The final three week race of the season, the Vuelta a Espana at 67 years young, has yet to reveal its parcours but it’s safe to say that it too will present the peloton and fans with another classic and tempting race to follow..
Then there are the monuments, Milan San Remo, Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), Paris-Roubaix, Liege–Bastogne–Liege the Giro di Lombardia - if not past the century mark then closing in on that magical number.
Many of the races on the professional calendar suggest a permanence in cycling, annual signposts that the sport is bigger than any one rider or governing organisation. A demonstration of the deep rootedness of road cycling that can only come from a regular watering of passion and even love. The show always go on.
I’ve watched that passion and love grow year on year for several decades now and it shows no sign of abating.
But with doping reports hogging the headlines, collectively throwing anyone interested in men’s professional cycling into a state of depression, anger and confusion, the sport may have reach a breaking point, leading me to wonder if fans will continue to watch and follow any of these events?
I threw just that question into the wilds of Twitter with a poll asking, “Will you follow and watch men's pro cycling in 2013?”
Almost universally the responses and replies was that you would. Here is a sample.
@philip_gomes yes I will be. I couldn't live without the Spring Classics and the Giro. The Tour...meh— alexroseinnes (@alexroseinnes) October 24, 2012
@philip_gomes I don't think there will be a high drop out rate of people who watch the whole cycling season,not just the TdF.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphy101) October 23, 2012
You can add me to the list as being rusted on.
Pro cycling gets in your blood, if you can pardon the intended pun. It gives fans, almost all of us cyclists, a great story to follow. It's our soap opera. Each season is another drama-filled chapter in a sport that is well over a century old and one that will no doubt reach two.
It appears that despite the current troubles over the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong and the yet to explode Padua investigation in Italy, everyone is rusted on.
So the question to you is, will you still watch in 2013?