I haven't begun to touch on the many sub-species of adult cyclists: roadies, mountain bikers, long haul cyclo-tourists, couriers, work-a-day commuters, fixie riding urban hipsters, Tweed-ride fashionistas--apologies in advance to any cycling sub-specie not mentioned.
But back to that minority of adults who are passionate about road racing; within that group opinions are also divisive. Particularly if the subject is Lance Armstrong. At this point in time most peeps who follow cycle racing either love (7 time TdF winner, cancer survivor and advocate, passed 500 drug tests, being unfairly striped of his titles) or hate the guy ("Doper--ah jist KNOW it"). Be that as it may, the single "fact" swirling around Lance is that he is, without a doubt, the most universally recognized product of American road cycling. Diaristfamily had a boat show to attend this past Sunday but barring that I would have gone to the site of the Howard County Triathlon and been part of the crowd lining the roads to watch LA as he rode by. Fortunately, a co-worker lives on one of the roads that were part of the course and his wife was able to snap a couple pix as Lance stormed by during the cycling part of the event. Note that the organizers had to give up their official sanctioning since LA is currently banned from all sports competitions for life.
Now I don't plan on getting into a long-winded discussion pro/con Lance Armstrong so all you argumentative types just cool yer jets. I'm just reporting a bit of local news. Love him or despise him, Lance is still a phenom that draws a crowd wherever he goes. Photo credits: Madeline Mirecki.
|A young fan reaches out to touch Lance Armstrong. Lance seems to be enjoying the effort.|
|My co-worker indicates that LA was quite fast both up and down the slope of the small hill which runs by their house.|