Lessons from Lance

Lynne Kiesling So now we at least know something direct from the horse’s mouth about Lance Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing drugs before and during his long run of commanding Tour de France performances. In addition to the interview with Oprah Winfrey, this CBS 60 Minutes segment and this Cycling News interview with Armstrong provide fuller … More Lessons from Lance

An Economic Analysis of Governance in Cycling

Over the past week professional cycling has been thrown topsy-turvy by the fallout from the US Anti-Doping Agency’s report on their investigation into performance-enhancing drug (PED) use in the U.S. Postal Service team, 1998-2006. The focus of the dossier is, of course, Lance Armstrong, and the eyewitness testimony is extensive and not very surprising to … More An Economic Analysis of Governance in Cycling

Great Sports Journalism: Jason Gay on Jens Voigt

Lynne Kiesling I’ll spare you my observations on this year’s Tour de France, which I am enjoying mightily. Today, with three huge Alpine climbs, features both grueling riding and gorgeous scenery; I’m watching a descent through a series of steep hairpin turns as we speak. But I will share one thing, because Jason Gay’s recent … More Great Sports Journalism: Jason Gay on Jens Voigt

John Asked for a Cycling Post …

Lynne Kiesling … but this is an econ post too. John Whitehead was kind to refer to our November lunch conversation in which we discovered a shared interest in cycling (to go along with our shared interests in economics, environmental economics, and beer). There are some ways that even individual recreational cycling reflects core economic … More John Asked for a Cycling Post …

Weekend Jaunt from Chicago: New Glarus, Wisconsin

Lynne Kiesling The area around New Glarus, Wisconsin, is one of our favorite places when we want to get out of town. Great roads for cycling, camping, beautiful scenery, and of course the newly-expanded New Glarus Brewery. Gone are the days when we could get Spotted Cow and Uff Da Bock around here; now we … More Weekend Jaunt from Chicago: New Glarus, Wisconsin

An Illustration of Comparative Advantage from Professional Cycling

Lynne Kiesling As a cyclist, it should come as no surprise that I follow professional cycling pretty closely, and have done for some time. As an economist, it’s a rich laboratory for seeing all kinds of different economic concepts and principles play out. Today I found a good one in an interview with Dave Zabriskie … More An Illustration of Comparative Advantage from Professional Cycling

Share the Road …

Lynne Kiesling OK, this comic hits a leeeetle too close to home!

This Year for the Tour I’m in the Vande Velde/Garmin Cheering Section

Lynne Kiesling Every year the KP Spouse and I pick a favorite rider and team in the Tour de France, and to keep things interesting we don’t pick the same rider and team (this is a household where we deliberately cheer for different English Premiere League and NHL teams too …). While we share in … More This Year for the Tour I’m in the Vande Velde/Garmin Cheering Section

Tdf Team Time Trial

Lynne Kiesling Seriously, how am I going to get any work done if the Tour de France continues to be this exciting? Holy cow! No spoilers here, but yowza.

Wired Guide to Following the Tour De France Online

Lynne Kiesling The Tour starts today, yay!!!! I’m totally jazzed. Here’s a very useful guide from Wired to various ways to follow the Tour online. And even more cool, it’s a wiki, so if you know of some other sources they are missing, log in and add ’em! This year I’m cheering all-American — Christian … More Wired Guide to Following the Tour De France Online