In light of the comments written on my most recent post, I'd like to offer a small piece of my mind. It has been an interesting last couple weeks in the world of cycling to say the least. I'm not going to lie and say that it hasn't been weighing on my mind or been a constant topic of discussion; however, I have yet to form any solid opinions or ideas. To be honest, I have been focused on the other factors of my life too much to get too wrapped up in it. So anyway, what do I think about all of this?
First of all, it is not my usual personality to voice my opinion on most controversial subjects, especially something as touchy as this. There are many reasons, but for the purpose of this, I am never going to satisfy everyone with my answer. Also, there is way too much chance that what I write can be misconstrued by someone, and ultimately come back to stab me in the back. Nonetheless, I'll type a few thoughts for the satisfaction of those who are asking; however, I want to be 100% clear that I have NOT read everything that has been published surrounding this debacle, so I am not completely educated on the subject.
My very first thought is that I hope cycling is going to survive this. There is definitely going to be some backlash regarding sponsors and fans for the teams and races, but hopefully the sport's faithful will remain as we weather the storm. I hope the young generation of cyclists doesn't get discouraged into thinking they have one choice to become or remain a pro: dope. That is absolutely not the truth, I have first hand experience. Unfortunate as all these reports are, the outcome should be better for the future of cycling. With regards to the dopers, I believe anyone found guilty of or who has admitted to doping should be punished, it is only fair. In terms of my own career path, I made the choice even before becoming pro that I would never dope, but still I am thankful I have never had to even face that choice because the culture of cycling has changed. The cultural "norm" of cycling described in many of the reported accounts is definitely not the same today. There is undoubtedly a culture of clean sport that deeply opposes doping. Many of my friends and teammates openly discuss their negative feelings toward doping. Cycling is a beautiful sport with a great young crop of talent internationally and especially from the American side of the pond who I know are competing clean. I hope people will choose to continue to believe in the future, and stay strong in their support of the sport of cycling.
That's all I have for you at this time. I appreciate you reading my blog, and I am grateful for the people who have continued to support me. I hope that I can always represent you, my country, my team, my family, and myself in a positive way.