Monday, May 25, 2009

Forget the Doping. Cycling Is a Beautiful, Exciting Sport

The Tour de France. The Giro d'Italia. The Vuelta a Espagna. But not just the grand tours. The one-day classics like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders are wonderful. The one-week races like the Tour of Switzerland and the Dauphine Libéré and the Tour of California are fantastic spectacles. Anyone who has watched the peloton streaming by, the colorful jerseys, the liquid pedalling, the suffering in the mountains, the excitements of a dangerous sprint finish, the jolting pressures of the cobbles, knows that cycling is a fantastic sport. Yes, there have been problems but there are problems in all sports. You hear about them more because more has been done--more testing, more discovery, more punishment. Baseball, football, and other sports are only starting the policing that cycling has done for so long. Follow cycling. It is a beautiful, exciting, challenging, tactical, team-based sport that also gives the chance for individual glory. Once you get the hang of it, you won't be disappointed.

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