“The most important thing in your career was the image you gave to the people, your attitude on the bike. You’re not only a machine; you think inside the race, you fait le metier and what people take away most from your cycling is most important. It’s about the passion you have inside. The shine in your eyes when you take a victory.”—THE BADGER (via churchofthebigring)
"… IS IT THE FACT THAT YOUR HEART PUMPS MORE VOLUME THAN THE AVERAGE PERSON’S, OR THAT YOUR BLOOD TURNS LESS ACIDIC WHEN EXERCISING SO THAT YOU RECOVER FASTER? NO—TALENT HAS TO DO WITH YOUR CAPACITY FOR SUFFERING. YOU JUST LEARN TO SUFFER MORE.
IN THE END, MAYBE, THERE IS NO EXPLAINING.
EDDY MERCKX, IN A FUCKING GREAT INTERVIEW WITH @BICYCLINGMAG, BY JOHN BRANT.