The Spokesmen #145 – Hemoglobin & Estrogen

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Today’s Spokespeople:




Pro Cycling / Racing / MTB/Doping News

Industry News


Tips, Hints, Best Practices

  • Carlton: Buy from your local bike shop!
  • Tim: Recycle old cycling socks. Put ‘em in your saddle bag.
  • David: (more interesting than Strava Flyby), and Chris suggests Made with SISU for Strava posters
  • Chris: Cleat replacement on same shoes: Sharpie outline of position of old cleat before removal
  • Jim: Inflation chart, download and put on your workbench

3 comments to The Spokesmen #145 – Hemoglobin & Estrogen

  • simon

    Well I got back from a ride with my 13 year old son. He started riding at 4 and has ridden road bikes MTBs and a BMX. He likes cycling and loves the clipless shoes he took for his first ride today. We went to a hill/peak that the locals use for their hill training and just as we rolled up the local highschool cycling team was getting ready to leave. I got him set up and he had spent the day before practicing for an hour how to clip in and out smoothly while still looking where he was going, he got it pretty quick. So I send him up the hill after the high schoolers and get my bike off the car and start chasing him down, or is it up? Anyhows, the high school team coach was giving him tips on cadence and opening up the shoulders e.t.c and I never saw that little bugger for the next 10 kms. It was WATT but it was me he was waiting on. He was proud and to his credit all he asked me was if I was okay? Apart from a slightly dented pride I was fine, actually my dent was more than compensated by the pride I had in his riding up a hill with some 12% or 13% grades and riding back down under control and very sensibly. In the car on the way home he tells me he wants to be a champion road racer and make a career out of it. Then I listen to your podcast and WTF? Should I tell him to give up on the idea unless he wants to cheat and beat the system as that’s what everyone else in the race will be doing? I know, he probably will decide next week he wants to be a mercenary fighting in Turkey or somewhere but it was depressing to think about his potential career where everything is crooked and corrupt, or is that what it is in any career? Great podcast by the way and I really enjoy hearing from the ladies. Cheers and thanks Simon in Japan.

  • Ian


    One of the best podcast episodes I’ve heard in the last year just came out from Cycling Tips.

    It touches on a lot of these issues. The entire thing is well, well worth listening to. But they get on the subject of professional cycling and the culture at around 50:00.

    “As an American and a lot of the american cycling fanatics have this idea that cycling is a healthy thing to do and it’s a healthy sport and people go out and ride their bikes because they eat, y’know, organic figs and free-range chicken eggs.

    “But the fact of the matter is when they’re saying they want to ‘fix’ the sport, what they’re really saying is they want to create an entirely different sport altogether. This sport was never anything but what it is right now. It was..look, Eddie Mercx? He tested positive three times when no one was even testing–and I don’t even know how that’s possible.

    “From day one this sport has been a ruthless war to win at all costs.”

    Again, if anyone hasn’t heard this interview yet–and regardless of how you feel about Landis or Zabriske, or doping in general–it’s absolutely a must-listen piece.

  • Simon and Ian;

    Cheating is human nature. Drugs are present in ALL sports, at nearly every level. I’ve known masters racers who doped to win nothing more than bragging rights at some stupid office park crit or Mexican “fun ride.”

    Cheating is a human problem, rather than a cycling problem.

    I’m not an apologist for doping in cycling. I’ve been a loud critic for many years. I support lifetime bans for the first offense, given certain criteria. That said, cycling is getting better. It’s far from cured, but it never will be … again, because there are humans on the bikes.

    Be proud of your son, Simon. And be proud of the fact you showed him something to be excited about, whether he sticks with it or not. As a parent, that’s all I want for my daughters- I want them to find something they love and are passionate about. I’ve been wildly passionate about cycling since 1982, and it has taken me around the world, provided me with highs and lows, nearly killed me multiple times over, and has given me many of my closest friends. Whether your son loves cycling or basketball or football or soccer or gymnastics- the temptation to cheat will be part of the experience. It’s up to us as parents to steer them the best way we can through those early experiences, giving them the strength to make good choices.


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