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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Tuesday, May 29, 2007


It's very rare that I comment on pro-cycling these days -- having virtually lost all interest in the racing scene in recent years for a variety of reasons. I'll probably watch the Tour de France this year, but I doubt I'll get as excited about it as I have in previous years. Personally I'd much rather be riding my own bike. However, since I'm confined to my office at this moment, and forced to put up with looking out my window at the rainbow over Surfers Paradise rather than riding in it, I'll take a minute to post this rant.

It seems that over the last decade or so, the sport of cycling has been unable to escape the stigma of doping. The latest was this story in which 1996 TdF winner Bjarne Riis admits to having used EPO. This will, of course, come as a surprise to nobody who has ever taken notice of professional sport and taken the rose-coloured glasses off for long enough to see the reality of it. Yet for some reason there are still people around who find it surprising. Perhaps the most surprising thing about all this is that in the last decade, the UCI hasn't learned how to sweep this all under the carpet the way so many other sports have.

At around the time of the "Festina affair" in 1998, there were revelations in another part of Europe concerning another major sport. Then AS Roma (an Italian football club, or "soccer" team to the less cultured among us) coach Zdenek Zeman made a comment basically stating that the vast majority of players in the Serie A league were using performance-enhancing drugs. That same year, the National Rugby League had a heap of players test positive to steroids -- most of the Newcastle Knights team who won the premiership the previous year I believe. Yet how much hype do we hear over the use of performance-enhancing drugs in these sports today? Virtually none as far as I can see.

In fact, I remember doing my final year of schooling at a school that had a lot of rugby league players trying to get contracts with NRL clubs. These people would literally take steroids in class (disguised to look like headache tablets), with nothing being done about it. I would have assumed a coach somewhere would have been aware of it, but nobody ever said anything. As far as I know, it's probably still happening now.

Of course, right now we're hearing stories about drug problems in the Australian Football League in the southern states -- I'd be surprised if officials hadn't known about that for years. There are all sorts of rumours and innuendo about countless other athletes who, in the mean time, are able to continue competing regardless. It was these rumours and innuendo that led to half of last year's Tour de France riders being suspended if I recall correctly.

The point of all this is that cycling is by no means the only professional sport in the world with a problem here -- yet for some reason the UCI have this desire to air their dirty laundry in a place where nobody can escape it. Incidentally, doesn't Riis now look like a dickhead after earlier sacking Ivan Basso over a drugs issue.

Let's face it, drugs are simply a fact of professional sport, and of life generally, and the fans who turn up and demand that the athletes go faster every race are as much to blame as the administrators and the athletes themselves. After all, many of the same fans probably go home and take a stack of pills every Monday morning when they wake up with a hangover that might keep them off work for the day, or feed their kids a heap of pills because they made too much noise during the night. Yet these people can suddenly find a reason to get very sanctimonious every time they hear of an athlete doing the same thing that they themselves do.

I know for a fact that when I was at University there were a heap of students who took drugs to try to make themselves "more alert" for the exams, and let's not forget that "doctor" on the Gold Coast last year who was selling various drugs to wealthy old men who had married younger women that they could no longer physically keep up with. With all this going on, one has to ask just why everyone suddenly tries to put athletes up on some kind of pedestal and suddenly expect them to rise above all this as if they have super-human morals.

I am by no means saying that taking drugs is "right" or "proper". What I am saying is that it is simply unrealistic to expect professional cyclists (or any other athletes for that matter) to refuse to take drugs to "get ahead" when the rest of society has no problem in doing just that. Fix the problem of drugs in society, and you might fix the problem of drugs in sport. However, simply pointing the finger at a group of athletes and ridiculing them as if they're the only ones is not going to make it magically go away.


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