Sunday, March 22, 2009

Velocity Nation and The Prospect Before Us

Velocity Nation is fast becoming one of the only sources for critical analysis of what is going on in Cycling. Not afraid to laugh, the velocity-team also have an eye on, and are not afraid to delve into, the subterranean movements occurring as cycling grasps the possibilities of its globalisation.

The two most recent interviews with Jonathan Vaughters and with Paul Kimmage Fighting the Good Fight both contain a wealth of information and analysis of the processes and opportunities (lost and continuing) for pro cycling in its search for a new pathway.

In the context of my doctorate work on globalisation and pro cycling the Kimmage analysis of doping pre EPO and post EPO is too say the least valuable.

Both interviews also remind me of the words of John Dos Passos in his book The Prospect Before Us that "The creation of a world view is the work of a generation rather than an individual, but we each of us, for better or worse, add our brick to the edifice ... Every one of us has to go as far forward as we can. Before a man can plot his course between the red buoys and the black he has to look around him and, having wiped all the deceiving ideologies off the slate, to try accurately to observe in what direction social currents are moving the society he lives in."

Congratulations VN.

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