Daily Archives: August 26, 2012

Cycling, still full of drugs?

Thought I would put in my two penneth about the latest on the Lance Armstrong developments. For those who don’t know he is a cyclist who there has been on going allegations of drug use. I love watching the cycling, I found on youtube (ignore the first minute or so,) what I think may have been the first cycling I watched. I really wish there was more cycling on TV, though with twitter etc there are more ways to know what is happening but it’s not the same as watching it.
I however when through a phase of not following the cycling so much because of all the drug allegations that were going on, it tainted it when you were all most expecting there to be drug problems. In reason years for various reasons cycling appears to have cleared up its image. I think this is partly due to better testing, and partly down to the riders themselves who are fed up of the bad reputation of the sport. There are still lots of debates going on about is it now a clean sport, I like to think that while it is not perfect it is doing a lot better than it was. It would appear that the balance has been tipped back to it’s better to be a clean rider. Also I think as far as British riders are concerned, that there is now a better support system on a national level, which there wasn’t previously which makes it easier to resist the pressure of drugs. Here is an interesting article about David Millar (British cyclist famous for drug taking, but now very anti drugs,) which perhaps shows why drug taking was so rife, and how it is now changing.