End of cycling for Merckx

This quote from Merckx says a lot

“This new scandal has left me K.O.’d. Since the start, they talked only of doping on Belgian television. And now, I learn that Vinokourov has played with his blood and that he’s leaving. It might be a good thing. We know now that it’s difficult to cheat and those who break the rules are caught. But, for me, that’s the end of cycling. And, I hope, the start of other things”

Reactions continue (rider protests and Rasmoo was boo’d) and I spoke to lots of people in the bike industry yesterday and the consensus was, “yes, sad, but our market doesn’t care too mich about le Tour or racing and that’s who we’re focusing on.”

With Interbike coming up, the Fall, and another bike season, I expect many are thinking of “other things” than racing. Like, comfort bikes, SUBs, cargo bikes, and the like.

Do you feel like Merckx after this latest scandal?

Wandering Around Washington

Check Kent’s Bike Blog for posts about his tour around Washington State, including this update from Monday

“This is just a quick post to let everybody know I’m still trucking along. I’m in Naches now, about to head up to White Pass and then down around Mt. St. Helens. I’ll be out of internet contact for a while. Good times in the Tri-cities and Yakima. Details and pics later.”

Kent’s posts are nostalagic for me, as I start riding – way back in the day – in Eastern Washington.

RAGBRAI

Note that when Andy told us about building a RAGBRAI bus for Lance, we thought that was so cool we invited him to post about it. He’ll also post later about Paris-Brest-Paris.

I’m driving down I-35 tomorrow to meet up with RAGBRAI and ride a couple days. I first went on this ride 29 years ago and it is what got me into riding. It wasn’t about bike culture, it was just riding. There was bike culture back then - I saw guys in the showers shaving their legs, and noticed guys on one speeds (I figured out later they were track bikes). I was only 12 years old, so for me, culture came later.

Now I’m “in the industry” and I haven’t been back to RAGBRAI for years. I’m excited to go back, and this year I have a bigger connection. Here at work we’ve been kitting out a Livestrong bus for the LAF to take on the ride. 887632115_11fa1622fc_m.jpg

LAF Bus at Ragbrai

Continuing with our bus theme today, just heard that Lance will have an LAF bus at RAGBRAI this year and it’s being customized by Hed Cycling – watch for pictures and more posts.

(note, I didn’t set out to have a bus day at bike hugger, but sometimes topics just fall into place …)

Hello Sharrow

The City of Seattle is begining to implement the Bicycle Master Plan, including “sharrows” (shared arrows) and the West Seattle Blog posted a photo and report. Check Andrew’s post from last year on sharrows, and sharrows in Pittsburgh, San Francicso, controversy in Toronto, and a pro-sharrow video on YouTube … .

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