Cycling is one of the most accessible sports on the planet, but it can also be one of the most brutal, from amateurs testing themselves to the limit in a sportive to professionals competing in the toughest races in the world.
It’s also a sport which gives anyone who takes to two wheels an enormous sense of freedom. Leaving the stresses of daily life and pedaling away without a care in the world, whether it’s in your local lanes or high in the mountains miles from civilisation. There’s little that can beat the beautiful simplicity of a bike ride.
It’s a sport which inspires – and the great and good of cycling have produced no shortage of quotes over the years which sum up the beauty and joy, freedom and escapism, pain and suffering, that are part and parcel of life on two wheels.
Need some inspiration to get out on the bike? Words of wisdom on how to push yourself to the next level? Or just want a shortcut into the minds of some of the greatest riders in the history of cycling? Look no further…
“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride” – Eddy Merckx
“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades” – Eddy Merckx
“When your legs scream stop and your lungs are bursting, that’s when it starts. That’s the hurt locker. Winners love it in there” – Chris McCormack