Doping is almost as old as professional cycling itself. When Henri Desgrange had the brain wave of instituting a tour around France, he wanted to create an event which required ‘superhuman effort’. Those intrepid cyclists who entered early editions had to pay a 5 Franc entrance fee and were also told they must supply their own dope – which in those days included alcohol, cocaine and chlorofoam.
The Tour did not take a completely blind eye to cheating, in 1906 3 riders were expelled for taking a train. Compared to the skull dugdery of poisoning rivals, and throwing nails on the road surface, dope taking hardly seemed a priority. The early organisers were most keen to encourage the superhuman feats which helped sell papers. It is perhaps from this perspective that we can better understand why doping became such an intrinsic part of cycling’s culture.
Ex·cerpt from Cycling Doping Scandals / http://cyclinginfo.co.uk/blog/450/procycling/cycling-doping-scandals/ By Tejvan.
History repeats itself today a Certain Mr Armstrong admits to doping, highlighting the sometimes corrupt nature of a cycling event we hold so dear.
ON a lighter note, we have nothing to worry about, because we have this man:
“If I felt I had to take drugs, I would rather stop tomorrow, go and ride club 10-mile time trials, ride to the cafe on Sundays, and work in Tesco stacking shelves.” Bradley Wiggins Tour de France.