Lance Armstrong answers Twitter critic over road.cc link

Texan shoots back after barbed tweet

by Mark Appleton   July 18, 2011  

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Silence, wrote George Bernard Shaw, is the most perfect expression of scorn.

Lance Armstrong, however, as we all know, just can’t resist a comeback. But when a previously unknown tweeter with (at the time) just two followers and a dozen or so tweets to his name linked to our item about Lance’s Twitter Ride with the pithy observation “i see this asshole was in scotland” Lance just might conceivably have let it slide.

But no. The Texan, presumably killing time at Inverness airport, tweeted back: "@Bike_Terrorist don't worry, he's flying out in a minute.”

This was the cue for the newbie tweeter, (who, before his sig. became slightly more warm and fuzzy in the last couple of hours, appeared to be intent on exposing “knobhead cyclists” and “benders” or threatening to “fuck you up” if you jump a red light in Hammersmith), to attempt to do what much of the world’s cycling media not to mention the forces of the US federal government and its ace investigator Jeff Novitzky have sought for some time.

“just come clean mate. We will all respect you so much more for it,” was the Bike_Terrorist’s chummy, yet heartfelt plea to the seven-time Tour winner.

This came after he, or possibly she, had vented their spleen about what they apparently perceive to be a terrible betrayal by their former hero: “i got into cycling because of YOU, i believed in you. You cheated. Unacceptable” they had tweeted.

Lance might be in the air at this time so we wait with bated breath for his tweeted reaction when he touches down. Stand by Mr Novitzky.
 

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Yawn

posted by Decster [246 posts]
18th July 2011 - 21:11

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I'm no fan of fixies off the track myself. But this guy sounds like an utter twerp. His name does sound familiar. How Lance Armstrong keeps his cool when people like this guy make comments along these lines beats me. I don't do Twitter and can't be bothered to.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2194 posts]
18th July 2011 - 21:35

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some of his tweets are actually quite funny. I think people are taking him too seriously, and possibly some of you haven't even read them? Lets face it, everyone is getting their pants in a twist because he's had a pop at Lance, who may or may not have been a very naughty boy in the past like so many of our other cycling heroes.

posted by matt637 [52 posts]
18th July 2011 - 21:48

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I'm with matt637 on this – I'd say the bike_terrorist is more an agent provacteur than terrorist and he's only saying what a lot of people think and don't dare say even using the anonymity that the internet confers.

We ran this story because the bike terrorist used the link to our story of the twiter ride in his pop at Lance, I'm sure Mr Armstrong has to deal with stuff like this on a daily basis - I also quite admire him for responding cos he knew that by doing so was giving the_bike_ terrorist a massive amount of publicity, but he did it anyway. @Bike_terrorist now has 218 followers pretty good going considering he started the day with 2.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
18th July 2011 - 22:31

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matt637 wrote:
some of his tweets are actually quite funny. I think people are taking him too seriously, and possibly some of you haven't even read them? Lets face it, everyone is getting their pants in a twist because he's had a pop at Lance, who may or may not have been a very naughty boy in the past like so many of our other cycling heroes.

naughty boy!!!!!!!! are you for real, chasing other riders down in a race out of pure spite, telling clean riders to leave the sport, cheating to 7 TdF wins, using cancer to enrich himself, ensuring the sport remained a tainted PED ridden sport after it had a chance to take a clean road after the Festina affair in 98. Ruining the careers of the Andreus, ruining Greg Lemond's bike business through his % in Trek, lying in court about his doping to defraud SCA for $5Million. Insinuating former masseuse Emma O'Reilly did more(wink nudge) for the riders than massages. this list goes on........

The guy is scum.

posted by Decster [246 posts]
18th July 2011 - 23:44

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fiftyacorn wrote:
Im no Lance fanboy - but I think his twitter rides are a good thing. On a sport level they give the rest of us a chance to say we've ridden with a rider like Lance, but more importantly it makes the national news and shows cycling is not a just minority sport

Its certainly more positive than sitting at your PC fighting a holy war against fixed wheel conversions

Not only are his rides good for the above things, i also think that it brings local cyclist in contact with other locals who cycle therefore giving them the chance to maybe get out on rides together in the future.

I myself would love him to come here, because i dont know ANY local road cyclists so have always been a solo rider, but would like that to change

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th July 2011 - 1:52

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I particularly like how he says he hates bike snobs but half his tweets are like some incoherent velominati rip-off

posted by atlaz [154 posts]
19th July 2011 - 8:31

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Ok, so I've read the Twitter posts. I now know what I thought I knew to be the case. Twitter isn't for me. As I suspected, the bike terrorist seems a little grumpy and may have personal issues that need to be addressed. That said I don't appreciate cyclists who jump red lights myself, they get us all a bad name.

I'm not a particular fan of Lance Armstrong, nor do I dislike the guy. He certainly has done a lot to raise the profile of cycling as a sport internationally, which is no bad thing and he came back from serious health issues, which shows real determination though.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2194 posts]
19th July 2011 - 8:36

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I'm shock, shock I tell you, to learn that there are jackasses on the Internet!

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
19th July 2011 - 9:16

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Wow Old Ridgeback does NOT like me. Gutted.

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 10:48

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If you joined a club you would find lots of people in your area to ride with. I don't think we all need Lance to bring us together, we can do that just fine by ourselves.

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 10:50

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The unfortunate thing is that the man himself has of course done alot to promote cycling but with his actions he has also damaged the sport. If cycling is to be taken seriously characters like him have to be purged. He is a virus. Also my tweets are about stuff i like and dislike there is no 'holy war'.

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 10:55

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captain_slog wrote:
Totally unnecessary article. Why give this sad lout the publicity?

Yeh what a lout.

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 11:08

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I've always admired Lance for being big enough to rise above this sort of criticism.

Wink

posted by BigDummy [284 posts]
19th July 2011 - 13:29

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Bike_Terrorist wrote:
If you joined a club you would find lots of people in your area to ride with. I don't think we all need Lance to bring us together, we can do that just fine by ourselves.

Well done, you have shown your ignorance again, not everywhere has a club and not everyone likes clubs

For me, there is no club and i dislike them because you always get idiots like yourself who seem to think cycling should be done their way or not at all

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th July 2011 - 14:43

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Arthur Dent?

Arthur Philip Dent?

posted by farrell [1404 posts]
19th July 2011 - 15:19

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"he's flying out in a minute" - sounds more like the PR person managing the account (probably in the USA) for Lance answered, rather than Lance himself, to me.

posted by Paul J [607 posts]
19th July 2011 - 15:24

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Gkam84 wrote:
Bike_Terrorist wrote:
If you joined a club you would find lots of people in your area to ride with. I don't think we all need Lance to bring us together, we can do that just fine by ourselves.

Well done, you have shown your ignorance again, not everywhere has a club and not everyone likes clubs

For me, there is no club and i dislike them because you always get idiots like yourself who seem to think cycling should be done their way or not at all

But Lance getting everyone together-thats different to a club? Not everywhere has a club? Take a look at the BCF and all the clubs that are affiliated with them there are hundreds, wherever you live in the UK there is one within a few miles. http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubfinder
However if you don't like them thats fine. Enjoy riding by yourself, or you can wait for Lance to come back.

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 15:53

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it's embarrasing that you have to go shouting about your opinion 'cos when a non cycling twitter user sees your comments they think were all a load of opinion shouters which is gonna totally put off new people.

hi

posted by cool guy 999 [54 posts]
19th July 2011 - 16:25

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Bike_Terrorist,you're a bit of a patronising knob mate. Thinking

posted by David Whyte [29 posts]
19th July 2011 - 16:41

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David Whyte wrote:
Bike_Terrorist,you're a bit of a patronising knob mate. Thinking

Apologies

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 17:34

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define a 'few' miles? for some it can be 20/30 miles depending omn where they live. others are fortunate to have a number of clubs to choose from, and as gkam wrote many are so stuck in their ways that if you don't wear the right kit or can't keep their pace tough!

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posted by giff77 [1049 posts]
19th July 2011 - 17:55

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Bike_Terrorist wrote:

But Lance getting everyone together-thats different to a club? Not everywhere has a club? Take a look at the BCF and all the clubs that are affiliated with them there are hundreds, wherever you live in the UK there is one within a few miles. http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubfinder
However if you don't like them thats fine. Enjoy riding by yourself, or you can wait for Lance to come back.

Now what do you class as a few miles? there are NO road clubs within 20 miles of me and any that are within 50 are not even possible for me to get to

Everyone getting together and going for a ride with Lance is totally different to a "club" because there would have also been solo riders like myself whom maybe never even knew about other riders in their area that might like to go for a ride out with someone else, without being part of a club

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th July 2011 - 18:14

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cool guy 999 wrote:
it's embarrasing that you have to go shouting about your opinion 'cos when a non cycling twitter user sees your comments they think were all a load of opinion shouters which is gonna totally put off new people.

not as embarrassing or damaging to the sport as all the revelations* of doping, bribery, bullying and cheating that emanating from Armstrong.

*revelations that are true according his defensive ducking and diving, testimonials from ex team mates etc....there is a mountain of dung attached to his career and it sure stinks

posted by Decster [246 posts]
19th July 2011 - 18:19

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You got a point. Anything more than say 10 miles would be a ball ache. Do people use road.cc to find others?

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 18:19

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Bike_Terrorist wrote:
You got a point. Anything more than say 10 miles would be a ball ache. Do people use road.cc to find others?

No i haven't used road.cc to find others, but you do make a good point, maybe Dave could look a listing members in regional area's so we as users to simply click on a contact button and see if anyone wants to go for a ride sometime

Just to show my problem i would have if i wanted to join a club i have made this http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/8294/clubs.jpg

As i dont have a car or access to one i could only use public transport with the black line showing the only bus route which runs a bus every hour during the day and every couple of hours later on at night, then you see my problem Sad

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th July 2011 - 18:28

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Gkam84 wrote:
Bike_Terrorist wrote:
You got a point. Anything more than say 10 miles would be a ball ache. Do people use road.cc to find others?

No i haven't used road.cc to find others, but you do make a good point, maybe Dave could look a listing members in regional area's so we as users to simply click on a contact button and see if anyone wants to go for a ride sometime

Just to show my problem i would have if i wanted to join a club i have made this http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/8294/clubs.jpg

As i dont have a car or access to one i could only use public transport with the black line showing the only bus route which runs a bus every hour during the day and every couple of hours later on at night, then you see my problem Sad


That's a mission! Getting on a bus or in a car to go on a ride defeats the point of it all anyway. There is an app for iPhones I think where you can do a meet up thing.

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 18:38

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Bike_Terrorist wrote:
There is an app for iPhones I think where you can do a meet up thing.

Are you getting confused with Grindr?

posted by farrell [1404 posts]
19th July 2011 - 18:50

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Haha. Yeh that is quite fun. It's the raphia rendezvous app, never used it though.

posted by Bike_Terrorist [13 posts]
19th July 2011 - 18:56

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Why doesn`t jeremy Kyle invite lance on to his programme for a lie detector test and see what response all the allegations against him show on the machine.

posted by thesolitarycyclist [1 posts]
20th July 2011 - 10:20

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