22 Feb

I’m already cheating by using a single speed mountain bike so, why stop there?

Brad Mullen posted about one of his sponsors this year being an altitude training device company and my initial reaction was that it’s cheating. I didn’t have any evidence or even any good arguments that it was cheating it just struck me as wrong. Too clinical.

I’ve since done a bit of research on the web and I haven’t been able to find any arguments against it. Quite the contrary, it’s perfectly legal as far as the IOC and UCI are concerned. There have been many discussions about it with coaches and officials and athletes and everyone seems to think it’s fine. It’s safe, legal and effective. You can even purchase your very own altitude tent for a mere $2500.



We just happen to have our very own altitude training center right here in Salt Lake Valley at Momentum climbing gym. You can get your hypoxic air on without forking out the big bucks for your own tent. I must admit that I’m more than a little intrigued.

I’ve been exchanging e-mails with Eric Moody who runs the altitude training program at Momentum and he said he’s happy to give me and anybody else a tour and demo of the facility and help dispel any hangups we may have. Anybody want to join me at the coffee bar at Momentum for an hypoxic espresso?

14 Responses to “Cheating”

  1. Bob February 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    UCI wanted to make it banned at some point.

    I think i wil go all natural, meaning, ride my bike up some of them there canyons, cause you know, there is just as much oxygen at 11,000 feet as there is at 100 feet, our bodies just handle it differently.

  2. dug February 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    don’t we live at altitude?

  3. sly February 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm #

    all the top road pros use similar tents. or i heard mick rogers jan ullrich and the like turned their houses into 15,000 altitude chambers.

    pros have been using them for years. back in 03′ i lived in a van and slept up milcreek every night at 7,000. for a month.

    my hematocrit went up to 49.

    sleep high, train low.

  4. sly February 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    oh ya i just remembered a story about tim brown, a local back in 95′ through 99′ he raced mtb and then road, then quit and disappeeeerreeeddddd….

    he tried to make one in his garage, i dont know if it worked but he turned up at the rmr one day with a bright red face.

    then crashed…

  5. botchedexperiment February 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm #

    get yer hematocrit checked by your doctor first. The results might save you some money, time, and irritation.

    Last winter (when I wasn’t riding my bike at all) my ‘crit was like 46 or 49.

  6. brkeyes7 February 23, 2008 at 6:49 am #

    Bob-You scared me there for a second.

    dug-YOU live at altitude.

    Sly-I always wondered what happened to little Timmy Brown. He had some talent.

  7. kenny February 23, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    Next you’re going to want to own a pet monkey and the skeleton of elephant man.

  8. Forrest February 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    What about shredding at 11,000 ft all winter, that has to do something for my crit levels.

  9. KanyonKris February 24, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    For $2500 the girl better come with it!

  10. kp February 26, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Brad – have you heard anything on the dates for RAWROD? It worked me pretty good last year and I need a little revenge.

  11. je February 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    For $2,500, I expect to be sleeping in the Four Seasons, not a tent.

    And the model (my wife’s hot enough to be a model, right?) better be there.

  12. brkeyes7 February 26, 2008 at 7:09 pm #

    kp-Kenny has thrown out a couple dates. Nothing in stone yet but I’ll post it when I know. One of the best Saturdays of the year no doubt.

    je-If you’re not sure send me pic and Ill let you know.

  13. wunnspeed February 29, 2008 at 7:58 am #

    A Yurt raising… do you have the right hat and beard for that? Congrats, maybe we’ll be able to drop in and stay or two when we pass through. No promises though.

  14. Shaun Wallace March 7, 2008 at 12:36 am #

    Ethics, legality, safety etc:

    I made the first altitude tent in ’97 as i couldn’t afford to keep going back to Colorado, and didn’t want to take drugs.

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