I just want to get some people's feelings on the relative lack of understanding of the sport of cycling by the general american public. Here are some questions:
In europe, do people throw cans an bottles at you and spit on you for riding your bike?
Men's Health magazine just had a list of the best athletes in the world. Lance was not in the top ten, but he did make the best of the rest list. Do you think this is justifiable, or is it because people don't understand the nature of the sport. For example, I was talking to someone about the TdF the other day and they asked me what city the race was in. They had no concept of the fact that the riders circumnavigate the entire country.
Do you think people don't take cycling seriously because they all rode bikes when they were kids, so how hard could it be?
I don't know just some thoughts to spark some conversation.