Archive for January 2013

A little thing called Cyclocross Worlds

A little thing called Cyclocross Worlds
It’s happening this weekend in Louisville. Men.  Women.  Mud.  Lots of mud.  Cold mud.  Wet mud.  Frozen mud.  Stick-to-everything-you-don’t-want-it-to-mud.  Mud, mud, mud, mud, (to the tune of Monty Python’s spam song), mud, mud, mud, mud. Maybe a better song lyric is Robert Cray’s classic Forecast (Calls For Pain): I can hear approaching thunder I can... Read more »

Lance Armstrong and Travis Tygart: Capone and Ness redux

It’s hard to believe that the two most pressing issues 60 Minutes could delve into last night involved speculation that Hillary Clinton would run for president in 2016 and a rebuttal to the Oprah Winfrey interview with Lance Armstrong… In case you missed the second segment, Travis Tygart of the United States Anti Doping Agency... Read more »

Chicago bicycling advocacy gets a big boost with Streets Blog

Chicago bicycling advocacy gets a big boost with Streets Blog
Congratulations to Steven Vance and John Greenfield from Grid Chicago for being selected to head up the latest addition to the Streets Blog Network – Streets Blog Chicago! If you’re not familiar with Streets Blog, sorry to say, you’re just not one of the cool kids.  Not to worry though, prior to the recent popularity... Read more »
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Lance and Oprah: What's next for Armstrong?

Lance and Oprah: What's next for Armstrong?
Chapeau Ms. Winfrey! For non-cycling fans, that’s parlance for “tip of the hat” for an extraordinary effort.  Oprah succeeded in extracting more truthfulness and humanity from Lance Armstrong than any interrogator that has ever come before her. Unlike the talking heads and media pundits who feel it is their duty to dissect Oprah’s interview as... Read more »

Lance and Oprah part one; candid but not truthful

Lance and Oprah part one; candid but not truthful
UPDATE: Commentary on Oprah interview part two and what’s next for Lance Armstrong. Like thousands of others, I sat glued to the television last night for part one of Oprah Winfrey’s interview of Lance Armstrong. Before committing my commentary to print, I decided to get a good night’s rest and avoid reading a single word... Read more »

It's not about the bike - it's only about Lance Armstrong

It's not about the bike - it's only about Lance Armstrong
Believe it or not, I’m growing tired of the whole Lance Armstrong confession story. I started writing about Lance nearly a year ago when I was concerned that all cyclists would be judged harshly because of the bad behavior of America’s most famous cyclist.  Continually defending bicycling is, unfortunately, a big part of being a... Read more »
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Lance Armstrong's path to redemption starts with Oprah

Lance Armstrong's path to redemption starts with Oprah
UPDATE: Commentary on part one of Oprah’s interview of Lance Armstrong here. Oprah Winfrey’s two and a half hour interview with Lance Armstrong wrapped up yesterday.  The cycling world must now wait until 9pm EST Thursday to hear just how full a confession Lance was willing to offer. “I didn’t get all the questions asked,... Read more »

Lance Armstrong to Confess All to Oprah?

Lance Armstrong to Confess All to Oprah?
UPDATE: Latest details of Oprah interview appears here.  So much for whole, honest, and freely given.  Forget about contrition.  Don’t hold your breath for a tell-all that shines a spotlight on corruption in pro cycling. It’s not about the bike.  It’s not about the individuals whose reputations were impugned for challenging the official narrative.  It’s... Read more »

Will It Really Matter If Lance Armstrong Confesses?

Will It Really Matter If Lance Armstrong Confesses?
The buzz from late Friday throughout this past weekend was a story originating in the New York Times about a possible confession from Lance Armstrong. All the cycling news sites picked it up.  It even appeared on our local TV evening newscasts.  Was this a trial balloon to see how the public might respond to... Read more »
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A Cyclist's New Year Resolutions Revisited

A Cyclist's New Year Resolutions Revisited
We’ve finally made it into the teens (calendar year, not average daily temperature)! The days of not knowing how to correctly refer to our current point on the timeline of mankind are finally behind us.  So long “new millennium”, “early 0′s”, and my personal favorite, “aughts”.  Here’s hoping that our teen years are better than... Read more »