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Austin Murphy is a long-time writer for Sports Illustrated, and during his career he has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the Tour de France. He has written numerous books including The Sweet Season, The Happiness of Pursuit, and Unstoppable. During our chat we covered everything from Austin’s thoughts on cycling and Lance Armstrong to his recent Zappos.com Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon adventure dressed as Elvis for an upcoming piece in Sports Illustrated.
Last night was a special show. With Lance allegedly coming clean about being dirty, Huddle and I invited Betsy Andreu and Mark Zeigler -he came in studio- to share their opinions. Buckle your seat belts. This was a wild ride!
The last time Mark Zeigler came on The Competitors was on March 4, 2012, a few weeks after the Department of Justice case against Lance Armstrong was thrown out by Andre Birotte Junior. During our interview at that time, Mark said that when that case had been thrown out, a source sent him a four word text: It’s Not Over Yet.
Our hour long conversation with Zeigler started from that point in time and takes us through the last few months.
It took Tyler Hamilton, whose cycling life serves as the back drop for The Secret Race, a long time to come to grips with something his parents preached to him when he was a child: The truth will set you free.
It’s called The Secret Race and it reads more like a James Bond thriller than a tell-all cycling book. With code names, disguises, and secret meetings, it’s simply a great read. The author, Daniel Coyle, who also wrote Lance Armstrong’s War, came on to discuss how the book came to be.
Andy Hampsten is a true cycling legend and his stories about the 1986 Tour de France as a teammate of Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault are epic. Huddle and I loved chatting with Andy!
When it comes to discussing performance enhancing drugs, our go-to guy has always been Mark Zeigler from the San Diego Union Tribune. He came in-studio for a wide ranging discussion that included his thoughts on Tyler, Floyd and, of course, Lance. Listen carefully: The lead in to the interview features a classic Lance soundbite about his former teammate Tyler Hamilton’s propensity for crashing.
Whenever we get down about all the drug issues and negative publicity that we are constantly having to deal with in cycling, there is one go-to guy that always fires Huddle and me up all over again. Bob Roll, as always, is totally jazzed about what we will be seeing in the peloton this year and his enthusiasm is infectious. Enjoy Bobke’s classic Dean Martin on vinyl that you can hear in the background during the interview. LOVE Bobke!