Monthly Archives: August 2012

MINI V

Cliff jumping is popular with the collage kids in Marquette. I did not jump.
Miners Falls in Pictured Rocks. Dude standing on bottom for scale.
Quite a bit to write about. Got home late last nite from the mini vacation to Marquette,MI. Several weeks ago when I went there for Ore to Shore I just blew in and out of town so I wanted to go back and hang there a bit to get a feel of whats going on there.
The plan was to stay two days, ride a few times and look around.
Wednesday had us riding the bike path around town, mostly along the lake shore. Very nice. The town was very busy as the kids were coming back for Northern Michigan U.
Which made it easy to spot the best coffee shops and restaurants. Bikes everywhere.

The weather was perfect. Almost better than perfect. After bike riding and eating\drinking we just walked the streets to get a feel of whats going on. Again, it seems all the local establishments were plenty happy the kids were coming back. Most had “help wanted” signs out to gear up for the increase in biz. The second ride was a short one at Marquette Mountain. Awesome MTB loops that I, in fact, rode on a cross bike. So that was a bit limiting and will look forward to coming back and doing those trails up right.

Marquette Mountain trailhead. Still fun on a cross bike.
Thursday had us once again in the coffee shop, then over to a local store to get a tshirt. And the plan was to stop at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the way home (long way).
I was a bit disappointing there. If your not on a boat or backcountry hiking there is only on place to view. We did walk a short mile to see the waterfalls. Plus, all the billboards for this place had Kid Rock’s face on it cuz one of his videos was filmed there. That alone should have told me to stay away.
But what we did see was was cool. But not worth the extra 3 or 4 hours we took to see it. I would recommend the boat tour to see it all.


Of course this is a holiday weekend and I plan on a lot of riding. After the three (two for me) day weekend its countdown to cross race on the 8th. It will consume me all week. Half of me is looking forward to it, the other not so much. But once its all set and rolling it is fun.
Have a great weekend.

DLD

LANCE 2

845am

Another great morning. How many more of these can we have? I’ll take a million. The beach was, as usual, awesome.

A little more on Lance. Then done.
It seems a lot of people know a lot about Lance. People walking in the store are telling me facts about the guy. Its running rampant. Your either really, really love the guy, or really, really hate him.
I had, and still am having quite the response to my Lance post. The person who has misinformed us the worst is not a person at all. But the media. Field day about something they again know not much about but pay someone to research it for a few hours then report, then move on to another thing they know nothing about.

I think that if you look back to my post, I had some pretty knowledgeable responses that I would not disagree with. But still, would question. Why? Why now? When the Feds could not nail him under there rules they went to an agency that did not need proof to convict. That is why Lance did the right thing by not fighting.  And no, as the media reports, he has not been stripped of his wins. Not yet. But could happen. But I think the UCI might rule that doing that would not be in their best interest. Time will tell.

Read this.

I will say that he probably did this stuff. As everyone else did. But again, never got caught when others did. He is the target cuz he won. As oppose to doping and taking fourth. I guess he was the best at not getting caught. Because he still did not. I hear now Tygart will consider reducing his banishment if he cooperates. Really?
If you want someone to cooperate, first you need to catch him doing something. The other riders got caught in the cookie jar, and “cooperated” . Cant wait till their books come out. Thats going to be a hate fest right there. I’ll pass.

But really, this is all mute. Lance did not fight. And in doing so, even if he says not, is admitting guilt. This is not over by a long shot. And thats sad cuz Lance has walked and will have nothing more to do with it. Its the agency’s that will keep this going. Its a pretty awesome bandwagon and getting bigger. Moving on.

In six hours I will be on a four hour drive to here to spend a few day of MTB awesomeness.

And maybe a little kayaking here.

And a whole lot of nothing else until I return to the store Friday.

DLD

I gatta say that I dont have much to show for this weekend. Did not do the MTB race on Sunday. Or much of anything else for that matter. 

Saturday had me on the normal group ride. I could not decided if I should do this. By riding this I was jeopardizing my race performance for Sunday. Just too big an effort the day before. But at the last minute decided to participate. Weather dudes were calling for rain anyway on Sunday. So I didn’t want to not ride Saturday only to ditch a mud race Sunday.

The ride was good. I put in some huge efforts. We took the tougher and longer route which really beats the crap out of me. I was wasted after and was still sore when hitting the sheets at nite. I decided then that Im sleeping in and not racing in the morning. And that turned out to be a good decision as it was raining pretty good when I woke and you all know I hate racing in mud. So I pretty much would have not gone anyway.

Sunday then was a rain day. No riding. Stayed in and watched movies and football. And a bike race. I gatta say one stage of the Colorado race was more exiting than 5 stages of the Tour. This was a very entertaining race to watch in TV. And is now a few steps ahead of Tour of Cali. Good job to all involved.

Now…. next up is a quick mini vacation back up to Marquette, MI, where I races O2S a few weeks ago. I blew in in and out of that place so fast I had no time to look it over. So I leave tomorrow afternoon. Home late Thursday. Bringing my MTB (of course) and the cross bike for some bike path races.
Will spend some time in and around Pictured Rocks. Thats a cool place so Ive been told.

As I said in a post prior, the next month is crazy busy. Business and pleasure both. I am trying to take each event one at a time. So my thought toward my impending cross race will not start until Friday, when Im back from what I hope is a stress reliving few days up in Gods country.

A little more on that stuff tomorrow.

DLD

LANCE & An Open Letter to Travis Tygart

I almost never post on current events. But I will here.
By saying “screw you guys, Im going home” Lance has done the right thing. He has decided not to spend millions to defend. In return, he has saved the taxpayers millions in prosecution expenses. But thats not the reason he is not fighting.
He’s tired of it. The referee’s here suck so he’s taking his football and going home.

If he spent the time and money here, and won, who’s to say some other agency wont try it again, and again. Every agency of this kind want to be the one to nail Lance. Lance chooses not to fight a one sided battle. So the USADA will find him guilty. By default. Lets look at what this means to him….

First off, he will be suspended from competing in a sport he is retired from. What a bummer. Then, the USADA will strip him from his tour wins. Awards given him by the UCI, in a different county. Really?
Here,s the next argument that coming. USADA says Lance must turn in his yellow jerseys. UCI says nope, he can keep em’ since we never caught him doping over here in France. And round and round we go. Again. So now Travis can go after the UCI. Have at it.
Lance has grown weary of this issue and when the USADA lays their weak “guilty” verdict on him he can move on and spend time with his family and foundation. This will all blow up big now. But will go away in time and Lance hopes he can live out the rest of his years in peace.

Unlike two riders that blew the whistle, I believe you will not see a book from Lance trying to make some money on this.

ON OPEN LETTER TO TRAVIS TYGART

Dear Travis,

Congrats on the win. Im sure your hard work makes this victory worth the time spent. However, your work is not done. Your case against Mr Armstrong had you falling on the open testimony of many riders, some of who is still competing today. Since Mr Armstrong has opted not to fight you must have quite the cashe of funds available to start prosecution of each and every one of those riders. Several of those riders are, like Mr Armstrong, retired. I assume you will be going back to year 1998 with all those riders and doing the same. Looks like you have quite the job security. I look forward to seeing who is next. Because, in fact, it would be wrong to hold Mr Armstrong guilty and those who admitting to doing it with him not guilty. There should be no double standard here. Lots to do. Better get with it.

Keep up the good work,
Dano

Do I want the USADA to do this? Of course not. The point here is that Lance was a golden egg and the reward to nail him was high. To do the same to another rider just does not have the “bang” that our taxpayer dollars deserve. In fact, when all at the ASADA stop high five’ing each other they will look around and see no one really cares. With the exception of Landis, Hamilton, Andreau and a few more.
Nothing good for the sport will come of all this. But, like all things will go away in time. And I for one am glad its said and done. Regardless of the fallout for Lance it is over and done with.
Personally, At this point I could care less if he did or didn’t. I am not defending him.  All I hear about is no positive tests. 
And thats good enough for me. And I move on to watching Jens Voight nailing a 60+ mile solo break. And I do so not even giving any of this a thought while he’s doing it.
And in the long run, is what we all should be doing.
Because we should all just move on from this crap.
And because Jens is awesome.

DLD