Another library book photo for today. I’ve been reading this, but took it back today, I may get it out and finish it at some point. As some of you know I enjoy watching the cycling, but am not fanatical. I was therefore looking forward to reading Bradley Wiggins new book. I have to say I was disappointed. It did get better as I persisted, but especially to begin with was very technical, talking about things like what cadence different training was done at. As he has had a previous book, it only talked about what has happened in the last couple of years. I felt that it was not designed for anyone other that “superfans.” I’m sure that lots of people will have started watching the cycling over the last year, and won’t understand lots of the history of the sport, or the tactics, and there is an assumption in this book that you do. I’ve read nearly all of it, and am glad I did, but won’t be recommending it to anyone unless they are very keen on competitive cycling.
Over Christmas I had however read David Millars book, Racing through the dark, and I would highly recommend it. He became famous for all the wrong reason. This book however gives an insight in to how drugs were viewed within cycling, and what it is now doing to address the problem. It is written so that you need little understanding to begin with, but is still interesting even if you do have some knowledge already. It also addresses how you define what is important to yourself, and how to keep your integrity, or if you lose it how to gain it back. Well worth a read even if you are not a cycling fan.
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.