- The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is hosting the St. Elizabeths Bike Carnival, where the public will be able to cycle around the long-shuttered east campus (2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE) before it is fully redeveloped. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; more information can be found here.
- BicycleSpace 2-year anniversary ride.
- Biking from Georgetown to Great Falls.
- Registration is open for the 2012 Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails summit. Some of the trails push on into Maryland.
- The Armstong story kind of dominates the news today. Tracee Hamilton takes Armstrong's side, pointing out that he never failed a test - and that tests don't lie (except that other admitted cheaters also never failed tests, so clearly tests are wrong. And Armstrong actually did fail tests.). But her question of "what is the point of testing?" is a valid one. Alberto Contador calls Armstrong "a cyclist who always showed such strength, great intelligence and spectacular physical conditioning." The Post shows how almost everyone on the podium when Lance won was caught doping at one time or another. USADA's statement is here. Why it might not matter.
- Two middlingreviews for PR and a bad one.
My thoughts on Armstrong are this:
First, what he did as a cancer survivor is still inspirational. Just competing at that level after such an incident is pretty incredible. A lot of what he did - the time he rode off the course and stayed up, the strategic and tactical moves he made, the brutal training - had nothing to do with doping.
Second, he probably did dope. It sounds like there is a lot of evidence and it's unlikely that all of it is fabricated. Most of his competitors were obviously doping, making his achievement even more incredible (in both senses of the word).
Third, it looks like some of the data they have is from his comeback. Doping during his comeback was highly risky, every sample he gave them was a chance to get caught, and for what at that point? Stupid, but proof that he was coming back to win.
Fourth, almost everyone he raced against was probably doping too. So it's not like it wasn't an even playing field. Cheating is cheating and more importantly it forces people to risk their health to compete at the highest level (of course, pro cycling might be dangerous enough that it's true with or without doping), but it seems unfair to crack down on him - and this was a crack down, not a failed test - and let others skate free. Maybe we need the all-drug Tour. Perhaps they should just act as though 1999-2005 didn't even happen. There were no winners.
Finally, he still has his Olympic bronze medal I suppose. Now he's 3-time Olympian Lance Armstrong.