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The relative triviality of cycling, and the upside of coming to terms with it

The cycling season, much like me after another night of so-so sleep, takes a long time to get going. There are the inherent false starts at first, followed the by the actual start of the day/season. This leaves time for an awful lot of speculation, rumination and close examination about topics that would get absolutely no attention from cycling fans or the press mid-season. I'm referring to things like lie detector tests, Cavendish asking about the fidelity of a journalist's wife, and Armstrong interviews, or his weird cameos in music videos (4:10 into the video).

Wait, who am I kidding, those stories would get the same amount of attention in the cycling world, even during the queen stage of the Tour de France, or as riders are entering the Arenberg Forest in the middle of Paris-Roubaix.

And in that sense, I guess the cycling media is no different from any other type of media out there. Everyone gets distracted by shiny objects.

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