I was just thinking about how little effect the current doping scandal is having on the bike industry.
Am I the only one who thinks “The Tour” and every other major “Classic” should be cancelled until they can be reinvented as something a little less, um, wrong?
Hell, who’s left to race anyway? The guys that ratted on the guys that got busted? The guys that still get to come back in six months? They’re better than the guys that got banned? NOT.
I thought I was in the bicycle industry because we were doing good things, positive things that make people healthier and made the planet a bit more livable.
I thought we were better than the hoards of Americans we mock from our high horses, those enamored by the idiocy of ball sports, pro wrestling and NASCAR. (All stuff I personally enjoy on some level, like any other red-blooded American, but you get my point).
This win-at-all-cost mentality is not good for the cycling or the planet and does not need to be perpetrated by the bike industry.
Let’s put our dollars into something else. Like getting people on bicycles, the solution to many, (If not all) of the world’s problems.
Heck, just get one pro team to eat one less fancy pro team dinner, I’ll make some good stuff happen. How many miles of infrastructure would one prima-donna racers salary pay for?
Fuck racing and support bicycle infrastructure dammit!