Merry Christmas!

And…not related to cycling, but rather to sport (golf, via the Tiger) and Christmas (via MADTV-humor):

Tiger Woods T’was the Night Before Christmas Poem
Twas the night of Thanksgiving and out of the house
Tiger Woods came a flyin’, chased by his spouse.
She wielded a nine iron and wasn’t too merry,
Cause a bimbo’s phone number was in his Blackberry.
He’d been cheatin’ on Elin, and the story progressed.
Woman after woman stepped up and confessed.
He’d been cheatin’ with Holly, and Jaimee, and Cori,
With Joselyn, and Kalika. The world had the story.
From the top of the Tour to the basement of blues,
Tiger’s sad sordid tale was all over the news.
With hostesses, waitresses, he had lots of sex,
When not in their pants, he was sendin’ them texts.
Despite all his cryin’ and beggin’ and pleadin’,
Tiger’s wife went investin’ — a new home in Sweden.
And I heard her exclaim from her white Escalade,
“If you’re gettin’ laid then I’m gettin’ paid.”
She’s not pouting, in fact, she is of jolly good cheer,
Her prenup made Christmas come early this year.

We know we can’t leave you with Tiger-bashing on Christmas morn, so here is Pappillon’s present to you: images of the new WC previewed from the site of the great Tim De Waele/TDWsport (We’re working on an arrangement that would allow Pappillon reasonable access to the entire TDWsport archive. Stay tuned!)


Picture of the Year: Candidate #4 (End of the Day at Roubaix)

Picture of the Year: Candidate #3 (Cadel Gets Flicked)

Cindy Olivarri

I stumbled across this photo of Cindy Olivarri, whose removal from the 1984 US Olympic Cycling Team for a positive doping control was initially covered-up by my former-mentor Mike Fraysse. The former USCF Vice President and Olympic team manager sought to confuse the press and the public by disseminating a fabricated story that Olivarri was out of the Olympics because of a case of mono.

Photographer Philip Turner recounts:

“Cindy mysteriously contracted Mononucleosis in March of 1984 just twelve weeks before the Summer Olympics Games which would commence. The real story as It turns out, was that Cindy had tested positive for banned substances (steroids) and the Olympic Committee was actually allowing her a safe-out after testing positive for illegal drugs. However, the IOC later banned her from Olympic competition after her public revelation in print (SF Chronicle) revealed her illegal steroid and blood doping actions. She had decided to go public with her actions in order to prevent other young athletes from making the same mistakes she had and also because of the severe impact she had experienced with her own health.

The UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) later expunged her records and medal placings from the World Championships where she had medaled in the 1500 and 3000 meter pursuits (one and two mile track cycling events)…”

More Turner cycling photos can be seen here. A screencap of Fraysse’s wikipedia entry is below:


For Some, This Photo Sums Up The Six-Day Season

Photo (c) Ed Hood
[Editor’s note: If you didn’t click “Ed Hood” above, click here to see more from the Sixes.]

Hi Pappillon – exclusively from the Ghent Six

Michael Morkov and Alex Rasmussen at the Ghent Six.

Read Hood’s interview with American six-day racers Carroll and East here. Did Pappillon share the link to this interesting salary-centric piece by Hood? We can’t remember, nor can we be troubled to look – sooooo: repeat! Listen to the Money Talking.