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Liked a comment about product review Downcountry Dominator? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Review 8/21/2019 11:40 AM

Seriously... specialized has been doing this for years now, trek just released their first bike with downtube storage. Lapierre has some weird storage near the BB or something. To my knowledge no one else is doing this. and all i want to know is: WHYYYYYYY NOT? please give me a reason to never ever use a backpack again. Thanks.

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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Richie Rude's Yeti SB150 7/2/2019 5:55 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 - Loic Bruni's Prototype Specialized Demo 4/30/2019 10:33 AM

How did he win with such narrow rims? I read on the internet that wide rims are faster.

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Liked a comment about press release OneUp Releases New Carbon Bars, EDC-Ready Stem and Lock-On Grips 4/11/2019 1:00 PM

Give it to an adult...

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