- USADA boss Travis Tygart says Team Sky zero tolerance policy wrong way to fight doping1 year 10 weeks agoSponsors are nothing like as
Sponsors are nothing like as naive as to think that a "clean" team really is clean ... and probably don't really care that much - it's about what they get out for what they put in ... if we examine corporate ethics in many businesses, we find that they are not only not terribly ethical, but actually don't give a rats' ass about consumer response to their lack of ethics - Starbucks being *possibly* a rare example of an organisation that when caught with it's ethical pants down, at least made a gesture at pulling them up - others mentioned in the same breath haven't been queuing up to do the same thing.
So - from a perhaps ultra-cynical point of view, in a time of financial stricture, sponsors who flee the sport on the publically stated basis of adverse publicity are probably doing so at least in part because it offers a way for them to bail out of a financial commitment they are finding it hard to afford and appear holier-than-thou at the same time, without the potential for damage to share price that might go with just saying "we don't have the marketing dollars to allocate" ...
Professional cycling didn't die in 1999 in the wake of the Festina Affair, and hasn't taken a really serious hit since, despite confessions, rumours, innuendo and public hand-wringing - it's not likely to happen now, either, even in the face of widespread confessions from riders. There are just too many vested interests.
I have to agree with Tygart - so many involved in the sport have either been directly or peripherally involved with drug taking that the best thing IS to have some kind of truly one-off amnesty, followed by a proper Zero Tolerance approach. Otherwise, we will have damaging rumours and innuendo for the next ten or twenty years. The best way to handle it is to say - "OK, guys, 'fess up now, and "x" will happen (some penalty must apply) ... and if we find out later that you were not totally straight (bearing in mind all of the ongoing lines of enquiry at present), then you are out, for life, of cycle sport, period."
It's a case of a whole truckload of red faces now and the odd hard, decisive action later, rather than an ongoing series of tabloid-style "revelations" - which is what we'll get if there is too much incentive to sweep the past under the carpet, as could so easily happen with instant "Zero Tolerance" fixes.
- Team BMC's Alessandro Ballan seriously injured in training ride crash descending Coll de Rates1 year 10 weeks agobad luck
hope hes good as
hope hes good as soon as possible, decending is so risky. easy to forget where the limits are
- 10 of the best training apps1 year 10 weeks agoI've always used Endomondo,
I've always used Endomondo, but switching to Strava for the trike, just because more people I know use it
- Shimano close to launching hydraulic road disc brakes1 year 10 weeks agoI don't care as long as I can
I don't care as long as I can afford to maintain it and it works. Frankly I'm happy with my cable pulled rim brakes, but then I probably don't ride as much as other people, so I'm spending a lot less time on bicycle maintenance, and spending a lot less money than more prolific riders might do.
The only thing I'm worried about is any potential for disc brakes to prevent me from enjoying cycling should I ever buy into this technology any time soon.
- The Cycling Anthology Volume One by Ellis Bacon and Lionel Birnie Peloton Publishing1 year 10 weeks agoQuite possibly one of the
Quite possibly one of the finest books I've ever read about cycling. So looking forward to Vol 2 - May can't come soon enough
- Survived the apocalypse, all hail the Solstice!1 year 10 weeks agoD'oh, pedants 4 me 0. Thank
D'oh, pedants 4 me 0. Thank you -edit.
- Survived the apocalypse, all hail the Solstice!1 year 11 weeks agozanf wrote:Actually, its thezanf wrote:
Actually, its the solstice. The equinox is not until March!
The NEXT Equinox is in March, but don't forget, you also have one in September
- The Cycling Anthology Volume One by Ellis Bacon and Lionel Birnie Peloton Publishing1 year 11 weeks agoSpend £5 on a magazine
Spend £5 on a magazine reviewing bikes you cant afford and giving you exercise tips you have no interest in or £8 on a book full of high quality, interesting writing?
5 stars indeed
- advice as to how to start getting fitter/faster on my bike?1 year 11 weeks ago(No subject)
- Survived the apocalypse, all hail the Solstice!1 year 11 weeks agoDammit Zanf, beat me to it!
Dammit Zanf, beat me to it!
- Survived the apocalypse, all hail the Solstice!1 year 11 weeks agoPEDANTRY ALERT!!
This is the
This is the Winter Solstice. The Equinoces are in Spring and Autumn.
Ho Ho Ho, and compliments of the season.
- Survived the apocalypse, all hail the Solstice!1 year 11 weeks agoActually, its the solstice.
Actually, its the solstice. The equinox is not until March!
- Team BMC's Alessandro Ballan seriously injured in training ride crash descending Coll de Rates1 year 11 weeks agoYour spleen protects you from
Your spleen protects you from infection.
Mind was damaged but not ruptured in accident, have great scar were they checked the status of the spleen and was ready to remove it, but left it in.
Next couple of years, had colds that developed in pneumonia as my spleen recovered. Now perfectly health and no more problems with pneumonia
- premium prizes1 year 11 weeks agoPremium prizes are available
Premium prizes are available to all foreigners.
I live in Western Australia, picked up 3rd in TdF, now have Garneau helmet which was posted to me via Evans for no charge.
Also scored schwag from 2011 game for top ten TDF &/or overall, also posted via Evans at no charge.
You might have to pay postage on a bike, (and I would of been hit by tax). But for other prizes, looks like you just get them.
- Team BMC's Alessandro Ballan seriously injured in training ride crash descending Coll de Rates1 year 11 weeks agoWhat does the spleen do
What does the spleen do anyway? They were always whipping them out on ER. Isn't that taking being a weight weenie too far?
No, seriously, sounds rubbish, get better soon.
- Team BMC's Alessandro Ballan seriously injured in training ride crash descending Coll de Rates1 year 11 weeks agoOh man what a way to spend
Oh man what a way to spend christmas hope he gets better soon.
- Do I need a TT frame?1 year 11 weeks agoHi Aende,
apologies for the
apologies for the late reply but I've now sent you a PM
- Suitable machine1 year 11 weeks agoWhat's your budget?
What's your budget? Something by Boardman?
- advice as to how to start getting fitter/faster on my bike?1 year 11 weeks agoWise words Sir Velo
Wise words Sir Velo
- Rapha Festive 500 is back1 year 11 weeks agoLOL! Its a nice looking
LOL! Its a nice looking swimming badge though Then again, what would it look like on my Speedos?
- The Underclass1 year 11 weeks agoduring the summer whilst
during the summer whilst slogging up a hill in Essex (they do exist) an informative chav with a Stella and a Staffie shouted "oi! i can see ya arse" I still keep the shorts in a draw just in case I need them one day.
- Team BMC's Alessandro Ballan seriously injured in training ride crash descending Coll de Rates1 year 11 weeks agoSincere best wishes for a
Sincere best wishes for a Speedy Recovery to " Al " , as i call him , when we met so often last year .
Always had a cheeky grin and treats ALL Tifosi as if they are part of the family .
When i first heard of the accident , i was under the impression that a vehicle was involved ? Guess " shit Happens " even to the best ?
What a disappointing way to spend the festive season , bed ridden and in pain ? Losing the Spleen must have some impact on his future health and thus his career .
Can remember riding with him , last April at Arco , after he had crossed the finish line , i didn't know that he was awaiting the result , for him it was , " just another race ", asked him how he went and got a shrug! He was the Winner !
- Pedal East is on the road: 458 miles in three days and you can join in!1 year 11 weeks agoHave had a look at the Pedal
Have had a look at the Pedal East website. The live video stream is very impressive.
- advice as to how to start getting fitter/faster on my bike?1 year 11 weeks agobig mick wrote:Get the saddlebig mick wrote:
Get the saddle height right keep your tyres at the right p.s.i.and spin the cranks.A common mistake with new riders is pushing big gears while sitting low in the saddle,just to watch makes my knees hurt! Don't shy from climbing just do it in an easy gear and the fitness gains will come fast.Cycling is all heart and lungs when your starting out your legs will improve by default
+1 for the big gears. I drove past a rider recently, I wanted to stop and tell him to change down! But I did not; I did not think it would go down too well
- British Cycling & CTC meet justice minister to call for review of sentencing1 year 11 weeks agoAndrew Fraser wrote:
On aAndrew Fraser wrote:
On a practical level, why are we not calling for the rapid introduction of, for example, ISA in appropriate urban areas?