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Snow Snow and More Snow

I can't lie...I love the snow. It's beatiful and I love heading to the mountains to ski.  But, good lord does it kill my riding. Since thanksgiving, I can honestly count the days where there hasn't been snow on the ground (and I've gotten to ride) on one hand. To say I'm getting slower and gaining mass is an understatement of collossal proportions. When I lived in DC or NC prior to that, I had no need for a trainer. The snow days were few and far between. Becuase of that I have landed in Boston ill-equipped for the winter cycling season. The only riding I've managed to sneak in over the past couple of months have taken place on a stationary bike at the gym. Pretty sure that's not going to cut it come racing season. My only hope is that other riders are facing the same misfortune. But...I know better than that.  I'm simple screwed.

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Adding insult to injury | Lance involved in crash at ToC

More bad news for Lance Armstrong today. He is leaving the Tour of California after being involved in what appears to be a pretty serious crash. Check out the photo captured by Bo Bridges.

On a side note, I once worked with Bo Bridges back in my Discovery days. We shot a train smashing into a parked car. Wound up being pretty hairy though when the car rocketed off the front of the train in our direction and we were sent diving into the orange trees (which have lots and lots of thorns).

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Floyd Landis Confession Letter pretty much confirms the Pharmstrong theory.

FLOYD LANDIS‚ LETTER TO THE UCI AND USA CYCLING

TYPED BETWEEN APRIL 30-MAY 6, 2010

2002: I was instructed on how to use Testosterone patches by Johan Bruyneel during the During the Dauphine Libere in June, after which I flew on a helicopter with Mr Armstrong from the finish, I believe Grenoble, to San Mauritz Switzerland at which point I was personally handed a box of 2.5 mg patches in front of his wife who witnessed the exchange. About a week later, Dr Ferrari performed an extraction of half a liter of blood to be transfused back into me during the Tour de France. Mr Armstrong was not witness to the extraction but he and I had lengthy discussions about it on our training rides during which time he also explained to me the evolution of EPO testing and how transfusions were now necessary due to the inconvenience of the new test. He also divulged to me at that time that in the first year that the EPO test was used he had been told by Mr Ferrari, who had access to the new test, that he should not use EPO anymore but he did not believe Mr Farrari and continued to use it. He later, while winning the Tour de Swiss, the month before the Tour de France, tested positive for EPO at which point he and Mr Bruyneel flew to the UCI headquarters and made a financial agreement with Mr. Vrubrugen to keep the positive test hidden.

2003: After a broken hip in the winter, I flew to Gerona Spain where this time two units (half a liter each) were extracted three weeks apart. This took place in the apartment in which Mr. Armstrong lived and in which I was asked to stay and check the blood temperature every day. It was kept in a small refrigerator in the closet along with the blood of Mr Armstrong and George Hincapie and since Mr. Armstrong was planning on being gone for a few weeks to train he asked me to stay in his place and

make sure the electricity didn't turn off or something go wrong with the refrigerator. Then during the Tour de France the entire team, on two different occasions went to the room that we were told and the doctor met us there to do the transfusions. During that Tour de France I personally witnessed George Hincapie, Lance Armstrong, Chechu Rubiera, and myself receiving blood transfusions. Also during that Tour de France the team doctor would give my room mate, George Hincapie and I a small syringe of olive oil in which was dissolved andriol, a form of ingestible testosterone on two out of three nights throughout the duration.

I was asked to ride the Vuelta a Espana that year in support of Roberto Heras and in August, between the Tour and the Vuelta, was told to take EPO to raise my hematocrit back up so more blood transfusions could be performed. I was instructed to go to Lances place by Johan Bruyneel and get some EPO from him. The first EPO I ever used was then handed to me in the entry way to his building in full view of his then wife. It was Eprex by brand and it came in six pre measured syringes. I used it intravenously for several weeks before the next blood draw and had no problems with the tests during the Vuelta. Also during this time it was explained to me how to use Human Growth Hormone by Johan Bruyneel and I bought what I needed from Pepe the team "trainer" who lived in Valencia along with the team doctor at that time. While training for that Vuelta I spent a good deal of time training with Matthew White and Michael Barry and shared the testosterone and EPO that we had and discussed the use thereof while training.

Again, during the Vuelta we were given Andriol and blood transfusions by the team doctor and had no problems with any testing.

2004: Again the team performed two separate blood transfusions on me, but this time Bruyneel had become more paranoid and we did the draws by flying to Belgium and meeting at an unknown persons

apartment and the blood was brought by "Duffy" who was at that time Johans assistant of sorts. The second of which was performed on the team bus on the ride from the finish of a stage to the hotel during which the driver pretended to have engine trouble and stopped on a remote mountain road for an hour or so so the entire team could have half a liter of blood added. This was the only time that I ever saw the entire team being transfused in plain view of all the other riders and bus driver. That team included Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie and I as the only Americans.

2005: I had learned at this point how to do most of the transfusion technicals and other things on my own so I hired Allen Lim as my assistant to help with details and logistics. He helped Levi Leipheimer and I prepare the transfusions for Levi and I and made sure they were kept at the proper temperature. We both did two separate transfusions that Tour however my hematocrit was too low at the start so I did my first one a few days before the start so as to not start with a deficit.

2006: Well you get the idea....... One thing of great significance is that I sat down with Andy Riis and explained to him what was done in the past and what was the risk I would be taking and ask for his permission which he granted in the form of funds to complete the operation described. John Lelangue was also informed by me and Andy Riis consulted with Jim Ochowitz before agreeing.

There are many many more details that I have in diaries and am in the process of writing into an intelligible story but since the position of USA Cycling is that there have not been enough details shared to justify calling USADA, I am writing as many as I can reasonably put into an email and share with you so as to ascertain what is the process which USA Cycling uses to proceed with such allegations.

Look forward to much more detail as soon as you can demonstrate that you can be trusted to do the right thing.

- Floyd Landis

The Rules

THE RULES...as outlined by the guys at Velominati. This is a mere taste of the 64 gems found there. I am guilty of breaking a lot of them. A lot.

Rule 4: It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike.  Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle.

Rule 7: Tan lines should be cultivated and kept razor sharp.  Under no circumstances should one be rolling up their sleeves or shorts in an effort to somehow diminish one’s tan lines.  Sleeveless jerseys are under no circumstances to be employed.

Rule 10: It never gets easier, you just go faster. To put it another way, per Greg Henderson: “Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”

Rule 12: The minimum number of bikes one should own is three.  The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.  This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

Rule 20: The remedies:

  • If your quads start to burn, shift forward to use your hamstrings and calves.
  • If your calves or hamstrings start to burn, shift back to use your quads.
  • If you feel wimpy and weak, get out and train more, ya wee lassie!

Rule 25: The bikes on top of your car should be worth more than the car.  Or at least be relatively more expensive.  Basically, if you’re putting your Huffy on your Rolls, you’re in trouble, mister.

Rule 32: Hydration packs are never to be seen on a road rider’s body.  No argument will be entered into on this.

Rule 43: That feeling you get when you see a beautiful bike is called “Carbone”.

Rule 51: Livestrong wristbands are cockrings for your arms.  You may as well get “tryhard wanker” tattooed on your forehead.

Delane Rouse Photography captures my lowest moment

If you've been following this site for any real length of time then you are quite aware of my recent destruction at the Bunny Hop Criterium a couple of weeks back. Not only was my girl kind enough to capture this humbling afternoon on video and an amateur camera. But, just to make sure I never forget the event, professional photographer Delane Rouse also managed to capture the moment. What I find most troubling about these photos...is the fact that I'm not pedaling. My new moto "KEEP YOUR PEDALS LEVEL"

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