Daily Bulletin

The Conversation

  • Written by Craig Fry, Associate Professor, Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University

It feels like the entire world has Donald Trump fever. I’m sick of it already.

Serious and considered analysis will occupy the experts over the coming days, weeks, months and beyond. Many trees will die for the PhD theses and any number of popular books that will be written about what just happened in the good old U, S, of A – a sad irony given Trump’s climate change denials.

Look at the recent articles on these pages and you’d be forgiven for thinking The Conversation is a ‘Trump Studies’ Think-tank now. And elsewhere, most other mainstream media and other news outlets are poring over the entrails to examine the many and varied ways we have all just been ‘Trumped’.

For a bit of fun, and some distraction from the slight anxiety I am feeling about the US right now, I decided to look at the Donald Trump thing through the lens of cycling.

But bear with me. Before you start rolling your eyes, it may surprise you to hear that the Trump phenomenon has even seeped into the beautiful world of cycling. Does the reach and impact of this man have no limits?

Way back in 1989 and 1990 there was actually something called the ‘Tour de Trump’ – an east coast US elite cycling race that some folks, including Trump himself, thought might one day rival the monumental Tour de France. Donald Trump’s money and influence made it all happen. image Tour de Trump.

It caused a bit of a ruckus though. Not everyone was happy that a brash filthy-rich American was jumping into the time-honoured and sophisticated euro-centric culture of professional cycling. Surely someone like that would tarnish a pure and noble sport like cycling?

Of course, history has since shown us that Trump wouldn’t be the only outspoken American to upset world cycling. Indeed, the International Cycling Union (UCI) would probably have already built a wall to keep the Yanks out if the cheats and miscreants from most other countries hadn’t already infiltrated the sport for good.

Tour de Trump.

Some of the world’s biggest cycling news publications have written recently about the Trump – cycling connection. If you’re interested in cycling history (or want to see what Trump looked like with hair) you can see here, here, and here.

The US Tour de Trump is certainly an interesting bit of cycling history. It involved some of the world’s best riders of that era, including the likes of Dutch rider Gert-Jan Theunisse, the Russian Viatcheslav Ekimov, and the first American to win the Tour de France, Greg LeMond.

Along the way, there was even a threat by Trump of legal action against what he (curiously) saw as a rival to his cycling aspirations in the form of the bespoke ‘Tour de Rump’ race being run out of Aspen, Colorado. He’d be a ‘punchy’ angry rider if he ever pinned on a cycling race number I reckon - as we have seen, the man hates competition. image Donald Trump at 1989 US Tour de Trump.

Anyway, after a large amount of initial enthusiasm around the Trump sponsored US cycling race, it ran for just two years before the future President elect walked away from it. Despite this, some commentators have since lauded Trump for his role (read: money and connections, and the media interest that followed) in helping to elevate American cycling by supporting the race even for a short time.

Whether it was that Trump quickly grew bored with cycling, or got distracted with something else is uncertain. But many around the planet may well now be fantasising about history repeating itself, and hoping against all hope that Trump gets distracted and walks away from the Presidency.

Cycling writers have also written a range of other pieces speculating about the possible future impact of Trump on different areas of cycling. The UK print and online publication Cycling Weekly has told us how the cycling world is reacting to the Trump thing. It’s a fun piece if you care how some of the current pro cyclists are responding on Twitter .

There has even been some analysis made of the possible impact of Trump’s election on bicycle infrastructure schemes in the US, and questions about what his climate change scepticism might mean for cycling enhancement measures.

Others have looked at whether we should be worried that any subsequent Trump-caused trade agreement changes, and movements on the financial markets might impact the bicycle industry. Will the cost of bicycles and other cycling consumables increase?

Cycling enthusiasts might care about such issues, but they look like trivial problems next to some of the other potential ‘Trump effects’ the serious commentators are currently floating in the domains of human rights, world economics, and international relations.

Surprisingly, no one from the world of cycling or biking lobbyists has yet done an analysis of how many cyclists voted for Trump. You’d have to guess not many since Trump recently made fun of US Secretary of State John Kerry after he was injured in a cycling crash in the French Alps.

Trump criticises Kerry.

Who does that? If you’re against cycling how on earth can you possibly be a good Leader of the Free World? Trump must be bad, right?

In all seriousness, I don’t know yet if Donald Trump will be a good or bad US President. Past behaviour and initial impressions are suggestive, but hardly conclusive.

I do know that I am not alone in hoping this man’s latest ‘Tour de Trump’ will end quickly. And I’m not the only one that wishes Donald Trump’s ‘Tromp le monde’ was just a bad dream. Greg LeMond must be beside himself.

Happily though, there’s one tangible thing all cyclists around the world have to be thankful for. Trump made an election promise that we can all holler and cheer about.

image Trump: I swear to you I will never enter a bicycle race if I’m president. I swear. I swear!

Amen to that.

Authors: Craig Fry, Associate Professor, Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University

Read more http://theconversation.com/on-your-bike-trump-68593

Writers Wanted

How will sharks respond to climate change? It might depend on where they grew up


Mistakes to avoid when Handling Academic Writing


The Conversation


Prime Minister Interview with Ben Fordham, 2GB

BEN FORDHAM: Scott Morrison, good morning to you.    PRIME MINISTER: Good morning, Ben. How are you?    FORDHAM: Good. How many days have you got to go?   PRIME MINISTER: I've got another we...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News

KIERAN GILBERT: Kieran Gilbert here with you and the Prime Minister joins me. Prime Minister, thanks so much for your time.  PRIME MINISTER: G'day Kieran.  GILBERT: An assumption a vaccine is ...

Daily Bulletin - avatar Daily Bulletin

Did BLM Really Change the US Police Work?

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has proven that the power of the state rests in the hands of the people it governs. Following the death of 46-year-old black American George Floyd in a case of ...

a Guest Writer - avatar a Guest Writer

Business News

Nisbets’ Collab with The Lobby is Showing the Sexy Side of Hospitality Supply

Hospitality supply services might not immediately make you think ‘sexy’. But when a barkeep in a moodily lit bar holds up the perfectly formed juniper gin balloon or catches the light in the edg...

The Atticism - avatar The Atticism

Buy Instagram Followers And Likes Now

Do you like to buy followers on Instagram? Just give a simple Google search on the internet, and there will be an abounding of seeking outcomes full of businesses offering such services. But, th...

News Co - avatar News Co

Cybersecurity data means nothing to business leaders without context

Top business leaders are starting to realise the widespread impact a cyberattack can have on a business. Unfortunately, according to a study by Forrester Consulting commissioned by Tenable, some...

Scott McKinnel, ANZ Country Manager, Tenable - avatar Scott McKinnel, ANZ Country Manager, Tenable

News Co Media Group

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion