An eye for lies and a tooth for truth
Cyclops USA is an irregular journal of bicycle racing and governance. It attempts to advance the sport of cycling by analyzing the forces that shape it and the inevitable corruption that creeps into the governance process. It originated during the editor’s tenure on the board of directors of the United States Cycling Federation (USCF) and its committees (1977-1999) and has continued since his successful lawsuits against its successor, USA Cycling, which unfortunately remains rather corrupt.
Cyclops USA is an aperiodical -- publication dates are determined on the same basis as our office cleaning: we do it whenever enough dirt accumulates. This web site is under construction and, over time, will include both new articles and additional older ones. Early articles were originally published in printed form, facilitated by the editor’s invention of the spelling checker in 1961 and by his1981 introduction, while founding CEO of IMAGEN Corporation, of desktop publishing systems using laser printers.
Editor: Les Earnest (les at cs.stanford.edu)
Liability Press, Los Altos Hills, California
Les Earnest, Postal Doping. Happily, an increasing number of bike races are being conducted without USA Cycling (USAC) permits though USAC is threatening to crack down on this. Meanwhile Inga Thompson, a top level racer in the 1980s to 1993, is speaking out on the corrupt attempts to force her into blood doping by the same people who are still running USAC.
Les Earnest, Doping is just part of the problem. The fact that Lance Armstrong and his colleagues were able to engage in blood doping for years without getting caught is a symptom of a more fundamental problem, namely corruption at the highest levels of our national sports organizations.
U.S. Congress, Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, 1998. This Federal Law charters and grants monopoly status to the United States Olympic Committee and specifies requirements for its National Governing Bodies that control access to international competition in all Olympic sports. It replaced the 1978 Amateur Sports Act so as to accommodate the admission of professional athletes to the Olympics that began in the 1990s.
Maciek Romanowicz, Lance Armstrong: A Greedy Doper or an Innocent Victim? 2012 December. Those who have admired Lance Armstrong for his accomplishments in overcoming medical adversity to achieve international fame as a cyclist are dismayed by recent revelations.
Matt Smith, Tour de Farce, SFWeekly, 2005 Sept. 7. Lance Armstrong’s doping and his strong ties to San Francisco investment banker Thom Weisel are actually old news, as this 2005 article indicates.
An Introduction to Bicycle Road Racing by Charles Howe
Slide shows on racing objectives, rules, tactics, hazards, physics, sociology and organizations: Parts 1 2 3 4
History and Lore: Classic Races, Women led the Way , Contemporary Challenges
Nevada City Classic by Charles Howe
Fans of this great race have been treated to many spectacular and thrilling exploits since 1961. The history of the Classic reads like a movie script sprung from some Hollywood writer’s imagination, but it isn’t – it all really did happen, and that makes its tradition one of the richest of all sports.
Why was cycling not included in the ancient Olympics? by Les Earnest
The first proto-bicycle appeared at the beginning of the 19th Century but should have been invented thousands of years earlier. Had that happened, world history would have been considerably different.
Le Tour Trilogy by Charles Howe
Three articles review events that led to the inaugural Tour de France and the pivotal races of 1964 and 1975.
“The Great Moral Crusade of Cycle-Sport”
The inaugural Tour de France was a byproduct of a feud between two French newspapers that started with a political scandal.
The Greatest Bike Race – Ever
With apologies to Mr. LeMond, this one was even better than '89
The Fall of King Eddy
Merckx stood as tall in defeat as he ever did in victory
The Brain Bucket Bash by Les Earnest
On January 1, 1986, the U.S. Cycling Federation became the first national or international bicycle racing organization to adopt a strong helmet rule. This happened in spite of cycling traditions, rider apathy, and political chicanery by officers and directors. It was made possible by a timely mishap.
Tradition usually takes precedence over common sense
There are many reasons for not wearing a safe helmet
The big decision
The adoption of a strong helmet rule was aided by timely misfortune
Numbers count by Bigg Byrd
The lessons of Sesame Street are yet to be learned
Growing richer blood
Advocates investigation of EPO as an alternative to other blood boosting schemes.
BOOK REVIEW: Dave Prouty’s In spite of us
Cycling's old guard takes a licking but keeps on ticking.
The United States Cycling Federation has a longer history of voting fraud than most Third World countries.
What makes cycling grow?
The number of cyclists is cyclic. The reasons are enigmatic.
Who will control cycling in 2001?
USCF has held power for 47 years. Will there be a successor soon?
Officer Rupp, Living Legend
Protecting the roads against cyclists is a tough job, but Rupp does it.
Coors is safer than tea
Alexi Grewal won a gold medal in cycling at the Los Angeles Olympic Games shortly after admitting that he took ephedrine during an international stage race. This was facilitated by U.S. Olympic Committee and cycling officials who had a conflict of interest that would not be fixed for another 16 years. A number of other political machinations were also involved.
Blood dopes of the 1984 Olympic Games
Blood transfusions that were unethically administered to U.S. cyclists during the Olympics probably didn’t improve their performance but might have serious medical consequences later.
Rolling Stone magazine and others publicly denounced blood doping that occurred during the 1984 Olympics. However, the Stone’s claims were mostly fabricated in spite of the fact that they had accurate inside information.
Please be polite!
U.S. cycling coach defends blood doping.
About Cyclops USA
How Cyclops USA began as an aperiodical muckraking journal.
How the threat of terrorism was used to justify illicit blood testing during the 1984 Olympic Games.
How blood boosting became established in the United States Tiddlywinks Federation.
Springer bounces back
Chris Springer was a four time national champion as a Junior when he came to the starting line at the 1978 National Road Race Championships in Milwaukee to defend his title. He was a contemporary of Greg Lemond and used to beat him often with his superior sprint. However he was barred from racing by the chief official for unstated reasons. This led to turning points for both Chris and the author.