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 Post subject: Favorite Cycling Quotes
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:46 am 
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Training is like fighting with a Gorilla. You don't stop when you're tired. You stop when the Gorilla is tired.

-Greg Henderson Team Sky

Everyone has a favorite quote. So post them here. I know there are lists of quotes from Jens Voigt that can easily be found and I am not saying they are not great, but I don't want this to turn into a Jens list.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:11 am 
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I always liked this quote written about the rivalry between Bartli & Coppi

Curzio Malaparte wrote:
Bartali belongs to those who believe in tradition... he is a metaphysical man protected by the saints. Coppi has nobody in heaven to take care of him. His manager, his masseur, have no wings. He is alone, alone on a bicycle... Bartali prays while he is pedalling: the rational Cartesian and sceptical Coppi is filled with doubts, believes only in his body, his motor.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:17 am 
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Italian journalist talk to Bruseghin after his victory at a Giro's stage (I guess the ITT);

journalist: "I bet you're happy for this victory but you must celebrate with water as you must ride tomorrow".
Bruseghin: "water?? what is water???"

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:37 pm 
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"It doesn't get easier, you just get faster."

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:22 pm 
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Obviously the famous Coppi one is:

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Question: Do cyclists take la bomba (amphetamine)?
Answer: Yes, and those who claim otherwise, it's not worth talking to them about cycling.
Question: And you, did you take la bomba?
Answer: Yes. Whenever it was necessary.
Question: And when was it necessary?
Answer: Almost all the time!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:44 pm 
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Tapeworm wrote:
"It doesn't get easier, you just get faster."


That would be Greg LeMond if I'm not mistaken.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:38 pm 
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Good idea for a thread :thumbup:

I'm not quite sure where it came from, but here is one of my favorites.

You learn to win, by learning to loose.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:19 pm 
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Q: Jens, what do you say to your legs?
Jens Voigt: Shut up legs!

What a legend! :mrgreen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2GXeHbsG40

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:34 pm 
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Willier wrote:
Q: Jens, what do you say to your legs?
Jens Voigt: Shut up legs!

What a legend! :mrgreen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2GXeHbsG40


...which came from this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UncELpyKQLU

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It's my signature

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I only remember the Coppi ones i'm afraid:

Quote:
"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

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Age & treachery will overcome youth and skill

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Merckx wanted to win every race he started, and he almost did!
Coppi was more modest, but when he wanted to win, only an accident could stop him.

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"Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades."

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Tapeworm wrote:
"Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades."


HILL REPEATS ;)


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I was bashed for pushing "HILL REPEATS" in the training forum by Tapeworm and Devinci...AMAZING

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Jacques Anquetil’s recorded comment is that:
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“You would have to be an imbecile or a crook to imagine that a professional cyclist who races for 235 days a year can hold the pace without stimulants”


Anquetil also reportedly stated:
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“For 50 years bike racers have been taking stimulants. Obviously we can do without them in a race, but then we will pedal 15 miles an hour (instead of 25). Since we are constantly asked to go faster and to make even greater efforts, we are obliged to take stimulants”


Anquetil was infamous for smoking and drinking, and he uttered among the most often cited quotes in Tour history: "You can't ride the Tour de France on mineral water."


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