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Old 05-15-15, 06:08 PM
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Racing Quotes

This might die a quick and inglorious death, but I see a lot of motivational quotes that apply pretty well to racing.

It's cheesy, but I dig them.

Today's:
In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.

Ulysses S. Grant
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Old 05-15-15, 06:35 PM
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Not really what you're after but recently I heard a racer say:
"With 50k to go, sure I'll let you in and have that wheel. With 1k to go if you try to take my wheel I'll put you in the ditch and go burn your house down."
Gave me a good laugh.
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Old 05-15-15, 06:52 PM
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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt 1910
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Old 05-15-15, 07:16 PM
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Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm
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"The difference between racers and everyone else is, Racers Race."

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Old 05-15-15, 07:57 PM
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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Confucius
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Old 05-15-15, 09:00 PM
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When you're buried, suffering, and feel like you can't turn the pedals over one more time... go harder.

- my pro MTB buddy
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Couple I liked from back in my running days, both courtesy of Steve Prefontaine:

"I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it."

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift."
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Old 05-15-15, 09:43 PM
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Good thread
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Old 05-15-15, 10:58 PM
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"There is no pull. Attack or attack not, but there is no pull" -Yoda to Cat 5 Luke

"***ing pull through or we'll get caught/won't catch the break" -racers
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Old 05-15-15, 11:11 PM
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"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more."

Steve Prefontaine
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Old 05-16-15, 10:58 AM
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"MOVE UP!!"

- annoying spectator in every race

Once I yelled at someone's dad to STFU after he yelled that every lap for 45 minutes to his kid.
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ALthough more a motto than a quote, I have:

Ex duris gloria
painted on my top tube.

The latin version of no pain no gain. Or more accurate through suffering comes glory...
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Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery
-Bertrand Russell

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
- Michael Jordan

I don't skate to where the puck is, I skate to where the puck is going to be
- Wayne Gretzky
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"To be afraid is a priceless education."

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."

Both Lance Armstrong
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Taps out.
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Not strictly motivational but it still makes me smile, from The Rider:

Jacque Anquetil, five-time winner of the Tour de France, used to take his water bottle out of its holder before every climb and stick it in the back pocket of his jersey. Ab Geldermans, his Dutch Lieutenant, watched him do that for years, until finally he couldn’t stand it any more and asked him why. And Anquetil explained.
A rider, said Anquetil, is made up of two parts, a person and a bike. The bike, of course, is the instrument the person uses to go faster, but its weight also slows him down. That really counts when the going gets tough, and in climbing the thing is to make sure the bike is as light as possible. A good way to do that is: take the bidon out of its holder.
So, at the very start of every climb, Anquetil moved his water bottle from its holder to his back pocket. Clear enough.
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What, no "Shut up legs" ?
Jensie has a bunch of funny things he's said.
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Old 05-19-15, 06:37 AM
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"All endurance athletes are trying to escape from something" - Idont Remember
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"Put me back on the bloody bike!" -- T. Simpson
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"It's simple: ride off the front and lap the field"
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It's the wood that should fear your hand, not the other way around.

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"It's simple: ride off the front and lap the field"
- RacerEx
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Originally Posted by wktmeow View Post
Not strictly motivational but it still makes me smile, from The Rider:

Jacque Anquetil, five-time winner of the Tour de France, used to take his water bottle out of its holder before every climb and stick it in the back pocket of his jersey. Ab Geldermans, his Dutch Lieutenant, watched him do that for years, until finally he couldn’t stand it any more and asked him why. And Anquetil explained.
A rider, said Anquetil, is made up of two parts, a person and a bike. The bike, of course, is the instrument the person uses to go faster, but its weight also slows him down. That really counts when the going gets tough, and in climbing the thing is to make sure the bike is as light as possible. A good way to do that is: take the bidon out of its holder.
So, at the very start of every climb, Anquetil moved his water bottle from its holder to his back pocket. Clear enough.

This anecdote comes back around at the end of the book. Krabbe searches for photos of Anquetil with a bottle in his pocket on climbs, and can only find photos of bottles on the bike. It turns out the whole thing is just a legend, which becomes a riff on how cyclists cling to myths.
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Old 05-20-15, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
"Put me back on the bloody bike!" -- T. Simpson

Also apocryphal :/


"Either this man is dead, or my watch has stopped." - G. Marx
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