“The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain
USAToday has an article where they describe that cycling in America is very much alive and kicking. The article describes that the post Lance fall off is currently non-existent. To quote the article:
Popular wisdom was that the end of the Lance Armstrong era would also be the end of Americans’ interest in bicycle racing, allowing the European race circuit to go back to its fussy, century-old traditions.
The 400,000 screaming, cowbell-clanging fans who have lined the race course for the first three days of the Amgen Tour of California didn’t get the memo: Race organizers are predicting that the eight-day event that ends in Long Beach Sunday will attract more than 1.3 million spectators and break its own record as the biggest sporting event held in California since the 1984 Olympic Summer Games.”
Another fact is the number of race licenses with USA Cycling has increased from 54,000 in 2005 to over 60,000 in 2006. Continuing it’s upward trajectory.
The article does dredge up the current dark side currently enveloping cycling. Drugs, power struggles, and constant infighting.
“The fractures we see today are a result of poor administration and a lack of tact, humility, diplomacy and constant ego battles,” says Rob Arnold, publisher RIDE Cycling Review, Australia’s leading bike publication.”
However, USAToday tries to put that into perspective as part of the administrative part of the sport. The article puts the riders and the sport in a relatively good light. It’s about time.