Two-time Growlers Gulch 5,000 champion Lance Brigman has declined a request by the TDG Board of Directors to undergo testing for performance-enhancing substances.
Several TDG Board members said they found it odd that Brigman, 62, continues to toast riders ranging in age from 5 to 95. “Very suspicious,” said former Three Rivers Cycling Club member Denise Livingston. “The guy should be using a walker at this stage of his life. Instead, he’s crushing people like they were bugs. Think about it – have you ever ridden fast enough to set your rear tire on fire? Something’s just not right.”
“Lance might be taking HGH,” said board member Rob Larsen, “but one thing you can say about him is that he never discriminates because of age – he’ll kick your ass whether you’re young, old, or middle-aged.”
Still bitter over having his request for a GG5K handicap denied in March, Brigman accused TDB Board members of violating his constitutional rights and suggested that legal action may be the next step.
Brigman called the testing mandate a feeble attempt to distract him from his quest for a third GG5K title. “It’s all bull,” Brigman said. “I didn’t do anything that Landis, Ullrich, Hamilton, and Basso didn’t do.”
TDG Board member Dave LeMonds agreed to speak with reporters with the understanding that he not be forced to reveal the names of those who voted in favor of having Brigman tested.
“Denise, Mike Van Hoose, Jack Berry, and Paul Norris were the ones behind it,” he said. “Only Larsen and I voted against it. I did it because it was the right thing to do. Larsen did it because Lance is his doctor, and he didn’t want to offend the guy who writes the prescriptions for his pain medication.”
Larsen provided before and after photos of Brigman that caught the attention of several TDG Board members.
“This one shows Lance doing his lifting regimen right about the time he started training for triathlons,” Larsen said.
Conversely, the photo at the bottom of the page clearly illustrates the Barry-Bonds like transformation that has taken place over the past few years.
AARP attorney Richard Rumsfield, who is representing Brigman, said that TDG Board members might be able to avoid litigation, provided they agreed to grant Brigman the 15-minute handicap he requested previously.
“My client has experienced severe emotional trauma as a result of these unfounded and highly prejudicial allegations,” Rumsfield said. “It’s only fair that he be granted the handicap if we are to maintain an even playing field.”