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Episode 64: Lance, Lance, Lance

Lucky Jeff- he comes back and gets to talk about all our favorite things: Lance and doping.



  • Why Chris Horner can’t find a team [Velo News]


  • UCI clearly got inspiration from Harry Potter or Monty Python when they came up with “Commission of Inquiry” [Cycling Weekly]
  • UCI decides smaller is better in its vision for the future [Inner Ring 1, 2] []


  • WADA says a ban reduction for Lance is unlikely [Cycling Weekly]
  • Interview with The Armstrong Lie director [Cycling News]
  • Trailer for The Armstrong Lie [Cycling News]
  • Anna gives her thoughts and reactions to Wheelmen

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Episode 42: Lance, Round 2

Jeff is back and he MUST vent about Armstrong, so we revisit the interview. Jeff  is particularly eloquent this week.

  • Lance decides USADA isn’t good enough for him- he wants UCI or WADA. [Cycling Weekly]
  • UCIIC might be suspended in exchange for a Truth and Reconciliation committee. That’s going to end well. [Cycling News]
  • Nibali regrets not joining Team Sky back in 2009. Strange to think how things might have turned out… [Cycling News]
  • Contador definitely won’t ride the Giro- watch out Tour! [Cycling News]
  • Wiggins pulls a Wiggins- claims Sky has done most work cleaning up the sport [Cycling News]
  • Andy makes Anna feel some sympathy for him again. The key is admitting mistakes. [SBS]

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Episode 33: S*** Storm before the Rainbow

Marianne is back to offer her opinion on the reasoned decision and the fallout! Anna reveals the first thing she does when she wakes up is check Twitter and we reunite the Optimists Club. Also, we find some things to talk about that aren’t related to doping!

Things we avoided talking about but you might still be interested in:

  • Gazetta breaks a big Italian investigation into Ferrari. Link 1 Link 2
  • Bassons is given 1 year ban link
  • How Armstrong’s wall fell link

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Episode 32: Reasoned Discussion

We tackle the tough topics so you don’t have to. The one topic that everyone is talking about, the one topic you’re all sick to death of- we dive in head first.

The Reasoned Decision!

All the affidavits are one the website with the Reasoned Decision, but the here are links to the ones we talked about:

A sampling of rider statements

A sampling of reactions and op-eds

And a blast from past, as Vaughters talks about what was happening, while not talking about what was happening…


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Episode 27: Pelotonitis Supports Women’s Cycling

Jeff is back and we apologize, talk about the book club we’re going to start for Tyler Hamilton’s book, and donate to women’s cycling.

  • Pelotonitis pitches in to support women’s cycling. The Unofficial, Unsanctioned Women’s UCI Cycling Blog/Show is raising money for a Social Media “jersey” to donate to the female cyclist that has the best social media outreach! As female cyclist’s make peanuts compared to the men, this is a way to show support of women’s cyclist and let them know we care! Go to their donation page and give what you can. The fundraiser closes in 10 days and they’re really close to $2,000. UPDATE: They’ve reached $2,000! That is pretty amazing. Please go and donate!


  • We discuss the popular “truth and reconciliation” idea being talked about a lot recently. Inner Ring isn’t convinced it could work in pro cycling. Normally we advice you to stay away from the comments section, but this article has a great comments section, so check that out as well.
  • Is it a watershed moment for cycling? And how much is the media guilty of keeping omerta and the myth alive (article)?


  • We get sidetracked talking about Cav leaving Sky (article) to talk about the Tour, the parcours, why Wiggins won, could he win again, etc.
  • Anna impresses with her French accent as we talk about the Gran Prix de Montreal, the Tour of Britain, and the Vuelta.

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Episode 26: The Optimists Club (now Lance Free!)

Marianne and I do our best Pollyanna attempt and try to look on the bright side of cycling. Also, we declare this a Lance-free episode! But we still can’t escape doping, as Tyler Hamilton’s new tell-all memoir comes out.

Before the show notes, here are all the articles I’ve collected on the Lance developments since our last recording:

  • Sheryl Crow questioned in the Lance investigation article
  • Why are we, as humans, so opposed to performance enhancement? And where are the boundaries? article
  • After Phil Liggett’s apperance defending Lance, Michael Ashenden writes him an open letter article
  • Mike Anderson, Lance’s mechanic, talks about life with Lance and how he used his power and influence for evil article
  • How Lance is able preserve his image article
  • Changing their minds, yet again, UCI says it won’t be afraid to sanction Lance article
  • USADA says it’s in possession of positive samples article
  • What if Lance would’ve had to testify at Floyd’s trail? article
  • For some, the lies overshadow the good article


  • We discuss Hamilton’s tell all memoir and how it must feel for him (A Bonnie D. Ford preview)
  • We talk about Jorg Jaksche (without butchering his name too badly!) and his reflection of his own experiences doping, and confessing to said doping (article)
  • We are concerned by Vaughters’ outing of the doping done by some of his riders- do they know he did that? (based on his Twitter feed, no, he did not mean to out them- he just got carried away)
  • Anna wonders if knowing someone doped, or is doping, changes how you feel about watching them race
  • As eternal optimists, we hate the idea of “once a doper, always a doper”


  • Marianne says “I told you so,” as Andy says he won’t be back racing again (article)
  • Contador seems to be playing hardball, by refusing to race the UCI’s baby (the Tour of Beijing) if he won’t earn points there (article)
  • Poor BMC- Cadel ends his season (article). But even though their “superstars” are no-hitters this season, many of the B team are doing really well!
  • Bradley didn’t enjoy the Tour- neither did we, but for different reasons (article). And Anna talks about how every forgets Nibali did the same thing Contador is doing (albeit with less success).


  • We give mad props to Cam Meyer (who’s left to rest up for Worlds) and Thomas De Gendt for being breakaway superstars. We then discuss how the Vuelta is less breakaway friendly than the Tour.
  • We love Contador’s attitude about the Vuelta. We wonder how no one had to get off their bikes and walk up some of those gradients and why Rodriguez let Contador get away on stage 17. And other awesome Vuelta things.

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Episode 24: Can we talk about racing, please?


  • Tyler Hamilton is writing an autobiography with Daniel Coyle. We approve. link
  • Gilbert is starting to sounds like a certain Spartacus… link
  • A sad, sad day for women’s cycling- AA Drink pulls sponsorship from it’s highly successful team link
    • Bridie O’Donnell has some harsh words about it all link
  • Vaughters actually has a lot more to say about his doping days link
  • Should there be a cyclist union? Honestly, at this point it seems like it would do more harm than good. link
  • A tiny update on Lance link
  • We talk about the updates to the silly season transfers
    • Six teams seem to be interested in Cav (link) and Wiggins understands why Cav would leave (link)
    • Fuglsang to Astana. Too many cooks at the kitchen there? link


  • The Vuelta a Espana has started and Blazin’ Saddles has a good overview.
    • We are impressed and scared by the amount of climbing present.
    • It seems like a much better match between Contador and Froome than anything at the Tour.

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Updated Episode 23: Doper’s Paradise

Note: iTunes wasn’t picking up the correct URL for Episode 23, so I’m reposting it in hope that it fixes itself.

JV saves us from another week of talking only about Lance and his doping problems and gives a chance to talk about OTHER people’s doping problems! Anna gets distracted by shiny objects and Jeff calls BMX mountain biking’s ADD cousin.


  • We get Lance and his mess out of the way. VeloNation has a great article summing up the whole mess as it stands now. McQuaid swears he’s not trying to save Lance’s ass and right now it’s McQuaid versus the world.
  • Silly season! There seems to be an exodus from Liquigas happening. Nerz and Oss are going to BMC and Capecchi and Smyzd are moving to Movistar. And speaking of Liqugas, as Timmy Duggan been a beast this season, or what?? A great silly season scorecard to help keep track of rumors and signings.
  • And lastly, we talk about Jonathan Vaughter’s New York Times article where he admits to doping and outlines how he sees cycling can get better.


  • We wrap up the Olympics with talk of BMX and what happened on the track. Jeff see Laura Trott as the new Sarah Hammer (Inner Ring article on British funding of track cycling). We then talk about doping in the Olympics- what would drive a race walker to dope and why doesn’t any suspect Usain Bolt of doping (except this guy)?

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