The recent situations that have arisen in Italy in regards to the Giro have been recieved with a yawn here at Guitar Ted Labratories. Let's see now, it's May, there is a Grand Tour going on in Italy.........must be time for the policia to make a bust, no? I mean, how long has this been going on? Since the late nineties it would seem that this has become an annual ritual. It's as good a bet that there will be a scandal as it would be to say that your flowers will bloom in your garden. It's just a matter of which day it will occur.
You know, I just don't have time for it anymore. For the Giro, for doping, or for cheating of any type. And not only in our Grand Tours, but in our own backyards! Yep! Look around you. Cheating is happening in your local races. It's happening at high profile national events. It's disgusting and it's got to stop.
Why? What can you do about it anyway? Well.........that's sooo simple, it's stupid. The first thing you can do about it is to not do it yourself! Oh yes! It matters what you do. People are watching and learning from you everyday. Your choices influence other people. Don't believe it? Hmmm.........when was the last time you took a cue from someone else's nutrition plan, their training, their equipment choices. Yeah..........that's what I'm talkin' about!
The second thing you can do about it is to talk about cheating. The best way for a cheater to get away with what they have done is for everyone to keep their mouth shut. I'm not talking about "making a big stink" about it. Just let people know that you know. A cheater exposed is not long for this world. Let the promoters know, let the person that did the deed know, ( in as nice a way that you can) that you are aware of them. Knowledge is power, you know?
I'm not talking about being a narc here. (Does anybody even know what a narc is anymore?) I'm just saying that it's time we all started taking our sport back, and started showing an intolerance to cheating. Yes....I said intolerance. It starts with you and I on a local level. If we all start showing that we give a damn about this then it'll start to affect the upper reaches of our sport too.
And if we don't do anything, then we are doomed to things like the annual display of idiocy that we get every May in Italy. No thanks! I've got better things to do than watch that crap!
Oh yeah! I'm not going to be too quiet about any cheating that I see..........just so you know!
Have a great weekend! Ride your bike. Be fair! Have some fun. OUT!
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