Sure there was more documentation, but most of the allegations were made years ago, when Walsh and Pierre Ballester co-wrote "L.A. Confidentiel: Les
secrets de Lance Armstrong" in 2004.
I was wrong in last week's columnby naming Les Earnest
as the sole opponent of the Mike Plant's rather nefarious "reform" initiative back in the day.
Board Member Chuck Collins was the only member of the board who voted against the measure, albeit with input from Earnest, American cycling's Diogenes, who unfortunately is still walking the wilderness in search of an honest man.
My apologies to Chuck and to Les
for the error.
The measure was essentially railroaded through the board, without much discussion, save a vigorous effort from board member Les Earnest.
If you've not heard of Les
, you should, especially if you're a reform minded cycling fan.
Les' professional background is in computers.
He's responsible for the development of the first spell checker, the first effective pen-based computer and was appointed as the executive officer of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1965.
The guy is wicked smart and he
loves bike racing.
We're lucky to have him around. (Author's Note: I was incorrect in naming Les Earnest
as the sole opponent of the Plant "reform" initiative.
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