I now only have good days and great days. Lance Armstrong Cancer survivor and seven times winner
of the Tour de France.
The reason Armstrong has become the world's most indomitable
cyclist and America's greatest athlete is two-pronged: He has
both the physiology and the passion for his chosen vocation.
Still, what truly distances Lance from the (pack) isn't just
the pleasure he gleans from being on his bike. All the lads
love cycling - and certainly the celebrity it buys them. What
they don't share is his love for suffering . . . The more Lance
hurts (and) the more wasted he becomes, the happier he is. Rob Fernas
Ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike Fausto Coppi When a reporter asked him what it takes
to become such a great champion.
When Lance first turned professional, it was like trying to
put a hand brake on a raging bull. Paul Sherwen TDF commetator on Lance Armstrong.
Armstrong out of the saddle all of the time now, dancing on
his pedals, keeping his perpetual cadence going that DESTROYS
the bike riders around the world. Phil Liggett TDF commetator on Lance Armstrong.
It was eleven more than necessary. Jacques Anquetil After winning a race by twelve seconds.
What makes a great endurance athlete is the ability to absorb
potenial embarrassment, and to suffer without complaint. I was
discovering that if it was a matter of gritting my teeth, not
caring how it looked, and outlasting everybody else, I won.
It didn't seem to matter what sport it was--in a straight-ahead,
long-distant race, I could beat anybody. If it was a suffer-fest,
I was good at it. Lance Armstrong My Journey back to Life.
But to say that the race is the metaphor for the life is to
miss the point. The race is everything. It obliterates whatever
isn't racing. Life is the metaphor for the race. Donald Antrim
I thought of that while riding my bike. Albert Einstein On the Theory of Relativity.
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work
becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just
mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without
thought on anything but the ride you are taking. Arthur Conan Doyle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle; I want to ride my
bicycle; I want to ride my bike; I want to ride my bicycle;
I want to ride it where I like...; I don't believe in Peter
Pan, Frankenstein or Superman; All I wanna do is bicycle, bicycle,
bicycle... Freddie Mercury Queen 1978.
A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness. James E. Starrs The Literary Cyclist.
For all their fearlessness, sprinters are a delicate breed.
At the peak of form they effuse an aura of invincibility, suggesting
no bicycle rider ever pedaled as fast. To win, sprinters must
have everything: physical condition, confidence, luck, aggression
and committed team support. An elusive combination, attainable
but not sustainable. David Walsh Inside the Tour de France.
You have to sprint on feeling, not thinking. You must have faith
in yourself but you cannot think about it too much. Jean Paul Van Poppel
Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done
more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It
gives women a feeling of freedom and selfreliance. I stand
and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the
picture of free, untrammeled womanhood. Susan B. Anthony
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole
one and asked Him to forgive me. Emo Philips
At that age, it's one of the worse things in the world to wake
up and not see your bike where you left it. 50 Cent The hip-hop star on the theft of his childhood
Eat before you are hungry.
Drink before you are thirsty.
Rest before you are tired.
Cover up before you are cold.
Peel off before you are hot.
Don't drink or smoke on tour.
Never ride just to prove yourself. Paul de Vivie, aka Velocio
It never gets easier, you just go faster. Greg LeMond
Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques
and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals,
acquiring the experience is a matter of time. Greg LeMond
Pain is a big fat creature riding on your back. The farther
you pedal, the heavier he feels. The harder you push, the tighter
he squeezes your chest. The steeper the climb, the deeper he
digs his jagged, sharp claws into your muscles. Scott Martin
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.
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. Scott Martin
There was a second supremely sweet moment of victory. As I made
my way through the finish area, I passed the Cofidis team. Assorted
members of the organization stood around, the men who I felt
had left me for dead in a hospital room. "That was for
you," I said as I moved past them. Lance Armstrong After winning the opening time trial and
becoming the leader of 1999 Tour de France.
I won! I won! I don't have to go to school anymore. Eddy Merckx After winning his first bike race.
Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand. Jim Burlant
I'm gonna show you a hill that would choke a mule. President George W. Bush On his mountain bike, moments before losing
his front-wheel traction and flying over his bars down a steep
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. Lance Armstrong
If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on. Lance Armstrong
I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that
cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without
a struggle it's not going to be satisfying. Greg LeMond