For those watching the D-Tour

August 1, 2006

If you are following the live text feeds from the current Tour of Germany, might I suggest  But that’s not why I am writing here.

I found a new resource guaranteed to make watching more fun.  If you liked the heart rate graphics at this year’s Tour de France, then you’ll love this site


Would You?

August 1, 2006

I remember reading a study of football players who would shorten their life considerably to get the opportunity to achieve glory, fame, and fortune. From my perspective, I get a rush from racing my 9 year-olds up a hill. I wouldn’t trade that, or the opportunity of walking my daughter down the aisle, or any other moment of either of their lives for anything.

With that as a backdrop and in the comfort and anominity of your PC, read this and give your answer.

Some interesting thoughts from Ken Norton’s blog

August 1, 2006

Ken outlines the whole anti-doping process from the time the sample is given to the time punishment is meted out. Thanks Ken.

Rooting for the laundry

August 1, 2006

A sports radio personality here in the New York area used to use the phrase “Root for the laundry.” When he used this term, he was referring to the aftermath of recent changes in the ability for athletes to sign with other teams within the professional leagues here in the US. Most notably, football and baseball. The consequence of this is fewer kids grew up rooting for their favorite player on a team. They just supported the team since the players who wore the uniforms changed too frequently. Therefore, rooting for the uniforms or “laundry.”

Are we coming to a similar place in cycling, albeit from a different route? Will we be rooting for the jerseys? If you have not had a hero suspected of doping recently then you are a rare breed. It seems that it is getting too risky to become emotionally attached to a rider these days. Would it be better to support CSC rather than Ivan Basso? Think Phonak. First Tyler Hamilton requires us to watch as he goes through the whole process. Floyd Landis seems perched to take us on another emotional roller coaster. Wouldn’t it be easier to yell for the green and white jerseys of Phonak? With the new helmet rules, you really can’t tell the difference anymore.

This way, riders are replaceable. If they get into trouble, give the jersey to another man. Just a thought.