2007/07/24

I'm done with cycling...



Funny, on this second break day at the Tour de France, I was going to post about how great this year's race is, spectacular, many attacks, heros, breakdowns, new faces and many surprises... until Vino gets busted. Yeah, him too. Rasmussen is in boiling water, Contador is shady but road cycling got a huge punch in the face today as Vino was one of the great ambassadors of the sport. Now that I think of it, it's not funny at all, it's pretty sad.

I can't say I'm surprised though. Vino was riding in the same Team Telekom with organised doping back in the day with Ullrich (busted), Riis, Zabel, Aldag... (admitted doping), he then rode for Oscar Saiz who was organising his team doping too, working with the busted Dr. Fuentes... Then Vino went on to form Astana since Liberty-Seguros got busted in last year's Tour scandal but half the team got busted too. Now he works with busted Dr. Ferrari who was working with a certain 7 time Tour winner... His teamates Mazzoleni and Kessler are in the sauce too... Maybe it's the bikes. Tyler hamilton was riding on a BMC when caught, Floyd Landis too last year and Vino now... BMC might have super high technologies that modifies molecule's structures and make the riders fail drug tests. And watch the defense to come, they always have nice excuses like having a dead twin brother inside their bodies, the french are out to get them, they eat many boxes of stuff they don't even know what it is but it's from China... I wouldn't be surprised to hear Vino say the blood was put into him after he lost so much in his stage 5 crash. Anyway, it's getting hard to be a road cycling fan isn't it? Makes me even consider stopping writing about it.


There might still be a few reasons to watch the Tour...

Fortunatly, as much as pro road cycling is as much of a joke as wrestling, riding a bike is still a good thing and it's why I love the sport so much. It's good for the environment (another area where pro cycling ruins it, did you ever count the number of cars and motorcycles following them in races? and the publicity cars and trucks that rolls along the route before the racers?) and it's good for the health but mostly, it's quite fun to ride a bike, much more than to watch others do it, doped or not. Sports can be about competition but to me, it's much more about having fun. True for cycling, for snowboarding, skateboarding, soccer, pétanque, you name it.

You know the first time you clear a very hard technical section on your mountain bike? And that time when we got stuck deep into the forest because Steakface got three flats and had to come back in the dark, still on our bikes (except Steakface obviously)? That time I crashed into a raspberry field? Riding everywhere on bikes surrounded by beautiful girls when we were in Amsterdam? When we had so much fun in the Sidewinder in Burke that we climbed back up to do it again? And again? Well, that's cycling to me. That, and commuting to work every morning, go climb Camilien-Houde on my road bike after work and finding it less hard to do than the previous time, learning to do bunny hops on my BMX after drinking twelve beers...

I also love the technical aspect of cycling, to me, a bike is one of the most important invention. It's just crazy how well-thought of the bike as an object is. Extremely efficient, you can travel over 200km in a day and not pollute one bit, you can climb grades that are hard to walk up and get from point a to point b faster than with a car when you're in a city. And that's with the most basic bike! Look at today's bikes, they are pushing the limits of what can be done to make them faster, lighter, more comfortable and more fun.

So I will stop posting about big races full of dopers but I'll still show you new technologies, new fresh bike and component designs but also ride reports, discussing local trail access problems and promote to use our cars less by riding bikes more. If only pro cyclists could remember that they should be there to have fun and to help put more people on bikes more than to gain glory and money...

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