On the horns of a dilemma

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11/13/2012| 1 comment
by Neil Browne
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On the horns of a dilemma

How soon before checkmate?

video cycling chat show and he talked about how doping isn’t part of the equation. Dombrowski was happy to be a member of Sky. No longer are riders on the horns of a dilemma where both choices are uncomfortable.

Riders are now reviewing option three: clean, respectful racing. However, sadly one disgraced former pro rider sits in his living room surrounded by trophies proven to be won by fraudulent ways. What is his dilemma?

Armstrong is in a zugzwang dilemma. This type of dilemma is typically used in chess and game theory but give me a little latitude to make my point. Zugzwang dilemma basically means being unable to make a move without making an important concession so the best option is to do nothing at all. Armstrong can’t admit to doping as he could go to jail for perjury. If this was chess he’d prefer to not make a move. As I’ve explained in previous articles, going to jail for a cyclist is bad on many levels.

However the zugzwang dilemma is an untenable position. Armstrong can continue this position, but eventually it will fail like it does in chess and it will be checkmate.


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As in all other walks of life, if only one person is doing it, you can blame it on that person, but if many people are doing it, its because of management, the people are being forced into it. So, I believe the cycling teams and their higher powers created this mess that the riders are now having to endure.

The best way out for the riders may just be to band together and create a professional cyclists union. The individual can't win against management, but a coalition can.

I believe its time for the WPCU "World Professional Cyclists Union".