I’ve noticed Lance showing back up on my radar lately. Whether it be reports of his lawsuit on google news, stories about training with American pros showing up on my facebook feed, whatever the hell WEDU is, and “The Forward Podcast” which I’ve listened to a few episodes of. Besides all that Lance showed up on my porch the other day, well a giant cardboard cutout of Lance. My old friend Snake was cleaning out his building and thought I might want this cardboard cutout, so in typical Snake fashion he left it on my porch. Along with piles of bike parts. Anyway….
So Lance has calculated that his punishment in “Timeout” which are his words, is nearing its end and he wants to be back in the cancer fight. It also seems to me he is trying to creep back into the cycling world now. During his time in “timeout” Lance appeared to become an ultra runner and competed in some races and events, but now he seems to be focused on riding again and as far as I can tell WEDU is going to be a platform for endurance events.
I think the the first time Lance made a reappearance for me was when he showed up at Kalamazoo Michigan to support the cycling community after 9 riders were ran over by a murderer in a pickup truck. 7000 people turned out to ride with the club in support of the community and in honor of the slain riders. This to me is the power of Lance, it doesn’t matter if he doped, obviously he’s still a hero to cyclists and he can still leverage his star power to help people.
Lance has been put through the ringer like no other doping cyclist with the idea being that today’s cyclists will see how even if they can get away with breaking the rules now eventually it will catch up with them. This sounds good, but I don’t really believe it. Consequences need to be fair, consistent and timely to really make a difference in people’s behavior. I feel like Lance’s treatment has not been fair consistent or timely. A lifetime ban when everyone else in the investigation was seemingly given a slap on the wrist, along with being stripped of his results?
Still as Lance creeps out of timeout he is facing one last huge hurdle, the Floyd Landis whistle blower case that is about to go to trial. The US government wants 33 million, its entire 2001-2004 US Postal sponsorship money, back and in fact it wants 3 times what it paid to the entire team, and if that wasn’t enough it wants it ALL FROM ARMSTRONG? Oh and hey good ol’ Floyd Landis is entitled to 25% of of it as the whistle blower who brought the case forward. How does that seem fair?
I think it’s fair to say that I have rose colored glasses when it comes to Armstrong, he did a lot of bad things, treated a lot of people horribly, and did a lot of damage to cycling. Still he did a lot that was good, and in my estimation did far more good for cycling in America then bad. I want to see Lance let back in.