Cycle-Smart Blog

Connect the dots.

Child's play, really. For me, it all goes back to this:



Systematic Blood doping at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The USA cycling team's successes were coloured by revelations that riders had blood transfusions before their events, a practice known as blood-doping. The transfusions were to increase red blood cells in riders' blood. That would take more oxygen to their muscles. They received the blood of others with similar blood types.[85] The practice, instigated by national coach Eddie Borysewicz, was not against Olympic rules although Games medical guidelines discouraged it. Borysewicz and a colleague, Ed Burke, set up a clinic in a Los Angeles motel room and four of the seven athletes who had transfusions won medals.[86] The US federation banned blood-doping in January 1985. Borysewicz and Burke were fined a month's pay. Mike Fraysse, a former president of the federation, was demoted from first to third vice-president.[87]

Steve Hegg, won a gold and a silver; Rebecca Twigg, Pat McDonough and Leonard Nitz won silver medals. The others were John Beckman, Mark Whitehead and Brent Emery. They were identified in the subsequent inquiry as having had transfusions. The rest of the team had refused.[85]

So, Chuck Coyle just got busted, huh? I hear that the story about to come out is that he was buying stuff for teammates, and didn't know what he was actually purchasing. We'll have to wait for his story to see if that's true. But the transaction took place in 2007. So let's look at 2007:

Hegg was the director of the team. Escuela was killing it in 2007 and 2008, and signed to Team Type 1. He was the fastest guy out there. But didn't Team Type 1 send Escuela home for the season in March of 2009 after just a few races, and release him from the team? I know why they did that - do you? There are other names on the roster from that year that I expect to come out in the coming weeks, possibly related to Operation Papp Smear, possibly connected to Chuck getting busted, possibly former teammates of mine, even.

But my real point here is that Eddie B. is the father of American doping, period. If you think Lance was dirty, who was his first mentor? Someone make a chart, build us a road map, show us the connections. They're all there.

Montgomery Securities, Weisel, US Postal - go look at the riders who came through there, and under his tutelage.

From his Wiki page:

Borysewicz claimed Lance Armstrong as his discovery and not that of Armstrong's later coach, Chris Carmichael. When Carmichael said of his work at the US federation that he wished he had "five Lances," Borysewicz replied,

"Why doesn't he (Chris Carmichael) produce Lances? That's his job. And anyway, Lance is not his product. Lance is my product." [10]

"Product." Product. Seriously. PRODUCT.

I've always surmised that before Eddie B., amateur bike racers in the US (there were very few pros at that point) didn't know how to dope. When Eddie B. came, he brought all his Eastern Bloc knowledge with him. All of it. I think you can divide US doping into before Eddie B., and after. Papp rode for Fraysee, they were both connected to and close with Eddie B.

The whole thing fucking stinks. I wish I could tell you all the stories I know. I feel like I'm just ranting like a madman conspiracy theorist right now. But when more guys get busted, the connections will be easier to make.




18.12.10   Scheldecross   Antwerpen   BEL   C1
19.12.10   Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World Cup   Kalmthout   BEL   CDM
26.12.10   Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World Cup   Heusden-Zolder   BEL   CDM
27.12.10   Superprestige Diegem   Diegem   BEL   C1
29.12.10   GVA Trofee - Azencross / Cross des as   Loenhout / Wuustwezel   BEL   C1  
30.12.10   Sylvester Cyclo-cross/Versluys Cyclo-cross   Bredene   BEL   C2 





Today's blog entry consists only of me insisting that you read this one: 


Pick Up Party presented by Noho Coffee and The Kidney Project info

On Friday, November 5th, the Cycle-Smart International will be hosting it's traditional Pick Up Party from 7-9 PM, at Northampton Coffee in Northampton, Massachusetts. The rider registration and party is presented by The Kidney Project, and will feature event president Adam Myerson as the guest barista, pulling shots from Noho Coffee's Synesso espresso machine. Noho Coffee is owned by Wheelhouse/NCC rider Mukunda Feldman.

"Because coffee is a hobby for me, it's a thrill to be able to get behind the bar and be able to use professional equipment for a change," Myerson said. "When Mukunda offered to host the Pick Up Party and asked me if I wanted to pull a few shots, I jumped at the chance."

In addition to coffee, there's be a selection of fine Belgian ales provided by Ramadon's Liquor Store in Three Rivers, MA. Ramadon's is the family business of Chris Ramadon, founder of the Kidney Project. The main goal of Kidney Project is to spread the importance of organ donation through the medium of cycling. Says Ramadon, "If it were not for organ donation I would not be here today.

Ramadon was a promising young rider in the Northampton Cycling Club who eventually required a kidney transplant, and has recently returned to high level racing. "I was and am still a cyclist and started with the NCC. I wanted to start something that people could have a bond to and be able to be involved at any age and get others involved. I won two gold medals at the last Transplant Games which qualified me to attend the World games which will be held in Sweden in June and I hope to be able to represent TKP there and be able to have members participate on a world scale!"

Participants in the Cycle-Smart International will be able to pick up their race numbers for both days at the event, enjoy an espresso or beer, and learn more about The Kidney Project in the process.

Northampton Coffee is located at 269 Pleasant Street in Northampton, Massachusetts.Their web site is:

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Organizer, Cycle-Smart International Cyclo-Cross
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More Saturation Points

To further make my point, take a look at last weekend's events.
Lots of races, lots of choices, lots of points given out. Surely there were some "soft" races in there and not all points were equally earned. Should there only have been races in Belgium last weekend, since that was where the best riders were? Or is it ok that each geographical region (not nation, but region) had a UCI event?
I hope the obvious answer by now is "of course not," unless you think the US riders should have to get on a plane every Friday and Monday in order to race bicycles.
Internationales Radquer Steinmaur October 31, 2010, Steinmaur, SUI, Cyclo-cross - C2
TOI TOI Cup #4 October 30, 2010, Lostice, CZE, Cyclo-cross - C2
Cyclo-cross de Karrantza October 31, 2010, Karrantza, Spain, Cyclo-cross - C2
Saverne - 1ère manche du Challenge La France Cycliste de Cyclo-cross October 31, 2010, Alsace, FRA, Cyclo-cross - C2
British National Trophy Round 2 October 31, 2010, Ipswich, GBR, Cyclo-cross - C2
Trofeo Ayuntamiento de Muskiz November 1, 2010, Muskiz, Spain, Cyclo-cross - C2
Cyclo-cross International de Marle November 1, 2010, Marle, FRA, Cyclo-cross - C2
Beacon Cross October 30, 2010, Bridgeton, NJ, USA, Cyclo-cross - C2
Colorado Cyclo-cross Classic October 30, 2010, Boulder, Colorado, USA, Cyclo-cross - C2
HPCX October 31, 2010, Jamesburg, New Jersey, USA, Cyclo-cross - C2
Boulder Cup Cyclo-cross October 31, 2010, Boulder, Colorado, USA, Cyclo-cross - C1
Superprestige Zonhoven October 31, 2010, Zonhoven, BEL, Cyclo-cross - C1
GVA Trofee - Koppenbergcross November 1, 2010, Melden - Oudenaarde, BEL, Cyclo-cross - C1