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Bradley Wiggins is a Douche

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I was trying to make it a point to not comment on doping so much this year. And I’ve done just okay with that. But when Bradley Wiggins speaks, he usually says something that, one, I disagree with/completely wrong, and two, is usually pretty crude.

I’ve bypassed Bradley talking about how it isn’t important to win the Tour more than once. And all the times he talks about how hard it is going to be to just make the Sky Tour team. Here is a guy that won the Tour in 2012 and he is speaking some code about how he would like to go to the Tour to work for his “buddy” Chris Froome, but might not make the team.

Bradley obviously isn’t my favorite guy. I’ve posted more than once about him here. Like I said above, I pretty can pretty much disagree with anything he says.

But, he did an interview, which in the future, I highly recommend against, and in it, he says that he is finally proud that he won the Tour in 2012. For some reason, he seemed to think that since he won the Tour, he was in the “same category” as Lance. So, I guess that made him not proud.

My question is, if you know you rode the Tour clean, why would you put yourself in the same category as Lance Armstrong when you know you raced the race fair and dope free? I can understand other people putting him in the same category, which is sort of normal, not fair, but normal, but why would he do that?

It makes no sense. Bradley isn’t just new to the sport. He has been racing bicycles for a very long time. He won the Olympics a few times on the track, then switched to the road and won the Tour and the Olympics, again. So, the history of the sport isn’t something foreign to the dude. Bradley was fully aware of the history of the sport, doping etc. way before he won the Tour. He wouldn’t have gone all-in and lost 35 lbs, train like a monk on Tenerife, so he could be the first rider to win the individual pursuit on the track and Tour de France, which he once stated was one of his goals. Then get all depressed because he somehow puts himself in the same class of rider as Lance Armstrong?

But talking stupid doesn’t make one a douche always.

What makes him a douche is when he answers a question later on in the interview about people asking him about doping, specifically his role in it.

Here, I’ll let Bradley speak for himself-

“I am proud to be a winner of the Tour de France, with no history and no skeletons in the closet. So I’ll challenge people: the real hypocrites of the sport who are asking those questions. Even Paul Kimmage, to an extent. Someone summed it up for me: ‘Paul Kimmage: he took drugs, and he was still shit.’ And he has the cheek to challenge us on a daily basis. So it’s a funny old thing.”

A previous, “clean” Tour winner, classifying people that people that ask questions about doping in the sport as hypocrites? Huh? Most of them never even raced bicycles. But he did single out one journalist that did, Paul Kimmage. And Paul quit, wrote a book exposing doping in the sport, nearly two decades ago, and has been one of the most outspoken persons on planet condemning​ it. Seems to me that Bradley owes Kimmage a debt.

And Bradley somehow thinks because Paul tried drugs and rode poorly, it doesn’t give him the right, or maybe the credentials, to ask him questions about his participation in doping? He thinks it makes Paul an hypocrite? Wow. I don’t see it at all.

Maybe since George Hincapie is now writing his autobiography, and took drugs to race, but rode exceptionally well, George would pass (Bradley’s) muster and might be worthy to question Bradley on the doping in the sport? It must be, using Bradley’s logic.

But, like I said above, Bradley is not capable of real logic. He says so many things that he thinks are revelations, but really only seem to be self incriminating observations.

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Paul’s original book.

Ned Wins Fat Tire Birkie / National Championship!!!

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Ned Overend just smeared all those guys racing up in Cable this morning. I talked to him for a while on Thursday while he was doing the drive from the MSP airport to Cable. He was hoping to just be in the mix. I told him I couldn’t see most those guys having great form, since they are all from Northern climates. There was a rumor that Jerimiah Bishop and a couple other guys were showing up, but I guess not. Ned told me it has been super warm in Durango, in the 50’s and dry. He was worried about not riding in the snow much. Guess that was wasted worry.

So wow, Ned has done it again, won an inaugural event! He did this a few times now, starting with winning the 1st UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Durango, 1990. He’s been winter triathlon champion, Master’s World Cyclocross Champion, Xterra World Champhion, etc. etc. Pretty good stuff.

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5th in the 5th Race of the Season

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Yesterday was a busy day. I forgot I’d flatted in Texas and needed to glue a tire on to race in the afternoon. Trudi was flying to Europe for 6 weeks and needed to be to the airport by 1:30 and the local criterium started at 3:50.

So, I had to drive to the race instead of riding the 25 miles there and then back after. I got to the race around 2 pm, so had a chance to ride 15 miles before the start.

It was sort of cold, lower 40’s, but I decided to ride in shorts with oil. My right knee is a little sore still and sometimes having knee warmers on exacerbates the issue.

It was the whole TradeWind Energy Team, me, Brian Jensen and Bill. We all missed last weeks race, so we were just going to race for the day and not for the series, even though I won the first race. It was a pretty good turn out again, maybe 30 in the 1/2 race. Windy as usual.

The race started out pretty fast. No matter how much I warm up early season, the first few jumps feel like hell. I had an average wattage at the first sprint of 398 watts, which is pretty high for me. The first points sprint was 9 laps in. Bill got off the front with one other guy and won the sprint. Brian bridged up with 3 others, including my brother, Kris. I thought it was over. I was a little depressed, thinking I was going to have to just sit the rest of the day.

But, no. My breakaway companions from two weeks ago, Joe Fox, Michael Smith and Garrick Valverde were all still riding pretty good and chased the break down in just a few laps. Then it turned into a little bit of a jumpfest. Brian kept rolling off the front on his own, but always alone. I didn’t feel like I should jump up because Brian was winning the points each time he went. Instead I stayed with Bill and led him out for the sprints.

Coming to the end of the race, Brian was winning with 8 points, Bill with 7, then Garrick with 5. Bill took off with Joe Fox with 2 laps to go. Joe had no points, so I knew Bill would win the race even finishing 2nd. I led Brian out for the final sprint and at the finish, there were only 3 of us, me Brian and Garrick.

So Bill won overall, Brian was 2nd and I finished 5th because of the points in the final sprint. We rode pretty cohesively as a team, which was the goal.

I rode with Bill and Kris 1/2 way back to Topeka, then turned around and rode back to the race on gravel. It got dark and cold, but was super enjoyable.

I got back to the van and no one was left at the race. I took Bromont for a long run, in the dark, and he found some deer to chase.

I was pretty cold, but was going to eat dinner with my friend, Jim Thiele, who was in town from Portland. I met him, his wife Barbara, and grand daughter, Allison at a Vietnamese restaurant in downtown Lawrence. I’m not really sure what Vietnamese food is all about, but it was pretty good. It was nice catching up with Jim. He owes the company that makes nearly all the blimps you see flying around the sky. Plus, he races bicycles, on the track mainly now, very seriously.

Alright, there is a road race 25 miles from my house this afternoon. It is supposed to be nearly 60 degrees, so we’re riding there, racing and riding back. Should be pretty good miles and a nice end to a hectic weekend.

Results, click to enlarge.

Results, click to enlarge.

We have a lot of rock wall around Northeastern Kansas.  Most were built by German prisoners that were held here during World War 2.

We have a lot of rock wall around Northeastern Kansas. Most were built by German prisoners that were held here during World War 2.

Riding back on gravel was nice.

Riding back on gravel was nice.

Really nice sunset.

Really nice sunset.

I made the waffle leftovers for breakfast this morning. Preparing for the classics.

I made the waffle leftovers for breakfast this morning. Preparing for the classics.

Weekend Wrap Up

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Man, this past weekend went quickly. I rode somewhere about 250 miles, Friday through Sunday, with around 60 of it being pretty hard racing. I didn’t rest up much for the races, riding 80 miles on Friday, but wanted to train through the weekend. I felt pretty great yesterday in the road race. At least great for me. I had a 363 watt weighted average (327 watt power) for an hour and a half yesterday. I don’t watch that so much, but it seemed pretty high.

Yesterday I spent mostly riding. We rode the 25 miles over to the race, raced 35 miles, then I rode 20 miles over to Lawrence with a bunch of guys and finally the 30 miles back to Topeka. A little over 100 miles total. And it was super windy. The last 30 miles was pretty much into a 25 mph headwind.

The race was good. There were less than 20 guys in the 1/2 race, but, the quality was good, which just made the whole thing harder. It was nice seeing Shadd Smith make an appearance at a race. He rode great and finished 3rd, being out numbered pretty heavily.

I ended up getting in a move eventually with Shadd, my brother Kris, my teammate, Brian Jensen and two Team Kaos guys, Jordan Ross and Michael Smith. Michael and I have been in the same group the last 3 races. We ended up dropping Kris on the hill with two laps to go, and the next lap I jumped away, taking Michael with me. Brian and Jordan were obligated to sit and that only left Shadd, who was smarter than trying to chase. Michael and I were both intent on riding pretty hard, so were rotated until the last kilometer climb. I was pretty sure I was climbing better than him, even though he put in a pretty good dig at the bottom of the final pitch, I didn’t have any trouble coming by him. So, I won, Michael was 2nd, Shadd jumped away from Brian, who was charging up to the line. It was nice feeling pretty good both days and getting in a ton of jumps and hard riding. Couldn’t have asked for better training than that, even though it was racing.

It was in the lower 60’s, so I made the most use of the nice weather, riding as much as I could. I didn’t have a chance to call Ned and get the play-by-play of the Fat Bike Nationals he won on Saturday in Cable, Wis. I’m sure I’ll hear about it eventually. That guy has ridden less than 1000 miles for the year. He is a physical freak, always has been. Anyway, it was an awesome ride.

How about not an awesome race to go to, the Tour of Murrieta in Southern California, last weekend. I’m not really sure what the deal was, but the Jelly Belly UCI PRO Team had somewhere between 10 and 13 guys in the race. That was with less than 60 total starters. That is a joke. If there isn’t a USAC rule against that, there should be. If I entered that race and they showed up like that, I’d ask for my entry back. Here is a link to the overall results. Seems like with that many guys, they could have put more than 4 guys in the top 10. Maybe they felt a little guilty and spread the wealth some. Guess their training camp wasn’t hard enough or something, I don’t know.

Trudi made it to Brussels alright and is flying to Pisa, Italy this morning. I’m not sure what she is doing there, thought she was doing a camp in Sicily, but what do I know.

Okay, I’m still trying to exactly figure out what I’m doing the next couple weeks. They started burning around here, so I’m looking to leave the area while it turns into Armageddon. I seem to be on the right track so far this season and don’t really feel like doing the same old thing again, breathing a bunch of smoke for the next month and a half, but haven’t really seen anything that has caught me eye.

Ned on his way to winning the Fat Bike Nationals Championships Saturday.

Ned on his way to winning the Fat Bike Nationals Championships Saturday. Check out Fat-Bike.com for the up coming story.

Ned and Jenna Rinehart,  the woman's winner.  Jenna is from Mankato, Minn.,  has won Chequamegon also.

Ned and Jenna Rinehart, the woman’s winner. Jenna is from Mankato, Minn., has won Chequamegon also.

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Ned, at the Rivers Eatery, Saturday Night, after winning the Fat Bike Nationals. I called Mick and told him that I was buyin’, whatever he wanted food/drink. Guess he didn’t collect, or maybe he did, I don’t know. The pay-it-forward is still on the board, at least when the picture was taken.

Perry Road Race Results.  Click to enlarge.

Perry Road Race Results. Click to enlarge.

Looks like a fun race to spend three days doing, huh?

Looks like a fun race to spend three days doing, huh?