Coffee talk Tuesday deals with lawlessness in our cycling culture. Tuesday Coffee Talk allows all of us to engage in community related topics and share your 2 cents worth
The Armstrong doping case never seems to go away and neither has Armstrong's athletic ambitions as he continues to compete, this time in triathlons. Currently USADA is having their turn at busting Lance for doping for allegations that date back to 1999 and some as recent as 2010. It has been said that cases like this should move forward to help create a cleaner sport and who could disagree with that? The problem that many have with these cases are the tardiness of them. Is there anyway doping cases can be sped up? And it's not just at the highest level of sport like Lance Armstrong but also at our level, the amateur cyclists. How long has USADA had the list of consumers of doping products, I believe it is 3 years now and a only a few have been busted from that list of nearly 100 names. What kind of message does this send? You have a 4% chance of being busted and if this case isn't closed then this also says that your "career" in amateur cycling will most likely be over before you are even busted.
While I'm tired of hearing about another case being filed against Armstrong I do strong believe in having a cleaner sport and making the findings much sooner. Taking away titles after 10 years have gone by IMO does little to clean up the sport, it just tells younger athletes that the seeds you sow will take years and years later until they might be reaped.