On September 27th “Big Sam” Allardyce, the recently appointed manager of the mediocre but beloved England football team, offered his resignation to the Football Association (FA) just 67 days into the job, after the Daily Telegraph newspaper published footage of him explaining how to circumvent FA rules to undercover reporters. Meanwhile Sir Bradley Wiggins, a cyclist who has won more Olympic medals than any other Briton, was defending himself against allegations of doping. Drug-testing records leaked by hackers on September 15th showed that Sir Bradley had in the past received medical exemptions to treat his asthma with steroids that are normally banned. It was critical of FIFA, the sport’s international governing body, in the years before evidence of fraud committed by FIFA officials emerged in 2015.
Tour de France champion Chris Froome has responded to the drug-taking controversy surrounding Bradley Wiggins by claiming sport's anti-doping rules are open to abuse. Froome took to Twitter to vent about the issues with doping controls after two officially approved Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) earlier in his career were revealed by hackers earlier this month. Froome, who won his third Tour de France title in four years in July, said: "I take my position in sport very seriously and I know that I have to not only abide by the rules, but also go above and beyond that to set a good example both morally and ethically.
For good reason too. The event is like a demo day on steroids as bikers can choose to ride all the top bikes from 2016 as well as see what 2017 options have to offer. This year, size continues to matter, at least when it comes to wheels. In the past, the move to 29-inch wheels, then 27.5-inch wheels then fat bikes were the big trend. Now keep an eye out for the 29+ and 27.5+ options. These are perfect for those who gravitate to the fatter tires, but aren't ready to delve into them. If you are interested in one of these, Cannonade, with its Bad Habit, would be worth checking out. The fatter tires are leading to some tweaks in the frame work as well, but in general, there aren't many major innovations