Brandon Royal’s photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lance Armstrong.
Brandon Royal’s photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lance Armstrong.

Cycling, Physics, and Doping, with Lance Armstrong

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On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson explores cycling with one of the most controversial figures in the history of the sport: Lance Armstrong. Love him or hate him, Armstrong still has something to say about the state of cycling today. Neil and Lance discuss numerous things, including, you guessed it, Lance’s history of doping. They also discuss the history of the Tour de France and how the sport as changed, and been resistant to change, over time. You’ll learn how Lance got started as a triathlon athlete and how he transitioned to cycling. You’ll also hear what Lance thinks about his legacy. Recorded live at the Hall of the Universe in the American Museum of Natural History, Neil is joined by comic co-host Scott Adsit, Arthur Chaplan, bio-ethics professor at NYU, and Max Glaskin, author of Cycling Science and, not to mention, one of first people to mountain bike across the Greater Himalayas. Max and Arthur offer insight on the influence of doping on the sport, the history of bicycles, and the enhancements gained from technological advances. Chuck Nice then tests one of those technological advances at the Sports Science Lab on Staten Island and does better than he, or we, thought he would. All that, plus, our panel debates if doping can be a good thing for sports – you be the judge!

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