So, we were talking about the perils of club racing over coffee this morning. One of my riding mates, Denis, mentions a guy who’s a complete shocker, due to his habit of taking questionable lines through corners and riding erratically, in general: “We actually call him Star Trek, because he goes where no man has … More Classic Cycling Quotes #133
“That was a shit season this year. But I am still alive, life goes on.” John Degenkolb finds a bright side while lying exhausted (and frustrated) by the Doha roadside after a disastrous 2016 World Championship Road Race for Germany. The year started terribly when Degenkolb was one of several Giant-Alpecin riders to be badly injured when struck by … More Classic Cycling Quotes #132
“I’ve just been asked if I’d race the #OlympicTimeTrial tomorrow (so many crashes in road race..). No TT bike etc. What do you guys reckon?” Namibian rider, Dan Craven, outsources the decision-making to his 14,000-strong Twitter following. — Craven again, reacting to the remarkable new WR set in the women’s 10,000m in Rio. — “They … More Classic Cycling Quotes: Rio Edition
“I don’t care. If I don’t have yellow, I have green. If I don’t have green, I have rainbow.” Peter Sagan after being asked how long he thinks he can keep the leader’s yellow jersey following Stage 2. (Great pick up at the Tour de France by Matt De Neef, aka The Climbing Cyclist and … More Classic Cycling Quotes #131: Sagan edition
“Yes, well, if you can’t drop them on the uphill, try and take them out on the downhill.” The usually deadpan Sean Kelly cracks a joke on Eurosport during Stage 10 of the Giro overnight. He even chuckled.
“The Kwaremont has its own beer. The percentage matches the gradient.” 23km to go in the 100th Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Carlton Kirby at his very best for Eurosport.
Eurosport’s Carlton Kirby was back to his best during the Stage 1 team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. Commenting (positively) on the hugely simplified 2016 Androni-Sidermec team kit this is what he had to say about the old one: “It used to be ‘give me a tenner and you can have your logo on our jersey.’ Really, it … More Classic Cycling Quotes #128
Geraint Thomas is well known for his candour. Here he eloquently explains the finer details of why Team GB couldn’t quite deliver as Australia claimed the rainbow stripes in the men’s Team Pursuit today 😉
Overheard at a recent post-ride coffee stop. Hard to argue with him, really. “The most important thing I’ve learned over the years? Don’t keep your butt cream in the same drawer as the hair gel.”
So, that’s it then. The big cobbled classics are done for another year and the peloton now rolls on to the Ardennes, starting with Amstel Gold on Sunday. Before we forget about the stones for 2015 how good is this passage from Tim Krabbe’s classic, The Rider: “On the cobbles a man finds out what it … More Jackhammers