Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Killington photo's

 Stacked into the Van like animals

 Last stop Canadiana before hitting the border.  No road trip complete without one.

 For a good time.

 Allot of ppl think I am too aggressive early on.  Saturday was spent staring at Ben's ass.

 post Time Trial Floor time.

 Mason.  Stretching the Mahogany.

 Team Dinner

What a pile of junk.


The Team came together well this weekend.  Unfortunately I am struggling with my form lately.  Some sort of rut.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dope, Cancer and The Red Scare

This is my Rant.

Did Lance dope?  It is becoming almost impossible to claim that he didn`t.  The stories coming out lately are not coming out lightly.  No longer is it simply hearsay, now racers are admitting that they doped and that Lance stood right next to them.  This is a powerful statement, to ruin your own name.  To give back a gold medal that had no positive test attached to it.  Unfortunately there is no "real evidence".  All of this is still the same old circumstantial testimony that has plagued Armstrong's Career.  I think the only hard evidence that could be found is if investigators can find proof that Lance had a positive test covered up at the Tour de Suise.

In the last year the investigation has become more than a doping investigation.  It is now a federal fraud investigation.  Armstrongs Team US postal service was backed by the federal government.  This means that if Armstrong and his team mates are found to be doping then they have defrauded the federal government of millions of dollars and could face some serious jail time.  The US government has allot of power to be able to demand testimony and paperwork, aparently allot more than the World Anti Doping Agency.  With the US federal government involved The case of lance and dope may finally find some hard evidence.

So far the federal investigators have manged to gather allot of testimony from lances former teammates and staff.  All of which was carried out supinad backroom interrogations.  Some of the testimony has been released, most of it is kept closed.  Tyler Hamilton has gone public with his testimony and has openly stated that he was offered immunity should his testimony be found truthful.  This is an historically favorite method for federal investigators to draw the conclusions that they desire. 

Remember the Salem witch trials, or the Red Scare.  Well it went something like this.  Take suspect into custody, and inform them that they are a witch, a communist or a sports cheat.  Tell them they will be killed or sent to prison for all eternity.  Unless.  Unless they can provide the names and damning evidence of another witch, communist or sports cheat.  The investigators would particularly like it if this other WCSC was thier intended target, in this case Lance Armstrong.  You can see where this method of gathering testimony can lose its authenticity as those interrogated scramble to save their own skin.

Until we see some hard evidence it will be impossible to say that Lance was doped.  However with no way to really proove that he was clean all along the voices of others will always say he was doped.  Regardless of whether lance can win or not there will be some big losers if this continues.  The image of cycling is being dragged through the mud and its not Lance that is driving the tractor.  Lance has done so much to expand the sport and now investigators and media vampires insist on slapping the sport in the face with used needles and open pee jars.  Then there is the LiveStrong foundation.  You know those yellow ruber bands everyone wears, there not to support Lance.  Those yellow bands are a symbol of strength for cancer sufferers world wide.  Not to mention the millions of dollars the foundation has raised to research treatment and to ease the financial burden of those afflicted by cancer.

I would prefer if we never caught the biggest sports cheat in history.  If only for the reason that the most beautiful sport and a miraculous charity can live on.

Cuylar Conly

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

LiveStrong Cancer Foundation

In case you missed it.  Some serious sh*t hit the fan on 60minutes.  Below are parts one and parts two of the broadcast.

part One

part Two

I would like to hear anyone's thoughts.

Cuylar Conly

Monday, May 23, 2011


Two races this past weekend.  They both involved a similar pattern for me. 

Gp Outouais

A short circuit race only 108km.  Wide roads, wide corners  On the gas the whole time.  Lots of early aggression.  I was not at 100% but I seemed to be constantly in the right place at the right time.  Which made things rather hard.  I took of early in a huge group of about a dozen.  We where flying but had allot of baggage.  With the lack of cooperation it came back to the group after 65km.  I survived the rest on  softened legs.

Gp Hudson

130km circuit race on the river bank.  Steep rollers and narrower roads.  Again I was taking on allot of early action.  Another big group of about a dozen takes off early.  I decide I am some kind of engineer and try to build a bridge.  4 others come along, and we pin it for over 60km to make it across.  Again it all comes back.  At this point my top end is nuked.  With 25km remaining I fail to punch it over a steep hill.  Day done, cruise back to the feed zone in a foul mood.


patience is a virtue.  I ought to wait for the last hour of racing rather than the first. 


Jen`s Voigt says that riding in the breakaways all day is how you get really strong. 

Comming Soon

Killington Stage Race in Vermont.

Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.

Cuylar Conly

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Back to racing

Three weeks without racing sure feels like a lot.  I have been getting in some good training miles and even collecting a part time paycheck.  This combination leaves little time to be a multi-dimensional person. I did have a really cool opportunity to branch out this past thursday.  I watched the women's UCI chrono Gatineau, where I did a litttle foot work for pedal magazine

The day in the life of a journalist is nutty.  Go to bed late, wake up early, run around the race site chasing riders like man-tracker, skip lunch, then spend the rest of the day going through notes and photos and fighting with computer formats, and finally go to bed late.  That's all the rough stuff.  Whats really cool is an all access media pass, getting way to close to take photo's, cruising on the back of a moto to get action shots of Clara Hughes and then seeing your words on the magazines website. 

That adventure has ended and so too has my three week block of training.  I am going to start racing again this afternoon with the Gp Outouais followed by the Gp Hudson tomorrow.  After that we will go to Killington Vermont for a stage race.  All I can say is I am itching to get back to racing.  My schedule for the next couple weeks will be divided between racing, travel and recovery.  Looking forward to it.

Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.

Cuylar Conly

Friday, May 13, 2011

All Hail Three Square Meals a Day

In the life of an athlete almost as much time is dedicated to eating as it is to training.  As any athlete knows consuming 3000+calories a day is not at all that uncommon.  In fact this can be a daily routine.  This would be relatively simple if humans had cravings for bags of flour and sugar.  Alas this is not the case and even the simplest pallets crave flavor and preparation.  Kraft-dinner just doesn`t cut it.  The amount of time an athlete spends obsessing over nutrition can often parallel them with religious nut jobs.  I suppose I am not excluded.

I am not going to profess nutritional values and rhetoric.  I just want to express phenomenon of "athletic food worship."  Athletes are notoriously OCD, and nutritional awareness only fuels that fire.  Always on your mind are thoughts such as, "am I eating too much? not enough how many grams of fat? carbs? protein? vitamins?"  I was discussing with another cyclist the other day that I do not shop based on price/weight rather I calculate price/calorie.  Its just to pricy otherwise.

As soon as you finish breakfast you ask yourself, "what should I make for lunch?"  Lunch is followed by the question, "What should I make for dinner?"  And before you go to bed you already decided what you will eat in the morning.  Not that traditional meal labels mean very much.  Meals are always timed around your training.  Breakfast may be at 6am or at 9am, Lunch might happen any time between 11am and 330pm dinner could be any time after that.

With so much brain power going to food amount and quality, I think it heightens your sense of taste.  Now longer will Kraft dinner and hotdogs satisfy the pallet.  In everything I make my taste-buds demand that no flavor be underrepresented.  The OCD athlete may spend 1-2 hours preparing a meal that they will devour in less than 10 min.  psychotic really.

Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.

Cuylar Conly

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Baked potatoes

Today I woke up, baked some potatos and went bicycling.


Great ride food.

potatoes. bake 'em, salt 'em, pocket and ride.

Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.

Cuylar Conly