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Published by: Bryon Howard on Dec 18, 2012
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My day job involves selling houses in Calgary and as a real estate agent, I keep up with all the goings

-on in my space to help my clients get the best of deals. Of course, the e of my life's weekends with king trails in Calgary real estate market isn't my whole life. Outside of it, on passions is cycling. When my schedule permits it, I go on cycling my buddies. When I can’t get away though, you'll see me haunting bi the city, indulging in something that I really love doing.

One of my cycling heroes was Lance Armstrong who, until recently, was a 7-time T our de France champion. I say "until recently" because he has just been stripped of those titles by the International Cycling Union. The union imposed the sanct ion—including being banned from the sport for life—following a formal report by the US Anti-Doping Agency of a systematic “doping programme” throughout his career. I've always believed "innocent until proven guilty" when it came to the doping c laims against Armstrong in the past. After all, he underwent nearly 500 tests—some unannounced—and most of them weren't conclusive on the use of performance-enhanci ng drugs. There was never any “eyewitnesses” that didn’t retract their claims of Armst rong’s PED use either. This time though, Armstrong isn’t contesting the USADA report or the invalidation of his Tour de France titles. He’s also stepping down as Chairman of Livestrong, t he anti-cancer foundation he set up. All seem to point to an admission, albeit a silent one, of his guilt. We’ll never know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Armstrong was guilty because he was never charged but this news still makes me sad. I admired Lance Armstrong because he won these races while he was fighting cancer. That's the kind of stu ff that makes heroes out of ordinary mortals. Of course, Lance Armstrong was alr eady a superstar athlete but the fact that he was battling the Big C and still w inning races…it made a legend out of him, separating him from the run of the mill and lending a mystical cast to his persona. Now, to an ordinary Calgary realtor with an extraordinary passion for cycling li ke me, this Armstrong doping controversy is disheartening. I've done some (admit tedly very minor) biking races myself and the fact that Armstrong won seven Tour de France titles—one of the toughest, most punishing race courses in the world—make s him invincible in my book. And then to learn that he did all that under the in fluence of PEDs...! Admittedly, cycling is notorious when it comes to cheating and doping controvers ies but I was hoping Lance Armstrong won his races legitimately. I get it that the Tour de France is the most grueling rld. I get it that it’s a 2,140-mile, 21-day “contest rong’s words, not mine). And I get it that the others receive the distinction of conquering that monstrous Armstrong’s almost obsessive need to win the race. bike race in the entire wo in purposeless suffering” (Armst who doped probably wanted to course. What I don’t get is

By all accounts, he obligated his teammates to stick to a doping programme and i f they didn’t, he booted them out of the team. The reports that he wasn’t only part of the doping programme but that he seemed to “enforce and reinforce” it, so says th e New York Times, is quite disappointing. I think that we're just seeing a tiny tip of the whole doping iceberg in profess ional sports. Now that even a celebrated athlete like Armstrong doesn’t really say no to PEDs, we might see sports associations encouraging whistleblowers to come forward. There might be a rash of doping controversies in the professional spor ts horizon soon. Of course, that’s just me and my disillusioned amateur athlete’s mi

nd talking. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that I'm wrong. After all’s said and done in the Armstrong controversy though, this Calgary realto r is still sticking with his cycling love. I guess, for all of Lance Armstrong's grim determination and firm courage in the face of overwhelming odds like the T our de France and the Big C, he's just an ordinary human being like me. And that 's just fine by me. The doping…now, that's just plain unacceptable. Know someone who is looking to make a decision in real estate? If you know any f riends, family, or co-workers who are looking to buy, sell, or invest in real es tate within the next six months, would you forward this email to them or reply w ith their contact information? I'll send them important information about the Ca lgary, AB surrounding area real estate market and politely ask for their busines s. I greatly appreciate your valued referrals; it's the only way I build my busi ness. You can reach me at this number: 403-589-0004 Author Bio: Bryon Howard is a top producing real estate agent with Re-Max House of Real Esta te in Calgary, Alberta. He is in love with his high school sweetheart, an enthus iastic Dad & is crazy about endurance sports. To learn more about Bryon and his real estate tips, head on over to his website www.thehowardteam.net

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