Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Drugs.

I was flipping through some USAC stuff and some other stuff and came across this old press release by USAC. Cannell 2 year suspension and revised nationals results.

The results are the NEW results after he won a bunch of championships and was on the podium a bunch. So what? It is masters racing... It doesnt really change anything or have any real bearing on "real" racing..

So lets look at the results. I did no research, this is just what I know off the top of my head from cycling..

2009 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
Men’s Time Trial - 35-39
1. Ian Stanford Winona, MN 00:30:02.00 Grandstay Cycling
2. Gregory Strock Martinsville, IN 00:30:25.80 Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team
3. Ryan Jenkins Salisbury, NC 00:30:26.20 Carolina Masters Team


Ok, I did not even know that this guy raced again. If you dont know who he is, you should google him. If you dont know... let me google that for you. It seems that his bike racing life was ruined by doping and he turned out for the better as a medical doctor. I cant imagine the experiences that were taken away from him due to doping.

2007 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
Men’s Road Race - 30-34
1. Matthew Johnson New Haven, CT/5 Star Fish
2. Daniel Vinson Lake Elsinore, CA/5 Star Fish
3. Mike Stubna Philadelphia, PA/Meredith Group - GPOA - Cannondale


This one was earlier. Stubs moved up to 3rd. We were teammates and he lived a few blocks from me at the time. It would have been cool if he actually got on the podium.
But this is the REAL KICK IN THE BALLS. Mathew Johnson. I dont know this dude at all. I know he was a crazy fast junior. Im like 99% sure that it is the same Matt Johnson that Levi had to turn his amateur national crit jersey over to after testing positive. The dude won two national championships as a result of doping. Neither were professional.
That makes me think that it is a problem.

3 comments:

Gabe Lloyd said...

Steevo - it is, in fact, the same Matt Johnson that Levi had to turn his title over to. I remember talking about that with some NYC guys when Matt joined Empire the following year.

Adam Myerson said...

Steevo, I raced as junior with Matt, and I was teammates with Strock when he was coming back from the parvo virus he got when he was racing in France.

The stories are long, but Strock did actually make it all the way back to being a pro on Saturn before quitting in frustration. So, doping did affect him, but he also quit on his own. The comeback part of his story gets left out.

Matt Johnson was one of the best juniors of that time, and was on Granny's Gourmet Cookies with Erich Kaiter, who was one of the guys that sued USAC and Charmichael also.

I don't all of Matt's story after that. But for sure, he's one of the "Lost Boys" of the 90s where there were very few pro teams to go to, and if you weren't Freddie, George, Tyler, etc., you weren't going to break through the wall of doping, but also the wall of 7-Eleven Euro pros coming home and backsliding into all the spots on Coors Light, LA Sheriffs, Saturn, etc.

Spice said...

I know Ryan Jenkins. He's a family dude, just another weekend warrior like us....I mean like me, Hoovis, Hollenbach..etc. Jenkins would've enjoyed being on the podium.

Fuck Cannell.