Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SIDI Cycling shoes

Imagine my surprise when a Humble Older man Mr Dino Signori says to me "I don't speak English but i speak Japanese" !

Turned out he was joking about the japanese since i replied "Ohio (g'day before midday)" ! He then admitted to not speaking Japanese and enjoyed the joke . The gentleman in the photo is the founder of SIDI shoewear . The lady , Rosella , i have met on many occasions at cycling events when she was in company with Antonio the Responsible person for signing the likes of Contador , Bettini or Sara Carrigan whose shoes are on display in the foyer of their new Factory complex .

Delayed this post as i waited to get the photos into the system but thanks to SIDI for first class product .

This story started years ago whilst riding some of the Pro Tour routes when i used to josh Antonio about the fact that my wearing their shoes would cost far less than the Stars but i would also test them to destruction . The pair i am wearing are Mtb shoes which have carbon soles but the ridges are all detachable so that uneven wear can be countered by inserting new pieces . Previously i have worn out shoe bottoms but the uppers have remained in good condition if you of course overlook the scuff marks that come about through constant use . Mountain bike shoes are necessary for me since when i have completed the day's stage i have to wander around whilst awaiting the racers to arrive .
Last year at the TDF i happened on Antonio together with Rozella and she told me then they would be giving me shoes . At Trentino Antonio told me that i would have to wait until the Giro and so it was that i received the shoes . Wearing new shoes always effects the knees so i have been careful about the time spent wearing them . The old shoes were so worn that i am having to tread carefully as i walk up and down stairs .


Sunday, May 15, 2011


Bonds, Ramirez, Armstrong, Clemens Just Tip of Sports Drugs Iceberg was an itemi found whilst Trawling the Internet the link to the article is here !

The full lecture material link is here .

Points that i took away from the brief appraisal are :

"Olympic surveys taken at the 2000 and 2004 Games show that a majority of athletes would rather get an Olympic Gold medal than be alive in five years, according to Runners World.

"The $200 to $400 a test are pennies to the billions-of dollars Olympics, major professional sports, and even major college sports. Cost aside, there is NO practical test yet for HGH, even though the labs are close. Under Olympic rules, samples can be saved for two Olympiads (8 years)—largely thanks to former U.S. Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey's insistence on retroactivity. This allows punishment for past cheating if the science improves. But why not save samples for as long as the substance holds, given how law enforcement now uses DNA from decades ago in solving crimes?

"Drug busts do not mean the Olympics are dirty — they mean the Games are being kept clean. Frank Shorter, the Olympic Marathon Champion who headed up the US Anti-Doping Agency, told me that the big three drugs that athletes need to be tested for are steroids, EPO, and HGH. The Olympics also say 'or related substances' -- a catch-all that makes busted athletes unhappy who want to say their drug 'wasn't on the list'.

"However, because of HGH, TUE's, new designer steroids, masking agents, and especially because of the still remaining culture of protection, we have a lot of work to do, in the Olympics and professional sports, to make sports clean and keep our youth safe."

Then i happened on a CNF thread that relates to lowr levels of competition :


Windless Breeze has disclosed few details of his persona so one wonders what interest he has in raising tis troubling subject .

One thing is clear to me andthat s that once an aspirig athlete reaches a certain level of competition their National Authority should do a comprehenive health benchmark test on them so that there are criteria to refer back to as they pogress in their career . Will this solve the "Doping Problem " i doubt it but it may deter if not delay consideration of drug assisted compeition