- Jun 19, 2009
Hey Fortyfour, I am not bitter ...Yip, I'm peed off a little, frustrated a lot, but bitter, no! There are a lot of diverse opinions on this subject and as to why people still follow the sport - as seen in this thread.forty four said:why do some of you follow cycling its clear your bitter these forums are sad for the most part. its as if some would prefer to think many if not all good riders are doped as opposed to simply being mentally and physically stronger than the average racer/rider. accept it some dope but most are just superior as athletes than you will ever be get over it. your ego will survive that much is clear at least based on the delusion of most posts. i assume most of the particularly virulent posters would have various reasons as to explain there own poor racing performances. if of course they race much at all.
Sure, there are contributors here who's view is opposite to mine. But the contributors on this side of the forum I believe are united in their passion for the sport and the vast majority are objective and many here back up their observations with links to substantiate their argument.
As to your comment - "if of course they race much at all", again many contributors here are racers, all the way to Pro Tour level. Also there are administrators and coaches here too - for me the more opinions the better.
I was a racer btw- haven't in a few years, is my opinion less so because of that? Thats like the argument that because someones post-count is higher than someone else they must 'know' more! For me, I ahem, 'topup' my post-count everyday with this little beaut!!....In my defense everyone does it!!!
Now this is spot on! All elite level riders are exceptional athletes and furthermore, as an ex pro your insights are invaluable. But when we here on the forum try and speculate on the numbers doping - that is all we are doing, speculating. I do think it is cleaner, but honestly I have little I can offer that can back up my opinion.beroepsrenner said:Spot on!!!
I recently stumbled on this forum out of curiosity and was astounded at the obsession of some of the contributors. As an ex pro I have been trying to offer balanced discussion on the subject of doping and without totally defending the practice I have tried to offer an insight into the psychology behind it. Every TDF rider from first to last is an outstanding athlete regardless of what goes on behind the scenes. The reality is wether you all want to believe it or not is that the incidence of doping is probably at its lowest point in 30 years. Try delving into the "peloton mafia" that decides who can and cant go up the road, the collusion between teams, who you chase and who you dont. That would really boggle your minds.
I also agree about the 'peloton mafia' - which could be a 'room' on this forum alone, but doping within the sport is still the biggest and most serious issue imo.