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Zirbel’s Positive
February 26, 2010, 10:33 pm
Filed under: how-to, pro crap

You should read what Tom Zirbel has to say about his positive test.

He is one of the few riders I’ve ever seen to really offer a good perspective on how important our sport is in the grand scheme of things. His announcement is informal, rambling, and honest – far more personal than any statement regurgitated through one of the cycling news websites and repeated, ad nauseum, on other sites, blogs, and Twitter.

Despite keeping the door open for a ‘comeback’ when his suspension is served, he asks, What’s more extraordinary – if Greg Mortenson would have made it to the summit of K2 or if Greg Mortenson failed to summit K2 and instead dedicated his life to building hundreds of schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan? What’s more extraordinary – Eric Heiden the amazing skater and cyclist or Eric Heiden the amazing surgeon? … I would rather help the boy I’m mentoring graduate from college and break the cycle of poverty in his family than win a Pro Tour TT. To me, the life I’m choosing from this day on is more challenging and potentially rewarding than the life of training to ride in a straight line really fast for 40 minutes. For whatever reason, I haven’t been able to do both so it’s time to step back and re-prioritize.

Kudos, Zirbel, and good luck.

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Thanks for a look at a refreshing perspective. Tom speaks from the heart.

Comment by Delilahdriver

Thanks for chiming in! He really does, and that’s a rarity among folks involved in doping fiascoes.

Comment by nooneline




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