Philly.com spoke with Floyd Landis, who took a quick detour, after the Cyclosportif yesterday in Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Floyd had some things to say about his long wait since May for the arbitration decision that could determine the course of his life, the dysfunctional anti doping system at work in sports at this time, and what might happen if he loses the verdict:
"We've demonstrated on a hundred different levels why they're going to have to find me innocent," Landis said. "So they've got themselves a dilemma. Because I have no choice but to try to recoup the money I've lost and paid to lawyers. And it's not going to be pretty.
"It's not like all those other cases where they just could cover it up and find [accused athletes] guilty."
On the arbitration system currently in place Landis commented:
"I think they need to get rid of the people that are running it right now," he said, "because those people see the world in black and white, and it's really gray. They believe it's wise to track down everyone they can just to make a point and risk [the careers] of innocent athletes in the process. It's not productive, and it's not furthering their cause."
Philly.com also posts a late piece on yesterday's events.
The VeloNews recaps the Univest Grand Prix from yesterday citing a large amount of confusion at the end due to lapped riders and errant team cars on the course.
Reuters/Yahoo reports that Asafa Powell (Jamaica) just broke the world 100m running record he'd shared with Justin Gatlin, 9.74 beating 9.77. We await the results of the inevitable testing, because outstanding performance seems to be an indicator of distrust and intense scrutiny.
Rant talks about reading the inspiring story of cyclist Saul Raisin who is recovering incredibly well from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a cycling accident. Rant knows a lot about the subject as he also covered the story of a young woman back in the 80s who also suffered a brain injury for the Detroit Free Press. Saul is doing well, and in the age of bad news in cycling he is a real joy to read about. The young woman Rant wrote about years ago is doing well too in what appears to be an equally inspiring story of courage and determination.
Diablo Scott dragged TBV up the N Gate approach to the Diablo Junction last week, and also prepared some informative grade charts comparing Mt. Palomar in Landis training ground to the Diablo Challenge route. Today's ride for me set some personal records, but they are bad enough there is much to be humble about -- 1:37, if we're optimistic.
Amy Kate Foster sends some mail with pictures and some tales.
Waited on climb #3. Floyd came by us in a small group obviously enjoying themselves and laughing. Got some great shots with the camera! Met him briefly after the ride, and I thanked him for all the action on the forums and he said "I got in a lot of trouble for that!"