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Besides all the amazing racing that’s taking place here in a couple weeks I’m also very excited to be attending a conference at Deakin University in Geelong called “New Pathways For Pro Cycling” on September 27th and 28th.
There are only 150 seats available and I don’t know if all have been filled yet, but you can register here.
Organising this conference is Martin Hardie, Lecturer of Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hardie on a couple occasions where he’s been in the field (Herald Sun Tour and TdU) conducting his research on doping in cycling. Last night Martin sent me a fascinating 173 page research report called “I Wish I Was 21 Now” that will be presented during the conference. Among many other things, it consists of candid rider interviews that give shocking accounts of the realities of pro cycling. I can’t wait to share it with you once I get the go-ahead.
You’ve probably already heard that Floyd Landis will be attending this conference and taking part in a panel discussion. This will certainly get this event in the spotlight of the media. This of course is creating some controversy but I think it will provide some insight from someone who is at the center of the biggest fraud in sporting history (well…that’s disputable). If anyone knows how the system was beat for all these years, it’s Floyd (at least until the summer of 2006). Hopefully they’ve considered the timing of Landis’ appearance and he won’t say anything that will overshadow the World Championships celebration and festivities.
Aside from Floyd, other notable speakers include:
Dr Klaas Faber expert in chemometrics and statistics and anti-doping practices used in sport
Carlos Arribas: Spanish Cycling journalist – the man who broke Operacion Puerto
Professor Verner Moller: Author of the ‘The Doping Devil’ and ‘Sacrifice, On The Exit of Michael Rasmussen from the Tour de France’
Dr Michael Ashenden: sport scientist and antidoping researcher
Paul Hayes, barrister who will talk on the ‘The Olympic Edition Cereal Box: WADA, the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Code’.
Keith Mansell, Australian cycling historian, who will talk about sustaining domestic traditions in a globalised sport
I can’t promise anything, but I’m going to do my best to have the event video streamed post the video here for those of you who cannot make it (streaming video proved to be too difficult and costly for this one time event).