From the Presidentby Earl Jones
If you received your club newsletter more or less on schedule, I guess you've survived Y2K. [Not quite! – Ed.] And if I get my copy, so will I have done, even though I challenged the Y2K bug in a big way by flying to Spain on New Year's Eve. I guess being a cyclist has made me quite a daredevil. (In fairness I should point out that this letter is being written in December. Still, I'm betting the new millennium began with a whimper.)
And even though many are quick to point out that 2000 is not the true start of the next Millennium, it has the advantage of a nice round number and an inherently celebratory ring. Which brings me to the cycling part of this letter. Dave Stewart recently posted a perfect Millennium kick-off message on KyCycList. I thought I'd quote from it generously as a great way to mark the occasion. Dave begins with a quote from an article written by Robert Lypsyte in the 12/26/99 NY Times Sports Section (“This Year Sports Went over the Edge”). In the last paragraph of his article, Mr. Lipsyte singles out Lance Armstrong's victory in the Tour de France as his “pick for best moment in sports this year. Lance, whom I've never met, shares a type of cancer with me. When he won, I went out and bought a bicycle. I have so far made my way up to a 35-mile trip. That's not symbolic. What is symbolic is that, on the eve of a new time, sports can give me the power to believe I have just begun to pedal.”
Dave continued: “Lance's victory, aided in no small measure by his USPS teammates, is a symbol of the best that cycling can be. Each of us as a cyclist has the same opportunity, though perhaps not on a worldwide scale, to influence cycling:
“These are times to be excited. We have a new millennium stretching out before us. I believe we have all “just begun to pedal.” ”
I couldn't have said it better. Happy New Year!
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