A letter from Brad McGee

open topic, for anything cycling related.

A letter from Brad McGee

Postby r2160 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:47 pm

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/how ... 28aif.html

I thought it was interesting

cheers
Glenn
-----------
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever" Lance Armstrong
r2160
 
Posts: 1078
Joined: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:01 pm
Location: Bass Hill, NSW

by BNA » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:04 pm

BNA
 

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby herzog » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:04 pm

That's an extremely well written piece. Probably the best I've read in relation to the whole saga.
User avatar
herzog
 
Posts: 1713
Joined: Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:50 pm

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby gabrielle260 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:16 pm

Plus 1. Well worth reading!
gabrielle260
 
Posts: 739
Joined: Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:47 pm

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:28 pm

Thanks for sharing that Glenn, more power to Mr McGee for that effort.

Shaun
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
User avatar
Mulger bill
Super Mod
Super Mod
 
Posts: 25812
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:41 pm
Location: Sunbury Vic

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby Oxford » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:29 pm

excellent read.
Building more roads to prevent congestion is like a fat man loosening his belt to prevent obesity.
- Lewis Mumford
User avatar
Oxford
 
Posts: 5114
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:49 pm
Location: Brisbane

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby jacob_T » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:29 pm

Great article. Really good to hear that side of the argument.
User avatar
jacob_T
 
Posts: 278
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:09 pm
Location: Sunshine Coast

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby zues » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:03 pm

"For too long I have not bothered to share my experiences. It seems only ex-dopers are invited to the table, because they can help improve control measures, whereas I can't. I can only assist with preventative measures."


This would have to be the most positive and informative article I have read on the subject. Brad McGee is a true aussie role model proving success in cycling can be achieved without drugs. We need to hear from more cyclists like Brad McGee not Armstrong sympathizers or apologists.
Image
zues
 
Posts: 458
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 12:52 am
Location: Kalamunda, WA

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby toolonglegs » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:11 pm

That whole era is just sucking more and more... to compete clean in the 90's up to the 00's must have been insanely hard.
Top block and great ex team mate :D .
Image
User avatar
toolonglegs
 
Posts: 14383
Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:49 pm
Location: Somewhere with padded walls and really big hills!

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:54 am

Yep, very well written and so true.

Foo
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
Goal 6000km
Image
User avatar
foo on patrol
 
Posts: 4460
Joined: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:12 am
Location: Sanstone Point QLD

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby DaveOZ » Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:55 am

Brad is a genuine nice guy. He owns our local bike shop with his brothers. Good to see him standing up for what he believes.
Image
User avatar
DaveOZ
 
Posts: 1484
Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:15 am
Location: Bowral NSW

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby KillerHeadWind » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:10 am

Excellent and refreshing article.
Keep climbing until the air is too thin

2006 Gitane Mach 2400, 2007 Giant OCR3 (RIP), 2009 Custom built Stealth, 2010 Pedal Force SRAM Red Rocket

RIP Dad
10:10pm 02/02/2011
User avatar
KillerHeadWind
 
Posts: 864
Joined: Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:36 pm
Location: Penrith

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby wombatK » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:32 am

KillerHeadWind wrote:Excellent and refreshing article.

+1, especially his regrets about how he reacted to suspicions with
David Millar. Might give my McGee jersey a bit more sunlight this
weekend.

Cheers
WombatK

Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us -Jerry Garcia
User avatar
wombatK
 
Posts: 5214
Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:08 pm
Location: Yagoona, AU

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby scirocco » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:33 am

Yes, well written and explained. So many clean riders must be highly p*issed at the dopers who stole races from them.

Makes Cadel's dismissive "that was all in the past" statements even more puzzling, since he's been on the receiving end of the cheats himself.
scirocco
 
Posts: 314
Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:34 pm

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby Ozkaban » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:53 am

Very good read. You do feel that clean riders missed out on a lot.
Ozkaban
 
Posts: 1101
Joined: Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:18 pm
Location: Sydney

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby Ozkaban » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:08 am

scirocco wrote:
Makes Cadel's dismissive "that was all in the past" statements even more puzzling, since he's been on the receiving end of the cheats himself.


I'm not a fan of the 'its all in the past' attitude. Crucifying the cheating bastards makes others realise that they won't get away with it long term. Painful now but we've got to deal with the mess before it is truly in the past...

It also makes the cheats who worked and trained their buts off (as well as doping) realise all that hard work will be for nought.
Ozkaban
 
Posts: 1101
Joined: Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:18 pm
Location: Sydney

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby macca33 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:39 pm

It is a well written and well-timed article. Interestingly, he does take a swipe at people who did cheat and have now written about it, but I believe that their stories are also important; they enable the putting forward of best efforts towards making the sport as honest as it can possibly be.

Imagine how much coin / fame they have missed out upon, due to never being on a level playing field with the cheats - the only separation of skill / commitment and result that relegated them was the use of banned substances / methodologies by most of the successful teams / individuals. I am empathetic towards McGee and his clean cohort in those circumstances.

cheers
'dale CAAD10 Berzerker Ult6800 & CAAD10 Team Ult6800

Image
macca33
 
Posts: 834
Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:05 pm
Location: West Gippy

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby g-boaf » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:47 pm

More power to him - that was a well written article. :)

Makes me more disappointed with Cadel's frankly lame response to it all. There was fire in that article of McGee.
User avatar
g-boaf
 
Posts: 4050
Joined: Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:11 pm

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby DaveOZ » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:02 pm

Had a chat with Brad this morning. My son had his first ever MTB race. His team came in 2nd. 8)

Brad is the one on the left and my boy Angus is on the right.

Image
Image
User avatar
DaveOZ
 
Posts: 1484
Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:15 am
Location: Bowral NSW

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby norbs » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:28 pm

Whoohoo. Go Angus!
User avatar
norbs
 
Posts: 2314
Joined: Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:20 am
Location: Shoalhaven. NSW

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby Oxford » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:39 pm

And I bet Brad was paid nothing for his appearance which is brilliant, a former pro going back to grass roots and encouraging the young ones.
Building more roads to prevent congestion is like a fat man loosening his belt to prevent obesity.
- Lewis Mumford
User avatar
Oxford
 
Posts: 5114
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:49 pm
Location: Brisbane

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby DaveOZ » Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:41 pm

No appearance money but he is a local (when in OZ) and he loves helping the kids. His bike shop even donated bidons, sunnies and helmets as prizes. Thanks Brad, Craig and Rod McGee.
Image
User avatar
DaveOZ
 
Posts: 1484
Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:15 am
Location: Bowral NSW

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby Oxford » Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:13 pm

Needs to be more of it. Well done to Brad and bros.
Building more roads to prevent congestion is like a fat man loosening his belt to prevent obesity.
- Lewis Mumford
User avatar
Oxford
 
Posts: 5114
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:49 pm
Location: Brisbane

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby AUbicycles » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:32 pm

I met Brad briefly a while back as he finishing off in pro-cycling and this letter really puts his cycling career in perspective. I think it was a good letter and one of the very few public articles that address the lost chances of riders with integrity who didn't play the game.
User avatar
AUbicycles
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 9134
Joined: Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:14 am
Location: Sydney

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby herzog » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:04 am

And this is why it's wrong to say "it was years ago, let's move on".

There needs to be some justice for these honest guys who had their careers and livelihoods stolen from them by these cheats.

A "truth commission" is needed to get to the bottom of things.

As it stands the sport hasn't moved on and doesn't appear to be ready to. You have known dopers winning Olympic gold and running teams in 2012
Last edited by herzog on Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:33 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
herzog
 
Posts: 1713
Joined: Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:50 pm

Re: A letter from Brad McGee

Postby RonK » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:00 am

A well-written article - let's just hope it's not also a self-serving one. Time will tell...
Cycle touring blog and tour journals: whispering wheels...
User avatar
RonK
 
Posts: 5353
Joined: Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:08 pm
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Next

Return to General discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MSNbot Media



Popular Bike Shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ebay Ebay AU

“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter

> FREE BNA Stickers
> BNA Cycling Kit