Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Originally Posted by Raketmensch
Actually, with the news that's coming out of France today, one has to feel that what you were part of is where the real beauty of the sport lies. At the highest levels, where the money is, it seems that a substantial fraction of the "great" riders -- whatever their talents may be -- are liars and cheats. I've got a lot more respect for a Cat 2/3 racer who busts his gut every day because he loves the sport than for a pro who's doped to his eyeballs and lying about it.
Doesn't matter what sport you choose- The real sport is amongst the amateurs and club members. As soon as money gets involved- greed comes in at an alarming rate.
Going back to a sport where I was one of the Top- Kart Racing- We were completely amateur. Some drivers had more money than others but it made no difference. It was still skill and expertise that won through. There were rules- and They were made to be "Bent" but never broken. Just make certain that the bending did not break.
Many years ago and I think it was the American Olympics, but it was when Seb Coe was racing, I heard Steve Cram talking about Blood transfusions just before a race. The competitor would have a pint of blood taken about a week before a race- and have it put back 3 hrs before the race. Nothing illegal about it at that time but it would have given the Runner an advantage. A pint extra of Ogygen carrier in the body would help anyone. Don't know how prevalent it was- but Steve Cram did point out to look out for the plaster on the inside of the elbow. Saw quite after he pointed it out.
Cycling, athletics and any other extreme physical sport has a tarnished name. Someone appears who is good and the natural conclusion is "What drug is he on" Unfortunately- It is probably one that a detection test has not been developed yet.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.