Shortly after that, every time I saw those guys "suffering" in the mountains, I was certain that they were on some good shit and just faking it for the camera. The biggest camera hog was Riis.
I didn't know what it was at the time (remember those little brown bottles?) but I knew that it had to be better than the Bee Pollen I was popping.
I'm the opposite of the OP. I did not watch the Tour last year (first one I've missed since the days of Hinault and LeMond and La Vie Claire) but with Lance back in the mix I will definitely tune in this year. I will admit that the Tour has become something more like a soap opera rather than an athletic event though but it sure as heck beats out all these crappy reality shows.
No to 2012 wrote:
I’ve always watched the Tour.
Magnificent spectacle and theatre.
Years before all this drug business was creating such publicity and bad press - I always assumed, quite naturally, that the cyclists must be ‘on something.’
I simply couldn’t see how it was possible to cycle up and down those massive Alpine mountainous roads for six hours or so - and then turn out to do the same thing the following day - and the next and so on.
I didn’t especially bother me - I assumed if they were all at it, it was a level playing field and the best rider would win anyway.
I was a runner, not a cyclist, so I didn’t give a damn if they had a culture of taking drugs.
But if some my fellow competitors in running races were taking performance enhancers - now that was something completely different.
That’s what I would call cheating.