I know I give the politics of the sport plenty of attention here. For me it would be good if the sport could be run better, everyone stands to gain and taking a look at the issues is often interesting. But probably like you, I find it’s much better watching actual racing rather than following the politics.
March isn’t finished but it’s been a superb start to the season. Whether it’s via a suspect pirate video stream or in glorious HDTV, watching some of the racing so far has been a joy. For all the infighting off the bike, the battles on the road are much more gripping. That said, there’s a start point and and an end to the racing, the issues facing the sport are obviously more nuanced and complicated. Whether it’s race radios or Alberto Contador, we simply don’t know what the future will bring. Plus there are rumours a rider has tested positive. Let’s hope it’s a false alarm.
But if the politics is too much then you just have to flick on the TV or open a new tab in your browser. Several races have been packed with suspense. We’ve seen riders duel, teams try to outwit each other and some moments of individual brilliance. It doesn’t mean I forget all the background spats, just that you can put them into perspective.
Now April is coming, the Tour of Flanders is now less than a week away. This is one of the highlights of the season, an unofficial World Championship where the intensity of the race is matched by energetic and knowledgeable crowds. April is an dense month with plenty of action and then before you know it, the Giro d’Italia will begin. There’s so much to look forward to.
So as much as I cover the politics and business, let’s salute the racing. In the coming week I’ll be taking a look at a few aspects of the Tour of Flanders.