Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Drug War Goes Crazy, Cyclist Forced to Provide Sample at Son's Cremation
Posted Mar 18th 2008 2:01PM by Michael David SmithFiled under: Cycling, PEDs

This is Belgian cyclist Kevin van Impe. His wife gave birth prematurely this year, and their son died hours after he was born. Last week van Impe was at a crematorium, making arrangements for his son's funeral, when a drug tester representing cycling's governing body showed up. Van Impe asked whether the tester would be kind enough to give him some space during his grieving process, but the tester would have none of it, telling him it was provide a urine sample immediately or be banned from the sport for two years:

"He wouldn't even come back later in the day. It was either do it right on the spot or it would be taken as if I had refused," van Impe said.Van Impe's fellow cyclists have protested, delaying the start of races over the weekend and reading a statement saying, "We'll say yes a thousand times to a determined and responsible fight against doping, but today and even in an even stronger manner in the future, we say no a thousand times against the violation of our rights, the rights of every human being."Much has been said about how the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports has gotten out of hand. More should be said about the way the war on performance-enhancing drugs in sports has gotten out of hand.


In other news.... Jackal rode the new Ridley for the first time yesterday. Check it out here.

David sent me this link. It's long, but worth watching.

Ride safe.

Peace out, yo!


Blogger weak and feeble said...

This whole doping thing at times seems to get more ridiculous every day- when do we actually hit bottom and start seeing improvements?

In other news- the snow is melting (although it's snowing like crazy right now)- but the roads are getting there- full of pot holes and crazy drivers trying to save their wheels from utter destruction.

Gotta love spring!



11:40 AM  
Blogger a.lo said...

sounds like a familiar story that i've heard of from different cyclist.

it's sad that the sport has gotten to this level.

12:32 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

i personally believe that the athletes are stuck in the middle. the fight should be between the organizers and the sponsors since it is the sponsors who place sometimes unrealistic demands on the riders.... just a thought.

12:51 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

I heard about the Van Impe deal; pretty darn stupid of the COPS to do that. I don't even care if he is a cheat; just have some respect there fellas.
Team Hoyt is awesome. I saw a deal on them awhile back and it is an inspirational story. Makes me feel like a total slacker everytime I complain!
Gotta love the Ridley! I may need to get one of those for next cross season!

4:26 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

P.S. I wasn't say he IS a cheat, just that if he was, he still deserves some privacy at a time like that.

4:27 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

dea, a.lo....

it's just silly. time to get back to racing!


i agree, they need to use some common sense and show some respect.

jackal says he loves the ridley after one ride. he said "it's not a cannondale, but it'll do"

in my opinion, you get a lot of bike for the money....

8:55 PM  

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