The Sequiter.com writes an op-ed piece on taking short cuts to get what one wants and how it's not just the domain of athletes and celebs but a societal problem. One of the points is that we should not feel shock but we should feel shame.
LancasterOnline.com provides information about an auction to be held to raise funds for Hospice of Lanaster. There will be many items up for bidding starting September 3 and some of these have been donated by athletes. One item was autographed by Lancaster native Floyd Landis, but no specifics were given as to what that item is.
The CyclingNews posts Alexander Vinokourov's opinion that his basic human rights have been violated by the anti doping agencies, and American Amber Neben has won the Route de France Feminine.
We missed CyclingNews' report on Leadville. It has more pix.
The New York Daily News in a multi-faceted article that runs the course from am anecdote about the late Phil Rizzuto, to the life long effects of cheating on an English sailor with reference to Floyd Landis.
DailyKos, a liberal-leaning political blog, calls out "The Outcast" to its readers.
Pete Geniella recommends "The Outcast" mainly for its' great photographs by Larry Sultan.
Finger Food reads The Outcast, and thinks of Dean Moriarty, Jack Kerouac's fictional version of Neal Cassidy, street philosophy spouting exile of the road.
Mike's Imagination thinks the intelligence of Pro riders is overcredited, starting with Vino, and including Landis.
Rant comments on Unibet giving up, and on the "Hoist a Glass for Floyd" event spontaneously forming itself in comments here. For those in a timezone that is not already too late, we suggest 17:10 local time, the time of the Morzine finish, as the moment.
Creative Ingenuity feels bad for Floyd Landis after reading "The Outcast" and says Floyd is only human.
Sunken Treasure writes about "Floyd Rage" after reading "The Outcast" an apparently influential article about what it's like to go through the hell of uncertainty about one's fate.
Drasties points Euro readers to The Outcast, with quotes translated into Dutch.
FenderGal read The Outcast, and
[It] irritated me, and made me feel like I had just met with an old boyfriend, "Geez, what was I thinking?"
Mellow has Positively False in his to-read pile.
SkiBrent tells a good long Leadville Story with minor Landis content:
I heard shouts from ahead that said “RIDERS COMING”. Suddenly there was a surge of excitement among the bikers in front of me and behind me. This meant that the leaders of the race, who had probably reached the top 20 minutes ago, were now bombing back down. The ascending riders all moved to the right of the road and we were all collectively wondering who was leading. It didn’t take long to find out. Suddenly, there was Floyd Landis coming at us at about 40 mph. At first I didn’t see anyone behind him as I was looking way up the road. As he passed, however, I realized that the reason I didn’t see anyone behind him was because Dave Wiens was literally glued to Floyd’s rear wheel! The two of them were separated by about 2 feet and they were flying . . . I mean FLYING . . . and then they were quickly gone. I instantly recognized that that split-second fly-by may have been one of the coolest moments I’ve ever been a part of as a participant in sports. The 2006 Tour de France winner, who is racing in the same race as I, just blew past with the 4-time Leadville winning Mountain-Bike-Hall-of-Famer Dave Wiens right on his rear wheel. Alas the reverie died down quite fast when it dawned on me (and everyone around me) that we still probably had a good hour and 15 minutes before reaching the top while Landis and Wiens probably only had a few hours left in the whole race! What a buzz-kill.
Carbon Fork set a personal record for speed over the weekend at some fun events, and saw some Landis support by the Lancaster Bicycle Club. Go, girl!
Pommi thinks Landis might race TBV up Mt. Diablo on Oct 7th. We know nothing official, and there are no promises being made, and we'd be giving him a 10 minute head start if he shows (start groups). We are also at least two months behind in our training due to some stupid hearing we attended, and will generate even more excuses as time permits, starting with a simple, "We're not worthy."
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Sunday, August 19, 2007