Spinman - great seeing you back, hope all is well.
Anyway, I've logged about 2,000 miles this year and probably 20,000 over the years so I totally agree with what you're saying about the rush of riding for hours and feeling like you're on top of the world. The real problem with Lance is that the guy was a raging crybaby jerk that took what little bit of talent he had pre- and post-cancer and exploited that to make connections (Dr. Ferrari) that gave him the inside edge on an already dirty and corrupt sport. Once he managed his first TdF win it became a very big money and power machine that he and the USPS/RadioShack team felt no need to break up.
Lance has no conscience and I'm glad that he's getting what he deserves finally, it's just too bad some of the less fortunate guys that he chewed up (Hamilton, Landis) didn't get out sooner.