I believe there are two periods in life, one for the bike, the other for becoming active on one's work.
If you're winning bike races ahead of guys who're older than you then they're going to get upset. When some young guy appears from nowhere, some people who are slower assume they ride dangerously.
At the end of the day I want to be the first rider across that finish line and I'll just find the quickest and easiest way to do it.
I joined the swim team when I was 12, and I was the worst kid in the pool - I was put with a group of 7-year-olds.
I rode in a nine-day charity ride recently, averaged 43km a day and still finished in the lead group. I'm 38, not quite finished yet.
The Olympics is where you see out of this world performances, isn't it?
Marathons are hard because of the physical pain, the pounding on the muscles, joints, tendons.
A boo is a lot louder than a cheer. If you have 10 people cheering and one person booing, all you hear is the booing.
But, listen, Eddie Merkyx would have won six Tours if he hadn't been punched.
I know too that we Americans like to think of ourselves as cleaner than clean, a healthy nation who would never take anything when a recent poll suggested that 65 per cent of the population would risk dying in 10 years if they would be guaranteed Olympic gold.
I'm fortunate in one way and I can take pride from the fact that I've consistently performed for 10 years, which is something that not many people can do. I've consistently stayed near the top for 10 years which is maybe something that is overlooked and taken for granted.
If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
The thing with depression is you don't realise you have it and even when you do you don't want to realise you have it.
Two things scare me. The first is getting hurt. But that's not nearly as scary as the second, which is losing.
The perception is that I've always made winning look easy. People think it's easy, but they don't see what's behind it, the time away from the family. The days spent climbing, training out in all weather, climbing but trying to keep the speed for the sprint.
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