Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Ok, I have to ask/comment about this; I hope that people don't think all elite level cyclists are using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). Lets face it, to be a top level endurance athlete is a bit absurd in the first place. Why would anyone willingly submit oneself to so much pain and suffering? Regardless of salary, this is one of the hardest and most painful ways to earn a living. Some teams on the Pro Tour circuit have questionable medical procedures and a bit "shady" team doctors, but MOST riders are clean. For most, it's simply about one man's struggle against himself and the dream to succeed against all odds. Most elite level cyclists came from modest means and most have a very small chance of success. It takes an inner drive and will to compete at a high level, season after season. Most will not use PEDs for ethical, physical and financial reasons. Some riders, on some Pro Tour teams, are pressured into it, but most are clean. Sorry, I just had to put this in my blog, as a buffer against all the "experts" out there claiming that all elite cyclists are using illegal drugs.