• Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoAn open letter to Lance: I'm

    An open letter to Lance: I'm saddened that you have taken the worst possible way out of this situation. Defend yourself in the fitting legal arena and take the opportunity to establish why the evidence against you isn't credible. We could then finally say you've faced up to your accusers in court and convincingly demonstrated your innocence (as you know this is very different to protesting your veracity in the press conferences where you hold court, whilst deriding those who broke their silence against you). Or man up and fess up. Tell the world "I am the worst kind of cheat: the type that will encourage systematic doping, then scapegoat those who get caught in a noxious attempt to exonerate myself. I repeatedly castigated others, when I was the worst fraud of all. I berated cyclists and journalists who dared try to expose the corruption in the system and tried to snuff out their careers to keep my own shambling on. I am ashamed of my conduct and only hope now that the air has finally been cleared, and cycling exorcised of its most notorious cheat, that the sport I once loved can move on." But you didn't take either of these options. You have parted a coward and so turned the eye of suspicion back on the sport which, on either interpretation, didn't deserve you.

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks agommm I

    mmm I have
    JRod
    Bennatti
    nocentini
    Marzjinski
    Bouhanni

    No idea what points. 2/4/5/7/11 but took out all the jersey contenders except Jrod to get this.

  • thefatcyclist abandones1 year 28 weeks agoWould I stick around if it

    Would I stick around if it was finish line only? The game engine is fine.
    That is part of the game and real racing. It is not the weighting in this respect per se that is affecting me, it is my obvious lack of a deeper knowledge than just the headline participants. Clearly I don't know as much about the procycling,as I need to, and do not have the time to increase that knowledge, and due to my nature that is a demotivating point. I could just follow trends, research the top players teams, look at the dream teams etc, but that is being wise after the event. Degenkolb in the Vuelta is an example. I had Viviani and Swift in my pool of sprinters, Bennati, Bouhanni, Degenkolb were in my mind, but I was not in a position to include them, as any strategy I have for this race is mountain based.

  • thefatcyclist abandones1 year 28 weeks agoenrique wrote:enrique wrote:

    enrique wrote:
    enrique wrote:

    Sometimes I get frustrated, too, Fatty. I wish there was a game level, like the Purist leagues, where one could just pick the top 9 finishers, no budget constraints, no Star Rider/Domestique restrictions, no transfer limitations... Smile

    In all seriousness, what would be the point in that? I score average, am placed not too badly. But I enjoy the challenge of pulling a team together with the constraints there is. Otherwise you would pick the top 9 big guns for a particular stage and leave it at that. I'll never win a bike but hey who gives a stuff. That's why it's called fantasy cycling Big Grin

  • Stage Headings - Vuelta Espana1 year 28 weeks agoWell, it looks like I won't

    Well, it looks like I won't be seeing Stage Headings for the Vuelta... Sad

    On the other hand, you know what I'd like to see on the Stage Rider Scores page?

    Lte me use Philippe Gilbert today. It'd be cool to see a figure that read something like 24/2567, meaning Gilbert was in 24 of the 2,567 teams contesting the Vuelta. Sound plausible?

    I know there's a percentage of teams that chose the rider out there somewhere, but I think it'd be cooler to have actual figures? Any time for that?... Thanks! Smile

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks ago2, 5, 7, 9 that'll be alright

    2, 5, 7, 9 that'll be alright I think....

  • thefatcyclist abandones1 year 28 weeks agoenrique wrote:Fatty, out of

    enrique wrote:
    Fatty, out of curiousity, if the game switched to just finish line points, would you stick around? Smile

    Sometimes I get frustrated, too, Fatty. I wish there was a game level, like the Purist leagues, where one could just pick the top 9 finishers, no budget constraints, no Star Rider/Domestique restrictions, no transfer limitations... Smile

  • Garmin edge 800 downloading issue1 year 28 weeks agoAJWatson wrote:.GPX files

    AJWatson wrote:
    .GPX files need to be placed into 'NewFiles' folder and then they will appear on the 'courses' section on the Garmin.

    Ahh ! at last, many thanks, simple as that, Big Grin
    Cheers!

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks agoWig_Billy wrote:You could be

    Wig_Billy wrote:
    You could be close to the stage win TER. I really need to bring in Marczynski.

    Could be but doubt it, depends whether anyone was brave/stupid enough to bring in gilbert or tiralongo. On previous form so far you would have to have been a nutter to, or be a genius!

  • Wiggle Jurassic Classic cycle challenge raises more than £100,000 for prostate cancer charity1 year 28 weeks ago37monkey wrote:It's a shame

    37monkey wrote:
    It's a shame there isn't a war declared on drivers every time a car knocks someone over. Plain Face

    I had exactly the same thought.

    That's not to excuse inconsiderate cycling, and if the three peds were already in the road then being unable to stop mean the cyclist was in the wrong in my view. However, the linked article is a bit one-sided and the incident doesn't demonstrate that all cyclists should be banned from the prom or anywhere else.

  • Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoThe word "hearsay" seems to

    The word "hearsay" seems to be getting bandied about a lot.

    Hearsay evidence is "so and so told me such and such happened" and is generally inadmissible in legal proceedings.

    USADA says it has testimony from a number of eyewitnesses: "I saw such and such happen."

    Very important distinction.

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks agoOnly had bouhanni :'( Knew i

    Only had bouhanni :'(
    Knew i should've kept JRod Sad

  • Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoMan, I love how the

    Man, I love how the 'Lance-Haters' drop out of the sky like paratroopers everytime his name is mentioned...now it's like D-Day for them.

    So they have no problem finding 1/20,000,000,000 of a gram of clenbutrol in Contador's sample, can detect transfusion evidence in Vino, Hamilton, Landis, on and on and on...the dozens of riders over the years...but are completely stymied when it comes to Lance? So the only think to prosecute him with is hearsay and conjecture? All these other riders are just really unlucky?

    Please. Show me the proof and I will believe. Until then - in this country anyway - until that happens, there is a presumption of innocence until guilt has been proven.

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks agoYou could be close to the

    You could be close to the stage win TER. I really need to bring in Marczynski.

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks ago2,4,5,6,7 and 9th should see

    2,4,5,6,7 and 9th should see me do quite well again today

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks agoWig_Billy wrote:I think I've

    Wig_Billy wrote:
    I think I've got most of the bases covered today.

    Degenkolb (for Froome)
    Bennati (for Capecchi)
    J-Rod
    Valverde
    Cardoso
    Talansky
    Kreder
    Meersman (for Quintana)
    Bouhanni

    Are we doing the similar team/transfers for both tours now? Wink

    Same as you except I have Marczynski rather than cardoso and anacona rather than kreder

    seems we have got one over most by bringing in Bennati Smile

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks agoMy fail was Rami Pauriol (for

    My fail was Rami Pauriol (for Verdugo)

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks agoGilbert J-Rod Tiralongo Marcz

    Gilbert
    J-Rod
    Tiralongo
    Marczynski
    Bennati
    Valverde
    Bouhanni
    Verdugo
    Meersman
    Anton
    Nocentini
    Mollema
    Losada
    Mondory
    Dan Moreno
    Ruijgh
    Capecchi
    Cardoso
    Boom
    JJ Rojas

  • VUELTA Stage 9 Andorra-Barcelona1 year 28 weeks agoSo glad I kept J-Rod, came

    So glad I kept J-Rod, came 2nd to Gilbert Devil

  • Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoAccording to Electronic

    According to Electronic Medicines Compendium, EPO if given subcutaneously would not be present 24 hours post dose. Hence the reason Dopers can micro dose and apparently not be detectable at doping controls.

  • Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoBzzt, wrong, EPO becomes

    Bzzt, wrong, EPO becomes undetectable within some low number of days after use.

  • Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoFive *weeks* post-treatment

    Five *weeks* post-treatment is unlikely. Five years is just crazy talk.

  • Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoOops, some little

    Oops, some little clarifications:

    - The Tour de Suisse test was a early EPO test, which hadn't been refined to the point that it resulted in a clear outcome (IIUC). With more R&D the test was refined, and the retesting of the '99 B samples was to verify it worked. Refs obtainable by googling for "Saugy", "Armstrong" and "Tour de Suisse". And there's an interesting interview out there with Michael Ashenden, a scientist involved in the EPO test development.

    - I meant to say Lance has never sanctioned for the tests he failed, prior to this USADA case. Obviously, he has now, at last, been sanctioned.

  • Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoPaulJ - unlike other cyclists

    PaulJ - unlike other cyclists Lance was given EPO as lifesaving treatment. How long the amount he was given took to leave his body is difficult to calculate and I don't think five years post treatment is unlikely.

  • Lance Armstrong reaction round-up: Conflicting views from cycling and beyond as Texan gets back in saddle despite ban1 year 28 weeks agoFirst of all, I don't think I

    First of all, I don't think I would get on socially with Lance Armstrong if I met him. He has an arrogance that is very unappealling (in fact, I think he makes Sheldon Cooper look like a potential best mate). Some of the stuff written in his books is damaging to the sport, eg claiming that he gave a win to Pantani. If you are going to be generous, don't boast about it and I think it hurt Pantani as well. Similarly he boasts about spending time with a cancer survivor. I think it's indicative of someone who is desperate for approval (which supposedly is a female trait but some guys look for it too. I know I do a bit!)

    So it wouldn't surprise me that he has made a lot of enemies that would not hesitate to make false allegations against him. It's also not unlikely that allegations would be made against him to detract attention from other drug taking.

    If there is evidence that riders have managed to disguise drugs then that should be published and other rider's samples retested. It would have to be something like an unknown diuretic that isn't being tested for that's removing a drug from the body quicker. Or perhaps an unknown performance enhancing drug? In other words, there has to be verifiable evidence of drug taking.

    Lance has always said that he cannot prove a negative, ie he cannot prove he hasn't taken drugs but according to him he's had 500 tests none of which have been positive.

    There are many that suggest that life bans are the only solution. I do not agree I think it would only push the problem further underground.

    I think therefore if the USADA succeed in having his victories revoked in the absence of any failed tests it will be damaging for all sports. Yes, drug cheating is bad but to be entirely capricious helps no-one. I would hope that the UCI rejects what the USADA submit to them if it is indeed baseless.

    It does not surprise me that the judge is wondering about the USADA motives it does look like a witchhunt against one rider. I think it's just a massive publicity stunt and I don't blame Lance for saying he won't play their silly game any more. As for those that claim that Lance has seen the evidence against him already I seriously doubt that he has. I also doubt that evidence will be published about drug-taking at any point.

    There is far too much cynicism about drug-taking in cycling already this helps no-one. I certainly don't want to get into speculation as to who it is who is going to testify against him, that doesn't help either.