Racing quotes or statements from interviews, books, etc.

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Racing quotes or statements from interviews, books, etc.

Postby Big Pete 1 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:02 pm

Please feel free to add quotes and statements/sentences which will give the reader a helpful insight or tip for road bike racing.

Example:
'A true grand cyclist would have created weakness in others rather than wait for it to be revealed' - Owen Mulholland in "Uphill Battle".

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Postby ironhanglider » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:00 pm

"Put me back on my bike." - Tom Simpson

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Postby P!N20 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:42 am

It never gets easier; you just go faster - Greg LeMond

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Postby P!N20 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:58 am

They wanted to see me give up when I was suffering like an animal, but nothing would have made me quit then. the pain was unbearable and yet I continued. I’d rather have died. - Bernard Hinault talking about the 1986 Tour de France.

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Postby fat and old » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:15 pm

Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades. Eddy Merckx

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Postby Uncle Just » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:23 pm

Every one's a champion with a tailwind. Anon.
As long as I breathe, I attack. Bernard Hinault
Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love. Johan Museeuw
Re crashing...Not if, but when. S O'Grady
If you brake, you don’t win. Mario Cipollini
When my legs hurt, I say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!” Jens Voigt
I used to work in a bank when I was younger and to me it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world. Mark Cavendish

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Postby trailgumby » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:47 pm

Tyler Hamilton wrote:“I’ve come to learn that truth is a living thing. It has a force inside it, an inner springiness. The truth can’t be denied or locked away, because when that happens, the pressure builds. When a door gets closed, the truth seeks a window, and blows the glass clean out”

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Postby P!N20 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:21 am

I’d rather finish shattered and last having attacked a hundred times than finish 25th without having tried. - Jacky Durand

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Postby Big Pete 1 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:10 am

Some great quotes here. Wish this forum had a 'like' button.

Here is another one:
Win Van Est loved to attack when he was hurting because "If I am hurting the others must be dying".

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Postby Big Pete 1 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:33 pm

The ancient Greeks believed that the luckiest of men died at their greatest moment because the rest of life was a declining afterthought.

"The greatest joy of my career was at Alpe d'Huez in 1977, when I kept my yellow jersey by 8 seconds. I could have died a happy man on my bicycle that day. I gave it everything I had" - Bernard Therevet.

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Postby fat and old » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:05 pm

I just read this from Cadel Evans, and immediately thought of the forum (not really the racing section!)

I’d rather spend my time riding my bike than talking about riding my bike.

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Postby Derny Driver » Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:03 pm

Big Pete 1 wrote:Here is another one:
Win Van Est loved to attack when he was hurting because "If I am hurting the others must be dying".

Wim van Est was a legend of the Tour as well as a great motorpace rider and track cyclist including the 6 days. Im friends with his son, William Van Peer.
Read this
http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/features/van_est.shtml

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Postby Big Pete 1 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:23 pm

Yes, it's a great story of escaping death, and human comradery in rescuing him.
Thanks for sharing the story.

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Postby P!N20 » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:53 am

Racing is licking your opponent’s plate clean before starting your own - Hennie Kuiper

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Postby P!N20 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:53 pm

There’s a burning in my legs, but it’s not a killing burn. It’s hurting all right, but I can cope with this burn for 4km. The fire is lit inside. I’m riding almost to explosion, but if I explode I will drop. - Stephen Roche on his climb up La Plagne during the 1987 Tour de France.

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Postby P!N20 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:36 am

To me those are the moments that matter, you're in pain and you have to make a decision about volunteering for an increase in pain. To pull the pin, or to push deeper into the hurt and try and hold everything together. - Neil Robinson, htfu kid blog

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Postby Sharkey » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:16 pm

Keith Bontrager talking about bike components :

"Light. Strong. Cheap. Pick two."

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Postby ironhanglider » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:38 pm

7 days without riding makes one weak.

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Re: Racing quotes or statements from interviews, books, etc.

Postby Duck! » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:49 am

Maybe not entirely in the context of the thread, but a discussion some years ago on another forum got a bit too hung up on petty details, and one protagonist retorted with a line that I've since nicked as a signature in some places because it's too good to let go:

Just ride the bloody thing and enjoy yourself!
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.

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