As a Belgian, winning Flanders for the first time is far more important than wearing the maillot jaune in the Tour.” Johan Museeuw
Funny conversation over breakfast in Strahan last week, half-way through a 500km ride across Tasmania. When asked by an elderly lady why on earth he was riding from Devonport to Hobart, one of our bunch, Pete G, replied: “I’m doing it for my wife’s charity.” Hugely impressed by his generosity and commitment to his wife, she then … More Classic Cycling Quotes #123
“My cycling career was beautiful, ugly, intense and edifying. I’m ready for a new step. Without my bike.” Thomas Dekker, 30, announcing his retirement from pro cycling this week after failing to find a team for 2015.
One of our all-time favourite quote machines was back to his very best before the start of Tirreno-Adriatico this week, this time taking to Facebook. Ladies and gentlemen, the incomparably eloquent Mark Cavendish: “After 4 days of having my entire body fall out of my arse, I think the first few days of Tirreno Adriatico are … More Classic Cycling Quotes #121: Cav’s back
In the closing kilometres of last night’s final stage at the Vuelta a Andalucia, Top Sport Vlaanderen rider Edward Theuns makes a ballsy solo attempt to steal the win. Clearly impressed with the power on display from the 24-year old Belgian, the irrepressible Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby does what he does best (4:02 on the video): “Look at … More Classic Cycling Quotes #120: frozen chicken smuggler?
The average American knows three things about bike racing: the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong and doping.” This is just one of several candid observations made yesterday by Ashley Halsey from The Washington Post (click to read the whole thing), looking towards the 2015 UCI Road World Championships to be held later this year in Richmond, Virginia. On the … More Classic Cycling Quotes #119
Waratahs Cycling Club member #1: “One of the great things about our club is we have a defibrillator for the riders.” Waratahs Cycling Club member #2: “Members only…!” Waratahs Cycling Club member #3: “Of course by the time you check their licence they might be dead.” Typical post-ride coffee banter for a veterans’ cycling club … More Classic Cycling Quotes #118
Met a bloke at Heffron Park in Sydney this morning, Joe, who was telling me he’s lost an incredible 76kg in about a year of riding (he was 147kg, now he’s a very fit looking 71kg). He finished second in the E-grade race this morning, and will surely be getting the handicapper’s shoulder tap pretty … More Classic Cycling Quotes #116
“Fundamentally my job is to display the sponsor’s logo as predominantly as possible, preferrably crossing the line with my hands in the air.” Mark Cavendish.