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In an ideal world the mention of dirty cycling should remind us the cyclo-cross season is underway and the Superprestige series starts this weekend. We should conjure up images of fields, dunes, drunken spectators, frites and, above all, mud. But we’re not there yet.

If you want those images here’s a chance to win a copy of Balint Hamvas’s excellent review of the cyclocross season. This is a big photobook printed on high-quality paper that captures the mud, frost and frites. For a chance to win a copy just donate money to the Paul Kimmage fund, which as well as helping a specific legal case, looks set to force the UCI to confront a few uncomfortable truths about the kind of dirt that soap doesn’t shift.

How to win
Make a donation to the Paul Kimmage fund by clicking on the blue Chipin box below and following their instructions. You can donate a dollar, a Euro, a Pound or even a Swiss Franc. Or more, that’s up to you.

I know this might not be for everyone but if you’ve been thinking about donating perhaps this is the added incentive make it happen.

It has to be a new donation made from now onwards. So if you’ve already donated, well done but this is to encourage more donations. Feel free to make second donation.

Once you’ve done this, just leave a comment below to say you’ve donated. You don’t have to leave your name, feel free to use initials or a pseudonym. If you are the lucky winner we’ll work things out.

Assuming there’s more than one donation then later this week I’ll pull out a name at random using a spreadsheet and check with the fund administrator that the payment went through after this post appeared. Then I’ll post the book worldwide to the winner.

  • Donate to the Chipin fund
  • Post a comment say “I’ve donated”, “done”, “$20” etc.
  • I’ll announce a winner later this week
  • You get in touch by email with the postal address
  • I’ll send the book

I reviewed Cyclocross 2011-2012 by Balint Hamvas in May.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • AK T.O. Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 9:30 pm

    I’ve donated. Full of faith and hope.

  • James Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 9:39 pm

    Done. You’re properly nailing your colours to the mast eh?

    • The Inner Ring Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:24 pm

      Yes, in that this is worth exploring. And I still don’t understand why Kimmage gets sued when others do not, nor why legal action is worth pursuing at all. Plus it will be interesting to see the UCI (and Kimmage) in court to state matters on the record, swap arguments etc.

  • cck197 Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 9:42 pm


  • M. Tompkins Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 9:50 pm

    Donated for a good cause.

  • Ben Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:01 pm

    Done. For the 2nd time.

  • Vlavallee Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:06 pm


  • Phips Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:15 pm

    I’ve been meaning to get around to doing this all week – good prompt to do so!


  • Chris Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:56 pm

    There you go, second donation in 2 days.

  • Nick Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:58 pm

    I’ve donated

  • James Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the prompt to donate!

  • Hussein Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 11:11 pm


  • Sam B Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 11:18 pm

    Just donated for a very worthy cause

  • Larry T. Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 11:37 pm

    We made a donation as soon as we heard about the fund but it’s great you’re offering an incentive to give some an excuse to donate or donate again. I’m really looking forward to seeing the total exceed $50K. More than anything else it should show the UCI that a lot of cycling fans are tired of their crooked charade and want the house cleaned!

    • DanB Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 12:06 am


  • Guy Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 12:30 am

    I’ve donated!

    I see this as a free speech test case. The defence fund helps to give PK the opportunity to present a decent case and then the court can decide either way. Supporting him allows this to happen, and for the UCI to be unable to use the threat of legal action as a tool to gag journalists.

  • The Tashkent Error Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 1:05 am

    Finally got around to do it, thanks for the nudge.

  • Emil Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 1:10 am

    Done, thanks for supporting this as well as bringing it so fully to light!

  • Scott Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 1:23 am

    I’m in. Thanks for continuing to give this the attention it deserves.

  • Logan Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:19 am

    Done and like the comments above. Thanks for keeping the issue on the front page.

  • David Gardiner Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:22 am

    second donation done!

  • Jan Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:26 am

    Thanks for the reminder, and thanks again for your excellent work here.

  • Nathan Koss Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:57 am

    Donated! I can’t wait to see Pat and Hein squirm!

  • Rolling Blunder Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 3:02 am

    Knowing your contributing to the heat being applied to PMcQ/HvB (THE TWO STOOGES) – priceless.

    To Mr Kimmage, go get ’em Tiger!

  • Daniel Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 6:49 am

    Yes, thanks for the prompt. Done.

  • Timo Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 6:51 am


  • velogeezer Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 6:56 am

    Sent my $50. Hope the fund reaches over $100,000.

  • OscarH Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 7:52 am

    Done, 2nd time.

  • winecycling.com Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 9:09 am

    Thanks for the final push for me to finally do this. Just donated and feel great – it’s like giving the UCI the finger by proxy 🙂

  • Dave Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 9:22 am

    Just donated for the second time. All for a good cause

  • Simon Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 9:49 am

    25 donated. UCI are beyond parody.

  • davebqvst Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 11:21 am

    done! amazing to see how fast this is growing

  • Stephen Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 11:23 am

    Donated – Well done!!

  • Iron horse equestrian Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 12:03 pm

    Donated. Do hope this doesn’t result in an out of court settlement. The UCI is in need of dredging.

  • EnChassePatate Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 12:27 pm

    Donated. Hopefully those guys at UCI will be soon bad memory.

  • Goonie Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 12:35 pm

    Done. What really gives me the screaming willies is that I suspect that I’m funding the other side of the case through the fees for my racing licence.

    If the UCI didn’t exist, we’d have to invent it, but if you started from scratch the leaders and the structure you’d pick would be a million miles from the current jokers.

  • Serge Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 1:18 pm


    I was mildly amused by the pathetic UCI clarification on why they’re going after Paul Kimmage rather than the (London) Sunday Times or L’Equipe; “under the applicable Swiss law such case is directed against the person who made the defamatory statements.”
    If they’d gone after him in London, where they allege the ‘false’ accusations were made, they’d have to bring in The Sunday Times, which or course has the same owners as Team Sky and McQuaid wants to be invited to their post tour parties. (Never mind the link between L’Equipe and ASO!).

  • Chris Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 1:37 pm

    I hope its for real change, love this sport.

  • Gingerflash Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:13 pm

    I think for this fund to make any difference, it would have to reach seven figures (GBP).

    Defamation litigation is just about the most expensive and high-risk that any individual person could become embroiled in. He’ll need svereal hundred thousand to keep his lawyers going and of course, if he loses, he’s not just paying his own side, but he’s likely to be paying all of the UCI’s legal costs too.

    £50,000 would disappear very quickly indeed.

    I think his only hope is for the Sunday Times to back him and agree to provide an indemnity.

    • The Inner Ring Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 6:14 pm

      I gather there might be some pro bono work in case preparation so hopefully the fund goes some way.

      If there is an judgement against Kimmage he can now be sure of covering the ad fees to print the ruling.

  • Lars Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 3:07 pm

    Thanks for setting this fund up!

  • keith warmington Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 3:12 pm

    already done and very heartening to see ask many of us expressing our despair at the UCI

  • the irrepressible fairchild Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 4:42 pm

    “…looks set to force the UCI to confront a few uncomfortable truths about the kind of dirt that soap doesn’t shift.”

    Another classic phrase from INRNG.

  • FrancescoG Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 4:59 pm

    I just donated. Hopefully Paul will prevail.

  • cs Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 5:08 pm

    Donated. Free Floyd Landis!

  • The Inner Ring Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 6:17 pm

    Thanks for the response, I had no way of knowing how many would respond but many have already.

    Please note there are a few others who have got in touch by email to say they’ve donated so the list is longer than the comments above.

  • Bongo Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 6:19 pm


  • Okatzzz Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 8:57 pm

    I’m in. Thanks for the prompt. Go for it Paul: one day the dirt will stick.

  • matthew Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 10:18 pm

    I’ve donated, feeling all rebelious and wondering if I’ll now be added to a secret blacklist of neverwasmountainbikerswhoweren’tthatquickreallyregardlessofwhattheythoughtatthetime run by the UCI

  • bat chain puller Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 11:23 pm

    Donated. Power to the People!

  • DF Thursday, 4 October 2012, 2:13 am

    Paul Kimmage for President, down with the Clowns

  • Curious? Thursday, 4 October 2012, 6:10 am

    How much would it take to bring them all down?

    It seems like a drop of rain in the dessert. I wish I could give more.

  • kp Thursday, 4 October 2012, 6:42 am

    Don’t gear ratios make great personal identification numbers?
    Turn that 15t cog and get on with it….

  • jeffdreadnought Thursday, 4 October 2012, 9:07 am

    Donated. Thanks for the prompt.

  • Vincent Thursday, 4 October 2012, 11:18 am


  • Keen Thursday, 4 October 2012, 2:27 pm


  • Charlie Thursday, 4 October 2012, 2:51 pm

    I’m in

  • Eric Thursday, 4 October 2012, 4:29 pm

    I’ve donated.

  • Pål T Thursday, 4 October 2012, 6:13 pm

    Done! $ 20. Happy to contribute.

  • Shona Thursday, 4 October 2012, 11:23 pm

    Me too

  • The Inner Ring Friday, 5 October 2012, 10:51 am

    Thanks for all the donations, comments and feedback so far. I will pick a winner in a few hours.

  • Justin Kerr Friday, 5 October 2012, 12:23 pm


  • The Inner Ring Friday, 5 October 2012, 2:40 pm

    We have a winner: “keith warmington”.

    In case you’re interested, it is genuinely random: I copy the comments into a spreadsheet and then use a “Random” function to select the winner. I’ve checked and Keith has donated.

    Thanks to everyone.

    • Ben Sunday, 7 October 2012, 9:37 pm

      Wait a minute, that’s not random at all! The random number generator in a spreadsheet just gives you an entirely predetermined number that’s designed to look random. You need to use a number based on the truly random fluctuations in atmospheric noise or something: http://www.random.org/randomness/. I demand a re-draw!
      Seriously though, thanks for the competition, and anyone donating to such a good cause is a worthy winner.

  • theskideep Saturday, 6 October 2012, 7:47 pm

    just donated late to be the lanterne rouge,
    one in the eye for the uci

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