I see this jersey every time I head to the garage. I attended a former client’s cancer research fund raiser several years ago and this was one of the items auctioned off. At the time, I was a huge cycling fan (I still am to a large degree), and was completely motived by Lance Armstrong. Like many, he really drew me to cycling, especially after beating cancer AND going on to win 7 Tour de France victories. Then to see him admit to cheating. There’s many viewpoints to this – “Everyone else was doing it, so the playing field was still level” or “He cheated. Plain and simple. He wouldn’t have achieved the same kind of success had he (and others) not cheated. I can’t help but feel let down and ‘cheated’ myself. Would this jersey had generated the same auction bid? Definitely not. But… having so many people I know impacted by cancer, the auction contribution is not too little. So, the question is, does the end justify the means? Tons of money was raised for cancer research. If he had not cheated, would the same awareness and revenues be generated? Probably not. Was it worth it? I’m sure a cancer patient who received new treatment due to advances generated by donations would say absolutely. What do you think? Have you felt swindled, but for good reasons?
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One reply to “Day 117 – L.A. Jersey”
I totally understand this argument. I bought into the whole thing, jerseys, books, helmets and so on. But Armstrong was the main contributor to me falling in love with cycling, especially the Tour de France. Do I feel cheated for buying into the story? Yes. But I definitely am grateful that it introduced me to cycling.