the Tour de France and fired from your team, why is Barry Bonds still at bat and cashing in millions ?
He should've been suspended from the Giants the moment he got connected to the Balco investigation.