Thursday, August 26, 2004

JUNK FOOD fan Ryan Bayley came from behind to win gold in the men's sprint to continue Australia's Olympic cycling bonanza in Athens

The food Fascists will hate that

The Perth flyer beat Dutch world champion Theo Bos 2-1 in the best of three final to take Australia's cycling gold medal tally to four with a day still to go. The 2002 world keirin winner at the age of 19, Bayley, a former BMX champion, went into today's semi-final in sensational form. He set the fastest time in qualifying and in the team sprint on Saturday recorded what was believed to be the fastest flying lap in history, all fuelled on a diet of KFC and Coca-Cola.

After winning the world keirin championship, Bayley said he lost the drive to compete, believing that he had already achieved everything. Until the Olympics came within sight. "I loved riding my bike but I didn't have the passion to go hard and to train hard," said the man, whose dietician girlfriend has given up trying to improve his diet.

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More on Bayley's diet here:

"SPRINT cyclist Ryan Bayley's diet of deep fried chicken and Coke is enough to freak any coach out. Athletes at the Olympic village in Athens have each been given a token for up to 500 bottles of the caffeine-laden soft drink, and although Bayley is yet to reach the limit, he's working on it.

His coach, Martin Barras, was horrified when he learnt of Bayley's eating habits when he signed up and unsuccessfully tried to make him eat greens. "When he first joined I looked at his diet and I just freaked out," Barras said. He immediately ordered a report from a nutritionist and feared the worst. Bayley would be dead by 20, he thought she'd say, but it wasn't that bad.

"The nutritionist came back, she said 'well you know, there's not much variety in there but essentially he's got all his bases covered'," Barras said. "Once in 2000 I tried to force him to eat a salad and that got him violently sick so now if you leave him to his own devices he takes care of himself," he said."

Obesity exaggerations: "Obesity is a genuine problem in America, but our national debate on the subject has become nothing short of hysterical. And around every corner is a hidden agenda. Some pharmaceutical interests, such as the American Obesity Association, are promoting an alarmist view of the problem in order to justify increased government support and promotion of new obesity drugs."

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