Love the Scenery wrote:I'm starting to get this sport called cycling. Let's see if I have it right. If you actually ride your bike as fast as possible, you are "unsportman-like." I assume this means that riding your bike fast is not good On the other hand, if you sit around and wait for your opponent to catch up with you, you are "sportman-like." So the goal of the sport is to sit around and wait for people. So, the ideal stage was that one where Cancellara said no one should race, and the race organizers said, you know what, you're right, it's better if nobody rides faster than the others.
Please explain to this rank newbie, then, why not ride all the stages neutralized? Surely this would be much more "sportman-like." Better yet, nobody should ride at all, they should just stand still by their bikes, waiting. I mean, I'm just saying, if that's "sportman-like," then that must be what the "sport" is about ... I think it could be cool, you know, lots of bike riders just kind of standing around waiting. Sort of a postmodern performance art sort of thing, very avant-garde, it might get a write-up in ArtNews.
It's like the 19th century idea that it was unsporting to practise, hence some riders being less fit than others is not fair.