Rumors abound …
Rock Racing … or Rock & Republic … or whatever the hell company is supposed to be running a professional cycling team as advertising agent ~ seems to have come under the pinprick of a bubble busted, or fad evaporated, or maybe just their time for being in the hurt bag has come with all the rest of us and … now some racers are set dead towards the path of unemployment line.
Meanwhile … the Garmin/Chipotle juggernaut gathers steam and pushes forward with no let-up in site.
What a tale of two cities…
Vaughters brings his squad together slowly, laying foundations, plotting trajectories like he was building a Boulder-based business to navigate through cycling’s boon and bust times.
While Ball’stein, on the otherhand, pours countless amounts of cash and credit into king-sized cadillacs, crazy-Vegas parties, and once-corrupted champions now kissing up co-eds and waving dipshitty hand gestures.
But there are those who proclaim ~ Ball’s Rocks brought fresh air into stale cycling, they shook up th’establishment, they made cycling REAL.
I’m sorry, but wearing argyle across the continents, putting yourselves through a self-funded anti-doping program, investing heavily in the youth of our sport and on their own team … THAT is keeping it real.
and that is what Vaughters has done … continues to do.
and that is frickin’ cool.
while Ballstein’s R&R fades away … taking riders down with him.
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