This is going to be the only time you hear me talk about this.* I don’t care to discuss it via social media, or email, or in person and especially not on a ride. In fact, if I hear someone mention the issue of doping, especially with Lance, then I’m apt to either sprint on ahead or drop back, depending on with whom I’m riding. Edited because I didn’t stick to this.
Did Lance dope? Possibly, probably, sure why not. So did a number of cyclists back in the day. If Lance’s TdF victories are stripped, I wonder how far down they’d have to go to find the winner who hadn’t been found guilty of doping. There was an article in Bicycling about this some time ago, and they had a little chart of who in that era wouldn’t be able to accept, as they had been stripped of results. There was a lot.**
I don’t fucking care if Lance doped, to be honest. Yes he was a huge part of getting me interested in racing, and was the reason I first started watching the Tour. But he’s not the reason I continue to ride, or continue to watch the Tour. That’s because I love the sport, and I love that race. Him getting charged, or even getting banned from the sport, has nothing to do with my daily life, because I don’t let it.
Unfortunately I follow a number of people in the online world who like to point fingers and laugh at Lance’s situation. I’m not sure why. Sure, him doping means he misled a great number of people, for a long time even. If he’s found guilty, or whatever the USADA is capable of, there will be more lawsuits and other crap I won’t care to listen to. I understand that they want to feel vindicated, but they’re holding a personal grudge against someone who doesn’t care about your opinion. They also happen to represent brands I buy from, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Whatever. I’m just free-writing my thoughts here.
Lance may have doped, they all may have doped, but I still love this sport. I get on my bike for myself, not for something a pro cyclist does or doesn’t do. I still support LIVESTRONG as it’s supported so many others. I will follow along with the story just to see where it goes, but I don’t care to talk about it any longer.
Have fun being vindictive, I’ll be out riding my bike.
*Minus promoting the blog, of course.
** EDIT: Now with more diagrams.