So, i really don't have much contact with the non-racer world of cycling ... and even the racer world of cycling only extends to those few around me that a) are fabulously dressed; and/or 2) giggle more than sane people in spandex should be allowed. You know the score.
So the crowds that surround mags like "Bicycling" and flood forums with multi-thousand yard posts about which chamois soothes backsides and who's bikes carve sick lines - they are as familiar to me as ... Monday Night football analysis.
No - my time online is swept through VsNooze in the hopes they'll cover anything ... anything other than the Boulder-centric Euro-Poofter Disco-scene. And, i pretty much mainline Cyclingnews like it's liquified crack. hell, i've never even seen mountain bike review dot whatever (but happily ate all the food they supplied up on top o' Kennedy for the dirtyturkeyday ride).
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Anyway ~ there's this cat trustbutverify who looks to be diving full steam into defending FLandis' honor. It's a good bit of rah-rah that i haven't had the time to fully investergate. But, the dude (or dudette) seems bright and organized and all hardworkey-like ... so, there's that.
One of the links he provided is this yay-hoo named 'rant.' With too little of his spittle read (disclaimer), my thoughts are this wagdog needs a slap in the fo'head. But, I'm biased. This Ranter yelps on about how our doping penalties are too harsh already. 2 years suspension for a positive is too harsh?
makes me ill.
He also points out that if there is a one in a thousand chance in error slamming down a wrongly accused doper ... that percentage is too high. Now, here's my opinion on the subject:
That's right - lifetime bans from competing in the sport for positive tests of performance enhancers like steroids, epo, testosterone, and all those spark-charger substances that allow truck drivers to wild-eye the midnight runs (not to mention can give you a wicked personal-best in your local TT ... hmm, ring any bells?).
Should there be a tiered system of penalties? maybe. If some wankwad tests positive for a poppyseed muffin or has a 'tainted' supplement or maybe misses the pee test because of a shitty race organization's finishing shute gone stupid ... ok, maybe there should be some wiggle room in the rules for that action. But, i ain't got the brain to work out that wording in the bylaws ... so, i reckon WADA should earn some of the dollars they get sent and hammer that crap out.
And, if there is one thing I think we've learned ... it's that even cute nicey-nice riders can lie their frickin' mouths sideways. Hamilton.
BUTT, for the big-easy tests ... steroids and the like ... caught once = lifetime ban from competing in the sport. Full stop. To my mind, that is the only way we have a chance at killing the dopers off in sport. Will it stop all? Of course not. But, it's a serious and amputative way of stemming off what seems to be a viral growth of doping in sport.
Caught with dope in your car, hombre' Saiz? outta here.
Found a bit of epo in your frigidaire young DaveyBritMiller? no bikey-bikey for you. try acting.
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But what of the poor bastard who gets nailed through a "false-positive" or maybe even a malevolent frenchy lab?
Rant says one-in-a-thousand is too high of an error ratio.
I say, let's pay the price. I say, we MUST pay the price. If we have one poor bastard get his or her sporting life ruined because of a lab error or a misjudgment in what they ate that morning ... well, i'm afraid we have to accept it and work damn hard to not have it happen again. But, I'd rather one rider's sporting life get ruined than 100 'roided up kids LIVES become ruined because they fell victim to their own youthful ambition - or worse, to the wicked ambitions of crooked, fukked up old men who have too much power in sport.
boot 'em all, work off the karma in hell.
them's my views ... in this moment of time.
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Monday, November 27, 2006