Whenever Dave Zabriskie is mentioned by a cycling commentator you will always hear the word ‘vegan’ bandied around like he’s some kind of freak, this word is going to be tossed back and forth then lauded or dragged through the mud over the next three weeks depending on how well he is doing. What you need to know is that Dave Zabriskie is not a vegan any more than he is a Mormon…
I have been vegan for about 10 years, I am not a preachy hippy type BUT it gets right on my tits when people claim to be vegan when they really aren’t, in my experience this has been nearly every ‘vegan’ I have ever met.
Contrary to popular belief being a vegan is not at all difficult (if you’re into it for the right reasons) and although it is a very specific way to live your life it is open to individual interpretation (to a small degree). The Vegan Society states that…
“A vegan is someone who tries to live without exploiting animals, for the benefit of animals, people and the planet. Vegans eat a plant-based diet, with nothing coming from animals – no meat, milk, eggs or honey, for example. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose.”
…a vegan also does not knowingly use any non-food products that have been tested on animals or contain animal derived ingredients and should actively avoid them by finding alternatives, of which there are many.
So, back to the question of “Is Dave Zabriskie vegan?”. Here is why he is very definitely NOT VEGAN…
1. He follows a ‘vegan diet’. There is no such thing as a vegan diet, there is diet free from animal ingredients but not eating those things is only part of being a vegan, it cannot be separated from the other stuff. A vegan wouldn’t have eaten Pringles until very recently, for example, because they were produced by Proctor & Gamble, one of the worlds largest animal testers (the brand was sold to Kelloggs last month though). Is he checking E-Numbers? Is he drinking wine without asking? I doubt it. Also, he eats fish! I know I don’t have to go into that. NOT VEGAN.
2. His own brand of cycling creams, DZnuts, does not test on animals which is good. The gooch and embrocation creams contain beeswax though. If he was a vegan he would demand that the ingredient be replaced with something else. NOT VEGAN.
3. No need for a third reason, he just isn’t a vegan, at all, in any way, shape, or form. NOT VEGAN.
All that said, I have no beef with Dave Zabriskie. As far as pro road cyclists go he’s probably in the top 5% of the interesting table. He’s super into comic books which is something, at least he has a hobby and a personality which is more than most of the other riders in the peloton. I take veganism very seriously and it’s just a bit annoying when people fling the word around willynillilly.
Footnote – This is not intended to be a pro-vegan rant, it’s a ’stop talking bollocks’ rant, if you want to eat meat then go for it, it’s your life. Just don’t come crying to me when you get heart disease or when the cows break free, take over the world and wear your parents as a coat, haha.