I’m not a cyclist… I like bikes, and I have a nice one, but that’s about it. I haven’t really ridden on my bike this year, but I hope to before the weather turns.
I’ve known and heard about Lance Armstrong for years, of course. He’s a power. He’s a machine. He’s a master on the bike, and from the little I’ve heard, I think he’s a gentleman and a cool guy. (of course he’s cool, he lives in Austin, where being cool is a prerequisite)
I know he’s heavily involved in giving, giving back, charity, and all-things-to-end-cancer.
Yesterday I was amazed to read the headlines about him being accussed of doping. More, I was amazed that they were going to strip his 7 titles, and today’s headline: “banned for life, career vacated.”
Sad, I thought. Amazing. I wanted to call a cyclist friend and ask him what he thought of it.
Today I read Lance’s official statement. This is a case study in how to react to crisis. This is the type of message I want to read from politicians and other leaders. This is one of the most classy responses I’ve ever seen, and I love the maturity and message:
I don’t know the history. I don’t know about the other dopers and the losers and the accuser and the USADA and Travis Tygart.
But Lance’s response, and his message, and his focus, resonate.
I’m a fan… hopefully not misplacing my trust, but I’m converted.