“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, cited by Mike Carter in ‘One Man and his Bike’.
Reasons you lose a bike race:
85% – you didn’t stand on the pedals hard enough
14.99% – you got schooled by someone clever
0.01% – your bike
Top tip to survive non-stop 200 mile ride:
Start: go steady
Middle: keep it steady
Final 50 miles: evaluate steadiness
Jacky Durand reckons riders could be disqualified for using phones during race. That would be a popular move.
– Daniel Friebe quipping on rider morale, Milan – San Remo 2013