Ever since Floyd Landis crawled out from under a rock this year, I have gotten more interested in the history of doping in professional cycling.
3 books later, plus lots of reading of various old magazine articles and blog postings, I now know a lot more than I used to about bicycling's sordid past (and present....).
Then, through BikeForums, I realized that right here in the 50+ forum we have our own self-confessed doper among us, The Weak Link -- so far, the only admitted PED user in our midst . Since I'm unlikely to rise to his esteemed place in the dopers' panthenon, I decided to track down a historic jersey to celebrate the impact of doping on our sport.
Suddenly, it made perfect sense that I should embrace the dopers in our midst, celebrate the sport's creative use of chemistry, and find a historic memento.
Thanks to eBay, I tracked down this used jersey in Poland. I was the high bidder (at $12 plus shipping), and it arrived tonight --
I figure everyone on the MUP's will fear me now.
More on "The Festina Affair" here:
"The Festina Affair refers to the events that surround several doping scandals, doping investigations and confessions of riders to doping that occurred during and after the 1998 Tour de France. The affair began when a large haul of doping products was found in a car of the Festina cycling team just before the start of the race which led to an investigation, which was followed by the re-opening of a separate case into the TVM team and a subsequent searching of many teams during the race. The affair highlighted systematic doping and suspicion of a widespread network of doping in many teams of the Tour de France and was characterised by the constant negative publicity of the case, police searches of hotels, a spate of confessions by retired and current riders to doping, the detainment and arrest of many team personnel, protests by riders in the race as well as mass withdrawal of several teams from the race."