Connect the dots.
Child's play, really. For me, it all goes back to this:
- John Beckman, Brent Emery, Steve Hegg, Pat McDonough, Leonard Nitz, Rebecca Twigg and Mark Whitehead of the USA admitted to receiving blood transfusions in preparation for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. (See Systematic Blood Doping below for details) The practice was not against Olympic rules although Games medical guidelines discouraged it. The USA team coach Eddie Borysewicz set up a clinic in motel room. The US federation banned blood-doping in January 1985.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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." ||”|
"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.