When people look back at the Tour de France race records from 1999 to 2005, the winner’s slot will stand empty — testimony to the widespread doping that has not only pocked the prestigious race’s history, but also threatened to tarnish the reputation of the entire United States cycling industry.

As members of the U.S. cycling industry and fans of the sport, many of us feel sad and disappointed by the recent doping scandal. We cannot, however, let the scandal overshadow the progress we have made in the past decade in fighting obesity, pollution and traffic gridlock by encouraging millions of Americans to take to the streets and trails by bike.

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