I recorded the Oprah/Lance interview, and watched it. I really only needed to watch the first 60 seconds of it, but it sat in front of me like a train-wreck. I don't think I'll bother watching the 2nd part, but I haven't decided yet. In some sense, this has come to close the book on an era.
Now perhaps we can all move on.
Paraphrased from a friend's FB post, it's not really about the doping, it's about the destruction Armstrong left in his wake.
Next week, it will be someone else. Despite a giant compendium of examples of the consequences, there will remain people delusional enough to think they can get away with certain things.
Professional cycling needs a clean slate.. maybe this does it, maybe not. What this example provides, however, is a modern, extreme lesson for the next generation of heroes. That, of course, can swing in two directions: either the next champions will be smarter, more cunning, and able to definitively 'get away with it' -- or, we will finally witness the renaissance we've been hoping for.
Either way, I'm still a fan of professional cycling - even though I never REALLY paid attention before 1999.
Armstrong absolutely played a part in getting me in the saddle - but, I've grown since then.
I admit I had been foolish to have fallen for it all those years, but, hey - that's me: trusting, naive, a romantic.
I love a good story, and I fell for it - but, I'm not going to change who I am because of it.
Neither should any of you.
I feel the subject has taken up enough space here.
Let's go ride.