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The Ultimate Compliment for a Bike Racer

Old 12-24-11, 01:09 AM
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The Ultimate Compliment for a Bike Racer

Today I was given the ultimate compliment.

I was going to fly across the country and two TSA agents (one man one woman) were giving me a bit of a hard time. They asked me if I had anything in my pockets, so I told them just my boarding pass, and they asked me to take it out. I did, and the woman at the checkpoint said, wait, he still has something in his pocket. I looked down, and I said, no I don't, and patted my pocket.

She insisted that I did have something in my pocket and pointed below it, and this is when I realized: She had gotten confused by and was pointing at my quads!

I have finally reached the ultimate goal of all amateur bike racers: In comparison with the rest of my scrawny body, my quads may now officially be considered "grotesque".

At that point I was pretty thrilled and fake-flexed my arms, telling her I was just jacked, and she laughed and said no way, you're scrawny as hell, you need to eat some meat and potatoes. Meat and potatoes!

Then they let me pass.

I wonder if Cancellara's quads were ever considered dangerous weapons by the TSA, and if he has to get some sort of special security clearance.
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Old 12-24-11, 08:13 AM
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Old 12-24-11, 11:06 AM
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I use to get a kick out of the general publics reaction to the condition of my quads in my youth. People would stare, point, and do double-takes, but the best one was standing at a Starbucks waiting to order, as a little kid kept poking the veins in my legs saying "look mommy, he has worms in his legs". His mom was noticably embarrassed, but I just smiled because I knew how many miles and how much work went into building them. Before that I just took it for granted that I couldn't wear "Regular-fit" jeans anymore......

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Old 12-24-11, 11:22 AM
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I had no idea that George Hincapie posts on bikeforums. Mr Hincapie, I aspire to one day gross people out as much as you.
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Old 12-24-11, 11:55 AM
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Old 12-24-11, 05:47 PM
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Old 12-24-11, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by davids0507 View Post
Today I was given the ultimate compliment.
Incorrect.

While it's nice (if a bit creepy) to have the TSA people hitting on you, the ultimate compliment for a bike racer is "nice win."
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Old 12-24-11, 11:31 PM
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Maybe you're scrawny compared to TSA agents. The LAX variety especially seem to live on meat and potatoes. And donuts.........and milkshakes.......and ice cream.
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Old 12-25-11, 05:01 AM
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donut. mmmmm. that gives me an idea
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Old 12-25-11, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Handelfan View Post
Maybe you're scrawny compared to TSA agents. The LAX variety especially seem to live on meat and potatoes. And donuts.........and milkshakes.......and ice cream.
You're making me hungry. I always like it when I'm asked if I'm a pro. Makes me feel good, even though I know I'm far from being able to hang on a pro's wheel.
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Old 12-25-11, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
The ultimate compliment for a bike racer is "nice win."
Bike racers don't care what your quads look like. They care whether or not they can drop you.
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Old 12-27-11, 11:30 AM
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Old 12-30-11, 02:34 AM
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"Ekimov" I took that as a compliment

"Defending my teammate's GC position" from the guy who sat on my wheel and refused to work when I broke away. Took that as a compliment as well.
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defending from the front towing his rival around? :unsure:
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Old 12-30-11, 08:24 AM
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"Dude, why won't you let me in?"

"Your team really controlled the race today. We always know it's going to be a fun day when you guys show up."

"I like your team's new kits a lot better than the old ones."
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last year in my last race before i moved up to Cat 3, in the staging area a bunch of the guys around me were telling their teammates not to let the guy in red (me) get away. I had won a previous race on a long solo breakaway. I gave a couple attacks, but i was swarmed over. It was pretty cool to be marked...for a day anyways. now i race mostly masters123 and i'm happy if i don't get dropped.
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