The recent climate of confessions and drug use in professional cycling sickens me. First, I view this issue in absolute terms. It’s how I’m wired and how I operate with the riders with whom I work. Given pro sports’ current albatross of never truly knowing who’s clean and what constitutes being clean, to my way of thinking, in the end, being “absolute” is all we’ve got. Call it what you will—puritanical, seeing things too simplistically, too black and white—but nothing in the world is worth compromising one’s personal code of ethics for. Perhaps it’s because I also have a life outside of cycling. In my everyday job, I teach high school English. Hence, my directive: if you have to cheat, go do something else. Second, I convey this to my riders in absolute terms. I make these terms clear: if any rider gets into trouble, not only will he/she face the consequences, but I will cease my involvement as well. Again, with cycling’s current status in the contemporary sports landscape, zero tolerance is all we’ve got and all we can give. Third, I have my own kids to raise. Whenever we’re on the topic of doping in modern professional sports, I tell my boys repeatedly: aspire to be whatever you want to be, but do it honestly, ethically, and absolutely. Life is too short to devote yourself to something dishonestly. Finally, it’s crucial to attest and acknowledge that the human mind and body, in sync, are capable of supreme accomplishment. While I got my ass kicked in the three world cyclocross championships, I also discovered things I never believed possible of myself, simply by having everything come together on a particular day. More dramatically, I’ve seen it in the riders I coach. Simply, you can be the best on any given day and be clean. To conclude: I support the continued pursuit of excellence, in honest, ethical and absolute terms. That’s my word.