Cycling Didn’t Just Die
When I heard the news of Lance Armstrong getting stripped of his titles and being banned from cycling last night, my heart sank. Sure I’m a fan of this incredible cycling legend and was saddened for him, but my thoughts were more directed towards what this was going to do for the sport of cycling.
I felt as if the USADA had just shot cycling in the head, and they had pushed back all the progress this sport has ever made. Then it hit me. Politics and Authoritative organizations can play their games and try to flex their muscles, but they can’t change the reality of a situation.
If Lance Armstrong wouldn’t have won those 7 Tour de France titles, some other doped up cyclist would have.
Yeah, you can dislike me for saying that….but it’s the truth. Unfortunately we’re in a day and time where the World’s top athletes use enhancements to become the best. If Lance was the only cyclist using anything during his reign, then I’m pretty sure he would have won by far greater margins than he did.
Obviously someone at the USADA has a personal vendetta against Lance Armstrong, and it really sucks that something like that has to be the reason he was made an example of.
Love him or hate him, Lance has done amazing things for our beloved sport and I’m pretty sure he’s the reason that at least some of you are riding a bike today. He may have been stripped of his titles and used as a punching bag by the USADA, but I’m going to continue looking up to him and remembering all the good things he has done.
This is some of the biggest news to ever hit the cycling world, and over the next few days you’ll be reading countless articles and opinions. I personally had to go on record as saying that the USADA sucks, and I’m simply just going to ignore what just went down last night. I’m not going to dwell on it, get frustrated, or try to make sense of it all.
I’m going to ride my bike, believe in Lance, and Enjoy my Ride.