by Larry Humber
Disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong now spends much of his time beating around a golf ball. Though it may be hard to believe, he says it’s golf’s integrity that most appeals to him.
“You might consider me the last guy to have anything to say about cheating, but golf is different” he told Golf Digest. “I love adhering to a code of honour that we in cycling didn’t have. If I moved my ball in the rough and got caught, I wouldn’t just regret it, I’d be heartbroken forever. When I think about reform in cycling, I think about golf.”
Enough already, here’s why we think cycling has it all over golf.
1) A higher degree of fitness in cycling tends to be the norm.
2) Cycling is far less time-consuming. Yes, you can ride for 4-plus hours if you like, but a round of golf is sure to take that long, if not longer.
3) There are no green fees, so you are saving $50-100 — or more — when you ride.
4) You don’t need to book a tee-off time sometimes days in advance. Just hop on the bike and go.
5) In the same vein, you don’t need to drive an hour out of town to play. You can clip up and go from your front door.
6) It’s just as much fun to ride solo as with a bunch. Playing golf alone is a drag and may cause other players to wonder what’s wrong with you.
7) You don’t have to tidy up as you ride. There are no divots to be replaced or traps to be raked.
8) You can get somewhere; you’re not confined to an 18-hole loop.
9) Weekends are the best time to ride, not the worst.
10) Contrary to what Lance says, it’s much easier to cheat at golf – ask anyone who plays.