Wes Wilmer is a competitor.
"Probably did about 300 races in a 5-year period," he remembers.
And since he mounted his bike nearly 18-years ago cyclist Lance Armstrong has been a big motivation.
"He has helped me as a person become a better person because of his striving to do so well," Wilmer explains.
After years of swirling rumors and accusations of doping, cycling greatest star was stripped of his 7- Tour de France titles.
It's news the cycling world, even locally, is having trouble taking in; from professionals like Wilmer, to those who cycle for fun.
"Cycling is a bad business. They all have doped he has doped I'm sure and it's unfortunate that it has turned out this way," says a cyclist named Jesse.
Barbara Duerk with the Virginia Bicycling Federation, works to spread the message of bicycling at any age.
While she doesn't condone doping, she hopes people will look past Armstrong's mistakes.
Explains Duerk, "He's done a lot for cancer survivors, he's done a lot to make cycling respected in the United States. Yeah, this is a set back for us. "
As for Wilmer, he says it will be hard to watch the more than 100-hours of video he has on Armstrong's Tour de France races.
He wonders what's next for the athlete.
"He has given so much in a couple of areas to so many people, and I wonder how the support is going to be going for him going forward," Wilmer wonders.