From Lance to Landis

7 Dec

Back in July, I got my very own autographed edition of the book Positively False by Floyd Landis at the Leadville Trail 100 race. It only took me about 3 hours to read as its double spaced and written for a 4th grade audience. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the book and got sucked into the story. It’s very simply written and comes across like a casual conversation you might have with Floyd.

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After finishing the book I declared to all my friends that Floyd was innocent. There is just no way he doped. I felt like Floyd and I were now friends and I would stick up for him whenever necessary. It took a whole book to convince me but I was now a believer.

Here he is with his royal fatness at Leadville. How could you not believe him?

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Fast forward a few months and I’ve just finished From Lance to Landis by David Walsh.
A much meatier book than Floyd’s. I thought it was well researched and convincing. So convincing was it that after the very first chapter I abandoned Floyd’s camp and now firmly believe that he doped. I’m a bit of a flake, what can I say? As a matter of fact, I’m now convinced that Lance is doper as well. Am I the last person to believe Lance was clean? I’ve always given these guys the benefit of the doubt but the evidence and witnesses can’t be ignored.

From Lance to Landis is a great read. Definitely worth checking out. BTW, I’ve always been partial to drinking the hater-ade (thanks, for the word LJ) when it comes to Tyler Hamilton, what a dork. I’ve NEVER liked the dude. You won’t either after reading From Lance to Landis. Check it out. 2 thumbs up!

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7 Responses to “From Lance to Landis”

  1. Rick S. December 7, 2007 at 8:47 am #

    That book is on my xmas list. If I can’t ride (too much snow), i guess i can read about cyling.
    Nice to see LJ getting a mention. I keep waiting for the day you let him write a post for you. Hater-ad is probably just one of many gems in his vocabulary.

  2. bob December 7, 2007 at 11:35 am #

    Small chance of race postponement, check out utahcyclocross.com in the news link

  3. Jeff Bean December 8, 2007 at 3:38 pm #

    Brad, caught your post on the main WordPress page under sports. Thanks for the tip on the Walsh book. Will check it out.

  4. cripkitty December 8, 2007 at 6:07 pm #

    I will definitely check this out. đŸ™‚ How interesting…such a change of heart…

  5. fernandoj December 9, 2007 at 11:36 am #

    I’m tired of hearing pro riders. I’ve always beleived they ran clean but that’s only when I was a child and I admired Indurain. My english is poor, that means that I can’t express my ideas convincenly, but they all take banned products, in the case of Landis I think his testosterone level was due to a testosterone gel.

    Since Perico Delgado (included him) all the riders, in some part of his professional career, took prohibited substances.

    Any book is going to change my mind ’cause I know some pros in my area and his odd disappearance, for what?. I do not put the blame on them, but in society. Today, be a good rider is just not enough, we only appreciate be the better one.

  6. Forrest December 20, 2007 at 8:00 pm #

    Lance doped. I just dont buy that he beat 5 proven dopers clean, no way. The sport is dirty. Race singlespeeds and have fun.

  7. Bill May 9, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    Nice Site.

    I am new and stuck at home recovering from a MTB accident that, among other things, broke my neck. I, uhh, won’t be riding anything by the trainer for awhile.

    I read from Lance to Landis when it first came out. I, unfortunately, feel that all of the top guys were in it. Makes it hard to follow what is a very beautiful sport.

    BTW, I wonder what Floyd and Tyler think about David Millar. He doped, got caught, denied but then threw up his hands and copped to it. Now he has done his time, is back in the saddle and getting props for being so stand up.

    Anyway, nice site.

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