DAVIS, CA - Jennifer Anderson remembers standing on Russell Road watching Lance Armstrong and the other bicycle racers go flashing by during the Amgen Tour in 2010.
"It was awesome, it was an extremely rainy day, but the crowds were incredible," Anderson said.
She was not happy to hear the news that Armstrong, while maintaining his innocence, has decided to stop fighting the doping allegations that have dogged him for long and, as a consequence, has been stripped of all his titles.
"It's just frustrating because he's such a good role model and he's proved time and again he's clean and yet they're still harassing him, I think," Anderson said.
In Sacramento, the place where Lance's bike was stolen and then later found, feeling was running much the same at the non-profit Bicycle Kitchen where riders can borrow tools and get some help repairing their bikes.
"I don't see what good purpose it serves at this point," owner John Strizek said. "What's done is done. I would be happier if they directed their energies to the here and now."
Strizek also alluded to the fact that Armstrong never failed a drug test.
"There seems to be a lot of he said/she said hearsay," Strizek said. "If there were hard evidence, I think it would blasted all over like everything else."
By Jonathan Mumm, email@example.com