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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Richie Rude's Yeti SB150 7/2/2019 11:47 AM

Why so much hate? U have previously claimed to have an inside line on both Jared and Richie's case, so with all the facts you know, and demanding the riders give you answers, why not give us all an answer on who your source is? That way, maybe more people can understand what you are talking about?? To be clear, I do know the facts, I'm the Yeti Team Mechanic, and have been for 10 years. I've been involved with every result in that time from both riders, i have seen the work they put in to get where they are, have known Richie since he was 15, and would consider both Jared and Richie close friends. There are some things that aren't legally allowed to be spoken about on both sides at the moment, so i'm obviously not going to say anything about that, but i think it's about time, with all your big talk on the other side of the Keyboard, to tell us what you know, and how you know. I'm sure the "people" you are referring to as stupid, would like to know why you are calling them that.

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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Richie Rude's Yeti SB150 7/2/2019 11:45 AM

From 2016 EWS in Chile. Now go read the list of ingredients on that Alphamine he's about to scoop in that bottle and you'll see higenamine listed. In 2016, when this photo was taken, it was not on the list of specified substances but was added in 2017. You can draw your own conclusion as to how it may or may have not ended up in a water bottle in 2018, and the degree to which that constitutes either willful doping/cheating or negligence of WADA updates resulting in a violation of the rules.

Regarding 'specified substances' the UCI has this to say: "A “Specified Substance” is a substance which potentially allows, under defined conditions, for a greater reduction of a sanction when an athlete tests positive for that particular substance.

The purpose of the sub-classifications of “Specified” or “Non-Specified” on the Prohibited List is to recognize that it is possible for a substance to enter an athlete’s body inadvertently, and therefore allow a tribunal more flexibility when making a sanctioning decision."

As for riders sharing water bottles being unlikely, I've done two EWS rounds this year. In Madeira I ran out of water at the last stage and drank from another riders bottle (ironically, I believe that bottle belonged to Forked Tongue but I can't be sure because he doesn't seem to want to put his real name to his accusations. It was mixed with Coke, a bit old-school but probably for the same reason someone might add a pre-workout mix to their bottle at the end of a race). At the most recent round I shared my own bottle with member of the CRC Nukeproof team because he ran out on the way to S2 and we didn't go back to the pits until after S3 (his smaller silicone bottle was empty, mine was still 3/4 full. Similar to Richie's his bike didn't have bottle mounts, and like Jared's mine did). It had some dissolved carbohydrate tabs in it that I bought at the grocery store next to the start line. They were tasteless. He didn't ask, and I didn't think to tell him because it just didn't cross my mind since I pop various tabs in my water all the time and it's reasonable to assume most riders are not drinking straight water all the time. The ingredients were in Italian, but Im sure there was nothing suspect about them.

I'm just a sample size of one, but have somehow managed to be involved in bottle sharing at every EWS I've entered. You're of course welcome to draw your own conclusions, but from 7 years of personal experience covering the EWS circuit it sounds entirely plausible. There are photos and videos of riders fixing each others' punctures, chains, and disc rotors; taking turns pushing chainless bikes down the road while the owner jogs to the next liason; forming pace lines to pull late riders make time checks. They share food, they share tools, they share spare parts, but somehow it's totally unbelievable that they might end up sharing water bottles?

Similar to the case with Maes, I see a distinction between being guilty of violating the rules and being rightfully punished for it, and a premeditated, knowing, and willful attempt to gain an advantage against the rules (doping/cheating). Sounds like the French anti-doping agency decided on the former, with a lot more information than anyone of us has, and who's more 'f*ck dopers' than the AFLD? What possible reason would they have to show even an ounce of leniency to a high profile American rider?

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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Richie Rude's Yeti SB150 7/2/2019 11:44 AM

Hey Jeff, there have been a few instances across the several years of EWS where the water stops have run out of water, and the race in question was one of them, these guys are coming through the Aid stations after several hundred riders, and sometimes they just run out. Every ews rider is told to prepare for 2 hours unsupported on the bike, and our guys always do. so it was one of those shitty situations. As an example, in Rotorua a few years ago, the water ran out, as the support zone was quite remote, and the few hundred riders that had already passed through it, had used all the water to clean their bike. Richies story is accurate, i know not everyone is going to believe it, but why would he release a legally binding statement to the highest power in Anti Doping in the world, that was false? The penalties of falsifying a statement far out weigh what he has gone through... Hope that helps answer a few questions.

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Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - Richie Rude and Jubal Davis 6/24/2019 1:00 PM

Specialized pants on both of them. #teamrumors2020

EDIT: maybe they're just his friend's pants, since, you know, he 'forgot his kit' or something.

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Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - Richie Rude and Jubal Davis 6/24/2019 12:57 PM

dude.. it was an accidental ingestion for a banned substance you can find over the counter. the doping agency investigated and "Agreed" it was an accidental ingestion. you act like these guys where caught using testosterone or EPO. if you want to hate these guys for a mistake or oversight, that's fine. but to accuse them of intentional cheating or long term cheating is without basis and consider "defamation".


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Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - Richie Rude and Jubal Davis 6/23/2019 11:26 AM

It's north of Trinidad, Colorado.

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Liked a comment about photo Nate Hills' Yeti SB5 with 2019 RockShox Lyrik 3/22/2018 10:54 AM

Is leaving the tags on your spokes like leaving the sticker on your flat brim Nate? #trendsetter

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 5 - Duncan Riffle 3/9/2017 1:07 AM

Digging this podcast (especially good audio!)

Quick story, when I finished on the podium at the 2011 Nat champs, Ducan gave me one of the most sincere handshakes and congrats I've experienced. It was my first Pro national result so it was a big deal for me. It was the only interaction I've had with Ducan, but it felt very genuine. I made it a point to return the favor to other riders down the line, his small gesture but it made a big impact.

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