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Favorite cyclist quotes from pros and amateurs

Old 09-27-07, 02:34 PM
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What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.
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Old 09-27-07, 08:04 PM
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"Harden the **** Up."
CSC team philosophy in this year's Tour

non cycling favorite quote
Pain heals, chicks dig scars, but glory lasts forever! --The Replacements
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Cyclist 1: So this is an easy ride? What's your definition of 'easy'?
Cyclist 2: As long as you don't puke or cramp, it's easy.
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Old 09-27-07, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by dagna View Post
Thanks! I found it near the beginning of this Alpe d'Huez video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHJErrp4eOw
That was an awesome vid!
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Old 09-27-07, 10:14 PM
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"The hills are really steep"

Eric Heiden talking about his 1st TDF.. See the vid..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu_N5sgl3fE
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Old 09-28-07, 02:48 AM
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"Uuhhhh.....photography?"

Alberto Contador, to me, when he wandered into the room where I was training local government employees, rather than the one next door, where he was due for a photoshoot, the day before the Tour Prologue in London.
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Old 09-28-07, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by FatguyRacer View Post
"I thought this was supposed to be an easy paced ride!" Fatguyracer
If anyone ever tells you the pace on the ride will be 'easy', and you believe him, your velo gullibility has been exposed. Stick around, the sport has a way of disabusing you of such preposterous notions. The only 'easy' rides are when you are alone on a recovery ride or with middle aged fat Freds.
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Old 09-28-07, 06:29 AM
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"It's about to get ugly!"
A friend always uses this when the hostilities on the road are about to begin.

Also, shouldn't the Jan Ullrich quote be:
"I am so powerful, I don't spin my tires, I make the earth rotate beneath me."?

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Old 09-28-07, 06:52 AM
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concerning your first century...or next personal best

You can spend a lifetime wondering if you could;
Or one day proving it.
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Old 09-28-07, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Univega View Post
Found it:

"If you overtrained, it means that you didn't train hard enough to handle that level of training. So you weren't overtrained; you were actually undertrained to begin with. So there's the rule again: The guy who trains the hardest, the most, wins."
Floyds problem wasn't overtraining, it was overdoping.
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Old 09-28-07, 08:39 AM
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"If they are doing this to destabilize me, they should know that I'll win the world championship in Stuttgart on purpose."

- Paolo Bettini
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Old 09-28-07, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
If anyone ever tells you the pace on the ride will be 'easy', and you believe him, your velo gullibility has been exposed. Stick around, the sport has a way of disabusing you of such preposterous notions. The only 'easy' rides are when you are alone on a recovery ride or with middle aged fat Freds.
I've stopped being that gullible in 1996. My quote tends to be more admonishment than quizical suprise.
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Old 09-29-07, 02:40 AM
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My personal philosophy:

The most important part of the bike is the nut on the seat.
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Old 09-29-07, 12:00 PM
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From an article in Competitive Cyclist 1960 something.

Rudi Altig and Jacques Anquentil are partners in a two man time trial. Its the big one at the end of the season. Cant remember the race name. Anyway the article has pictures of Anquentil with eyes bugging out, looking totally shot. Also pictures of Altig pushing Anquentil in the later part of the TT. Great story of how Jacques had been putting on parties for his friends at his french estate, and now at the end of the season he was out of shape. The headline of the story was the quote of Altigs;

"Courage Jacques, courage".
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Old 09-29-07, 06:17 PM
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"You can't beat me, I'm God." Cassius Clay to Joe Frazier in fight 1, as he peppered Joe with jabs.

Joe's reply as he answered the jabs with a series of body shots? "Well you in the wrong place tonight God."

What's it got to do with bikes? Nothing. I just love the response too much not to post it.
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Old 09-29-07, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
I spit wine out my nose when i say this entry. Well done!
Haha sitting at your computer, sipping wine... nice.
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Old 09-29-07, 06:58 PM
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I know it's long... but he actually argues the Democrat's side pretty well...

Congressman McHenrey (R)

“A major component of the Democrats’ energy legislation and the Democrats’ answer to our energy crisis is, hold on, wait one minute, wait one minute, it is promoting the use of the bicycle.

Oh, I cannot make this stuff up. Yes, the American people have heard this. Their answer to our fuel crisis, the crisis at the pumps, is: Ride a bike.

Democrats believe that using taxpayer funds in this bill to the tune of $1 million a year should be devoted to the principle of: “Save energy, ride a bike.”

Some might argue that depending on bicycles to solve our energy crisis is naive, perhaps ridiculous. Some might even say Congress should use this energy legislation to create new energy, bring new nuclear power plants on line, use clean coal technology, energy exploration, but no, no.

They want to tell the American people, stop driving, ride a bike. This is absolutely amazing.

Apparently, the Democrats believe that the miracle on two wheels that we know as a bicycle will end our dependence on foreign oil. I cannot make this stuff up. It is absolutely amazing.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the Democrats, promoting 19th century solutions to 21st century problems. If you don’t like it, ride a bike. If you don’t like the price at the pumps, ride a bike.

Stay tuned for the next big idea for the Democrats: Improving energy efficiency by the horse and buggy.”
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Old 09-29-07, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by sagginwagin View Post
"It's about to get ugly!"
A friend always uses this when the hostilities on the road are about to begin.

Also, shouldn't the Jan Ullrich quote be:
"I am so powerful, I don't spin my tires, I make the earth rotate beneath me."?

"hang on baby Jesus...
its gonna git bumpy"

-Ricky Bobby


quoted this morning, 1K from the finish line
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Old 09-29-07, 07:06 PM
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"I realize I was a total Rdnzi ahole, and that my ego got the better of me..........But the Fredosity of it all
just overwhelmed me. I cannot be responsible for my actions on a road bicycle after mile 100 I'm afraid."

Pcad-Sept. 2007


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Old 10-05-07, 11:23 PM
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Ok, I saw this Lance Armstrong poster and I would be eternally grateful if someone knows where I can find it. The quote on it says, "Everyone keeps asking me what I'm on.... I'm on my bike six hours a day busting my ass"
Might not even be entirely correct but it's the best I remember. Here's hoping someone knows where to find that poster
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Old 10-06-07, 06:51 AM
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That's a Nike commercial.
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Hahaha
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Originally Posted by Vanmoso View Post
Tom Simpson who died of exhaustion on the slopes of Mont Ventoux in the 1967 Tour de France after taking amphetamines and alcohol. His last words were "put me back on my bike"
Yes. That is the ultimate quote about professional bike racing. Nothing else better sums up the combination of courage, stupidity, and insanity involved in pushing one's body to the edge of death...and, for too many riders, beyond...
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Old 10-06-07, 10:33 AM
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One for the ladies...

The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community."
Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895
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Old 10-06-07, 10:35 AM
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One on pain...

To be a cyclist is to be a student of pain....at cycling's core lies pain, hard and bitter as the pit inside a juicy peach. It doesn't matter if you're sprinting for an Olympic medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you're missing the essence of the sport. Without pain, there's no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Without challenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishment and no deep-down joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks."
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