Mark. wrote:The ugliest thing about this whole thing is the glee with which some people (yes, some of you, reading this...) are anticipating what is actually going to be a tragedy for millions of people when they see one of their heroes, someone who has given them inspiration and has been a role model [to them], torn down. I think it's something that should make right minded people sad, regardless of whether or not LA actually did dope, not gloat all over the internet.
That's MY opinion. I already know what one or two of you might write in response to my comment, so know this; I already know your position on it and I don't give a crap what you think about mine.
You talkin to me?
I agree with you. I know a lady who raised $25,000 to ride with Lance. She is.. umm.. not impressed at the moment to say the least.
But there are plenty of heroes out there to inspire and encourage people. My friend, the rest of the world, and cycling will do just fine without Lance.
“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. " - Leo F. Buscaglia
I went back and read my responses in this thread carefully. And no point do I take any GLEE with demise of the Armstrong myth.
If you want to know... in 2003 I wore a yellow wristband, I was reading Lance's "It's not about the bike", and getting up at 4:30am every morning to watch Le Tour to cheer on Lance.
But things never added up for me, something never sat right, and I questioned things... and started to uncover the real cycling stories that never get reported in the mainstream media in North America or during the highly biased tour coverage we see.
As the truth comes out.. it highlights the ugly secret that most cycling fans would rather not admit... that cycling is probably the dirtiest sport on the planet.
It's a tragedy it got this bad, but I see hope that the cleansing is coming... and things might finally change.
“It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.”