Cyclists gather at Dundas café for Lance Armstrong interview

Some people watch the Grey Cup in bars. Some people head to local pubs to watch the Superbowl in like-minded company. In Dundas, a group of cyclists gathered Thursday to watch Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Patrons at Café Domestique in Dundas gather to watch Oprah Winfrey interview Lance Armstrong. (Krys Hines)

Some people watch the Grey Cup in bars. Some people head to local pubs to watch the Superbowl in like-minded company.

At Café Domestique in Dundas, it was the same premise. But that crowd watched Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The cycling-themed café was standing room only Thursday evening as patrons — most of them cyclists — gathered to watch. The subject of prime-time scrutiny admitted that he had blood doped and used banned substances when he won the Tour de France seven times in a row.

The event was a bonding opportunity for café patrons, said owner Krys Hines.

"It's like the Grey Cup," he said. "Why watch it at home when you can watch it from a bar?"

The interview coincided with the latest event in a McMaster University speaker series called the McMaster Rolling Seminar. James Longhurst from the University of Wisconsin spoke before the televised interview.

Views on Armstrong's sins are mixed among the crowd, Hines said. As for whether he should compete again, "I would say it's probably an even split."

In any event, the Armstrong debacle "has been a train wreck," he said.

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