Much like Americans after 8 years of Bush rule, cycling enthusiasts have reached rock bottom. Cynical, pessimistic, disgusted, and down right hostile towards professional cycling, many even refuse to watch the tour. Rightly so, given the turmoil of the last few years. But let me just say this, if you just look at it objectively, the country and cycling have no place to go but up. Right? Or is that commodity prices have no place to go but up, and housing prices no place to go but down. I get confused so easily in my old age. Seriously, how much worse can it get? The tour has been gutted, as has the country. The worst is over, no? Wait, don't answer that.
Ironically, despite the turmoil in professional cycling, biking is enjoying a renaissance. That's right, I'm calling it a renaissance and GoBlog called it that long before it became de rigueur in the mainstream media. The Chinese have the Year of the Rat, we have the Year of the Bike. So take heart, sad cycling enthusiasts. Look outside your gloomy abode at all the bike, shake off the blahs, and be happy that biking is back. Fuelled by sky high gas prices and more earth-bound, yet ever so fashionable, urban hipsters, commuters, eco-warriors, and Godzillas.
And finally, and believe me it hurts to write this, but go turn on the t.v. and watch the Tour damn it. You might think you're just watching a screen, but what you're really doing is saying, I believe, I have hope. In biking. In my country. It feels good. Do it. Practice for November. I would, if I owned a t.v. Instead my lazy ass checks the extensive daily summary at Velo.kwc.org and the Bush approval rating.