Notices
"The 33"-Road Bike Racing We set this forum up for our members to discuss their experiences in either pro or amateur racing, whether they are the big races, or even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

why

Old 01-19-15, 03:32 PM
  #1  
mattm
**** that
Thread Starter
 
mattm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CALI
Posts: 15,393
Mentioned: 150 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1092 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 25 Posts
why

All the time, money, effort, risk we put in to amateur bike racing - why?

Why do you do it?
__________________
cat 1.

my race videos
mattm is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 03:42 PM
  #2  
gsteinb
out walking the earth
 
gsteinb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Lake Placid, NY
Posts: 21,072
Mentioned: 69 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 724 Post(s)
Liked 313 Times in 146 Posts
because **** you, that's why.
gsteinb is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 03:49 PM
  #3  
grolby
Senior Member
 
grolby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BOSTON BABY
Posts: 9,663
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 247 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 9 Posts
It's winter, which I guess means there's going to be more navel-gazing around here.
grolby is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 03:58 PM
  #4  
mattm
**** that
Thread Starter
 
mattm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CALI
Posts: 15,393
Mentioned: 150 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1092 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
because **** you, that's why.
that's actually pretty close to my answer!
__________________
cat 1.

my race videos
mattm is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 03:59 PM
  #5  
mattm
**** that
Thread Starter
 
mattm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CALI
Posts: 15,393
Mentioned: 150 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1092 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by grolby View Post
It's winter, which I guess means there's going to be more navel-gazing around here.
are you above said navel gazing??
__________________
cat 1.

my race videos
mattm is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:25 PM
  #6  
jsutkeepspining
Banned.
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: ohioland/right near hicville farmtown
Posts: 4,813
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
cuz i look good in spandex
jsutkeepspining is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:28 PM
  #7  
Yep
no cat contains
 
Yep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Edinburgh Scotland
Posts: 769
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 24 Times in 13 Posts
1.) Contending for a win, whether for yourself or a teammate, is absolutely ****ing intoxicating and addicting.

2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
Yep is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:35 PM
  #8  
misterwaterfall
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So I can act better than everyone in the lower categories.

I also like to shave my legs and wear kids sized clothing. This accomplishes both goals while still allowing me the freedom of mall food courts and elementary schools.
misterwaterfall is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:39 PM
  #9  
mike868y
Senior Member
 
mike868y's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 9,284
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mattm View Post
All the time, money, effort, risk we put in to amateur bike racing - why?

Why do you do it?
masochism
mike868y is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:44 PM
  #10  
Hermes
Version 3.0
 
Hermes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 12,111

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 294 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 825 Post(s)
Liked 596 Times in 405 Posts
Because.
Hermes is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:51 PM
  #11  
grolby
Senior Member
 
grolby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BOSTON BABY
Posts: 9,663
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 247 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by mattm View Post
are you above said navel gazing??
I'm so far above navel gazing, my navel gazes at YOU.
grolby is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:51 PM
  #12  
Ygduf
\_(ツ)_/
 
Ygduf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Redwood City, CA
Posts: 10,978

Bikes: aggressive agreement is what I ride.

Mentioned: 109 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 967 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
for the kudos.
Ygduf is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:56 PM
  #13  
Hermes
Version 3.0
 
Hermes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 12,111

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 294 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 825 Post(s)
Liked 596 Times in 405 Posts
For the pics.
Hermes is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 04:58 PM
  #14  
wens
Senior Member
 
wens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northeast Ohio
Posts: 3,215
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by grolby View Post
It's winter, which I guess means there's going to be more navel-gazing around here.
Op is in racing season though! Wtf!
wens is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 05:13 PM
  #15  
TheKillerPenguin
Nonsense
 
TheKillerPenguin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Vagabond
Posts: 13,731

Bikes: Affirmative

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 800 Post(s)
Liked 246 Times in 110 Posts
Sometimes when you are a man, and you are alone in your room, you wear stretchy pants. Sometimes when you are a man and you are in public, you do the same.
TheKillerPenguin is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 05:34 PM
  #16  
hubcyclist
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Boston
Posts: 1,751

Bikes: 2017 Raleigh RX 1.0, 2018 Specialized Allez

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 286 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 102 Posts
I like being competitive, I've always been that way, maybe it's a youngest child thing when I felt like I had to beat the older bro/cousins. At first, my cycling goals were simply to ride further and complete a century, racing and riding faster just seemed like the logical next step. I never liked running or other exercise for the sake of doing it, health is a nice bonus, but I like trying to win (which is a loooong ways away)
hubcyclist is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 05:47 PM
  #17  
furiousferret 
Senior Member
 
furiousferret's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Redlands, CA
Posts: 6,096
Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 743 Post(s)
Liked 246 Times in 140 Posts
Bike racing chose me, I didn't chose it.

**** I don't know. I love it, and hope to win one day (stop chuckling you ****) and love the pursuit. Sometimes I worry that if I happen to win a race, would my motivation just disappear? You need to be dedicated for this stuff. Many days I wake up, go to work, ride after, and maybe have an hour before I have to go to bed. I'm far from an outlier either. I'm tired of people saying how hard pro's work. Give one of those dudes a Cat 4's schedule and they'd quit.
furiousferret is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 07:00 PM
  #18  
YMCA
starting pistol means war
 
YMCA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 3,150

Bikes: Cervelo R3

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mattm View Post
All the time, money, effort, risk we put in to amateur bike racing - why?
war, battle, fighting, bullying, arguing; all the things my civilized side avoids in real life
YMCA is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 07:39 PM
  #19  
aaronmcd
Senior Member
 
aaronmcd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: SF, CA
Posts: 3,462

Bikes: Cervelo S5, Marin Gestalt X11

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 554 Post(s)
Liked 65 Times in 45 Posts
As long as I can remember I've been very competitive, I've loved speed and agility, and loved the outdoors. I did gymnastics, aggressive roller blading, and all sorts of outdoor games and sports with the neighbor kids. I kind of wonder why it took me years after getting a road bike for commuting to figure out I wanted to race.

And FF, I think your more likely to want more of it once you win. Hell, even 2nds and 4ths make me want more of it.
aaronmcd is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 07:55 PM
  #20  
Matt2.8NJ
una carrera contrarreloj
 
Matt2.8NJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NYC/NJ
Posts: 578

Bikes: Tarmac Pro, Cervelo P2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Yep View Post
2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
Yep
Matt2.8NJ is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 07:57 PM
  #21  
Ygduf
\_(ツ)_/
 
Ygduf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Redwood City, CA
Posts: 10,978

Bikes: aggressive agreement is what I ride.

Mentioned: 109 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 967 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by Yep View Post
1.) Contending for a win, whether for yourself or a teammate, is absolutely ****ing intoxicating and addicting.

2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
yes, this. though mostly I look for gear that is just dependable, but I definitely have a garage full of wheels and **** like that.
Ygduf is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 08:49 PM
  #22  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,590

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1078 Post(s)
Liked 496 Times in 263 Posts
Originally Posted by Yep View Post
2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
I'll +1 this functional response
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 08:52 PM
  #23  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,590

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1078 Post(s)
Liked 496 Times in 263 Posts
Also racing can be fun if you are in contention to win
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 11:47 PM
  #24  
Alaska Mike
The Slow One
 
Alaska Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Anchorage, AK
Posts: 258

Bikes: Hate me.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's the centerpiece of my financial plan:

Step 1: Race Bike
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit

I got it from the Underpants Gnomes, so it must be a good plan.
Alaska Mike is offline  
Old 01-19-15, 11:48 PM
  #25  
Alaska Mike
The Slow One
 
Alaska Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Anchorage, AK
Posts: 258

Bikes: Hate me.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
because **** you, that's why.
Then again, this was a much better answer.
Alaska Mike is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.