Once a year we give thanks and I wanted to remember the cycling industry.
Here in America one of our biggest national holidays is Thanksgiving. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving, but in October, and I think it has something to do with moose. Or hockey. I'm really not sure.
Regardless, here in the States we traditionally sit down with family and friends to give thanks for what we have. I've been fortunate in many ways. One of those things I want to give thanks for this month was my one-year anniversary writing for RoadCycling.com. The RoadCycling.com site is continuing to evolve and you'll see more features as time goes by. It's a small operation but I'm proud to write for them. My editor Thomas A. Valentinsen has been a big supporter and has taught me several Danish words. Or it might be Dutch words. Still not sure. [Ed. note: Tusind tak for de søde ord Neil. Det er Danske ord - du har helt ret. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for remaining loyal to Roadcycling.com, for checking out the many new features and tweaks on the new version of the site and for helping us spread the word about the site.]
Another thing I'm thankful for is the journalists who stepped up and took a stand. I'm talking about David Walsh and Paul Kimmage. Those two didn't take the easy way and wrote fluff pieces during Armstrong's era. They were shunned by their peers but they didn't allow that to stop them from writing what needed to be said. Mr. Walsh is presently writing a book about the now disgraced Lance Armstrong. Do yourself a favor; buy it as soon as it hits the shelves. Until then you can buy for your e-reader a series of his articles dating back to 1999 starting with Armstrong's first win.
I'm also giving thanks to anonymous bloggers and Twitter accounts like the UCI Overlord (and all his associates), Race Radio, and INRNG. While technically not journalists, they are still a source of cycling information – just anonymously. Journalists tend to shy away from these types of sources as they cannot be verified, which is the lifeblood of the craft. To be news it must be confirmed from a verified source. However, there are times when being anonymous allows that person to work in the shadows and not suffer the repercussions that might arise. As we have seen with the Armstrong scandal those who stuck their heads up got smacked.
To be clear, not all anonymous Twitter accounts are good. Some are just frustrated people lashing out behind a Twitter icon (otherwise known as “trolls”) because they know they're safe. Those you can ignore. But the ones I mentioned are worth following as they have shown time and time again to be correct or become a source like “Deep Throat.” I'm sure I'm missing a few anon Twitter accounts, but trust me, I know who you are...
I'm also thankful to streaming video feeds. In the States we have a limited amount of broadcasted cycling. RoadCycling.com has video highlights from most major races in our video