Profit From The Most Drugged Up Sport

Now, it may be controversial to say that this is the most drugged up sport in the world, because let’s face it, there are *countless* sports that have drug problems.

This sport in particular has more than its’ share, and since it’s in the full flow as I write, it seemed worth pointing out ways to (legally!) make money from it…

The sport I’m talking about is cycling – in the news at the moment as the 94th Tour de France started this weekend with stages in England, the first time the Tour has been to my country in 13 years.

In fact the race came near my house, walking distance in fact, and I did briefly consider going to watch.

However, here’s why I didn’t…

Firstly, 200 cyclists going by at 20 mph doesn’t last that long, so it hardly seems worth the effort, and secondly I’m not a huge fan of cycling.

It seems to me that however much the legs, heart and lungs can be built up, there needs to be a certain natural make up of the body to even take part.
When you add to this the number of massive drug scandals that have hit cycling, and it’s not a sport at the top of my list.

I do enjoy making money from the sport though, and here are 3 ways to do it.

The first way is to be an affiliate.
This works by you sending web traffic to various cycling sites, and they give you commission on any sales made.
This works very well for equipment sites with a sport like cycling.

The advantage is that you don’t have to set up a website at all if you don’t want to, in fact the whole operation can be run cost free.
The downside is that you are competing with all the other affiliates!

The second method is to have your own site.
Obviously here you get to keep all the profits, but the downside is that you do have to set up and maintain your site, and will probably have to invest upfront in stock.

That reason alone is enough to put me off that idea.

The 3rd method is the one I use…

It’s to provide information.
Sports fans, and the cycling fans are no exception, are ravenous for information, and with the internet technology of today, it’s possible to provide this information at little cost, if not totally free – you don’t even need to create the information yourself!

You also get to keep all the profits, and the mark up potential is huge.

So, to sum up, cycling may be the most drugged up sport in the world, but that doesn’t stop it being a market you can profit from!

International Pro Cycling

Within three weeks the first classic Pro Tour Cycling event will take place; it is the Giro d’Italia which will open with a 28.5 kilometres stage in Palermo , Sicily followed by the Cefalu-Agrigento route of 207 kilometres.

It is no news to us the cycling world this high-demand sport has been severely hit by the constant doping cases involving the top cycling riders even Tour winners or team leaders. Therefore; in the French city of Paris many prominent cycling authorities have met to pursue a reform to the sport in order to set a new beginning and grow stronger in credibility.

Among the participants were: Victor Cordero, head of the International Association of Cycling Race Organisers (AIOCC), Eric Boyer from the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP), French Cycling Federation (FFC) President Jean Pitallier and other representatives of Tour de France organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO). The only missing part was that of the (UIC) International Cycling Union who unfortunately rejected the invitation.

These representatives met at the French Olympic Committee and agreed to sign a new declaration to restructure the sport regulation and doping wise as well as to create a more exclusive 2009 cycling calendar for the future.

We agree on what we want,” said teams representative Boyer about the different roles of race organisers, teams and riders. “Now, we have two choices: Either we tell the UCI that it has its place within the framework we conceived or we acknowledge the fact that it did not reply to our extended hand. I prefer the first option.”

Another body which does play a main role in the fight for a new start off in cycling is the International Cycling Union which manages the three jewels of cycling; Il Giro, Tour de France and La Vuelta. Despite their agreement to establish an anti-doping plan and the mandatory blood passports cyclists need to carry with them at all times; it is required for the group to openly join forces with the other cycling bodies to be successful; for example the World Anti-Doping Agency

“WADA agreed to pilot its athlete’s passport project with the UCI, rather than any other sport, in an attempt to help restore cycling to a cleaner and more credible state,” said John Fahey, who replaced Pound as WADA president in January. “This came following a cycling season and Tour de France in 2007 in which cycling was yet again wracked with doping scandals.”

Nevertheless, their presence at the Paris meeting left an empty seat which we hope does not remain that way and we could soon see all the correspondent authorities working together for one single purpose – the reestablishment of one of the most-beloved sports in history.