Maybe it’s the gloominess of February, but the Paceline hosts — Patrick, Hottie, and Fatty — have some pretty serious topics this week…though they don’t necessarily approach those topics in a serious way (not all of them, at least).
Hottie’s watching the Olympics, but can’t help but wonder about the huge doping cloud hanging over the whole thing. His question: why does cycling get such a bad rap when it comes to the cleanliness of its sport, when doping is obviously prevalent practically everywhere (except curling, maybe?). And should we even care anymore?
Fatty is pondering the proper length for a ride, and why it seems that a route can be perfect one day, and waaaayy too long the next. He wants to know: what is the right thing to do when the duration of the ride exceeds the fun of the ride. Tough it out? Complain? Bail? And if the answer is “bail,” what is the proper etiquette (if there is such a thing) for dropping out of a group ride? (It must be noted that Patrick seemed completely befuddled by Fatty’s question, having never been on a ride he didn’t like.)
Patrick takes the final pull of the podcast by giving some backstory for his “88 Temples” feature in Bicycling. As it turns out, there’s more to this journey than he knew there would be when he started it, and it isn’t necessarily over yet.
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