13 January 2011

gentlemen and the essence of cycling

In the event that the new über team - Leopard Trek - fails to win as expected (and let's be realistic, their coterie of supercyclists must be considered protagonists in every race the team enters), they are at the very least doing wonders for the image of cyclists (professional and otherwise). With an effortless grace these gentlemen achieve what so many others feign and posture to convey.* All of the panache with none of the pretension. I for one am excited to watch Cancellara, Voigt, Fuglsang, the Schleck brothers, and the rest of "true racing" Leopard-Trek animate races throughout 2011. Kudos to you gentlemen.

Team Leopard Trek stop for a mid-ride coffee somewhere on the beautiful
island of Mallorca (photo courtesy of Robert Wagner @ http://twitpic.com/3o5gv8).

Whereas another group of far more demoniacal and diabolical cheaters (not to name names or place blame, but use your imagination [or the internet] to scour doping headlines from the past few years) just don't give a damn, sullying the sport and embarrassing its advocates.