Sports re: Is There Anyone Left?
posted by July 25 at 17:23 PMon
How about this solution for the doping problem in competitive cycling: legalize it. EPO, transfusions, steroids, surgically re-routing muscles, synthetic blood, removal of ‘unnecessary’ organs, ECMO—if it can be done, you should be allowed to do it.
As Fnarf commented:
Cycling is all about efficiency of body processes. Cyclists are machines for moving oxygen through the blood. They are vastly more efficient than this than you or I, or even other athletes. Your average baseball or football player would have a massive stroke or coronary half an hour into the first day if they tried to do what these guys do.
It all comes down to the genetic hand—your lungs, your blood cells, your hemoglobin, your heart—you’ve been dealt. By allowing some shuffling of the deck, wouldn’t more cunning enter the sport?
Why should nerds be limited to testing, to spoiling the fun? Let cycling become the 21st century sport it wants to be.