Bicycling was synonymous with physical fitness, entertainment and Lance Armstrong.
These days have seen a cloud fall over the sport, and it seems most closely tied to cheating, doping and Lance Armstrong. Many have lost interest as athletes can’t maneuver around the cover-ups and cheating. Still others remain undeterred, sitting tall on their bikes.
Tony Colosimo has been riding recreationally for more than 30 years, and he isn’t planning on changing that because of a few bad apples. Though not a racer, Colosimo keeps active on his bike, participating in various events across the state.
“Like every cyclist worth their weight we are always training for RAGBRAI,” says Colosimo.
Like many avid riders, Colosimo has been asked numerous times what his thoughts are on the scandal surrounding the sport. It becomes the conversation topic when folks find out he’s not only met Armstrong but ridden with him as well.
“I had the opportunity to ride and spend time with Lance when he was [last] in Iowa… I found him to be very genuine and sincere to everyone he met,” says Colosimo. “And he loved RAGBRAI.”
Colosimo says you can’t fully judge the man based on this aspect of his character.
“The most important thing was the way he affected people with cancer; he gave them hope and a reason to fight on. This was real and he didn’t lie to these people,” Colosimo says. “I’m disappointed in Lance for what he did in his sport, but the Foundation he created speaks volumes about the man.”
More than the occasional race, it’s all about trail riding for Colosimo.
“Iowa has some of the best bike trails in the nation. The High Trestle Trail is a hidden gem that I would put as one of the top 10 trails in the United States,” he says.
“It’s hard to overlook the current state of cycling but sometimes you’ve simply got to,” he continues. “The fun and the freedom as you’re flying down a hill, delaying the brakes until it’s almost too late is an experience you first have as a child and never forget throughout adulthood.”
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