Tag: Cycling

Charity bleg – Tour de Cure 2011

Tour de Cure

Photo credit: Nessie Photography - http://flic.kr/p/9LMdNw

Some of you may have wondered why I haven’t “passed the hat” yet. Well, partly because I hate doing it, and mainly I knew I was going to post this soon. I’d rather the hat get passed for this.
I’m riding the Tour de Cure event in North Haven, CT this year. Hoping for the metric century (100K/62-ish miles, although the route they have mapped out is more like 73!). If you’d like to sponsor my ride to help fight diabetes,you can donate online here.

While I share the belief of many that large charity organizations are at best top-heavy, the main goal of the American Diabetic Association is to inform & educate people with diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions. This is the kind of mission that can only be done by a large group with good name recognition. I only have four charities that I truly care about, and this is one of them.

As you may know, as we age the risk for getting Type II diabetes increases dramatically even when we do everything right, and our population as a whole is trending older and older each year. But, did you also know that one of the largest growing segments of Type II diabetes patients is now children? Type II used to be called “Adult Onset” diabetes. Now that so many more children are getting this disease each year, the medical community has dropped that name. So many kids get what was an adult disease, doctors have dropped the “adult” part. The American Diabetic Association can do a lot of good by educating children and parents as to how they can fight off Type II diabetes, and that’s why I am supporting them. I’m asking for your help as well.

The North Haven Tour de Cure is June 12th. You can donate anytime, but I need to raise $150 by the 11th or they won’t let me ride. It’s a good cause. One that can actually reduce health costs to society in the aggregate if they can spread the message of education. On top of that, we’re all likely to at least flirt with Type II diabetes if we live long enough. In my opinion, it actually benefits us all to support this particular organization…and what’s a better motivation than self-interest?

How Dopey Do You Think Lance Is?

The term “world’s greatest”, at anything, has always been a fun road to go down,  providing fodder at the local pub or dinner parties. Some sports records are so incredible in it’s individual feat that they have withstood the arrows of time, and some may never ever be broken. Joe Dimaggio and his 56 game hitting streak, Wilt Chamberlain and his 100 point game record, even Bob Beamon jumping out of the stadium at the Mexico City Olympics. The one that I hold as the gold standard of probable unbeatable records is Lance Armstrong and his 7 TDF wins. But there is trouble a brewing.

I’m not a big fan of bicycle road racing but I know there are several here that might want to weigh in on the newest doping allegations:

 

It has happened enough times, at this point, that we sort of know how it’s going to go.

First, a former cycling teammate – or a doping agency, or someone else – accuses Lance Armstrong of taking performance-enhancing drugs in some public forum or other.

The latest charges against Armstrong arrived via former teammate Tyler Hamilton, on Sunday’s episode of “60 Minutes,” with allegations that he saw Armstrong inject testosterone and erythropoietin, or EPO, a “blood booster” and performance enhancing drug.

 

Ya know, I believe I’ve heard all this stuff before. that loser Floyd Landis made similar allegations last year. Now Hamiliton, another caught doper, tries to mitigate his bad behavior with the old line of ,”well, everyone is doing it”. And the fact that he gave back in 2004 Olympic Gold Medal, he has to be telling the truth, right? How funny that he admits to doping his entire riding career, but thinks he can salvage a modicum of esteem by saying that in 2004, when he won his medal, he was NOT doping. That’s like saying that Ted Bundy, although a bad dude, did call him mom every week, what a sweetheart.

 

Armstrong has a website up where he tries to defend his good name, good luck with that. Lance is without a doubt the most tested person in history, and he has never bounced a test. I think his lawyer nailed it when addressing the new charges:

 

“Hamilton is actively seeking to make money by writing a book, and now he has completely changed the story he has always told before so he could get himself on ’60 Minutes’ and increase his chances with publishers.”

 

A few years ago I read Lance’s book about his fight with cancer and his come back to racing. Again, I’m no big fan of the sport but I would highly recommend this book to anyone, what a true testament of courage. Briefly, Lance goes to see his doctor because, after a ride, he notices his right nut is 3 times the size of his left. Tests reveal he has cancer, further tests reveal that his cancer has spread to his lungs and brain, one doctor gives him a less than 10% chance of survival. Well, he decides he is not going down without a fight, and chemo is no fun, but he licks it and the rest is history.

 

Right now Armstrong is in the cross hairs of a number of ongoing investigations. The IRS, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Food and Drug Agency and the Department of Justice are all looking into the matter. Lance could be in a world of hurt. This is worse then what Bonds or Clemens went through (perjury), this could involve fraud, racketeering, conspiracy, and what ever else they can think of.

 

I’ve been accused of being naive in the past, maybe, but to me Lance is a hero, a literal man of steel, who not only holds the greatest sports accomplishment in history but does incredible charitable work and good deeds for his fellow man, so, at least for today, he is innocent until proven guilty. Until they got the goods on him, I will continue to hold him in high esteem.

 

So, is Hamilton right in that everybody in general (and Lance in particular) is dirty, that nobody can be successful in this sport without juicing?