Podium Cafe lists a couple of dozen quotes uttered by current and former pro cyclists during the past year and asks for our favorite.
The list has a few Lance Armstrong tweets about Alberto Contador being a “pistolero” and having “lots to learn.” Jens Voigt and Bradley Wiggins also are well represented.
My favorite, though, comes from Bernard Hinault, the 5-time winner of the Tour de France who commented on the earpiece radios now worn by cyclists to communicate with the team manager:
“I am against them. It is just a 'Game Boy' that has a gigolo attached at the end telling the racer when to take a piss.” …..
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2009/12/15/pick-your-bike-racer-quote-of-the-year/
“Every part of the trail is fascinating.”
— A quote from Caitlin Truesdale, a ninth-grader at Pingree High School in Peabody, Massachusetts, who won the Bikeway Naming Essay Contest.
She chose to name the 4.6-mile trail the Peabody Independence Gateway. The bikeway has been in the works for 19 years. It cost $192,000 to design and $3 million to build.
The story in The Salem News doesn't explain why she chose the name …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2009/10/16/quote-9th-grader-names-bikeway-in-massachusetts/
“I survived six months in Afghanistan and a year in Iraq, many parachute jumps out of airplanes and other adventures and never broken a bone, and it takes a hit-and-run driver to send me to the hospital with a broken bone.”
Pat Rimron telling a Winston-Salem, North Carolina, TV station about his Friday bike ride that ended when he was struck by a hit & run driver. An Army Reservist, Rimron returned to his job as a teacher at Forsyth Country Day School seven months ago after two tours in the Middle East …..
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2009/08/31/bike-quote-war-veteran-is-victim-of-hit-run-driver-at-home/
As a boy growing up in Houston, one of Walter Cronkite's jobs was as bicycle delivery boy for a drugstore.
In an interview with Playboy magazine in 1973, he talked about that job playing a part in his understanding of the terrible prejudice in the city at the time:
“… This time I was the drugstore delivery boy; I did bicycle deliveries and we had a couple of blacks who used motorcycles for more distant orders. They were both great guys. One of them was a particularly close friend of mine–as close as you could be in the environment of Houston at that time. ….
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2009/07/18/bicycle-quotes-walter-cronkite/
“What I've watched for the past 15 years has been almost robotic racing. I used to gasp for air and had to think about when I could take a sip of water – my sport drink – I'd try and time it for a flat section on the switchback of a climb.
“[Now] I see people talking on the 'phone' [radio] riding a climb at the front of the Tour de France. For me it's surreal – I don't recognise the sport anymore.”
— Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond giving one example of why thinks there's widespread doping in cycling. He was speaking at the anti-doping Play the Game Conference at Coventry University in the UK. He went on to offer solutions to the problem, according to a report in that uses statistics and analytical data.
Expect to hear more about doping as we head into the Tour de France on July 4. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2009/06/11/quote-why-lemond-says-its-obvious-that-cyclists-are-doping/
“She's a bicycle rider, I'm a bicycle rider. We talked a little bit about our favorite routes.”
— Democratic U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York tells reporters about his Capitol Hill meeting with Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayer. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2009/06/03/quote-supreme-court-nominee-rides-a-bicycle/
“There's really nothing now that requires them (cyclists) to yield or move over. … This bill gives them full access to the road.”
That's an interesting reaction to passage of Colorado's bicycle safety bill from the county sheriff who oversees Boulder, a platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2009/04/29/quote-bicycle-fear-and-loathing-from-boulder-sheriff/
“I just don't want to get clobbered too bad. … I don't have any illusions of grandeur. … I hope I get in the race and get re-acclimated to the tempo and the speed and what it is like to be around 200 guys in a fast-moving group.”
Lance Armstrong touched down in Sydney, Australia, to a gaggle of reporters …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2009/01/11/quote-armstrongs-expectations-for-tour-down-under/
“He [Zorn] used to ride his bicycle to the games. And when he left, I said, 'You know, I don't think you can do that in Washington. I mean, the head coach, you've got to kind of drive the car and do the normal thing.' ”
— Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren talking about Jim Zorn, former Seahawks quarterback ….
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/26/holmgren-to-zorn-no-more-bicycle-riding-to-games/
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October 19, 2008
October 19, 2008
“I learned from the ride that after doing a certain number of miles, your legs can't walk anymore. I learned that it takes a lot of strength and patience to ride 100 miles, but that anyone – no matter what shape, size or age – can ride 100 miles if they put their mind to it.”
— Teddy Collinson, 10, of Edgewater, Maryland, summing up his first Sea Gull Century on Oct. 4. The annual bike ride on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is forgiving in terms of its flat terrain, but can be brutal in terms of headwinds. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2008/10/19/quote-anyone-can-ride-a-century/