Michael Gallagher (AUS)
Track Cycling (Saturday 1st September 2012) - Velodrome, Paralympics - Summer / London 2012, London, England 29 Aug - 9 Sept , © Sport the library/Greg Smith
  • Eden Walker

    life time bans are the only way forward

    • jules

      we could build a wall

      • Dave

        And make the Mexicans pay for it

        • jules

          exactly. the biggest wall. I promise you.

          • Eden Walker

            Please don’t compare me to a nutbag with a dead cat for hair

            • James_Casper

              Well, you did say “only way forward”.

              Serious question … Do you think doping and doping offenses are always black and white issues? Or could there be shades of grey?

              (Not in terms of whether one is guilty or not, but in the steps / decisions that led that person to dope).

              • Eden Walker

                i get why people dope, i understand the financial pressures from sponsors, the wanting to sustain training intensity and performance, to extend a career perhaps. I see why people might be tempted to dope but i also see it as a very black and white issue.

                All of these dopers do is rob clean athletes, if there are such things and then try and excuse their actions with a sob story of how bad life is. I would play my violin but it’s so small i lost it.

                Everyone starts off clean and then they decide not to be, they make a choice, they know it’s wrong and yet they still do it. You either cheat or you don’t very black and white and everything a doper says after being caught is just damage limitation through sob stories

                • jules

                  basically you’re saying they knew it was wrong but they did it anyway and this is enough evidence to condemn them.

                  we all do that, though – in various parts of our lives. you’ve done it. I certainly have.

                  there are some transgressions we are reluctant to forgive, though. murder isn’t a crime we’d overlook so easily. doping isn’t trivial, but does it deserve the outrage it receives? just explaining that it was a conscious decision reveals little about why it brings such outrage.

                  • Eden Walker

                    gettting caught being dirty is enough to condemn them.

                    I would argue that does doping deserve the defense people put up for it. People that do wrong get punished not rewarded and defended

                    • jules

                      I think we’ve established that doping is on the Wrong side of the Right-Wrong spectrum. but how far over? there’s lots of things people do Wrong. I’m just curious about people’s willingness to put doping way over at the Unforgivably Wrong end.

                      I’m not saying doping is trivial, it’s not a significant issue, but is that bad? I dunno.

                    • Eden Walker

                      So what you’re saying is everyone does wrong so we all should. That kind of mentality lead to the Stamford experiment and the normalisation of unacceptable behaviours and instead of saying well everyone else is an arse so i will be too why not challenge people who aren’t behaving properly.

                      In the grand scheme of life sports doping isn’t as bad as mechanical doping or rape, or armed robbery, but in the context of the way that dopers ruin the careers of clean athletes and damage their earning potential then yes it is THAT bad

                    • jules

                      what about riders who buy their way onto teams? do they ruin clean athletes’ careers too? it’s pretty common in the pro peloton for riders who aren’t good enough to get a ride on their merits to bring money/sponsorship onto a team, in exchange for a spot. surely they’re robbing a better athlete of a career?

                      it’s just not as black-and-white as you make it out to be. I’m not defending doping, it’s clearly wrong and deserves penalties. but to single it out as if there aren’t other ways in which the same clean athletes are robbed is misguided. why do we focus so much on doping and not other practices with similar impacts on victims? I think it’s psychological. we instinctively see doping as a clear moral transgression and then based on that, seek to attach negative impacts that justify our instinctive assessment.

                    • Eden Walker

                      Bringing money to the team isn’t against the rules doping is so you can’t really compare the two

                    • Eden Walker

                      So what you’re saying is everyone does wrong so we all should. That kind of mentality lead to the Stamford experiment and the normalisation of unacceptable behaviours and instead of saying well everyone else is an arse so i will be too why not challenge people who aren’t behaving properly.

                      In the grand scheme of life sports doping isn’t as bad as mechanical doping or rape, or armed robbery, but in the context of the way that dopers ruin the careers of clean athletes and damage their earning potential then yes it is THAT bad

                  • donncha

                    You can forgive them the doping, but that does not mean you have to allow them to continue in the sport.

                    • jules

                      I’d support stronger steps to ensure they return clean. I just don’t see it as a moral question. It’s the same dilemma to justice in the broader sense – treating it as a solely moral matter with punishment for crimes as your one and only tool for addressing problematic behaviours just doesn’t work.

                    • donncha

                      I see a clear distinction between the locking up a criminal and banning an athlete. Depriving someone of their liberty is far more onerous than just saying to someone, look, you can do whatever else you want with your life, but you can’t race a bike (or whatever the sport is).
                      Doctors, lawyers, accountants and other professions can get struck off for knowingly violating the rules, so why not athletes?

                    • jules

                      the professional bodies responsible for ticking off dodgy practitioners are all worse than the Russian anti-doping body when it comes to doing any ticking off

                    • donncha

                      Maybe so. Slaps on the wrist for everyone then :-)

                    • Eden Walker

                      although we don’t know if it would work because instant life bans have never been handed down and sports have been given time to deal with the issue of doping and they haven’t done anything. The 4×100 USA mens team proves that

                    • Greg

                      I see it as a moral issue. As an athlete you sign your name to document stating to your fellow competitors that your’e going to follow the rules of the sport. If you break that, then you’re lying to the people you line up against. That’s pretty black and white to me. There’s not much “gray area.”

                    • jules

                      2 different issues Greg.
                      1. the moral issue you describe
                      2. the practical issue of how you minimise doping in the general sense.

                      identifying individual acts as moral decisions is nice, but doesn’t go much to resolving #2. failing to understand that is essentially why the US is full of overpopulated prisons

                    • Greg

                      Hmm…I think you perceive not allowing clearly caught dopers to not enter certain sanctioned sporting events as far more draconian than I do. I’m not sure I get the overpopulated prison analogy as banning someone from a small fraction of recreational sports is monetarily very low cost and is a very minimal restriction on individual freedom in the context of “real prison.” 2. is an issue. I find the current balance defined by WADA to be fairly reasonable.

                  • donncha

                    You can forgive them the doping, but that does not mean you have to allow them to continue in the sport.

                • James_Casper

                  You make some good, valid points. Appreciate you taking the time to write them too.

                  However, I don’t subscribe to theory that everyone starts clean and then decide not to be.

                  I know there’s many “eastern bloc” rider/athletes who never got a say in the matter.

                  And, this is not an excuse for LA – he definitely decided to do PEDs – but at one time the USA junior track cycling team (Armstong included) were doping without their knowledge. They thought they were been given vitamin shots.

                  Now hypothetically, if I was 16 and failed a dope test, should I be banned for life? What if I could prove I didn’t know I was using PEDs?

                  Is it still black and white?

                  Granted the above real-life scenarios are very, very, rare. But it highlights why “all” should be banned for life is flawed.

                  Each case needs to be evaluated and accessed accordingly.

                  That all said, I think the handing out of bans are always on the lenient side.

                  • Eden Walker

                    I’m sure but anyone that thinks a vitamin shot contains a mix of Sanatogen goodness is an idiot, call me jaded but it’s code for doping. At the end of the day the athlete is responsible for their body and if they don’t ask what’s in the needle and cover themselves then it’s their bag to carry. If you can prove that you believed that you were injected with vits then fine, punish the doctors and i place a lot of responsibility on team doctors who aren’t there to treat illness but to navigate doping regulations.

                    Yeah the Eastern block was pretty amazing in 80s.

                    You want to stop doping in sports you have to make the risk outweigh the rewards and that means saying to athletes, if you’re willing to cheat and dope you have to accept that if you’re caught you will have ended your own career.

                    People are all too keen to defend doping but how many people think about those that were robbed of clean glory and the sports endorsements and all that promotional loot.

                    Dopers don’t just win they negetively effect the careers of others

                • Eldritch Squaom

                  I bet it would be very different if it was your career (whatever you do for a living) and you felt it was the only way to survive.

                  • Eden Walker

                    I’ve done jobs that i was shit at and had people tell me i’m shit at them, i went and got another job by going back to uni, retraining and becoming a particle flow engineer running digital wind tunnels for theoretical aero performance. Problem is people don’t like to admit they failed to meet their goals, they don’t want to admit that they aren’t good enough to hang.

                    Doping as the only way to survive? I would say you should have had a fall back plan, the amount of elite athletes compared to the world population is tiny and if you think you’re that good and you neglect your education and you fail it’s either your fault for listening to the lip service paid to you and it’s certainly your fault for neglecting your education.

                    Life is unfair, that’s a balls out fact and people fail to make the grade everyday

              • Doping is black and white. The issues that lead to it are not. But they should both be treated separately.

          • Luke Bartlett

            it’ll be fantastic

          • Laurens

            Let’s make cycling great again!

          • Tarugo King

            It will be HUUUUUUGE!

        • David Simons

          I love the idea of the Mexicans building the wall. They’re smart, they’ll build a door in it, handle only on the Mexican side.

          • Dave

            They’ll need it to keep the refugees out.

    • bigdo

      yeah, cause that’ll totally stop humans from needing, coveting and wanting money and fame.. problem is the society, not the people in it… they’re just the product of what’s been set up..

      • Eden Walker

        i agree with the social constructs that encourage people to use the financial yardstick to measure how successful they’ve been in life but as it’s the system we have and utopia isn’t around the corner then we have to work with what we have and that meens punishing those that fail to work within the rules.

        As these people value money and success and are willing cheat their way to it at the cost to clean athletes then the only punishment worth anything is to remove the possibility of make money from a sport they’re willing to abuse

    • Durian Rider

      What about athletes who make millions for their federation? They get a free pass to dope and if life bans come in then those favored athletes will make even more money.

      Just legalize doping and tell the public the truth about drugs at the top – if you dont dope, you won’t cope.

      You got 16 year old kids on instagram doping to get more swol to get more followers. Doping aint going away anytime soon. Its more rampant than ever before.

  • Laurens

    The history of doping in cycling has made me cynical I guess. All I can think is how convenient it is that this heartfelt apology implies that all his previous results were achieved clean…

    • Eden Walker

      perhaps I’m more cynical than you but i would cancel out every winning performance he’s ever had and and put ” removed due to doping” in historical pages so everyone will know going forward that the guy cheated

  • jules

    forgiveness is an important quality. I’ll take your confession at face value Michael and sympathise with you. I’ve never fully understood why people get so worked up about doping, which when you break it down to a logical level is just another form of cheating in life. cheating in life, and sports, to a minor or major degree is so rampant but a lot of it is normalised.

    • I think there’s a great opportunity here for Cycling Australia, and the UCI etc., to look at this specific case to understand what leads to doping. It’s courageous to open up and accept responsibility for this (many go on in denial), so I do hope that Michael is duly punished but also treated with respect.

      • jules

        I’d like to think his readiness to accept the blame is a sign it’s been weighing on him

        one thing this post isn’t visible on his page, at least to non-friends

        • SLH

          Wasn’t weighing heavily enough on him to not do it in the first place. Or to confess spontaneously

  • Darren Yearsley

    Good for him, I much prefer this to “the dog ate my homework” excuse you normally see. I would be happy to ride and race with him anytime

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  • Stuttgart5

    If he’s sincere, he’ll give up how he did it, where he got it , etc.

    • jules

      not necessarily to us though

  • Ritch

    Apology accepted

    • Dave

      But trust not restored.

      Full four year ban please.

      • Seems pretty likely I’d say.

      • Ritch

        I didn’t say it was, but the first step is acknowledging wrong doing. Accepting responsibility and punishment is another necessary step, but it is up to others to accept his apology or not for themselves. I can’t accept or reject his apology on behalf of other people.

        I can do so for myself.

  • PR

    Michael Gallagher,

    You probably don’t know me but we have raced each other many times. The first time I saw you ride was when you rode me off your wheel up Mount William in circa 2008, I must of sat behind you for 10minutes on the climb waiting for you to slow down, you didn’t once try get me to come through and pull, you just sat there with your upper body perfectly still and not showing a hint of the effort you were delivering. Another time I unfortunately remember was probably in the summer of 14/15, we were in a group of 8 that lapped the field at Glenvale. You didn’t win but you were the strongest, when you went to the front the pace be 3-4km/h than when I was on the front.

    Up until Friday I would of told anyone those stories. Now, I am not sure why I wasted the 2 minutes it took to read this post. You have lost all credibility and all your performances, from Olympic gold medals to 20$ envelopes at Glenvale, are rightfully questioned.

    Cycling was probably your identity, it probably defined you, I thought you were good on the bike and then assumed you were a good bloke too. So, maybe the best punishment for you is that the cycling community just never speak of you again… and you never come back.

    • Cam

      It’s bike riding, get some perspective. Life is imperfect, people make bad choices.

      • James_Casper

        Well said.

        Even the author in his “post” admitted he made a bad choice by reading the guys apology in the first place.

      • Greg

        Some people spend upwards of 40 hours per week and decades of their life preparing for “bike rides.” So issues of integrity to the rules of the sport become fairly significant life issues.

        • Cam

          But at the end of the day it’s still just riding a bike, if losing a bike race is the most significant issue in life then you’ve lived a blessed life.

    • Shane Scott

      The pressure to perform, the people you feel you will let down add depression which leads to a mind unable to think in a normal rational way.
      On the outside everything looks rosy but peak below the surface and its a murky soup a muddled mind.

      We can condemn sure, strike his name from the pages of cycling history or we can use these times to understand and maybe educate and support the participants..

      Nothing we can say will beat up Michael like Michael will be doing has been and will be doing.
      He is paying for his actions and taking responsibility publically enough that in itself is quite a punishment!

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    • Pete

      Yes, it’s funny how this modern scourge known as depression causes people to make bad decisions.
      I was fortunate to win a Mt William race (not against Gallagher) nearly 10 years ago and since then I’ve snapped my femur,
      had 2 other leg fractures and then a complete hip replacement so my ability to win races has ceased causing much
      disappointment. My drug of choice since then has been biodynamic pinot noir – not EPO.

      • James_Casper

        You didn’t list depression as something you’ve battled with, so offense, you’re comparing his apples to your oranges.

        • Pete

          just because I wrote disappointment instead of depression. Bottom line is, my decision was not to cheat.
          Depression is no excuse even though he’s using it as his excuse.

          • James_Casper

            Where in his Facebook statement does he say his depression makes his doping/cheating okay?

            He doesn’t.

            All I’m saying is you’re comparing apples with oranges.

            Perhaps if you said you battled depression and didn’t dope then it would carry some weight.

            Your comment is no different to me saying “boy I’m crap at racing a bike, but that lead me to doping”.

            Apples with oranges.

            • SLH

              What is somewhat alarming is rather than make a GP appointment and get his depression dealt with, he chose to go down the more logic rivalry difficult path of taking PED. It says to me that either PED are readily available and easy to procure, or the medical profession is still clearly failing in getting the message out regarding depression management

              • James_Casper

                That’s a good point you make. One I wondered about as well.

            • Pete

              I was depressed and I didn’t dope.

              • James_Casper

                Good for you.

              • David Simons

                It depresses me reading and understanding the history of doping in cycling. So I am depressed, what should I do then, start doping?

                • Pete

                  Yes David I think that’s the fair thing to do, and it it will stop us all feeling blue.

    • Darren Yearsley

      You have every right to feel that way but at the end of the day we race our bikes for fun. I find it a lot more fun when challenging myself than worrying about what everyone else is doing. If someone is doping to win masters racing I feel sorry for them more than anything

    • David Simons

      Weill said PR, the guy made a conscious decision to cheat. He shouldn’t only pay for it, he should suffer too. Cheats? Scum.

  • Nick Orloff

    That’s a real apology.

  • jackietweed

    I don’t buy it – He wasn’t living alone in a cave. He’s just a narcissistic doper who got caught – End of story.

    • James_Casper

      Good for you.

  • Tyler Allan

    It’s all very well and good apologising when he finally gets caught, i don’t see him owning up to it. I have had a lot of sympathy in the past for dopers and that apologising for the actions might be the way to go, but seeing yet another case, my sympathy is now wearing thin. i have seen countless excuses from athletes many cite all sorts of reasons, some of which are listed in the article. As someone who is young in the sport of triathlon and has been doing it for 5+ years my dream would be to go pro at some point but when people in my age group debut in there first race with times that are equal to the pros i no longer know what to think, is this person the new god of the sport the next Craig Alexander or Jan Frodeno or are they doping, and if they are doping they are ultimately taking away a spot from me or someone else who has put in 5+ years of bloody hard work to get to that point makes which makes me immeasurably angry. which is why when i see the post above i wonder how many peoples dreams or opportunities did he take away. Ultimately forgiveness is they way forward and hell probably beat himself up about it for the rest of his life which can be enough punishment for some people, but im sure there will be another in a few months time. Sorry for the narcissistic post have a lovely day.

    • jules

      it’s good training for you to be more resilient. you’re likely to end up working at some point for a boss who knows less than you, can’t manage their way out of a paper bag, but is in close with the big boss, etc. life is like that. forge ahead. or you could throw it all away and give up.

      • James_Casper

        I stopped reading your post after you said you didn’t see him owning up to it.

        • Dave

          I read that as not expecting MG to ever voluntarily confess without first having being caught red handed, which is 100% reasonable given that so far MG has a 100% record of only apologising after being caught (or possibly even apologising FOR being caught).

          It’s a nicely written statement, but people are tired of the well worn “yes I doped, it was all the fault of (insert lame justification here), I’m really sorry and I promise to be a good boy from now on, now I hope that’s enough butt kissing to get a shorter ban or at least a job with Vaughters” routine.

          Perhaps next time he does it, he can lower than record to 50% by telling everyone before he gets caught.

  • blimit

    I for one believe that Michael is being honest & sincere. I say this as I have know him from long back when first he came on our club ride up Mt Macedon on an old clunker & easily beat all our seasoned riders to the summit. He has always been shy & humble to the point of self-effacement hence it was no great surprise for me to hear of his troubles with depression as he struck me as being vulnerable. Depression afflicts up to 25% of adults in Australia & anyone who has been visited by the black dog or tried to help these poor individuals will understand how irrational one’s thinking becomes leading to regrettable actions including suicide. Michael is now suffering the consequences of a different sort of death of a thousand media trolls.

  • Brenton Logan

    Michael,
    we’ve also ridden together multiple times and I always admired how you competed and what you achieved. Obviously everyone will question you now, but with the thought of mental illness at hand its so easy to cut someone down, so many people have been in dark places and continue to go through troubling times due to whatever reason, does that make them horrible people because they revert to something? I think not, we make poor choices and must deal with the consequences. Mate Id still love to go for a pedal with you. Cycling for most of us – well lots that read cyclingnews and cyclingtips anyway, is a way of life and a love and passion, and something negative that some keyboard warrior will write mayseem hurtfula nd you may take offense, but we all have our struggles and pressures.
    All the best MIchael.

  • On Wednesday the Aussie Paras will [parade OUR FLAG at the Opening Ceremony ! How many in Oz will decide not to watch and even avoid watching these Para Games ?

    Whilst this item i now mention is a UK matter , it demonstrates that ” CHEATS ” exist in All parts of the World ! I refer to the UK Minister that was named in the UK Sunday Papers ! With Leadership such as that , what hope do the youngsters have , when seeking ” Role Models “?

    Sadly the World Parliaments /Leadership is full of ” Lawyers/ Sports People ” , so many of which have ” questionable backstories ” , so TOO MANY think , that they are only doing what others have already done , perhaps even evaded discovery ?

    Will WADA , IPC & IOC ever reach a point where it will not be necessary to store ALL ” Doping Test Samples for 4 , 8 , 10 even 20 years ?

    When an Athlete reaches this point , ” personal issues in life lead to inability to train and hurt myself ” , THERE ARE NO EXCUSES for going to the EASY OPTIONS !

    Years ago i created this page , even suffered ” Derision ” as a result !

    https://www.facebook.com/AmnestyForAllSportsAthletesNow/?

    Time that the AOC & APC took the time to decide on THEIR VERSION , THEN , ACT !

    We do not need Athletes competing with the likes of ” Skase , Bond , Elliot , Maxwell , Poncy Frauds , etc , for the headlines !

    As a ” Minority of ONE ” , see so many ” Apologists ” , excusing themselves !

    YES , i too have done things that do not meet the ” Standards ” that are required of those in ANY WAY OF LIFE !

    Whether this poor example of Aussie Sport is given a ” Fair Go ” , is for others to decide , BUT , i for one think that ” Penetentiary Options” , as is the case in Many EU Countries , are LONG OVERDUE !

    No point , those that got away with ” Abysmal behaviors ” writing BOOKS , it only fills their pockets ! It does NOT discourage the upcoming Athletes from taking ” short cuts “!

    • James_Casper

      Hi Skip,

      Been a while since I’ve skimmed through a post of yours. Hope you’re all okay.

      Your grammar seems to be getting better. Well done.

    • jules

      wtf was that cartoon?

      • Dave

        It certainly showed a shocking lack of understanding around the relative effectiveness of testing and intelligence in anti-doping.

      • As the Toto turns are classic cartoons by NYVelocity. You should read some of the ones from way back (are they still going?) about Lance and Floyd http://nyvelocity.com/category/toto-2/toto/

  • Andrew

    What I find strange is that in the last 10 years of testing Michael is the only EPO positive from ASADA. World wide only cyclists at the periphery are ever caught in the last few years e.g. brazilian pro conti rider in Rio (came about last). Does anyone honestly believe that professional teams and athletes are clean? We have a freak show going on in Spain and at the Olympics and one paracyclist is positive. This is a big fail for anti doping. If we wish to reduce doping, careful investigation of those involved in suspicious performances especially their enablers, coaches, managers and doctors needs to occur.

    • Nomad

      The current paradigm of PED use has shifted from an industrial-strength model to one of a microdosing strategy aimed at achieving performance benefits while avoiding detection. Dr. Joyner of the Mayo Clinic has done some fascinating research in this area:

      “How cheats cheat: why dopers have the edge in athletes’ war on drugs.” (theguardian/2015):

      https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/aug/20/doping-world-athletics-championships-cheats

      Also, autologous blood transfusions are nearly impossible to detect as long as the athlete stays within the upper & lower parameters of their ABP:

      http://m.asheducationbook.hematologylibrary.org/content/2013/1/627.long?view=long&pmid=24319242

    • John Murphy

      You’ve addressed the elephant in the room, thank you. There’s a major conflict of interest going on between the testers and the sports body.

      There’s also the issue of drugs being undetectable after taking it overnight (EPO) and new drugs that aren’t yet tested for. Money gets you the latter.

      • Dave

        You do know that the national testers like ASADA and the various sport governing bodies are separate?

        That separation is not just on paper. When a sport governing body applies a weak sanction there is often an appeal lodged by ASADA and/or WADA *against* the governing body, like when the independent tribunal judging the ASADA case against the Essendon AFL players erred in their approach to assessing the evidence and which was consequently overturned when ASADA and WADA appealed against it.

        The conflict of interest lies in the fact that the tribunals ‘judging’ the cases are often appointed by the sports governing body rather than being truly independent. In cycling this used to be (and still is for domestic level riders) controlled by the same national bodies which have a vested interest in their national teams but to reduce the corruption it was brought in house by the UCI (insert lengthy pause for laughter) as of January 2015.

  • Matt DeMaere

    You all do realise that every single athlete that dopes has a justification? All manner of emotional, physical and financial stress fill in the background behind the decision — in every case. Hardly anyone that has cheated has sat there twisting their moustache and snickering at their “cunning plan”. It is weakness in the face of temptation, even if that temptation is simply to go on doing the sport you love.

    There is nothing novel about this particular post-caught apology. People are so quick to make excuses when it hits closer to home.

  • Hamish Barker

    it’s not the “outrageous thing that so and so cheated” part that I hate, it’s that every doper is just another example to kids and young people and newcomers to ANY sport that it seems that to achieve amazing things you would never believe possible, in sport or adventure or career yes you need to train or work hard but you also need to dope or cheat. that’s what I really hate about people cheating like this.

    • ebbe

      Sadly, that’s the stark reality of life. Most Mark Zuckerbergs of this world have “succeeded in life” by cheating or stabbing other people in the back. Cheating works, and you’ll be celebrated for achieving what you achieved through cheating. No matter how hard we condemn the cheating and try to catch the cheaters, it will always be there. The more small fish we catch, the more the big fish will benefit. Cheating will always produce “success in life” and therefore it will never go away.

      The only way to ever really structurally change this is to redefine what we see as “success in life”. Isn’t battling depression or addiction, or raising kids as a single parent, or selflessly helping other people in need just as much an achievement as winning some (utterly useless when you think of it) bicycle race?

      • Ghisallo

        All those things you list in your second paragraph are potentially much greater achievements than winning all the bike races in the world put together. Thanks for keeping it in perspective.

  • Damn disappointing. On another note, if you are suffering from depression, call a mate. The support is there, I promise. Reach out.
    Whilst I don’t think Michael should race again, I hope he finds support for the issues at hand.

  • Scott

    Thanks for owning up to your mistake Mickey G. On or off the juice you’re a better bike rider than I am, and even so you always have (had I suppose now) a few kind words to say at the start line. People make mistakes, people either own up to them or don’t. Either way he won’t be racing or coaching again for a long time so that’s his penalty. It won’t stop me saying hello if I see him out and about.

  • Berne Shaw

    He did not admit it until caught. He would have accepted the rewards and defrauded people. Legally depression is not an insanity defense i.e. It is at best a mitigating factor but is not responsible for his actions he is. He is looking to escape responsibility by eliciting sympathy and hiding behind it. This is repehesnible. All he had to do was tell his wife he was depressed his team mates his coach. No. He reveals he is a self centered person who uses others and his sport to achieve an image and money that is false.
    If they were smart they would cut themselves free of him. This is a clever phony confession. Shame on him. Face it like the selfish usury man you are do community service pay some fines but don’t hide behind alleged mental illness. Narcissistic people don’t get depressed they get their grandiose plans thwarted. His is phony.

  • bikerecker

    I would ask: which PEDs did you take, and how did you acquire them? who sold them?

    • Dave

      Indeed.

      I’m sure that ASADA will be happy to take note of this if he chooses to offer up that information. I don’t need to read his full statements on that issue, ASADA acknowledging it in a brief press release without the gory details would be good enough.

      If ASADA can verify his statements and use them to secure ADRV sanctions for the others involved, they can recommend to the CA/UCI/APC anti-doping tribunal* to halve the length of his ban. If you’ve ever wondered why some anti-doping cases take a ridiculously long time from the positive test to the decision being handed down, this is sometimes the reason.

      * ASADA or WADA will act as the ‘prosecutor’ in an adversarial process, an independent tribunal is appointed by the relevant governing body to act as the ‘judge.’

  • David Simons

    Lifetime ban. I doubt many people believe you only started using it this year, you’ve probably been cheating for years. I really, truly hate cheats, so many people take the conscious decision to not cheat, and here’s you with your “pressure” and “issues”. You’re a cheat, period, now pay for it.

  • bigdo

    At least he admitted it. Gave a good view into why he did it, and has apologized for doing so. Most guys that get caught *cough* Lance *cough* never do half of that, and wouldn’t be so contrite about it either…

  • Paul Yeatman

    Guess the VIS should remove the 2016 paralympics as a career highlight then http://www.vis.org.au/athletes-sports/athletes/michael-gallagher/

    Sort of refreshing that an athlete does not blame tainted beef, someone else’s bike or claims they did not know what was in a needle. I’d like to see drug cheats say, “Yes I took drugs so I could win. End of story.” Better still, stay away.

    • Dave

      Hope the VIS have a spare keyboard lying around somewhere, the asterisk key is about to get a workout.

  • Lunada Bay Boys

    so wait, was he using Erythropoietin to treat depression?

    “Erythropoietin Pathway: A Potential Target for the Treatment of Depression”
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4881503/

  • Durian Rider

    How did he get busted for EPO? It is like the easiest thing to use as the half life is just 4 hours.

    If you get caught for EPO you are just lazy and or didnt do your homework properly.

    Michael aint a cheat. He just wanted the best results and EPO is what you have to take to be your best.
    That is pro sport. Everyone with experience knows this harsh reality. It always has been about the mindset of ‘if 10 kill you just take 9 and win’.

    You can be pack filler and be natty but if you want to get a solid pay check and keep the wife and kids happy then doping is the only option.

    You are not a cheat in my eyes MG, you are just played the game and but somehow got busted.

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