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Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/28/2018 4:29 PM

let me go make some coffee so I can reply to this...

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/28/2018 2:35 PM

Not to sound disrespectful but I disagree with a lot of what you write. You are overlooking many fine details... 1) "Doping for road" (EG, HGH, EPO, Steroid use) would *absolutely* have a positive impact on athlete performance in enduro racing. I really ... more »

Added reply in a thread Upgrade decision: New fork or Carbon wheels?? 11/28/2018 10:32 AM

I'm going to go back on what I said. I suggest you do nothing to that bike except spring (pun intended) for a longer air spring. I think they make em for the 34. Spend some time tuning that rear shock (volume spacers). Spend the rest on riding

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Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/28/2018 7:50 AM

I 100% agree with you. At the top, where races are separated by 15 seconds over 45 minutes, doping could absolutely be the difference. My point was really to say I'd bet money if I started doping in a more endurance specific sport I would climb the ranks

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Added reply in a thread Upgrade decision: New fork or Carbon wheels?? 11/27/2018 4:31 PM

Try and find a 150mm Fox 36 GRIP 1 (or even 160!). I loved my Smuggler "over forked". Just my $0.02.

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 2:19 PM

DOPER! DOOOPPPERRR! Kidding.

We should all go try it, see how much better we ride our bikes, then cast judgement ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 11:43 AM

Thanks for taking the time to reply Jesse. You are clearly one hell of an athlete! Very cool to see your name here. I was writing something similar. I know even if I took all the PEDs I'd still be less than competitive on the EWS level. I might move ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 10:11 AM

Naive fans or fans? You were a professional road racer. Hardly the normal fan. Sitting there reading VeloNews, hearing Phil Liggett narrate his attacks on NBC at 7:30AM as a teenager, reading sports illustrated - it was pretty hard to see how he was ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 9:59 AM

Just so I'm extra crystal clear, I'm not suggesting we do not penalize Graves or Rude. What I am suggesting is we maybe take a hard look at this, and realize there are degrees of doping, just as there are degrees of other rule violations - be it with

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Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 9:24 AM

Stik - obviously you are a legend in your own right. However, I do contest this comment for a number of reasons... 1) The year was 1999 when Lance won his first tour, I was 14. Not sure I had the life experiences to be a skeptic at 14 (or 24) I do now. ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 3:38 PM

Good post...and good point in bringing up the fact Richie won that race. I think one thing I keep failing to articulate is the fact I *do* believe sanctions should be imposed. I just don't think it'd be fair to ruin either one of these guys as a result ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 2:31 PM

Its not well defined to me. Not for something with "World Series" in the title. If I read that I'd go "Yeah, I'm not taking steroids or EPO...I'm not on any stimulant" and go on my way. It hasn't been explicitly explained to the racers how this works, ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 2:09 PM

Seems even WADA disagrees with you there. Both of these are listed as specified substances. This is to recognize the possiblity of a substance to enter an athletes body inadvertenly, and therefore allow a tribunal more flexibility when making a sanctioning ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 1:47 PM

Just to wrap up my thoughts here - My $0.02 on how to handle this. Graves and Rude both need sanctions brought forth. It shouldn't be "career ruining" but it should be a stern "we take this sort of thing seriously" type of thing with some concessions ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 1:40 PM

Also...this seems fitting (though perhaps tasteless)

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 1:39 PM

Huh? Stars? Nothing matters? How is that at all analogous to me suggesting performance enhancing drugs are more varied in their nature than you are suggesting. Again, you keep saying the EWS rules are clear. They aren't. http://www.enduroworldseries.com/ews-general/ews-rule-book/#_Toc507585100 ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 12:45 PM

Please explain then, why caffeine is allowed? It has been shown to improve performance and is a drug... How about a supplement such as magnesium. Again, proven to improve performance, and in this case is a "supplement". There are hundreds of compounds ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 12:34 PM

Please articulate this one... First off, I'm not saying the testing wasn't real, I'm saying supplements such as these fall more in a grey area than EPO. EG - I could order them online right now, or go to a health food store and likely find something ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 11:00 AM

Serious question - but was it clear what standard EWS athletes were to be upheld to? I can't say it'd really be on my radar unless I knew what rule book we were supposed to follow in the first place... While I agree WADA seems the gold-standard, and ... more »