Friday, October 26, 2012

From Greg Lemond

If you are on the FaceTweet, you probably saw this a couple days ago. I haven't been near the computer lately so I didn't have time to post it. Greg is the man. I'm not down with boycotting racing for a year but almost everything else is pretty doable and legit. 
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Can anyone help me out? I know this sounds kind of lame but I am not well versed in social marketing. I would like to send a message to everyone that really loves cycling. I do not use twitter and do not have an organized way of getting some of my own "rage" out. I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to resign. I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycl
ing's history- resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport.
Pat McQuaid, you know dam well what has been going on in cycling, and if you want to deny it, then even more reasons why those who love cycling need to demand that you resign.
I have a file with what I believe is well documented proof that will exonerate Paul.
Pat in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling, they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.
Pat, I thought you loved cycling? At one time you did and if you did love cycling please dig deep inside and remember that part of your life- allow cycling to grow and flourish- please! It is time to walk away. Walk away if you love cycling.
As a reminder I just want to point out that you recently you accused me of being the cause of USADA's investigation against Lance Armstrong. Why would you be inclined to go straight to me as the "cause"? Why shoot the messenger every time?
Every time you do this I get more and more entrenched. I was in your country over the last two weeks and I asked someone that knows you if you were someone that could be rehabilitated. His answer was very quick and it was not good for you. No was the answer, no, no , no!
The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.
You can read all about Webster's definition of corruption. If you want I can re-post my attorney's response to your letter where you threaten to sue me for calling the UCI corrupt. FYI I want to officially reiterate to you and Hien that in my opinion the two of your represent the essence of corruption.
I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to donate and support Paul in his fight against the Pat and Hein and the UCI. Skip lunch and donate the amount that you would have spent towards that Sunday buffet towards changing the sport of cycling.
I donated money for Paul's defense, and I am willing to donate a lot more, but I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling. The sport does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen- if this sport is going to change it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!
People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling- change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul Kimmage's defense, ( Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost the UCI's bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change).
If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is.
Don't buy a USA Cycling license. Give up racing for a year, just long enough to put the UCI and USA cycling out of business. We can then start from scratch and let the real lovers in cycling direct where and how the sport of cycling will go.
Please make a difference.
Greg

Jared Nieters Tests Positive...

...For his love of maple syrup!

From Jared's Facebook:

"Do you like maple syrup? Do you like the SEAVS/Haymarket cyclocross team? Do you like clothes? If you can answer yes to one of the questions above, buy a t-shirt and help our cyclocross team get to nationals!."
http://cutawayclothing.bigcartel.com/product/haymarket-maple-program

I normally don't pimp out other people's stuff but this shirt is pretty dope AND it helps get the Hayseeders one step closer to nationals. YGD ordered the hoodie. Now..just waiting for Haymarket to sell it's own brand of maple syrup. I'd buy that!

Monday, October 22, 2012

You know you are in 'merica.....

....when you see this at a sporting event!


Seen at DCCX. Hello cycling fans. Cross is officially mainstream. Either that, or this dude is getting ready to fix my sink.

DROPPAGE OF EPIC PROPORTION


  Stripped of SEVEN Tour Victories and a lifetime ban from the sport.

Think Lance will ever admit he cheated?

UCI President Pat McQuaid tried to defend the UCI's record on doping

"I still want to make out with Lance. This is my weapon of choice"

Sike..this is what Pat McQuad really said:


Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said. In accepting the USADA's decision to ban Armstrong, the UCI has wiped out nearly over a decade of results and changed cycling history.
"Armstrong deserves to be forgotten in cycling now,” McQuaid said at a press conference in Geneva Monday midday.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Rabobank Droppage - Lance's Fault


Hey Lance! Thanks for all you're doing for CYCLING!


Rabobank stops cycling team sponsorship

19th Oct 2012 | 07:37
Rabobank stops cycling team sponsorship
2012 will be its last season
This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.
Rabobank has ended its long association with cycling in wake of the USADA case into doping at US Postal. The Dutch bank cited the reason for announcing that it would end professional sponsorship of its professional men's and women's teams at the end of this season. The Dutch bank announced that sponsorship of both pro teams would end on December 31 2012, potentially leaving dozens of riders and staff without a team for next season.
However Cyclingnews understands that the teams will attempt to continue but without Rabobank cooperation, using a similar model used by High Road after T-Mobile pulled out of the sport in 2007. Along with the USADA case that suggested doping within the team, on Thursday the UCI opened a biological passport case against Carlos Barredo.
"The Rabobank cycling team regrets Rabobank’s decision to stop its sponsorship of the men’s professional cycling team. The team was informed about the reasons and understands the decision. We’ve been cycling for 17 years now with the name Rabobank proudly on our shirts and it hurts that going forward we’ll have to do without that name," the team said in a statement.
"The cycling team is very grateful to Rabobank for the 17 years of loyal sponsorship. The sport of cycling should be grateful to Rabobank for all the efforts it has made in the past years to put Dutch cycling on the map successfully. Through Rabobank, many talents have had the chance to reach their potential.
"We are confident that Rabobank will take good care of the cyclists and staff members of Rabobank Wielerploegen BV in the finalisation of this matter."
Rabobank came into the sport in 1996, replacing Word Perfect as Jan Raas title sponsor.
Full statement from Rabobank
Rabobank will end its sponsorship of both the men's and the women's professional cycling teams per 31 December 2012. Rabobank will continue its ties with amateur cycling as a sponsor, including the youth training and the cyclocross team.
Rabobank has come to this decision following publication of the report from the American doping authority USADA last week. This report speaks volumes. Bert Bruggink, member of the Managing Board: "It is with pain in our heart, but for the bank this is an inevitable decision. We are no longer convinced that the international professional world of cycling can make this a clean and fair sport. We are not confident that this will change for the better in the foreseeable future."
Rabobank started its involvement in cycling 17 years ago. Full of conviction and with a clear mission. Because cycling fits with Rabobank, with its clients and employees. Rabobank has expanded the cycling sponsorship during the course of the years to a complete package, from the men's and women's professional teams to the youth team and the cyclo cross.
Bert Bruggink: "Cycling is a beautiful sport, which millions of Dutch people enjoy and a large number of those Dutch people are clients of Rabobank. But our decision stands: we are pulling out of professional cycling. It is painful. Not just for Rabobank, but especially for the enthusiasts and the cyclists who are not to blame in this."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lance Armstrong's ID


Now that the blueprint for cheating and doping is out there, I am begging all competitive cyclists to not use the methods described in Tyler Hamilton's book, the USADA transcripts, or any of the various media outlets you have read; certainly not the latest issue of Cracked.

I'm not joking. There will be more local drug usage this year in USA Cycling than ever before if testing on the local level isn't implemented.

I once gave Floyd Landis the distinction of Douchebag of the Week. While setting up the Floyd Fairness Fund was pretty douchey, I do have to give the guy credit for being one crazy motherfucker with Twitter and the general media.  Lance Camp's mishandling of Floyd was the start of public accusations from American cyclists, Tour de France riders, Tour champions, not Greg Lemond,?  people. What I really care about is who is the funniest. When it comes down to him and Armstrong with who has the best Twitter account(s) Floyd rules the roost.

People have been asking me to do a post on the Lance Armstrong/USADA thing for a long time. I've been reluctant because I (even me) doesn't see the humor in the effect this has had on the sport I love. Besides, making fun of this situation is too easy and I want to be done with it all. Let's move on and let this whole saga continue to write itself.  Lance Armstrong is having everything he worked hard cheated for taken away from him. (Expect some sick deals on Oakley Jawbones in yellow and black on ebay soon). People who generally aren't interested in cycling consider him a cheater. This all works for me.

Now..the biggest name in our cycling generation is getting dropped. Not by others on the road but by those that have supported him over the years. His former teammates and competitors have spoken out against him. Now, his sponsors are dropping left and right and estimates are saying that he will loose up to $30 million. That also kind of works for me.

He has stepped down as chair of his Livestrong organization. This leads me to question WHY his sponsors are sticking with Livestrong? I believe that some additional details will surface that will show that Armstrong was using Livestrong to not only cover up his guilty conscious and have the foundation serve as a mechanism to point to every single time he got accused (how many times have we heard "I'm not going to abandon the millions of cancer survivors...."), but we have to question if Livestrong may have served as a financial distributor to doping legal costs or even doping itself. Just sayin'.

There are other great cancer organizations to donate to. I urge those companies to donate to those organizations rather than Livestrong. I know I will until I hear Lance say this:

Lance Armstrong







Thursday, October 11, 2012

Another One Bites the Dust

Cross is here. For some, just a fun way to stay in shape over the fall and winter. For others, it's cut throat racing with hours of saddle time, strict dieting and countless hours of gluing tubular tires on the line. When things go pear-shaped for some riders and when other riders behind them have video cameras mounted to their whips and then post on YouTube and Facebook, ol' YGD gets a hold of it and the old blog comes out of it's annual fall hibernation. Enjoy!


Wait for it....



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