|This guy gets hit by a car running a red light, lands on his feet and walks around yelling. clipaday.com|
Friday, August 25, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Day 1 (Wed) Aug 23
10k - 6:30 PM The course runs out toward Moccasin Bend
Day 2 (Thurs) Aug 24 - 2 races
5k - 6:30 am and 15k - 6:30 PM
Day 3 (Fri) Aug 25
Run up Signal Mountain (aprox 8k) - 6:30 PM Start at the Food Lion on Mtn Creek Rd, time trial start 15 sec intervals in reverse overall order
Day 4 (Sat) Aug 26
Big Daddy Trail Run (aprox 13 miles) - 7:30 am
Starts at the Commons Area on Lookout Mountain.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Landis fires back at UCI, WADA, maintains innocence
ESPN.com news services
Floyd Landis continued firing back at his accusers on Monday, telling ESPN and ABC's Good Morning America that he was left to speculate the cause of test results indicating a high testosterone ratio when cycling's governing body and the World Anti-Doping Agency failed to follow their own rules and made the results public.
"I put in more than 20,000 kilometers of training for the Tour," he told USA Today for a story posted on the newspaper's Web site Sunday night. "I won the Tour of California, Paris-Nice and the Tour de Georgia. I was tested eight times at the Tour (de France); four times before that stage and three times after, including three blood tests. Only one came back positive. Nobody in their right mind would take testosterone just once; it doesn't work that way."As for the accuracy of the tests that measured his testosterone ratio, Landis told ESPN "Based on the results I see couple possible explanations, either the test doesn't work at all or something happened to the urine sample, I don't know which & I'm not going to speculate." The results of his "A" test, which showed an imbalance in his testosterone to epitestosterone ratio, were made public July 27. The tests also showed a synthetic source of testosterone -- one that his body did not make. Landis denies taking synthetic testosterone, saying it would not give him the kind of short-term advantage that would have boosted him to his Stage 17 comeback. Landis told USA Today that sprinter Justin Gatlin's "A" test showing the same imbalance was not announced for three months, "while I had only two days to react to mine. [UCI head] Pat McQuaid said he had to release mine before the lab leaked it." In more desperate straits than when everyone counted him out of the Tour before Stage 17, Landis has been fired by his Phonak team and the Tour de France no longer considers him its champion. Landis said his biggest mistake has been offering daily excuses for his positive test. "That is where I got into trouble from the beginning," Landis told Good Morning America on Monday morning. "All of these reasons that have come up we need to forget about that and let the experts figure it out." Landis and his defense had offered various explanations for the high testosterone-epitestosterone ratio, such as cortisone shots taken for pain in his degenerating hip, drinking beer and whiskey the night before the tests, thyroid medication, and his natural metabolism. "Number one, the whiskey idea was not mine from the beginning," he told Good Morning America. "And the dehydration was a theory from the lawyers, which I must say I hired in Spain to represent me at the opening of the sample -- but was not authorized by me to say something like that, and I'm disappointed with that and something has to be done with that." He acknowledged that early kitchen sink approach has cost him credibility. "If I was watching from the outside it would look like I didn't know what I was talking about," he told ESPN. "I felt like I needed to say something to give the press something to say rather than harass my family and friends. That was a mistake." "I've been catching a lot of grief in the press: 'Floyd has a new excuse, a new reason for what happened,' " he told USA Today. "This is a situation where I'm forced to defend myself in the media. It would never have happened if UCI and WADA had followed their own rules."
Landis said there's "zero chance" someone on the Phonak team gave him testosterone -- either by accident or on purpose. But he didn't discount some kind of conspiracy by the UCI or WADA.
"There's some kind of agenda there," he told USA Today. "I just don't know what it is."
After he has hip replacement surgery in about two weeks, Landis will have to start preparing for his appearance before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency sometime next month, where he will try to explain why his test results came back positive.
Landis, who was raised a Mennonite in Pennsylvania, told Good Morning America he also leans on his mother for support."She's the one that no matter what happens, to me or to anyone else in life, she will remain unchanged," he said. "When she spoke to me, she said 'Look, tell me the truth, doesn't matter to me what it is, I'll see you the same regardless.' And I think if you saw any of her interviews on television she believes." "Based on how may times the rules have been broken I'm not confident the system works but I know the truth, my friends and family know the truth."