blue squirrel

after a self-imposed 20 year absence from cycling, the sport i love, i am back and dedicated to holding my own in the superfast 40+ catagory. this blog will tell the journey, the highs and the lows, the team [team becher+] and it's cast of characters, our sponsors, supporters, and other local riders that make it happen... [anonymous comments are lame, cowboy up and put a name or start a blog]

Monday, January 21, 2008

RULES

[the following is an excerpt from a good interview on velonews w/ floyd landis, he basicly says what i was trying to say a while back about rules, "if you have rules, enforce them, don't make them up as you go along or ignore them when they aren't convenient" he also makes good points about rock racing [hard for me to admit[, and who represents the cyclist [it should be our olympic committee, usacyling, but it is not]

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NR: You don't think there can be a bottoming out, a purging of the old mentality and a new beginning?

FL: That's not what I am saying. That's fair. I'm not saying there can't be less crime because the rules are enforced in a better way. All I am saying is that there is always going to be the argument that our team is clean, so we don't have to focus on winning. And that always accuses everyone else, and it's always ambiguous, it's always vague, and you never really know. Cycling is a very small version of the way the country works - you have rules, you have a government, you have people enforcing them, you have a police force.

It's a good system, but everyone has to follow the rules. Everyone. The cyclists, the police (in this case USADA), the government (in this case USA Cycling), everybody has to adhere to the same standard. You can't say, well because we had a bunch of cheating before, let's just convict everyone and clean this thing out. That's no way to fix anything. That will never work. First of all it's an irrational way to deal with it. It is completely nonsensical if you talk to anyone in the real world, they'll say that can't possibly be the way things are supposed to be. You have to have a set of rules, and the people enforcing the rules and the people following the rules all have to follow them. Of course, I'm not saying it's going to be perfect. Sometimes an innocent guy is going to be convicted, sometimes the guilty guy is going to be exonerated, but you have to make sure that both sides follow the rules to the same standard. You can't just say, well, we just know everyone is cheating so f--k it, we're just going to do what we want because we don't care.

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