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20 March 2017 0 Comments

Doping in amateur sport

The BBC have pushed hard a report that they commissioned into doping in amateur sport. On the face of it the kind of figures that they are quoting are extraordinary and alarming. 50% of the 1000 sportspeople that they questioned believed that doping was widespread. Everyone asked in the survey apparently was either a member […]

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25 September 2016 0 Comments

The Wiggins Thing

I’ve been a long standing fan of Bradley Wiggins but the recent revelations about his use of anti-allergy injections prior to Grand Tours is troubling. A few observations: based on the assumption that Wiggins suffers from hayfever: Are we saying that elite athletes can’t receive treatment for allergies/asthma etc? Should athletes have a right to […]

10 March 2016 0 Comments

Weasel Words

So the best paid female sports star in the world has been caught cheating. Am I the only one to feel uncomfortable with the media reaction to this news? Several sports stars have come out and said how brave Sharapova has been in fronting up and admitting her mistake. Head, her racquet sponsor, are renewing […]

29 August 2012 0 Comments

Change of mind

A few days ago I wrote a short piece about the guilt of Armstrong and how cycling might move forward through some sort of Truth and Reconciliation process. Dick Pound the ex-head of Wada must have read my blog ­čśë because that’s exactly what he proposed a couple of days later. But, having read the […]

25 August 2012 1 Comment

Truth and Reconciliation

So Lance has chucked out the baby with the bathwater. His refusal to contest the USADA case against him led extremely quickly to his post 1998 record ┬ábeing struck out and a lifetime ban from sport being imposed. Sad to say that his reluctance to defend himself will allow his adherents to parrot many of […]

17 June 2012 0 Comments

Why Asking, “Should Lance be Banned?” is the Wrong Question

So, after all the┬ámanoeuvring, posturing and words the end game has finally begun: The US Anti Doping Agency (USADA) has opened an investigation against a group of shady doctors, coaches and managers. Under normal circumstances this would be of interest to cycle sport nerds only but for one thing: the 6th name on the list […]

30 April 2012 0 Comments

Lifetime bans aren’t the way to go

Photo Credit: Erika Julin via Compfight 2 years ago a wrote a blog post about doping highlighting the case of a skier who took a branded cough remedy in Canada that contained a different active ingredient to the same branded remedy in the UK. The trouble was, that ingredient was on the WADA banned list […]

17 October 2011 3 Comments

The Elephant in the Room

The dust has now settled on Craig Alexander’s record breaking performance at Kona, and Chrissie Wellington’s ‘against all the odds’ 4th world title. The 2 current champions now both hold the course records. Nothing surprising in that, you might say, until you realise that Alexander’s race time shaved mere seconds of a record that was […]

18 July 2011 2 Comments

A rambling post about drugs, cycling and Britain’s greatest sportsperson

The highlight of the sporting year for me is the Tour de France. I’ve written before how I used to read the abysmally short columns that the newspapers used to devote to it and loved watching the bits that you could get on TV. I’ve stuck with the sport through the hard times when it […]

22 June 2011 3 Comments

I presume they are being ironic… aren’t they?

I saw this t shirt mentioned on Twitter via @bomboloni. My immediate thought was that it was an internet hoax of which we have seen quite a few recently. However, a visit to the Nike US Store tells me that it’s for real! I was always told that Americans don’t do irony… I would love […]

4 October 2010 1 Comment

Backed into a corner

Image under a Creative Commons Licence by Jonathan Cohen on Flickr The revelation that Alberto Contador tested positive for a tiny amount of a banned substance at the Tour de France has really backed the sport’s governing body into a corner for a number of reasons: The substance in question, clenbuterol has no lower threshold […]

30 July 2010 1 Comment

A step too far

The arrival of Sky as a major sponsor of cycling has hardly gone unnoticed, and I hope that the company feels that they have been getting a decent return for their money, disappointing Tour de France debut notwithstanding. One of the great things about the team was its strict anti-doping stance having nothing to do […]

5 May 2010 2 Comments

Not the “Doping in Cycling” Blog

The trouble with writing about doping in cycling, as soon as you commit something to writing events take over. I was really pleased with the response to my blogpost about doping in sport, it generated some excellent comments which are well worth reading. In particular, I was taken by the comment of Mark urging me […]

1 May 2010 5 Comments

Love cycling?

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about the subject of doping in cycling for a long time. Specifically I wanted to show that the whole subject was far less black and white and a lot more complex than the media portrays. I was going to talk about the case of Alain Baxter the […]