It is a playing field which is constantly changing. In pro cycling there is only a thin line between the athlete and the natural world. It’s beautiful, it’s dramatic and that’s what makes such a great sport for cycling. But it could be his biggest threat, too. Heatwaves and unpredictable weather could easily stop a race in its tracks, change outcomes or even avoid any launch.
While climate change caused by man can not be the only reason for every bush fire, its severity and destructiveness certainly have been increased. While the climate has always been a key feature of cycling, what happens to the sinister nature?
Cycling is a sport which, in its long history, has been weathering many tempests. One of its biggest challenges was the ongoing fighting of the sport against the flag of doping. Nevertheless, it is also argued that not many other sports have had the same introspection, self-examination and practise.
In some cases, cycling has discussed and is working actively for alternatives to the truth of doping. Sport does not see it as a scaffold that just repairs itself; rather, it needs attention, intervention. This depends on the future and the dignity of the sport. The result was the recognition of the existence of doping and its effect on cycling. However, the threat of climate change can not be said in the same way.
In this way, it is too convenient to be passive. Of example, sport has no powers of the government responsible for policymaking. Professional cycling does not drive global economic investment necessarily. Instead of being a bystander, the approach can include professional cycling and its elements. The planet’s future should not be marred with black; we must not resign ourselves to an unprecedented future.
Sport can at its best be an expression of shared human experience that unites us. Professional sport is not an inert participant in its capacity to show the skill and creative abilities of the human body. Currency and power are available. Policies and policies under the guidance of the governing body must be designed to affect the risk of climate change worsening conditions.
In view of future climate challenges, the current extreme weather protocol, which was implemented four years earlier, is inadequate. The protocols are not strategic but reactionary, without a broader perspective except to evaluate individual weather events. In fact, professional cycling with sponsorship will take a critical view to the role of a sponsorship in the sense of climate change. Such activities are not simple and they are not easy or painless.
The funding in professional cycling is almost limited, and clubs seem to be on the verge of collapse every year. The real challenges for sport are financial stability and sustainability. Unstoppably, money always speaks louder than the more complex ethical considerations associated with currency.
And perhaps a lack of cycling funding could be another product of our warming planet because of projected economic costs associated with climate change. With this global fact in mind, plans for the future of sport should be made. Discussions should be conducted on how pro-cycling will be part of the global emission reduction campaign.
And then the flames so misery linger for those in front as the summer comes to an end and the peloton pushes on from the Australian leg of the World Tour. But perhaps, perhaps, a much-needed talk will begin. It can focus on the future of professional cycling.