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http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/how ... 28aif.html
I thought it was interesting
"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
Thanks for sharing that Glenn, more power to Mr McGee for that effort.
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"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.
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.
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Excellent and refreshing article.
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+1, especially his regrets about how he reacted to suspicions with
David Millar. Might give my McGee jersey a bit more sunlight this
Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us -Jerry Garcia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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i'm insinuating nothing. I'm expressing the hope that McGee's letter is not just a cleverly-worded denial, and that he is not eventually shown to be a doper.
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I think the issue is that there is such a long and consistent history of doping denials from those who have subsequently been found to have lied, that all professional rider's statements are being viewed with a degree scepticism, irrespective of the credibility of the individual in question.
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