Not necessarily, but to paint everyone with the same broad brush isn't accurate for that point in time. And the American scene was entirely different from Europe. Still is, really. Not to say that it was pristine. But I think the names from the past (The Stetinas, Howard, Mount, Lemond etc.) hold up pretty well.
We test so lightly and poorly here now that some land lady needs to find EPO in a vacated fridge to get anything rolling. And that's with USADA in place since 2000. My guess is "drug test" had a different meaning in the 80's. It did for me. I tested a few.
You can't take something before it's invented. But there were a boatload of steroids floating around in that era along with plenty of "old school" uppers and a ton of blow. Anecdotaly from the guys who went over and bagged it rather than get on a program or were shocked at what they saw my guess would be that yeah, it was less the accepted practice and less talked about.
FWIW, none of the dopers who I raced against talked to me about it either.
Whether that meets the criteria for "entirely different" is up to interpretation.
I agree with the broad brush comment though. Unfortunately even the guys here who win a lot of races have had stuff thrown at them.
Last edited by Racer Ex; 10-13-13 at 09:15 PM.
Agreed with the broad brush. Not right, not fair. However, drug abuse on the kermesse circuit was pretty much legendary during that time, and a lot of the European imports at these races were not big names who were scrapping to get to the top.
A bunch of Dutch racers raced for a NYC team many years ago. One of them, when he learned that I grew up in Holland, came up to me at a big race. "Will there be drug testing here?" "Uh, no, they never test in races around here." "Thank you."
They didn't win that race (Mike McCarthy did I think) but they won a lot, and I mean a lot. Apparently they'd been given a "vacation" from Holland that year.
"...during the Lance years, being fit became the No. 1 thing. Totally the only thing. It’s a big part of what we do, but fitness is not the only thing. There’s skills, there’s tactics … there’s all kinds of stuff..." Tim Johnson
should send it to Steve Milford, maybe he will have some fun memories to share in a blog post
yup. They're legally related by means of autospell
Steve has seen these reg sheets.
He also has a copy of Reading the Race that I'm waiting for him to review.
Seriously, I have no delusions. I know if I had started as a teen Lemond would be my beech, but my time machine is broken.
Nah. The real Cat1 old farts kick my ass. But:
I think Cat1 serves a purpose these days. Can't do a lot of pro races without being one so the non-pro guys in there at least aren't going to get in the way. I don't know any Cat 1's that are crappy bike handlers. I know a lot of two's that are.