Speaking out about how the UCI and other federations are basically trashing the sport of Cycling, John Brady threw us (the River Ride) a bone, or a plug if you will. Because of a well practiced accent, many thought he was from Dublin, Ireland - by but he was really from Ashland, Kentucky.
I raced for years as a professional, yet some of the best “races” I’ve ridden were nothing more than training rides. The races were policed by other riders, not UCI officials, and the prizes consisted of nothing more than bragging rights.
You can go from Sydney to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, and you’ll find a plethora of vibrant racing and training events, organised and prospering, regardless of the existence of the UCI.
There’s a river ride in Sacramento I did for years, and the battles we had on those roads were as good as some of the pro races I competed in. The ride was safe, intense, fun, and five minutes after the ride ended, no one cared who’d won.
When the group had all finished, we’d casually pedal into town, friends and enemies, chatting away about the weekend races, or even other random events outside the world of cycling.
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BTW, he was Irish!