Cycling is bigger than Lance Armstrong. If he understood that, maybe he’d be willing to give up his celebrity to try to heal a sport that is deathly ill. However, if past is prologue, we know that Lance Armstrong will never admit that cycling is bigger than he is. And we know that he will defend his titles off the bike, as viciously as he did on the bike.
Even mountain bikers can slow down a little bit. We can leave the number plates at home once in a while. We can ride without our power meters, hear rate monitors, GPS computers, and Strava-hunting attitudes. Ride, not for the fitness, but for the simple, innate pleasure of it all.