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The VV View: LanceGate is divisive, no question(1)


October 19, 2012 • by Ed Hood

LanceGate is divisive, no question. Our editor, Martin and I have similar views on many things in cycling – but not on this one.

Martin thinks that the boil must be lanced; (pun intended) get the puss out before the healing can begin. My feeling is that what’s happening is the equivalent of dropping a nuclear depth charge into a huge cesspit – spectacular, very messy and with no real positive effect, unless you’re a tabloid editor or a ‘forum sitter.’

But maybe I’m wrong, maybe we need to get the tube down there into cycling’s stomach and pump it dry?

In Response…(5)


October 13, 2012 • by Ed Hood

If you write, one of the most satisfying things is when someone takes the time to tell you that they’ve enjoyed something you’ve written.

On the other hand, if you stick your head above the parapet and say what you think – and don’t inhabit the twilight world of aliases in forums or Twitter – then it’s inevitable that someone will take a ‘pop’ at you.

Generally we don’t get involved in email ‘ping pong,’ much as we appreciate anyone reading our site and taking the time to write to us.

However, once in a while a communication comes in which we think we should answer fully – perhaps other readers are thinking along similar lines, but don’t have the time or inclination to write to us.

The VV View: Lance Armstrong – a Scandal too Far(3)


October 12, 2012 • by Ed Hood

It’s not hard to dislike Lance Armstrong; he’s arrogant, controlling, self-obsessed, hypocritical and brought to cycling the horrors of bodyguards, blacked-out SUV windows, black socks and celebrity visits to the Tour de France. He scarcely bothers to conceal his contempt for journalists, but used them to ‘spread the gospel’ when it was convenient.

But on the other hand, it’s hard to dislike Michael Barry – smiling, polite, helpful, intelligent and grounded; a pleasure to meet and interview. But here’s the rub – they both regularly ‘kitted up’ as part of their stage race regime. So how come one is a ‘monster’ and one is a ‘victim?’

The Differences Between the US and UK versions of The Secret Race(5)


September 18, 2012 • by Martin Williamson

Putting to the side for a minute the fact that Tyler lied for years about his PED use before finally coming clean and whether that means everything he says can or can’t be trusted, and just reading this book with an open mind, it quickly becomes clear just how much an everyday part of pro cycling in the 1980’s, 90’s, and 2000’s PED and illegal blood manipulation actually was.

Of course, anyone with an interest in the sport already had more than an inkling that such cheating had always played a part, and fans of the sport have had to contend with scandal following scandal since forever, and particularly since the Festina affair in 1998.

The VV View: Lance, Liggett, hypocrisy, hearsay and – rear mechs?(5)


September 2, 2012 • by Ed Hood

The last time I wrote on this subject my pal ‘Denis from Montreal’ said; ‘Hood should stick to derailleur reviews.’

But you have to give grudging respect to any man that still refers to a rear mech as a ‘derailleur.’

Least I be accused of practicing ‘Omerta’ here’s what’s on my mind regarding a certain cycling commentator and his much criticised views on LanceGate..

The VV View: Lance Armstrong’s Downfall – Good for Cycling or a Disaster?(4)


August 25, 2012 • by Ed Hood

King Pyrrhus of Epirus gained a victory over the Romans in 279 BC at the battle of Asculum in Apulia.

The Epiriotic forces, although they won the battle, suffered severe losses to the elite of their army. A Pyrrhic victory has come to be known as one which comes with a devastating cost.

Whether you love Lance Armstrong or hate him, have no doubt that if he is ultimately snared, brought down and skinned with his hide left out in the sun to cure then it will not be a triumph, it will be a disaster.

Giro d’Italia 2012: What a difference a day makes!(0)


May 7, 2012 • by Ed Hood

I bought most of the ‘quality’ Sundays, yesterday – to see what they had to say about the Giro. The Observer and Times ? nada. The Independent at least had the result. The Herald had a micro mug shot of Phinney and told us that he also won the opening stage of the Giro in 2010 ? However, the Times did have the ‘Sports Rich List.’ At number one in the UK is Becks with a fortune worth £160 million. On the world stage it’s Tiger Woods, worth £538 mil.

According to Chris Hoy’s dad, his Keirin King son isn’t a millionaire, despite his four Olympic golds. But guess who is ?

The VV View: The UCI is Always Right?(2)


April 14, 2012 • by Ed Hood

Not for the first time, I’m confused by the actions of our sport’s governing body.

First, let me quote what World Track Championship scratch and madison animator Andreas Müller told me the other day regarding rulings by the commissairs in Melbourne…

Jocky Wilson, RIP … and Cav’s Weight(0)


March 24, 2012 • by Ed Hood

I know we’re a hard-core bike racing site, but bear with me – Scotland doesn’t produce too many world champions – and of those, none I can think of ever came from Kirkcaldy. Jocky Wilson was a legend and to hear of his death made me very sad – believe it or not, I always wanted to interview the man from the ‘China Town’ area of Kirkcaldy.

I grew up just around the corner from where Jocky latterly lived, and died.

The VV View: Bert and the Balance of Probability(1)


February 12, 2012 • by Ed Hood

In the welter of knee jerk reactions to judge/condemn Alberto Contador and/or criticize the UCi the real issues of this situation are being missed.

There are two main points that need to be addressed that I can see: Justice and Consistency.

An Open Letter to Mr. Pat McQuaid(4)


December 10, 2011 • by Ed Hood

Dear Mr. McQuaid, I’m so glad you’ve decided on VinoKolGate that: “Yes, there are rules about that. It is clear, if there is evidence, there could be penalties after an investigation on our part.”

I’m sure that you’re aware that there have been arrests in the UK for the hacking of mobile phones and email accounts, and that there’s not a court in Europe which would accept evidence obtained by hacking, but I realise that these are mere bagatelles to the might of the UCI and those Eastern riders have to be sorted out.

World Road Champs 2011 – Cavendish Celebrates(0)


October 3, 2011 • by Ed Hood

Cavendish and the whole team were brilliant, full stop.

There can be no ‘buts’ or ‘maybes’ – his team took the race on from what we thought was way too early, controlled it to the end and deserve unreserved praise.

World Road Championships 2011- Roundup(0)


September 30, 2011 • by Ed Hood

The Danish Press did Cav proud at the World Road Championships 2011; having Peta on his arm doesn’t hurt as far as the photo opportunities go.

And being the saddo I am, the first thing I did when I got home was to buy the British papers.

All of the quality dailies ‘done him proud’-The Independent gives him pride of place on their sports section and Alasdair Fotheringham’s prose is perfect.

Arbitrary Decisions and Joe Papp(3)


June 20, 2011 • by Ed Hood

‘Senna,’ is a powerful film; the man was fast, brave, committed, and ruthless behind the wheel, but religious, handsome, humble, funny, and devoted to his family, very fond of the ladies and an inspiration to a whole nation.

And all of Brazil grieved for him when he died in that horrific crash at Imola in 1994.

As well as a portrait of an amazing sportsman the film gives us a rare look at the machinations of the men-or rather man-who run the sport at the highest levels.

The VV View: If You’re Right, You’re Right(0)


March 4, 2011 • by Ed Hood

‘If you’re right, you’re right,’ said Malcolm X.

However, sometimes it’s hard to be right.

Despite the fact that I think the UCI are doing a less than brilliant job, I think cycling is right to try to eradicate the pills, potions, transfusions and suppositories that blight it.


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