The absolute coolest moment of the 2009 Nevada City Bicycle Classic was seeing a kid slap five with Lance Armstrong. Toward the end of the race, a slightly bored kid across the course from me began high-fiving riders. Lance, of course, maintained a laser-like focus, ignoring everything in his path – the crowd, the cow bells, the effort, the kid. He even ignored riders as he passed them going uphill – like he was a freight train with a tail wind and they were riding in mud.
There’s nothing like a bone of contention – no matter what size – to inspire emails from the valiant PEZ-Fandom. And that’s just what Mike Schatzman’s comment on Astana’s participation at Gila did, although we took cover under the veritable barrage of digitized dialogue. Here’s just a sampling of what readers said…
Why is it that every year, just before and just after Milan San Remo, we hear from lots of people (almost never sprinters) that Milan-San Remo needs changing? MSR isn’t too easy. MSR doesn’t need more Cote’s or Bergs or a new “Muur de San Remo”. Instead, the guys calling for a harder race just need sprinters’ legs.
You almost have to feel for Roberto Heras. The same day Heras gets a two-year suspension for doping, a pro hockey player stickhandled his way out of the penalty box. Having tested positive for a banned masking agent found in the hair-loss drug Propecia, Jose Theodore is pleading his innocence on the basis that he has been taking the hair loss treatment for years.