Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tour de France?


Anybody excited about the Tour de France? I'm not and unsure why. Maybe all the convicted drug users competing in early season races after completing their suspensions? Cancellara's "motor"? The fact that Comcast has pulled Versus from our cable lineup unless we pay an additional fee? Bitter old curmudgeon? Probably.

The fact is, I'm not really high on professional cycling right now. As Patrick pointed out in an earlier post on The Road, even amateurs are doping to win. Cycling needs to do something and do it fast, because the Lance effect isn't going to last forever and when it's gone, many (most?) of the fans will be gone as well. My sugestion would be to ban for life any rider who irrefutably has used drugs to win (Floyd Landis? Alejandro Valverde?) and strip them of at least the tainted win. As you can see from this Wiki article, it's not recent and it's not just a rider here and there.


So bring on the theatrics and pretend injuries, the lousy refereeing, and crazy vuvuzelas (which I secretly like!) - I'm following the World Cup (especially with the USA moving on to the next round). GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 comments:

  1. I guess when Lance was in his prime it was awesome to watch him dominate everyone. Plus he is an American!

    My money is on Contador since he is young and in his prime right now. I would love to see Lance win again, but age is against him. Sorry Lance!

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  2. Yeah, I'm kind of getting endeared to the vuvuzelas myself... Go USA!!!

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  3. I thought I was the only one (besides the people of South Africa) that enjoyed the vuvuzelas... I'm not sure if it's the horn itself I like or just the fact that it annoys everyone else. Haha! Some guy got thrown out of a Yankees game last week for bringing a vuvuzela. I think they should be incorporated into professional cycling somehow. Maybe that would give it the boost/attention it needs.

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  4. I love this . . .seriously who teaches these athletes how to act. The falling seriously has me busting out laughing for half the game!

    [go New zealand - they are playing right now, I think].....I need a good laugh, I'm out. ;)

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  5. Sadly, I have no itnerest in the race this year (even sadder when you consider I arranged a trip for school to paris around the race a few years ago). I have only been keeping up with the schedule for the purposes in participating int he virtual version on mapmyride.com.

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  6. Despite my criticism, I will watch. Even with the dark cloud hanging over the sport I still enjoy the imagery of 100's of bikes racing through France. As to whether I get really engaged, we'll have to see.

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  7. I will watch it, but could not agree with you more in regards to doping! If you are caught you should be kicked out for life! It sucks that they are turning the sport into one that is ruled by cheaters and the governing body does so little to fix it!

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  8. Well said Skierz, my thoughts exactly and no to watching the Tour and no to watching soccer, albeit it is hard to do when the guys in my office are glued to their computer screens...LOL

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  9. I will watch it, no or less for training tips

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  10. I've upped my training to the point of it extremely limiting my TV watching ... wake up, train, eat, work, eat, train, eat, sleep...those are my days .... now if I actually cared about either of these sports I'd just schedule the trainer time around them. BUT since they both are uninterestingm training freedom!

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  11. I'll watch some of it too, but it's unfortunate for the sport...

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  12. Not much keeps me hooked to the tv...I'm not watching either. Athletes in the Tour almost need to be better chemistry students than riders!

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  13. I watch the highlights and parts of certain stages...I can't sit still long enough to watch it straight through.

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  14. Totally off the topic of your post... but, I was in Lake Geneva yesterday at Bigfoot Beach. Saw all of the set up, etc. However, just now it hit me that your Bigfoot Tri was the very one I saw the set up for. I debated going to watch the tri this morning (it's about 2 hours from me), but sleep prevailed. I hope you did well and had a great time!!

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