Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yes, I am a cyclist..NO, I don’t want to talk about what you saw on ESPN

Well, I didn't intend for the first Handlebar Mustache blog to be about or refer to doping but Contador happens.
I always wondered what was in that suitcase...

 Not sure it happens to the rest of you, but when I meet a non-cycling ball and bat sports type they always want to discuss what they saw on the ticker on ESPN or the Bonny Ford article they read.  Let’s not and say we did, or instead let’s talk about A-Rod, Manny or any number of NFL players with legal woes.
Perhaps it is because cycling leads the way with anti-doping and gives up the easy (if it bleeds it leads) story . Or perhaps it’s because the world-wide leader missed buying the right to cover Le Tour during the Lance years, but doping is the only topic of interest for them. 
The sad thing is they miss stories like Chris Horner’s top 10 at the Tour, Tyler Farrar continuing to race the Tour with a broken wrist, Levi setting a new record in his 1st Pro mountain bike race and all 3 US Road titles being held by riders under 23. 
Let's talk about the future of US Cycling!

I watch a lot of cycling and I think my new practice will be to share a positive story from Pro-cycling when my seat mate on a flight goes all ESPN ticker on me. 
“No, I didn’t read the story of what Lance’s gardener from ‘96 told Greg Lemond’s dentist’s 2nd cousin via an interpreter.  But, I did watch Cadel blow past the “greatest” current cyclist on the final climb to win Fleche Wallone.”
“No, I missed Floyd’s musing  about his theory of the “1990 DNA project” that created Taylor Phinney.  But, I did read about Stijn Devloder winning another Belgian Road title!”