Anther former US Postal rider admits to using performance enhancing drugs. I respect Mr. Vaughters very much for what he has accomplished as a cyclist and later as a team director. I also respect him for writing this article. It could not have been easy for him to do so.
People who end up living their dreams are not those who are lucky and gifted, but those who are stubborn, resolute and willing to sacrifice. Now, imagine you’ve paid the dues, you’ve done the work, you’ve got the talent, and your resolve is solid as concrete. At that point, the dream is 98 percent complete but there is that last little bit you need to become great.
THEN, just short of finally living your childhood dream, you are told, either straight out or implicitly, by some coaches, mentors, even the boss, that you aren’t going to make it, unless you cheat. Unless you choose to dope. Doping can be that last 2 percent. It would keep your dream alive, at least in the eyes of those who couldn’t see your heart. However, you’d have to lie. Lie to your mother, your friends, your fans. Lie to the world. This has been the harsh reality laid out before many of the most talented, hardest working and biggest dreaming athletes.
How much does that last 2 percent really matter? In elite athletics, 2 percent of time or power or strength is an eternity. It is the difference in time between running 100 meters in 9.8 seconds and 10 seconds. In swimming it’s between first and ninth place in the 100-meter breaststroke. And in the Tour de France, 2 percent is the difference between first and 100th place in overall time. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/opinion/sunday/how-to-get-doping-out-of-sports.html?ref=opinion&pagewanted=all.
In life, we must all face our demons. And now Mr. Vaughters will face his.
(Note: I would be remiss if I didn’t include a link to this transcript of a instant message exchance between Frankie Andreu (FDREU) and Jonathan Vaughters (Cyclevaughters) from July 26, 2005: http://drunkcyclist.com/2007/07/03/implicated-on-the-internet/. We have all known for years what was going on. And, I must mention that Mr. Andreu (and his wife Betsy) took a lot of shit for speaking the truth. It undoubtedly hurt his career. History will be kind to Andreu.)by