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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Doper's Suck



Fast and clean, what a great combination.



Here is Shep on his way to 11th at the New Mexico World Cup????

I don't even know where to start? It wouldn't hurt as bad if it was some Belgium with a name I can not even pronounce, but this was one of our own North American homeboyz. You hear about people getting busted all the time but never has it been someone I shake hands with at the start line.

The bottom line is, Doper's Suck! It is boys like Jeremiah Bishop, Adam Craig, and JHK that give aspiring pros hope that it is possible to make it to the top without being on the "sauce". Keep the love alive and keep it clean.

7 Comments:

Blogger ashwinearl said...

Has Sheppard said anything publicly yet? I wonder what Haro is going to do. For some, (Virenque) it sort of seems to just go away, but I think this is going to hurt Haro's image a lot.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Also Neo-Pro in Boulder said...

Ya, what the F Shep?! That's a serious foul up, but we still have hope in clean hard work. Still, the more you know the more you wonder.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Colt McElwaine said...

Amen

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haro shit-canned him. hooray.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if we started asking for every dollar back that he won, while taking us all to the bank. Kicking him out of the sport for 2 years won't do me justice enough!!
I'm starting to wonder if anyone on the podium is clean or not...

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Chris Conrad said...

Most of you probably have seen it, but here's the link from Pinkbike regarding Naro dumping Sheppard-

http://www.pinkbike.com/modules/news/?op=articleview&id=2817

I've mentioned before that I'm a baseball fan, and I've seen what doping can do to a sport that I love. It appears that there are also a lot of pro and semi-pro riders who read Nick's blog. This goes out to you:

You risk more than you personal health by doping. You risk the very underpinnings that support the events you participate in. Your sport is young and growing, and your sponsors place their reputations on the line when they support your endeavors. If the doping doesn't stop, the money will, and without the support of your sponsors, you ALL become amateurs. Chris Sheppard is now just a damned good amateur.

Additionally, any future in the business outside of racing goes down the tubes. When was the last time you saw a Mark McQuire endorsement? Or Sammy Sosa? And even if Barry Bonds DOES break Aaron's record, who would want to associate their product with him now?

Furthermore, allegations don't even have to be proven for the cloud of doubt to jeopordize your careers or your reputations. In any high visibility profession, and particularily in one where so many of you are excellent competitors, if two candidates are statistically equal, the sponsor will go for the one with the least baggage.

It's all up to you.

I'll climb down from my soapbox now.

Uncle Chrispy

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Kate Martin said...

It's sad to me to see so many talented athletes become sucked into doping. As Chris said above, it damages the entire sport, and it'll be decades before we know how much physical damage has been done to pro athletes through steroid use -- many of the negative effects show up later, in heart damage, etc.

All that's just a lead-in to the fact I'm proud of all you who resist the dope and keep integrity in your sport. Besides, who wants a big ol' asterisk next to their name in the record books?

7:15 PM  

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