triman (triman) wrote,

Lance and "that ban"

The questions and articles about Lance Armstrong and his ban, continue unabated, the latest round exemplified by the US News and World Report write-up that proclaimed "WADA's Howman says it's 'almost too late' for Armstrong to get his ban reduced."

I keep hearing people say "let him race". But why? What is about letting Lance race again people want and what would it achieve?

While for the most part its fair to accept that most of his peers were doping, as far as I'm aware Lance doesn't want to go back and race 40-something ex-doper cyclists. He wants to race mountain bikes, triathlons, and have a crack at Ironman racing where he left off with an attempt to qualify for Ironman Hawaii, aka Kona.

Not withstanding what a disruption and media storm that would create, irrespective of his result, even if he finished out of the top-10 it would deprive the winner, and the podium finishers of their moment of glory, they'll become also-rans in another Lance show. Ultimately though, even if he was given one of the "celebrity" slots, if he is able to race again in anything, even age group triathlon or running, how is that fair to his peers?

A man who benefited physically from a decade or more of drug use, through which he was able to buy the best medical and training advice, would be allowed to compete again against guys who've had real jobs, struggled to find time to train, and raced when they could rather than when they wanted, now have to compete on an even ground with Lance. What do people think letting Lance off his lifetime ban would let him do that is anyway useful?

If he wants to comeback to competitive racing, let him start volunteering, show up at races at 4am to park cars, work with kids to get them into sports and tell them all the mistakes he made, become an ambassador, help organize local races, sit through endless meetings to get permits, in fact all the things he never did on his way up, because his success by breaking the rules afforded him the ability to bypass them.

Lances' time as a competitor has come, and gone. If Lance 2.0 wants to race again my advice is to re-invent yourself as a grass roots activist and work his way back.
Tags: cycling, iroman, lance armstrong, triathlon
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