The infamous lyrics “when tha shit goes down ya better be ready” sum up the current situation in the world of professional road racing. As I reported briefly on Thursday, former Kelme rider Jesus Manzano has been saying a lot about his personal experiences with doping and the near fatal consequences they held for him.
Now while it’s obvious why a lot of people would want him to stay quiet or stop talking, he’s been spilling a lot of information and from what I can see has been careful not to implicate other riders specifically. The fact he’s pretty much tarred all of the riders in his team already though isn’t going to make much difference to how the riders are reacting.
Interestingly, maybe it’s the fact that no big names have yet been dropped that has stopped the news from making it into the mainstream media. Most just report that Kelme has been dropped from this year’s Tour and that this follows Manzano’s revelations. After a relatively quite year in terms of doping last year, this year is looking stormy.
This has to be good news:
Chancellor Gordon Brown has announced a tax exemption scheme for bikes, The Green Transport Plan, which could see you saving up to 50% on your bike, and there’s no upper limit on the value of the bike. The only catch, if you can call it that, is that the Inland Revenue’s rules say that the bike must be used “mainly for transport to and from work” but that’s not really a terribly onerous requirement.
More at Bikemagic.
Now buying stuff off the Internet can be a bit of a hit or miss affair, but when you thing you’re getting this and this is what arrives, you’re going to be pissed. In fact you might tell some people you know, who’ll tell all the people they know and the whole thing spirals and then even I’m posting a link to it. The dirty details are here. I think there’s quite a strong case from going and buying certain stuff direct from a dealer.