Cycling is one of the weirdest sports to watch. True, the idea is heroic - riding an endurance race that may last up to three weeks and the fastest man is the biggest alpha male. But for people to actually watch 150 men riding their bike for hours on TV is something that amazes me. The book The Greatest Race however - about the mother of all cycling races, Tour de France, does catch my attention because it reflects an image of supreme men pushing themselves beyond what is human. The images speak for themselves, and the quotes add that little extra. Take Matiwos Zeray, an unknown pro-cyclist, who says: "I sleep every afternoon, go to bed at 9 p.m. I don't drink alcohol and I have no time for a girlfriend. My ambition is to participate in the Tour de France." How's that for a reason to live. Maybe I'll try and watch it on TV again.
Ok, one for the road: "Cycling isn't a game. It's a sport. Tough, hard an unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. one plays football, or tennis or hockey. one doesn't play at cycling." - Jean de Gribaldy
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