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 @blair_houghton  @veloclinic  @bellevue 

<i>why didn't the doping authorities bring Horner's numbers forward?</i>

 

As another analysis highlighted, the results set Chris up for targeted testing, not a full-blown positive.

 

In theory, changes were made to the APMU system after Armstrong's 2009/10 red-hot,  "too normal" results.  Somehow "too normal" values are still not getting flagged and sent to an expert.  The IOC and sports federations work this flaw in the system to great effect.

 

As mentioned many places, the bio-passport is a very low-bar IQ test.  Chris has a very good doping program.

10 months ago on

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 @blair_houghton 

 

You are making stuff up.  Go get Horner's data and graph it any way you like. It's publicly available at Chris' blog.

 

Dr Puchowicz is not the first guy to claim the data is suspect.  One of the experts assigned to analyzing passport data for WADA/IOC sanctioned sports federations has made the same claim.

 

Chris' case highlights the huge gaps in the bio-passport process that enable sports federations to let their athletes dope.  This is by design and the IOC knows it.  Among all the talk about lone athletes doping, this aspect is rarely discussed.  Give WADA/NADO the authority full access to the APMU and the authority to open cases.  Overall, we'd see cleaner performances.

10 months ago on

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 @bellevue Two words to explain the study: Blood Doping.

 

Either non-positive use of EPO or straight-up blood transfusions.

10 months ago on

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This looks like Thom Wiesel, owner of USA Cycling, and Mike Plant, UCI management committee member, work. Conveniently missing from this disclosure is USA Cycling's role in creating the Armstrong fraud. 

 

The national federation that is supposed to enforce the rules ignored them to create a myth.  Similarly, USAC will not open a case on two-time doping sanctioned rider Levi Leipheimer.  Where's that lifetime ban WADA rules dictate USAC?  That federation is completely corrupt at the top.

 

The Contador disclosure is nothing new.  No one would cover the UCI's attempt to cover up Contador's positive.  No media outlet would cover the Vrijman whitewash episode either.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Report Outlines Profound Corruption at UCI | News from the Field | OutsideOnline.com

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Expecting anyone associated with USA Cycling's executive management to be honest is a little like asking the fish monger if their salmon is fresh. 

 

3/4 of the problem in the U.S. is because the guy that owns the cycling federation, Thom Wiesel will not sanction dopers.   Look no further than Levi Leipheimer.  The guy has had two anti-doping sanctions and USA Cycling will not open a case and give him the lifetime ban he so richly deserves.  There was some back-and-forth on USAC's facebook page where the USAC rep lied stating they cannot open cases. USADA's documents clearly state sports federations have the authority to open cases.

 

Someone should ask the athletes what was offered to the National squad staying at Wiesel's place Park City for National Championships way, way back in the 1990's.  Or, perhaps ask riders he hired about the doctors for his various lower-ranked teams prior to his masterwork US Postal cycling team.

 

1 year ago on

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@EvanShaw  

Some of the dopers are nice people.  They just don't have any problem breaking rules to meet a goal.  That's a social problem.  The best answer I have is that they are sanctioned the first time, then banned the second.

1 year, 2 months ago on Drugs cheats – A new approach

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Some more sampling would help.  But, the benefits of having more samples decline as the number of tests increases.


You may want to consider two details:


1. Double the penalties for injected PED's.  Which, is most of the effective PED's.  This addresses the legitimate issue of false positives and should discourage more athletes from doping.

2.  Allow the national anti-doping administration to open cases.  We know that the UCI has not processed positives.  Anything seems okay to preserve putting on the show with their most valuable stars.


Please take some time to understand the IOC's role in enabling doping.  WADA is a very weak organization. That is by design.  The IOC is okay with the doping.  It makes a great show.

1 year, 2 months ago on Drugs cheats – A new approach

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For those interested, the APMU is described correctly by veloclinic as I understand it by reading the WADA standards.  However, the APMU is run by humans who are routing suspicious tests.   Ashenden makes it clear that athletes have been caught with "too normal" values like Armstrong's.

Based on scant information provided over time, it seems Saugy's lab was providing the APMU service.    IMHO, the samples were never passed.  Someone, somewhere knew better than to pass Armstrong's probably suspicious results.  

The UCI was picking winners.  How exactly? Not sure.  The test suppression explains Sky's **extraordinary** 2012.

1 year, 5 months ago on Biopassport failure to flag Armstrong – advanced class

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To be clear, the UCI is Pat and Hein's fiefdom.  They do as they please including suing journalists for, among other things, calling them terrorists. (which they are)

In rare, extraordinary circumstances the member federations show a little common sense and restrain those two predators.

There is only anti-doping controversy at Pat and Hein's level.  Doping makes the sport more spectacular.  Witness  Sky destroying every stage race they entered in 2012 like never ever seen before in the last 100 years and raised the level of cycling as a sport awareness in the UK JUST IN TIME for their Olympic games.

1 year, 8 months ago on Call me a dinosaur

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@ploughclose  

No, none of this comes from the way Pat and Hein have been running the sport.  it's about money and Pat and Hein getting paid.

 Pat and Hein have a big-money fish on the hook and will further shrink competitive cycling to skim some money off of both ends of the deal.

1 year, 8 months ago on Call me a dinosaur

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Shrink the sport, but pay Pat and Hein better. 

This may be shocking to some, but I predict World Cycling Productions is central to the yet-to-be-established events.

1 year, 8 months ago on Call me a dinosaur

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He's trying to stay employed and drop some hints.

**Everything** about the 7x win was suspicious and not a word out of Pat and Hein.  To date, my crazy theory is the TdF wins were bought.

1 year, 9 months ago on Roche, the UCI and the media scrum

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I think Roche is saying Pat's not the only one that needs to go.  He's right.

Hein Verdruggen is the guy that got Pat hired.  At minimum, Hein, Pat, and Alain need to go and World Cycling Productions needs to be killed.

1 year, 9 months ago on Roche, the UCI and the media scrum

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Great job on the inline response to their junk.

Nothing says "I've got way more money than brains" than riding a Ritte.  The joker at Ritte is reselling the usual imported carbon and Russ Denny customs at stupid-high prices. 

FYI, Russ Denny has been  a premium contract builder for other brands for a long, long time.  I can't recommend him enough.

1 year, 11 months ago on Opinion: My response to the Ritte Sport blog post on Lance Armstrong

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 @CyclismasThack The answer is yes, not no.

 

First you claim "no, teams aren't paid."  Then you claim "the teams did receive payment to attend the race"

2 years, 4 months ago on Tour of Beijing has familiar fingerprints – and not whose you think

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You need to read basketball coach John Wooden's biography to get some background on doing parking lot drills.

John Wooden would start every season the same, no players excused from being taught how to put on their socks and shoes. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/wooden-shoes-and-socks-84177.aspx

There's always room for parking lot drills. In the spring it pays off on the tight classics roads. In the summer it pays off blazing down a col or two.

2 years, 7 months ago on The UCI Overlord declares the Best and Worst of the Week – Episode 8

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@ColoradoMastersince97

Maybe you need to talk to some of the Junior's parents because a trip to Europe to race is not free. The privilege of being selected requires payment for use of the house and staff on top of the air travel. And the house is no bargain either!

How exactly does the USCF pay for cx camps? Again, it's not free to the rider's parents. Does traveling to some far away camp develop better riders? You are assuming it does. Is there a study to give us some insight?

As for OBRA's contribution, OBRA graduated one of their best to the UCI's road show. That's as good as it gets and they did it at a *major* discount to USAC's program.

2 years, 7 months ago on USA Cycling Responds: Cyclocross Support and Independent Sanctioning Bodies

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@ZacDaab Liability is another excuse. This excuse is defensible unlike the other Petty misinformation.

If there product is so awesome, why did they have to kill the ACA? Why did they walk away from reciprocity?

Bottom line, USAC hasn't been interested in grassroots racing for at least a decade. The graying membership and stagnant number of races has been the trend for years.

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Responds: Cyclocross Support and Independent Sanctioning Bodies

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@JoshLiberles@no_use_for_a_name

C'mon Josh,

Check USAC's annual reports. They break down membership by State by year. From there, you tell me how they get to over half a million. The VAST majority of USAC's membership is in NorCal. And racing there is Saturday/Sunday with rare exception.

Maybe a better way to do it is to explain how one recreates this Race Days statistic.

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Responds: Cyclocross Support and Independent Sanctioning Bodies

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Seam sealant. Sometimes called "tent sealant" @jawnp

2 years, 8 months ago on Tim Johnson’s Prototype Disc Brake Cannondale SuperX Bike

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@mmurray@no_use_for_a_name@cyclocross@NorCal Thanks for the clarification.

I don't follow Track closely enough and missed the distinction...

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Pressures OBRA, Independent Organizations and Events

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I'd like to know what factoid he's referring to when he claims 6% growth. It's not membership or number of races.

Where are all these 600,000 race days?

CXmagazine, you aren't helping matters by not checking out some of the blatant misinformation from USAC. Is whomever owns Velonews acquiring you soon?

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Responds: Cyclocross Support and Independent Sanctioning Bodies

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@cyclocross@NorCal ACA is gone too. So, OBRA, ABR and perhaps ATRA is all that's left. ATRA sanctions a bunch of track racing in the U.S. Yes, USAC abandoned track a long time ago.

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Pressures OBRA, Independent Organizations and Events

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@cyclocross@NorCal CBR is gone though. USAC put Chris out of business by funding prize purses in his region. This from a federation that has zero prize money, or even a stinking jersey for their overall series winners. It's all about command and control.

The last 10+ years of zero growth in USAC events or membership means they really, really don't care about growing grassroots participation or a even the appearance of a viable domestic pro scene.

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Pressures OBRA, Independent Organizations and Events

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@Brad Ross If you check this thread again, I suggest you consider motocross style starts where the course layout permits it. Nothing like a one-wide drag race for the first obstacle/corner for spectator drama.

Brad's method was much better than nothing, and for a first-try it was good. crossresults has a number of problems too. IMHO, no clear winner between the two.

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Responds: Cyclocross Support and Independent Sanctioning Bodies

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"The contract that OBRA had with USAC did not have an expiration or reevaluation date attached to it."

That's a strategic blunder on USAC's part...

What have we all learned about USAC today? Johnson and Petty have no problem spewing boldface lies to meet Weisel's goal of complete control of competitive U.S. cycling.

Why do USAC member continue to support these liars when they haven't grown domestic participation in the sport in any meaningful way in the last 10 years?

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Responds: Cyclocross Support and Independent Sanctioning Bodies

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Kenji and others,

USAC has zero interest in sharing competitive cycling. None. Interacting with Wiesel's coffee boy Johnson at all is a recipe for disaster.

They forced ACA out of business and then plainly lie about it.

They forced CRA out of business. CRA was a sanctioning body active in Southern California.

That said, many of the regional USAC groups have some well intentioned people that actually share the same goals as an OBRA.

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Responds: Cyclocross Support and Independent Sanctioning Bodies

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@NorCal Talk to ABR. They are already sanctioning a large number of cx events nationwide.

2 years, 8 months ago on USA Cycling Pressures OBRA, Independent Organizations and Events

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I agree 100% that the fundamental change to bike racing in the 80's was specialization.

I'd argue LeMond/Hinault were the last do-it-all guys. They animated the race at the front in any number of one day classics. I'm too lazy to look up their palmares and see what Lemond's one-day results were. I know Hinault won several classics.

Great content. The New Kids need some schooling because that 7-11 bio is not it.

2 years, 9 months ago on Back to the Eighties (Part 2 of a series)

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EPO killed more than high profile riders. Under-23's were dying of heart attacks. Way back in the pre-Internet days velonews would publish brief mentions of Euro riders dying of heart attacks and Hein's response was polite indifference.

Velonews still bends over backwards to minimize any appearance of doping.

Thom Weisel has no end of dirty laundry, most of which has never been prosecuted.

2 years, 9 months ago on The Trifecta That Shaped U.S. Cycling in the Armstrong Era

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The fundamental problem being the existence of violations is meaningless because there aren't any consequences to the violations.

Hein and Pat are practicing despots. It's working great for them.

As for USA Cycling actually doing any doping enforcement, more despots (Weisel) with very close associations with Pat and Hein. This link gives you a general idea of the self-dealing: http://www.petitiononline.com/usacref/petition.html

2 years, 10 months ago on What do we do about the UCI and its dirty dealings?

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Questions regarding "the letter."

Whose letterhead? UCI? GCP?

Did the signature have a title? ex. Boss of the UCI or maybe Boss of GCP

So much for Alain's claim that GCP is like any other race organizer...

2 years, 10 months ago on Corruption At The Heart Of The UCI

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Many including myself are not familiar with the Team side of a race like the Tour of China. I'm lead to believe that the cycling teams are paid to be there. I could be wrong.

Wouldn't the pay from WCP events keep Vaughter's team organization quiet?

2 years, 10 months ago on Tour of Beijing has familiar fingerprints – and not whose you think

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