|View from a recent ride in the Tuscan Hills|
It is not easy to write about the unfolding problems in cycling and... particularly about the allegations against Lance Armstrong. It has taken awhile to process what it all means to the sport, to the cancer fighting community, and to us personally. I don’t think we are alone in this regard. It has been conflicting and sad in many ways. The stories in the news of systematic cheating, lying, and general ugliness don’t correspond to the reality that we have experienced over the last five years on the ground. Heck, we moved to France, we have been in the trenches, ridden our bikes all over Europe and North America, followed 4 Tours de France and many other great bike races, spent lots of time training and generally hanging out with professional cyclists. During all this time, besides hearing stories in the press, we have never experienced any of the “dark side” of cycling.
|Classic Camargue- Amazing the things you see on a Mountain Bike|
|Hanging in the sweet spot of cycling|
If the allegations are true, it appears that Lance Armstrong believed that it was impossible to win without cheating. He decided to cross the line, and to me that is disappointing and sad. Not just because he cheated and lied, but because he probably could have won without cheating. He apparently gave his power over to some poisoned apples - apples that became an ingredient in the cement that formed the foundation of an incredible sporting career. A house is only as strong as its foundation, and in the end it brought down the legacy of his cycling career. In the end of the day, Lance still went out and rode all those Tours, fought the fight, and inspired us all in the process. He just made some bad choices, and, in this, it shows that he is human.
|All weather - Liam putting in the work|
|Magic place on a mountaintop high above Florence|
This is Bill and Liam signing out