Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Heading for a soft Landis

By now I suspect that anyone reading this post is already aware of the news about TdF winner Floyd Landis and that small matter of testosterone. I think the really sad part about all this is that it isn't particularly surprising. Indeed, as long ago as last Sunday I remember one of my riding partners telling me that he was "cynical" about Landis recovering from eight minutes down to win with basically one devastating performance in the mountains. It's really sad that virtually any performance like that is going to attract suspicion. It's even sadder that this suspicion appears to be correct.

Of course, Landis is claiming innocence at this stage, and we're still waiting for the 'B' sample to be tested, but the likelihood is that he will be found guilty. Having suspended the likes of Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso on suspicion before the tour even started, the UCI will probably be left with no course of action other than to strip Landis of his victory. The world's media will probably have a field day with another cycling "scandal" -- even if there are just as many drug users in every other professional sport in the world (albeit less rigorously tested).

When something like this happens, I start to wonder why I bother watching the TdF at all. Maybe I'd be better off just concentrating on my own riding and forgetting about what the pros are doing.


Blogger Allez said...

I don't follow the TdF at all... but what I don't understand is why would someone dope (or whatever he did) if they KNOW they'll be getting tested? Why would any of them take that risk???

10:31 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

It's esse-shaped with a stroke through it. A friend of mine thinks he just asked for something extra after being dropped on the penultimate mountain stage... and there he was pulling all the time back.

Seriously, I don't think he was even thinking about being tested at the time, just about doing "whatever it takes" to win the race.

7:53 pm  

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