Quote: Originally Posted by whs
Not sure, think of all the excellent bikers from down under or from e.g. Columbia. And even in the US it starts to take on - just think of the tour of California or Georgia.
True, but percentage wise - currently a lot of Americans would still be blissfully unaware that 'any tour' that involves cyclists exists. Or if they it did, they'd have no idea when or where these events take place.
However Lances' 'fame' has helped raised cycling's profile in America and bringing belated awareness to a much larger percentage of 'non-enthusiasts' than any previous rider has.
The US is always 25 years behind the times - so it is normal that it starts late.
And given enough success in a field and gaining a large enough fan following, they end up being the ones who invented the game
Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
I understand why they would talk about Lance...and you are right...it is the only person many people know.
But the story was about as dramatic and newsworthy as, "Lance rides stage 4" or "Lance using 2 tires on his bicycle in the Tour De France".
Because mundane news is still 'news'