Friday, January 18, 2013


Glad i slept through , as everything i have seen on the TV Networks and read in the various Blogs , confirm my decision ! So far , all i see , is a rehash of what was in the public forum , before i went to sleep last night . Can Lance really believe , that what he has revealed with Oprah , will encourage ANYONE to sympathise with him ? Yes , i know , this was the first of two instalments , but , was there a " teaser " to encourage people to return for the second instalment ?

., you can find out whether (and on what channel) you get Oprah’s network at the handy OWN channel finder:

With Fatcyclist tweeting , that he would do a " Blow by blow report " , last night , i was able to read through both his ongoing relevations and comments , as well as the comments by his cast of regular readers . For me , this was a useful tool , in helping me to understand the News Clips i saw on CNN World Sport , BBC World News and Sky News . Thanks to Fatty , i feel as though , imissed NOTHING !

Sponsors are important , Sport needs them to survive , yet most say that OWN's sponsors , shown during this " Hugely Publicised Event " , were second tier Sponsors ! This alone , says a lot , about what Sponsors think , about what Lance now represents for Sponsors ! With the lack of relevations of Co-conspirators , Lance demonstrated his Contempt for those viewing . Even Non Cycling Sport viewers realise , that the Racers have support staff ! With so many Racers revealing their " misdeeds " at the USADA inquiry , people are aware , that they were supplied with Product . Saying Lance was their Supplier caused ALL to expect , that Lance would reveal those who were Upstream in the Supply Chain . He did not duck into a pharmacy and ask them to pass across the counter , the PEDs used by the team , did he ?

Many people have tweeted their opinions on Lance , most were disappointed with the interview , for a variety of reasons :

"Was it possible to win without doping?" Armstrong: "I didn't invent the culture, but I didn't try to stop the culture."  disgrace

  1. The more I think about Betsy, the more sympathy I feel for her. She's waited almost ten years to hear him say she didn't lie and he refuses.
  2. When he said he was behaving like a jerk during those years, I thought 'Lance, I could have told you that back then.'
The more I think about the interview, the more conscious I become of the evasions and non-answers. His truth will come dropping slowly.

 : Not sure what your emotions are today Walshy but as I haven't seen you for a while your work is a triumph of perseverance.

Tomorrow's hour better be about how he smeared 

 "  The test of Armstrong’s newly-found disgust of his bullying and cheating behaviour will come when or if he is prepared to face journalists with a modicum of reporting integrity. Armstrong needs to reveal the facts of his behaviour and not some confected inner feelings of supposed guilt.
He can start paying journalists like David Walsh a monetary compensation of at least double what he brazenly took from The Sunday Times, together with whatever token apology he care to make.
This is a case where money – Armstrong’s money – will speak more loudly than any Oprah contrived confession."
Lance has shown his ability to Act , in a way that defeated most Journalists . This Oprah Event , seems to follow the same pattern . I for one will not lose sleep tonight , waiting on relevations , that i am more certain , will not be forthcoming .
In " Parrabuddy.blogspot " , yesterday , i addressed a letter to Jacques Rogge , outlining many issues , of which i am sure , he is already aware ! Had Lance chosen to reveal some of his knowledge , relating to these people and their activities , then there might be reason , to believe that his confessions , were relevant ! As of now , there is nothing , other than confirmation , of the speculation that the Cycling circles have entertained since 1999 ! 

Lance , during the Interview , you said this to Oprah , who knew no better :

  "  My ruthless desire to win at all costs served me well on the bike but the level it went to, for whatever reason, is a flaw. That desire, that attitude, that arrogance."

Those like myself , and of course others that follow the events in which you participated , know what Mike Ashenden , has reported in a variety of Articles and venues ! Link to just one , here :


With this report in the Public Domain , it is very easy to contradict , the following statement , you made to Oprah , in relation to YOUR Alleged Doping activities , after your return to competition in 2009  :

"That's the only thing in that whole Usada report that really upset me,"

No doubt , this is an area that you need to address , when under OATH ! 
Racers such as Christophe Bassoon ( DNF the 1999 Le Tour after Harrassment ) , " Simeone ( excluded from the " Giro d'Italia , when Italian National Champ ) and others , have been defrauded of their opportunities . Journalists of the Calibre of David Walsh & Paul Kimmage , have been sued and bullied ! Ladies such as Emma O'Reilly & Betsy Andreu , have had their names dragged through the Mud ! Friends such as Frankie Andreu have been discarded .
ALL FOR WHAT ? To preserve a facade of LIES ! 
LANCE , you have made your Family and Friends even more ASHAMED of you , than they were , before you appeared on Oprah's show !

Even the Women Racers have an opinion on Lance ! With her retirement this week , Nicole Cooke released a Statement , regarding her Career . She was plain speaking about a few matters , including her views about CHEATS ! Here are some of her thoughts :
 This  section is telling :
 "  Jeanson states, like all the others, she is “repentant” and all that is behind her. All these "born again" champions of a clean sport. They could be more accurately described as criminals who stole other's livelihoods who are only ever genuinely sorry about one thing - they are very sorry they were caught."

Even Lance gets a mention :
 "   When Lance “cries” on Oprah later this week and she passes him a tissue, spare a thought for all of those genuine people who walked away with no reward – just shattered dreams. Each one of them is worth a thousand Lances."

Well Lance , you were responsible for many heartbreaks , how do you feel about being " Dumped on ",  now , by a CHAMPION Female Racer ?
UNLESS you appear before the " UCIIC Inquiry ", and reveal , ALL those associated with provision of , and financing of the  PED products , that YOU and the Teams used since 1993 , there is NO POINT in your appearing in Public  EVER AGAIN !
Paul Kimmage tweeted that he has booked you an Airline  seat to that " UCIIC Inquiry " , you can surely , be humble enough to accept the " Tourist Class seat " provided ?
Reveal your knowledge of UCI , Tailwind and Sponsors activities , in relation to Financing , PED Supply and other nefarious activities , and THEN , and ONLY then , can you venture onto the path to Redemption .

USADA have asked you to repeat UNDER OATH , your knowledge of ALL that you have revealed in the Show , as well as MORE !

 Travis Tygart is quoted here :    "If he's sincere in his desire to correct past mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities,"  ALSO  "Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit," ALSO "His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the right direction."

John Fahey of WADA , has this to say :  "He was wrong, he cheated and there was no excuse for what he did," said the Wada chief. "If he was looking for redemption, he didn't succeed in getting that."
ALSO   "My feeling after watching the interview is that he indicated that he probably would not have got caught if he hadn't returned to the sport," he added.
Continue reading the main story
He cheated and there was no excuse for what he did. If he was looking for redemption, he didn't succeed in getting that
John FaheyPresident, World Anti-Doping Agency
"He didn't name names, he didn't say who supplied him, what officials were involved."
Pat Mc Quaid , in my opinion , breathing a sigh of relief said :  "Armstrong has confirmed there was no collusion or conspiracy between the UCI and Lance Armstrong. There were no positive tests which were covered up and he has confirmed that the donations made to the UCI were to assist in the fight against doping.
"Finally, we note that Lance Armstrong expressed a wish to participate in a truth and reconciliation process, which we would welcome."
LiveSTRONG , had this to say :  
"We at the Livestrong Foundation are disappointed by the news that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us," and   "Even in the wake of our disappointment, we also express our gratitude to Lance as a survivor for the drive, devotion and spirit he brought to serving cancer patients and the entire cancer community."

Oprah's Show , instalment 1 , was a bust , lets hope , those that visit instalment 2 , are not wasting their valuable time ! Not the only one thinking this either !

Sounds like all the Europeans who stayed up so late to watch Oprah were treated to a repeat episode from the past

FOOL ME once, shame on YOU , Fool me Twice , SHAME ON ME !

NB Links to Narrative of the Interview :     Interview     USADA request

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lance Armstrong ! Some advice !

My Letter to LANCE !
Delivered by a Tweet , hope he decides to read :

Lance ,

  "  Through the many years that i have been riding the routes of the Pro World Cycling Tours, i have had mixed responses from you . Mostly they appear to have been favourable .I have treated ALL Racers in the same way , with a certain amount of respect , regardless of misgivings as to their proberty in respect of any  " Doping/PED usage "! It would have been foolish of me to treat " Vinkie " in a bad way , since his No 1 Mechanic , for any number of years , was always " Helpful to me " , whenever i needed advice or assistance . In fact the British Mechanic , Alan , on your teams at different times , was friendly and helpful . Craig , the Kiwi mechanic , with you at Astana , now with Orica / GreenEDGE , is another example . So many Teams have had their Record " Blotched " by the " Less than Honest Behaviours " of their Racers . Many of the Team Support Staff , are fully aware of the situation they find themselves with , the alternative is to leave , and HOPE , they find employment elsewhere . How can they be certain , that it is not , jumping out of the frying pan , into the FIRE !  Media Reports , suggest , you were less than kind , to some of your Support Staff , let alone those that raced with you !

You may recall that in Monaco , " Le Tour Grand Depart of 2009 " , i asked you to have your Team Members carry " LiveSTRONG Wristbands , in their pockets and pass them to any people in wheelchairs , beside the barriers , as they went to the " Sign on podium ".  I repeated this request , when riding with you before the start of the  Rotterdam Grand Depart , 2010 . Both of these occasions resulted in me being on TV and on front page of various Newspapers . Of course , my story , is so old now , that Journos take no interest in reminding theeir readers or viewers of my interest in Assisting " Para Athletes "! As you have told Journos in front of the Crillion Hotel in Paris , i seem to ride more milage than you , each year , certainly a thankless task !

I can think of several people , that have been inspired by your efforts , over the years in respect of LiveSTRONG .  @8 wristbandman was with me in Monaco and Jesolo , having fought cancer , successfully for several years , he is still supporting you , regardless of the mud that besplatters you in recent times !  39stoneman , is another that has continued , to blog his support in recent times .

Since the " USADA Reasoned Report " people have been trying to put distance , between their actions in past years and your current morass of difficulty ! An example of this can be found in a Tweet i received recently ! Mike Rann , like others , saw you as an opportunity to further their interests . No doubt as a Politician , he relied on his Staff to guide him ? With that advice he went along with the opportunity to " Publicise " the Tour Down Under " start in 2009 . Only You , will know , how easy it was to arrange an " Appearance Fee " , and where these monies were deposited ! You will be aware that most people THOUGHT , that this money was going to " LiveSTRONG "! Where it actually was banked has led to a huge amount of Speculation ! Perhaps , one of your mistakes , was  creating a " ( Personal Business ) " , marketed alongside the " ( Charity Org. ) " , ALL your detractors , have honed in on this facit of your affairs , rightly or wrongly ?  Mike Rann's tweet to me :
 " Mike Rann ‏@Mlke_Rann
@skippydetour Please dont mention my name and that man in the same sentence again... I'm trying to distance myself from any connection!

Friends like this , who needs enemies ?

Social Media has been of benefit to you over the years , not only Twitter , which at one time , was more tham 4.2Million followers , but other platforms in which you invested . Currently , there are a few Tweet addresses , asking people to use the " Unfollow " facility . Time will tell , how effective they will become ?

When it was confirmed that Oprah , would be interviewing you , in your home , many hopped on the " Bandwagon " with their views as to how and under what terms this " Interview " would be conducted ! Speculation is " Rife " , about the reasoning , leading to this interview . Personally i have mooted the possibility of a reoccurance of " Health Issues " ? Most are of the view that the 1996 Cancers , were the result of the " Cocktail of PED Products " , that you are accused of using ! Suffice to say , most are of an opinion , that this is about " Lance " , not about a Genuine Desire  to rectify past errors of Judgement ! The following link refers to a " Baseball Player " and his " Confession ":

This is an example that you should not follow , you will find yourself in a " Firestorm " , should you take this course .

Far be it for me to offer you advice , considering the amounts you spend , to retain the best professionals in every respect , needed to preserve your previous " Good Name "! With reports of your Assets being in excess of $125M , it is possible that you are getting good results , from your investment in their endeavours . Very hard to put oneself , in your shoes , and decide , if ALL your decisions , since the return to Road Racing in 2009 , were beneficial to your and your family's wellbeing .

Not having access to the Oprah Winfrey Network , i guess , i will see segments in Sky News and on CNN Sport programmes . Whatever takes place , ONLY a full disclosure of the relevant facts , will satisfy ANY of the Viewers ! People like " Jaime Fuller of " Change Cycling Now " and; " have voiced their concerns as to what you plan to do :
 Reading his Blog Post , reveals GOOD Advice , no doubt , you will have another perspective ?

No doubt , you are aware of " Phat Mc Quaid "  losing his WADA Executive status , he claims that he was on the Executive since 2009 , Heinous , currently , has not repeated his " NEVER , Never , etc " remarks , regarding your friendship , doubt he will sleep easy , until after you appear on the " O Show "!

In the past , you have had regiments of Journos , following you at the various Cycling Tours , eager to earn Plaudits , for a different " Spin " , on your remarks , NOW , they will be like Pirannas , endeavouring to draw " Blood " ! You will lose  , regardless of how " Honest " your part of the " Interview " turns out !

Since first posting this Letter to you , the following from David Walsh has appeared in the Media , both in the U.K. and in the Chicago Tribune :

Many of these questions have been posed to you over the years , so they will not surprise you ?

Sincere disclosure only , please ! The outcomes and their results are hard to predict . In past Blog Posts i have described you as either a " Saint or Sinner " depending on a Person's point of View !

Choose a path that helps your family , they will have to live with YOUR CHOICE !



NB   Should you not follow blogs in Europe , here are a few comments worthy of consideration :

  "  Difficult not to think this will be a highly manipulative interview by Armstrong portraying himself as a victim and martyr, only doing what others were doing (as the Lance-apologist photographer Graham Watson was saying in his blog a few days ago, which apparently met with Armstrong's approval).

  "  Being interviewed at home in Texas will also give Armstrong an opportunity to create just the right surroundings to say what he wants to say to an American audience which I suspect will be a lot more sympathetic to his case than people over here.

  "  That would indeed be ace. It's like a train crash, it's perverse to watch but not sure I'll be able to help it. Although the early-hours slot might take care of that for me.

  "  Funny, the last half dozen Lance stories have lacked any rabid fanboys telling everyone else how brilliant he is... wonder why that is?!

  "  He won't confess to anything at all. I predict that the phrase "maybe I've made some mistakes" will be used, perhaps "I'm not an angel", and similar.

  "  Then they'll talk about all his charity work, how many people he's inspired to take up cycling, and a million people who care about the sport will combust.

  "  The guys at had a good analysis of this nonsense. Anything Lance does is completely self serving because his cashflow has come to an abrupt halt. He doesn't travel on Livestrong's dime any more. He doesn't get paid to all of the things he normally does. Padrag even floated the idea that it's politically motivated so he can run for office in Texas.

Go away Lance!

  "  I think I did a little sick in my mouth, pass the bucket there's more

  "  Now, if Dame Edna had been doing the interview that would have been different

  "  You guys are all dicks... I bet if you were in his shoes you'd do the same thing. If I was on the brink of death and survived and had a chance to come back and start over, I'd do the same thing. I'd be all in, no half assing, you're either with me or against me, cause life is too short to f*** around.

Saturday Evening , i came across the " Guardian Newspaper " offering  , which may be worth consideration :


1. Observe an injured, even dignified, silence. Give nothing away.
2. Express televised contrition, ideally to a popular host.
3. Involve your wife/partner in 1. and 2.
4. Apologise to everyone, but don't confess.
5. Suffer a life-threatening illness.
6. Write a book; write three books.
7. Smile through your tears; be brave.
8. Mobilise the support of influential friends and allies.
9. Turn to prayer; find a priest; talk about confession, but keep the details private.
10. Keep Buggering On.

Some of these points , i am sure you have already considered ?