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, October 16, 2009

Tosspot of the week

This week's award goes to Frank Farina, former coach of the Brisbane Roar football (or "soccer" as it's known to the uncultured) club. If it wasn't bad enough that he was done for drunk driving on the way to training for the second time in three years (does anyone realise what an achievement it is to be caught twice by the Queensland police? It's a little bit like being struck by lightning twice), he then sought to blame everyone else instead of pointing the blame where it truly belongs this time around.

But on a day where the Roar would thrust, Farina was there to parry. He said legal advice had shown there was no clause in any of his contracts that suggested he would be sacked should he be caught drink driving again.

"Not in the contract that I've got. The previous contract for two years, it wasn't in there. The new one was just a continuation," he said. "Contrary to what people have said, the first time I wasn't under contract at the Brisbane Roar."

After labelling the Roar a club rife with internal problems, Farina then adjusted his sights to target the FFA, an organisation with which he has had a rocky relationship in the past. He said he had no doubt the FFA pressured the Roar to sack him, although Bombolas has since denied the suggestion.

"I think def there was some pressure, without doubt," Farina said. "And in the board meeting - I've got nothing to lose here - they (the Roar) did say to me they were getting pressure from the FFA.

"Whether that's because the FFA were talking of coming in (to be part-owners), I'm not sure. I don't know how I've upset people, whether it be on our board or elsewhere. Maybe it's because I speak my mind."
Here is a coach being paid a reported $250,000 per annum, who was caught with a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit, on the way to work for the second time, and he thinks the only reason he was fired was because the club were "under pressure" from the FFA. I would simply ask what Farina would have done had it been one of his players who had turned up drunk for training? Actually, the answer to that may not be as certain as we think.

I was actually at Lang Park (I still can't bring myself to call it by it's politically correct name just yet) to watch Brisbane get beaten by Gold Coast United on the weekend. I have to say that the club in general just seems to have a problem with discipline at the moment. Some of the fouls committed by some of their players on the field (those who actually weren't suspended) were pretty obvious, and pretty pathetic. If the club were wondering why they have a poor disciplinary record this season, they only need look at the guy setting the example, and then trying to pass the blame off to everyone else.

A worthy Tosspot of the Week.


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