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..

More cycling blogs

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Thursday, August 03, 2006


Debate on various message boards continues to rage over Floyd Landis and his postive TdF drug test. Some are in denial, saying that it has to be a set-up, others have written off their interest in watching professional cycling races completely as a result, others are calling for extreme sanctions against the athlete in question, and others just aren't all that surprised. Apparently the 'B' sample is due on Saturday, and I suspect it will all start again pretty much regardless of the outcome. Of course, a lot of people are simply asking themselves 'why?'.

One thing that hasn't been asked yet is whether anyone has had a look at the rest of society lately? Firstly this whole demand everyone makes on people to go faster and set new records every year -- how do you think that happens? More importantly, we can all sit here and pontificate on the way we expect sports people to be a virtuous shining light as it were, but with so many people in the rest of society taking all sorts of things to boost "performance" in other areas of life, is this a reasonable expectation?

When I was at university a few years back, it was generally accepted that all the rich kids (and anyone else who could afford it) were taking substances prior to exams to give their performance a boost. I even remember a professor commenting that he didn't have a problem with it as "they'll be using it out in the real world, too". No thought there about what it might have been doing to their bodies, and you can bet it runs deeper in the educational system than that.

There was a doctor here on the Gold Coast recently who made a fortune selling steroids and other drugs to wealthy old men who needed a way to keep up with their younger lovers "between the sheets" so to speak. Again, what sort of an example does that set? Particularly for high school children? And yet through all this we expect professional athletes (where a lot more is at stake due to higher salaries and shorter careers) to somehow detach themselves from all of this?

It's nice in theory, but it just isn't going to happen. And please, spare me the old "but cyclists are the only ones" scarecrow. Any professional sport that claims to be clean in this day and age is kidding itself.


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