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Thoughts: Martin Hardie

Posted by bikezilla on November 8, 2011

Remember, this series is excerpted from my raw research notes. There are only a few differences:

1. I’ve corrected most of the typos.

2. I’ve turned disconnected words and phrases in my notes into full sentences, so that someone other than me (you, for instance) will understand them.

3. I’ve formatted the links.

4. I’ve cut out some of the non-relevant thoughts (that is, relevant to the current Thought blurb).to avoid devolving threads.


In the last “Thoughts” I speculated that Martin Hardie is a primary antagonist in the saga of Trent Lowe vs Jonathan Vaughters and Slipstream Sports.

Stout said via Twitter:
“. . . we
both (James and Trent) contacted Martin (Hardie) ATF(after the fact)
They both
contacted Martin only after the being fired by their respective teams? Is this accurate?
From his Cycling Tips interview

So when you were recovering in Denver you started talks with Pegasus. How did that come about?”
[Trent Lowe] 
Martin (Hardie) suggested I talk with Henk Vogels.”

Vogels was Pegasus’ DS.

What was the time frame?

From the same interview:

When did you begin speaking with Pegaus?”
[Trent Lowe] 
Not until July or August (2010).”

So, Martin Hardie was in the picture and counseling Lowe, at very least, in July or August of 2010, but Lowe wasn’t fired until late December 2010 or early January 2011.

When and how did Lowe’s relationship with Hardie begin? Was it ongoing?

From the same interview:

to you know Martin Hardie and what’s your relationship with him?”
I met Martin when he started to interview me for that report (New
Pathways to Pro Cycling) at the Sun Tour 2009. I was happy to do that
and we got to know one another more since then. We’ve stayed in
touch as the year’s gone by

Trent Lowe himself establishes that:

1.  Hardie’s contact with him was ongoing throughout the periods in question.

2. That Hardie pressed him to contact Pegasus without any notification of Jonathan Vaughters (and with no attempt to let Vaughters accept or reject the possibility of extending Lowe’s contract with Garmin) until months later.

3. That while Lowe indeed may have contacted Hardie after the firing, it was by no means his first contact with Hardie regarding the situation with Garmin and JV.


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Thoughts: Martin Hardie

Posted by bikezilla on November 6, 2011

Martin Hardie, the lawyer who helped but did not represent James Stout, is also the lawyer who represents Trent Lowe.

What are the common threads between Stout and Lowe?

1. They both dealt with a mysterious alienation between themselves and the managers of their teams. They seemed to have a sound relationship, then all or nearly all communication stopped, seemingly with malice on the part of the managers (Phil Southerland at Team Type 1, Jonathan Vaughters at Garmin).

2. The both had / have issues that don’t seem to make sense surrounding their separation from their teams.


3. Both dealt with or are dealing with their former teams and managers refusing to pay them and / or withholding bonus money after separation.

4. Both were counseled by Martin Hardie.

In both cases Hardie was antagonistic toward the teams and managers.

In both cases Hardie displayed a habit of making provocative public statements, then sitting back and maintaining that neither he nor his charge was able to speak on the matter due to pending legal actions. We are just to ignore the fact that he continues to throw out little jabs and poison barbs during the entire period of said pending legal actions.

In both cases Hardie’s charges demonstrated both fear and paranoia based solely on information and counsel gained directly from Hardie.

Martin Hardie seems to be poison disguised as caring, causing more harm than good in any situation that he touches, giving advice that damages not only whatever current situation his charge may be in, but also the future career potential of those charges.

I have to wonder if Hardie’s advice and interference was the direct cause of the rifts that opened between Stout and Southerland, and Lowe and Vaughters.

Hardie utterly lacks professionalism. Here is an example of an email he sent to JV:

I am trying to be open and honest with you.

I am also trying to keep Trent from blowing his lid and going public. I have made it fucking clear as to when and how he will talk to you. Just tell me now if you will pay him or not and when. If not I will let him do what he likes and you can deal with that without me helping. It is really quite fucking simple. I don’t know why you are being such a scrooge about paying him.”

If Hardie is not the root cause of the conflicts between Stout and Southerland, as well as those between Lowe and Vaughters, then he is at a minimum a contributing factor.

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Thoughts: Trent Lowe, Jonathan Vaughters, Matt White

Posted by bikezilla on November 5, 2011

Jim Barlow, Vice President of Finance, Slipstream Sports, promises Lowe his $2,000 bonus, admits that the bonus has been EARNED and promises it to be paid in January 2011.

Yet, it was never paid.

Why is JV risking serious legal action in refusing to pay money that the team admits Lowe has earned? Why is he withholding money that he legally owes Lowe, punitively?

We learn that in August of 2010 Trent Lowe informed JV of the intended move to Pegasus, but not of what form that exchange took place.

Then we learn that Martin Hardie discussed the same issue with JV via email in September 2010.

Yet, JV stated that he was never made aware of this, by anyone at any time in any manner.

Clearly now we see that JV is not being honest when he speaks of the Lowe issue.

But, why? And why when it’s no difficult matter to prove him to be lying?

Again, this just doesn’t fit what we know of JV. He lacks the reputation for being a guy who fucks with his riders or even his former riders, who screws with them about pay issues, who deals with them dishonestly.

So, again I have to ask myself, WTF? What is going on here? What is the source of this bad blood between them? Why is JV demonstrating such malice toward Lowe? What is its root? And why are all parties (Lowe, JV and White) all so intent on hiding it from the world?

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Thoughts: Trent Lowe, Jonathan Vaughters, Matt White

Posted by bikezilla on October 30, 2011

This is a new series, which will simply contain blurbs of my thoughts, related to things the I’m researching for larger articles or interviews.

They may seem to be cut from the center of something larger, thoughts snatched form within thoughts, incomplete on their own.

That’s because they are.

My hope is that they will inspire you to ask your own questions and increase interest in the subject matter itself.

Tom / Bikezilla

Trent Lowe had informed JV (in writing?) about his intent to sign with Pegasus, which would seem naturally to indicate that at least a possibility of Lowe attending training camp at Pegasus in November 2010.

Lowe, clearly should have followed through with the formality of gaining written consent to attend the training camp. But, considering that JV was fully aware of Lowe’s intention to leave Garmin for Pegasus, was this really such a sticky situation that it merited firing Lowe and confiscation of his salary and bonuses?

Or was it merely an excuse to end the relationship in a passive aggressive manner?

This issue itself shows a considerable malice directed from JV toward Lowe. I find this surprising, in that JV is widely and commonly known to be a “riders’ manager”. JV, more than any other manager, seems to view his riders first as human beings and second as racers on his team.
So, where did this bad blood come from?

Is it entirely related to the del Moral problem? And since it was Matt White who sent Lowe there, and since White clearly did so with intent, why is JV directing his ire at Lowe?

There is something in this that none of the involved parties is sharing.

JV claimed, in Velo News, that he had in fact NEVER been informed by Trent Lowe (nor by Svein Tuft), that they were intending to move to Pegasus.

Yet, JV himself had made no effort to speak to Lowe regarding ANY topic, seemed to very intentionally avoid any type of communication and had not made even preliminary efforts at extending Lowes contract with Garmin.

It’s also interesting that VeloNews knew in September 2010 that Tuft was leaving for Pagasus, but JV claims to have been ignorant.

This is just one of many areas where the stories do not mesh and where there is evidence of something deeper and hidden going on out of the public view.

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More, More Thoughts On Stuff

Posted by bikezilla on March 10, 2011

Another collection of links, but no time to write full articles.

— If you ride your bike in New York City, don’t be surprised if your harassed by police. This guy was sexually assaulted.

That’s what they’d call it if any non-police person grabbed hold of your junk and squeezed it with intent of causing pain and humiliation.

— Random Thought #1:

If beloved riders near the ends of their careers, guys like George Hincapie and Jens Voigt, had doped over the courses of those careers, what would you like to happen?

Would you want them exposed? Or would you prefer a cover up?

Would you want them caught? Or would you prefer that they get away with it until they retire?

Would you prefer the unshattered illusion? Or truth?

— Random Thought #2:

The doping test for plasticizer is not approved.

The test detects the plasticizer used in transfusion bags, which also happens to be the plasticizer in water bottles.

You can see the potential for false positives, or rather, real positives but with causes by innocent means.

However, this test is the only way currently known to detect autolougous blood transfusions, that is, transfusions of one’s own blood.

So, should it be used, at risk of punishing innocent riders who merely drank bottled water? Is that risk worth the lone opportunity to begin catching riders and teams who use autologous transfusions?

— MPCC, another of Jonathan Vaughters’ endeavors (I believe he’s also president of the organization) wants teams held responsible when one or more of their riders tests positive.

UCI will never go for this, unless they can water it down so that they can get around it when it suits their need and utilize it when THAT suits their need. Their history shows that they adamantly deny any connection between individual riders doping and any systemic or systematic contributions from the teams, regardless of the evidence.

Hein Verbruggen, in fact, became quite angry when several Dutch riders (or former riders) confessed to doping, saying they:

“cannot bring any good and it makes those riding clean feel guilty. They are giving the impression that doping practices were structured in their teams.”.


“A rider is the first one responsible of his doping. They could have said: no to doping. About these three riders, another Dutch rider told me that if they were ethical they would return the prizes they won thanks to doping”.

UCI, in its complicity in the doping culture, will and in fact must continue to shield teams from any culpability or repercussions greater than the lose of suspended riders.

— It’s glossed over here, but Trent Lowe DID record a hematocrit level higher than 50%.

The only explanation given is that it was a “lab error”, with no evidence to prove that.

The thing that bothers me, especially with both Love and Jonathan Vaughters proclaiming Garmin as Team Clean, is why the heck was the failed hematocrit test never reported to UCI AND why was Lowe NEVER retested on it?

Toss the del Moral connection into things and how can you view this as anything but fishy?

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More Thoughts on Stuff

Posted by bikezilla on March 7, 2011

I have another collection of links I like, but nothing that compels me to write a full article on it. So . . .

— Team Type 1 gets snubbed by the Giro d’Italia.

But the Giro’s director, Angelo Zomegnan likes what he sees with the team and thinks that another year of maturity could earn them a spot in the race next year.


Yes, I did notice that five Italian teams made it in. Whatev.

Amber Meier, aka @MeierWife (Christian Meier’s wife), may be the hottest of the cycling GFs / wives. Maybe.

But, I think that Daniella Grace has overtaken her for second place in the race for coolest.

Daniella is Taylor Phinney’s gf.

#1 coolest, and still maybe the hottest, is Chiara Passerini Cadel Evans wife. Duh.

It’ll be incredibly tough to knock her out of the top spot.

Reader / follower @HDKnight / David Knight has clued me in to Mark Cavendish’s girlfriend, Peta Todd. She is smokin’ azz hot AND she did ride a bike to raise money for Help for Heroes, in support of British service veterans. She may not seem the innocently sweet and endlessly classy cool of Chiara or (seemingly) Daniella, but she rocks her own kind of cool.

Here are the links to H4H’s UK and U.S. sites.

Here’s a link to Peta Todd’s personal website. WARNING: It is NOT a work / family friendly site. In fact, after viewing it, I’m not sure the woman owns a top or shirt of any kind.

Sorry, Amber, but she’s bumped you back a spot in hotness.

And she’s on Twitter.

Podium Girl Jen? She’s Steven Cozza’s (Team NetApp) gf. Honorable Mention for coolness and hotness.

My thanks to Mr. Knight.

— Jonathan Vaughter’s has a great idea for individual teams to use independent drugs testing that utilizes ALL available anti-doping tests, not just those considered to be 100% accurate.

His idea is that if a rider fails one of these non-approved tests that a rider is then held out of competition until his blood values for the failed test normalize. There would be no risk nor even threat of full suspension, but drug testing could be more broadly and more effectively instituted.

At least that’s the theory.

If you’ll read this article (you’ll need to translate) you’ll see that Lowe’s hematocrit (red blood cell) level exceeded the 50% allowed by UCI and WADA in a quarterly check up.

When, exactly, did that occur? At the test carried out by Dr del Moral? Before? After?

Did it contribute to his remaining out of competition, in addition to or aside from Lowe’s issues with fatigue and low testosterone levels?

Did he transfuse blood in an effort to combat the fatigue? If so, who helped him? Was the team aware? How could a low level rider like Lowe have access to the people, equipment and funds needed to carry out his own doping program? How could JV and the team NOT know?

JV would like to the questions about Lowe to stop. I get it. I’m sick of hearing about it and writing about it. But how can this go away when things just seem to continue getting shadier?

Again, it’s sad that this question is raised only by foreign press and that the “real journalists” of cycling in places like America and Australia act like cops managing traffic at an accident in a bad comedy, “Nothing to see here. Move a long. Nothing to see here.”.

Who would have leaked this info about Lowe’s hematocrit level? Certainly Lowe wouldn’t rat himself out to the press for an abnormal hematocrit level. Is the information publicly available?

— Saxo Bank’s Bjarne Riis admits that he doped, that he, in fact, won the 1996 Tour de France doping.

His prodigy, Kim Anderson, the weasel who jumped ship to start the Luxembourg squad, Team Leopard Drek, failed as many as 7 doping controls.

With a history like that between Riis and Andersen, doesn’t it at least suggest that neither Saxo Bank nor Team Leopard Drek are any cleaner than Riccardo Ricco?

Cycling Tips, one of my favorite blogs, got a write up over at

Way cool.

Now I have to hate them.

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Garmin-Cervelo Cans Matt White Nearly Two Years After “Mistake”: Part 2

Posted by bikezilla on January 28, 2011

Jonathan “The Poet” Vaughters has again changed his story on why Trent Lowe went see the nefarious Dr del Moral.

This time it was no big deal. Just a routine check up that could have been preformed at any clinic.

The bills came in on Dr del Moral’s letterhead, but Jonathan, a man known for his attention to detail and his involvement with his team on every level, simply failed to notice the letterhead itself or the name of the doctor on the letterhead. It’s a detail typically beneath his or anyone’s notice, or so he claims now. In fact, he insists that no one in the entire organization would ever, ever, ever, evvvvvvvvvvvvvvvverrrrrrrrrrrr notice such a silly detail. It’s all about the facts of the letter’s content. Who the letter and the bill are from is of no concern.

Which makes me ask again, Matt White was fired, why?

And, oh yea, Why wasn’t Trent Lowe paid his December ’10 salary?

Remember how The Poet isn’t just the guy writing the checks? How he actually and honestly gives a shiite about his riders and staff on a purely human level?

Well, apparently when they get a little sneaky and run off to their “new” team’s camp (which is standard practice and not generally frowned upon), but fail to give him the courtesy of informing him in advance and obtaining his written permission to attend, that feels a little like a slap in the face to him. It hurts him in a very personal way.

So was there a bit of vendetta in his handling of the Lowe situation? Yes. Is it understandable, based on the kind of person Vaughter’s is and his connection to his team in a personal way? Absolutely.

Trent Lowe, I guess I can see why you felt a need to play tough guy and threaten to send your Uncle Guido after The Poet. But blackmail is still blackmail and extortion is still extortion, and you deserve any legal problems that come your way as a result of all this.

But, Jonathan, you’re still acting like a freakin’ weasel, changing your story again and again. And it’s clear that you had knowledge of the entire del Moral thing well in advance of the Matt White firing and the Trent Lowe incident.

That calls into question your real commitment to run “The Clean Team”, to honestly fight the good fight vs doping within your team and within cycling.

We don’t forget your time with Lance Armstrong, nor your gifts as a climber during that time, nor your own connections to Dr del Moral.

Eventually the facts will come out. It’d be so much cooler if they came from you, rather than from some sniveling disgruntled former staff member looking for his fifteen minutes.

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