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Over the past year I've been doing a bit of reading about psychopathy, starting with "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson. This lead to a book called "The Wisdom of Psychopaths" by Professor Kevin Dutton (a research psychologist). The back cover says in part 'Psychopaths are fearless, confident, charismatic, ruthless and focused - qualities tailor- made for success in twenty-first century society." Hmmmm.
Long ago - the days when I actually rode a real bike - as far as I was concerned Lemond was household name. At least as far as any cyclist was in Oz.
I can't claim however to being an American and it would not surprise me at all if they were ignorant of Lemond. If it wasn't happening in America then it wasn't happening. Very insular.
I mean, the only reason God invented war was so that Americans could learn some geography.
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Long ago, Colin... amusing. I remember the same ignorance to Cycling in Australia.
And in America, much the same, maybe until around late 80's when Lemond was peaking.
Still I don't think he got the blanket cover of L.A. (who was all about P.R... his and building a brand)
He's a good wrap, from a journo (Bicycling Mag), who was a cyclist at the time-
It wasn't till the 90's when America woke-up to Cycling, maybe Aussie was still behind them, also.
As they were in one of the U.S. "meet and greet" travel visits to 'Nam for a 10-year "police-ing" Tour.
Think we are of the same thought. "Don't mention the war.... "
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To me it shows just how pathetic LA’s really is for him to want to record his rides on Strava and in the process claim 150 KOM’s against local weekend riders.
Really really sad.............
I didn't know Strava was for "drug free" riders only. Who is in charge of there drug testing?
What's next, people who ride Treks to get booted from Strava? After all, a self-confessed doper rides a Trek.
Better get rid of people who wear Nike runners too, same reason.
Who cares if Lance is on Strava and has 150 KOMs. Strava isn't a race, there are no prizes on offer, it's simply a comparison tool for athletes to compare both their own times and compare their times to other peoples times. I'm sure no one (with a brain) is going to think any less of Billy Smith or Jimmy Jones because Lance Armstrong beat them on a Strava segment.
I didn't know Strava was group assist or motor assist free either. Or for that matter, wind assist free. Want a KOM? Just jump in the car or on the motorbike. Done.
Or if you just want to beat your best, just wait for a gale blowing in the right direction.
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Thank God for that too, all my best times would be cancelled
Must get a weather vane with wind direction and speed with my next Ribble order too.
So that I know when to wear the skin suit and aero helmet on my next commute :I
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Understand what you are saying though for people who take Strava seriously and use this as a measuring stick, it is poor form for Armstrong to be involved right now. If Armstrong doesn't voluntarily pull out, it is like giving cycling the middle finger - like his tweet with the 7 TDF jerseys.
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Come on Nobody , jump in a car or on motor bike to beat a KOM... You really don't know how us STRAVAites work . Even if you carefully rode that segment just 1 sec quicker than the fastest time, you would still be sniffed out.
Riding due to wind direction... Really?, no ones ever thought of that!, just makes the flat segments more fun and really fast. Most people ride the flat segments fast due to wind direction anyway so it is all pretty equal. Did anyone mention motor pacing?.
Only real Tests are the steeper KOM's anyway... No one kids themselves otherwise.
Chris, I take Strava seriously as you say, but it is only fun. If I lived near Lanceville I would think it pretty funny to have LA at the top of the KOM list, personally it wouldn't bother me in the slightest. All Lances rides would be "flagged" if it really bothered someone that much. It's only a bit of fun after all.
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