Friday, October 21, 2011

A Response to @darachmcquaid

--For all my ranting on McQuaid's abuse of power, I didn't make too big of a deal of him gifting his brother with worlds in Richmond. That's right, Richmond was being represented by McQuaid's brother. Of course, I didn't mind so much because I plan on going. That and because Pat assured everyone there was no conflict of interest...

Anyways, as if "winning" the 2015 worlds bid wasn't enough, Darach McQuaid took to Twitter to bash the bloggers that dare oppose such nepotism.

Momentarily irked by bloggers. Q - any cycling blogger out there actually, EVER, achieved or created anything in this sport? Risked any €$ ?
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With all do respect, most cycling bloggers' brothers aren't the UCI President. However, I realize you're using the term "achieve" loosely. (I'm guessing you weren't referring to your failed Tour of Ireland.)

Putting aside gifts from Bubby McQuaid, you asked if any cycling bloggers had ever achieved anything. I can think of one off the top of my head, Gerard Vroomen. He's a blogger, and has built one of the most successful bike companies out there. I mean, building a bike company that, you know, has to actually sell bikes profitably, as opposed to getting hand outs from ones bubby, that's like a real achievement. But maybe you weren't talking about him?

Either way, please Darach, keep on Tweeting. It's clear the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

--Shortly after winning the Vuelta with Cobo, Team Geox is folding. Velocast has a summary of some of the issues the team faced along the way. For starters, there was the whole problem that most any new team faces of WE HAVE NO CLUE WHAT RACES WE CAN ACTUALLY RACE!!! But that's another UCI fail for another post.

Anywho, this is not a good sign for the sport. The gap between the haves of the superteams and have-nots of crappy shoes teams keeps growing. It's not the race radios that will be a problem for competition, it's this.

--In other news, Landis is on trial in France for hacking charges. He's not expected to attend the case.

--Schumacher is looking at fraud charges for when he was at Gerolsteiner. Since the test was failed during the Tour and he wasn't suspended until November, the team is saying he defrauded them of his salary, which he continued to collect.

The interesting piece is that the amount was 150,000 euros for three months, meaning he was earning 600,000 euros a year. I'm always interested in news about riders' salaries since they're rarely publicized in cycling, unlike other sports.

--Another masters rider has failed a doping test. The article didn't say what substance he tested positive for. This is the second guy in as many weeks. Last week there was a Florida masters racer who was suspended. PRO or PRO-hoe, everyone wants to be a star, or at least feel like one.

--Lastly, here's a pic of Cav and his Italian girlfriend from the Giro ceremony:


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  1. Can't believe Vuelta is already folding. That sucks.

  2. No way! THE Vuelta? Where'd you hear that?