January 25, 2013

Boycott the UCI?

The UCI is on pretty much everyone's hate list, and has been for some time. Whether it is their bullying tactics for teams that don't show up for their Beijing Race (because they own it - a clear conflict of interest), or their futile attempts to protect Lance over the years and as recently as the release of the UCI reasoned decision, or their efforts to control my seat angle, they just keep reconfirming they are really bad people.

Not everyone takes out a UCI licence of course, and that in no way reflects on how much one loves the sport. But for those of us who do, what do we do this year? I've been thinking about this in the context of my personal goals for the year. Basically, I asked myself whether I really need a UCI licence to have a fun year. There are lots of club races where I live which have nothing to do with the UCI of course. And I could target a few of the fun sanctioned races by just getting a day licence, especially for mountain biking and cross.

So I've decided that I just can't stomach feeding the UCI machine until McQuaid and his cronies are gone. But I don't want to penalize local race organizers who do such a great job for the sport. I can still support local race organizers by purchasing day licences. You can purchase a fair number of day licences for the price of a UCI licence. If you are a race organizer, then it would be great if you ensured your races had a day licence option, not all do. And I can also have fun doing the various club races. I still will join my club as that doesn't require a UCI licence. Seems to be a bullet proof plan for protest to me.

January 11, 2013

Lance is Coming To Oprah?

Really? On Oprah? A women's show?
I did it for my Country!
Or maybe it was the money.....
Yeah, I remember, it was the money.
Mommy issues or what? Face the music like a man and just come clean with a press statement. Yes I know you want to be a star but nut up already. Oops, is that inappropriate?

Just don't cry and make us all sick. And keep God out of it.

Update Jan 18, 2013 - A very strategic release of the truth (complete with the sniffles), still lying about all the really bad stuff:
  1. The bribery
  2. The UCI
  3. Pushing drugs on other riders
  4. Ferrari's a good guy (after all he did help Lance with his recent triathlon career)
  5. Clean comeback from retirement (I can compete clean. No really. Oh yeah, and the statute of limitations hasn't expired for that time period.)
  6. The Andreus - what was that?
Looking at footage of his old lies, his new lies don't seem as convincing. I guess he's lost a step, like all of us past our prime. Or maybe they don't call it dope for nothing.

And you're doing this interview to get a shorter ban, because you deserve it? C'mon Lance. You aren't doing this for your family? You aren't doing this so you can have a semi-normal life at some point? You aren't doing this to clear your conscience? Sleep better at night? This one is probably true, even though it is unbelievable. What a guy!