I was talking with my sons last night about how much we all enjoyed following the TdF this year. Both of them were impressed with seeing the Rainbow jersey serving as a domestique and they the Yellow jersey serving as a lead out for the team’s sprinter on the final stage. Surely something that showed a willingness to sacrifice for more than one’s own glory. One son said that if he had a magic wand he’d love to ride just once with Wiggins to find out more about him. The other piped in and said he’d love to ride with Armstrong to find out if he was the tyrant he suspects he was. This got me to thinking what famous rider I’d like to be able to ride with just once (this assumes, of course that the magic wand would give one the ability to actually keep up with that rider).
So, the query is: If you had a magic wand and anyting was possible what professional cyclist, past or present, would you like to ride with, and why?
My choice would be Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor. I’d love to know how he endured the discrimination he experienced. There must have been something in him that was extraordinary to perform at the level he did with all the background distractions and real attempts to harm him. Yet, he died a pauper at the age of 53.