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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Armstrong Solution

We have all been deceived by this conspiracy.

We believed in their passion and heroism.

We believed in the colour of Yellow.
They believed in the colour of money.
Money corrupted everything.

We must impose new conditions on our sport.

1 - Reinstate compulsory amateur status at all levels.

2 - Remove all prize money.

3 - Remove direct monetary sponsorship of cyclists.

These conditions must be applied to all levels of the sport from Le Tour down to E-Grade club races.

We must end of artificial world of the professional cyclist.

Cyclists must be 'true' to life, living a real life and working a real job. Sure, give the athletes time to travel and to compete. Only, compensate the work places for their absent competing workers. Give the athletes a bike, basic cycling equipment and travel costs etc.
Let them submit time sheets, hotel receipts and income tax statements.

Give the winner a trophy and let them bask in the glory - guilt free.
What about all that lost revenue? It's all gone anyway! What company would want to be associated with professional Cycling?
Cycling must become a 'not for profit' sport. Any future revenue should be reinvested into sports development, facilities, education, health awareness and social initiatives.

So we can all believe again.

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