DAVID Walsh, the journalist who spent 13 years pursuing the truth about Lance Armstrong, will speak in Glasgow later this month about his role in unmasking the global sporting icon as a serial user of performance-enhancing doping.
Walsh will speak at Glasgow Science Centre on the evening of Tuesday 23rd April before taking part in a Q&A session and signing copies of his book, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. The award-winning Sunday Times journalist is being brought to Glasgow by Dales Cycles, the city’s oldest bike shop.
Tickets for the event, the latest date to be announced on Walsh’s sell-out UK tour, are available from Dales Cycles’ city centre store at Dobbie’s Loan having gone on sale from 9am today (Friday 5th April).
Walsh will tell why he continued his pursuit of Armstrong even as the American racked up multi-million dollar endorsements, met with Presidents and dated rock stars on the back of seven straight Tour de France victories. At a time when most people viewed Armstrong as a hero, Walsh was determined to show that not everything was as it seemed with the Texan’s clean-cut image.
That determination did not make life easy for Walsh as he was ostracised by fellow journalists, vilified by Armstrong in public and his employer, the Sunday Times, sued by the cyclist’s legal team in 2004.
Walsh’s talk in Glasgow will give Scottish cycling fans the opportunity to ask about his role in uncovering what the US Anti-Doping Authority described as the ‘greatest fraud in sport’.
David Walsh, British Journalist of the Year 2012, said: “Scotland is a country with a strong cycling heritage, from Robert Millar to Chris Hoy, and with its new velodrome, Glasgow is at the heart of the country’s cycling community.
“The response to the book tour has been tremendous and I’m looking forward to coming to Glasgow and meeting some of the most passionate cycling fans in the country.”
Tickets for the event, which will start at 7pm, are available in person from Dales Cycles Dobbie’s Loan city centre store. Only 300 tickets are available for the event at the Glasgow Science Centre so will be limited strictly to two per person, priced £10 each.
Debbie Houston, managing director of Dales Cycles, said:
“David Walsh’s story has run alongside Lance Armstrong’s for more than a decade. His efforts to help clean up cycling mean we can begin to believe in the sport at the top-level again.
“At a time when more Scots than ever before are taking up cycling, we are so pleased to be bringing him to Glasgow. It promises to be a great evening.”
The event will be hosted by journalist and former Scotland rugby internationalist, John Beattie. A significant donation will be made to a Scottish cycling charity from the proceeds of the event.
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Notes to editors
Established in 1912, Dales Cycles has been at the heart of the west of Scotland’s cycling community for more than 100 years and is acknowledged as Scotland’s largest local bike shop. Dales Cycles’ 6,000 sq. ft. Dobbie’s Loan city centre superstore is home to the largest dedicated repair workshop in the west of Scotland. Open seven days a week, the store stocks a range of bikes and products to suit every level of cyclist. The company also has a second store on Saint Bryde Street in East Kilbride as well as offering all products for sale via its website: http://www.dalescycles.com/
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