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)
Les Earnest, American bicycle racing from the
beginning, (an article
under development, not yet posted). Americans
embraced bicycle racing from its inception. Participation peaked in the 1890s,
when Americans dominated the world and top cyclists were more popular in the
Project ROSA (Reform the Olympic Sports
Act), (article under development, not
yet posted). Corruption in the
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.
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.
Farce, SFWeekly, 2005 Sept. 7. Lance Armstrong’s doping and his strong ties to
An Introduction to
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
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 inaugural Tour de France was a byproduct of a feud between two French newspapers that started with a political scandal.
With apologies to Mr. LeMond, this one was even better than '89
Merckx stood as tall in defeat as he ever did in victory
The Brain Bucket Bash by Les Earnest
Tradition usually takes precedence over common sense
There are many reasons for not wearing a safe helmet
The adoption of a strong helmet rule was aided by timely misfortune
Numbers count by Bigg Byrd
The lessons of
Advocates investigation of EPO as an alternative to other blood boosting schemes.
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
The number of cyclists is cyclic. The reasons are enigmatic.
USCF has held power for 47 years. Will there be a successor soon?
Protecting the roads against cyclists is a tough job, but Rupp does it.
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 transfusions that were
unethically administered to
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.
U.S. cycling coach defends blood doping.
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.
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.