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Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!(41 posts)

Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!DWridesGT
Jan 25, 2002 3:43 AM
This has got to be one of the most inspriational pictures of all time. Please post your favorite. I would like to see them.
re: Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!Vortex
Jan 25, 2002 6:15 AM
Jan Ullrich fulfilled an almighty dream by winning the Olympic Road title in Sydney.
For all of the motorists out their who honk at me while riding..Cima Coppi
Jan 25, 2002 6:28 AM
Here is my inspirational picture.


p.s. This applies to golfers too.
re: Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!Dog
Jan 25, 2002 6:30 AM

just kidding!
Dog...Your picture is inspiring to the rest of us!!!! (nm)Cima Coppi
Jan 25, 2002 6:52 AM
speak fer yourselfLarry Curlimo
Jan 26, 2002 12:08 PM
Ok Dog, what's the story behind the pic?allervite
Jan 25, 2002 9:49 AM
Don't tell me you were riding at night and someone threw a roll of toilet paper at you.
That's the 508 finish line tape (something I'd never see!) -NMTig
Jan 25, 2002 9:59 AM
The 508 finish line! That is sick!allervite
Jan 25, 2002 2:27 PM
I have done one double century and it was a helluva ride.
re: Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!RayBan
Jan 25, 2002 6:38 AM
I think the pic of Richard Virenque winning the most recent Paris Tours is so cool that I cut it out, and framed it! Man he is exploding with emotion in that one. I don't know where there is an online version of it though :(
Is this the picture???Cima Coppi
Jan 25, 2002 6:50 AM

you got it Coppi :)RayBan
Jan 25, 2002 1:20 PM
YES! thats the one OF COURSE Graham Watson would have taken it!! JEEZ look at that emotion.
That was a great (and unexpected) win for Richard...Cima Coppi
Jan 25, 2002 1:33 PM
but he owes a lot of that glory to the help he received from Durand. W/o having arguably the greatest break away rider in modern times working with him, he would have been caught long before the finish, and it would have been a sprinters race.

Is it a deserving win? We'll leave that question unanswered.

Oh please!Lewis
Jan 25, 2002 3:10 PM
Durand worked as hard as he wanted to. He didn't have the legs to tag-team to the finish. Virneque did. Period.

Telekom pushing hard to catch him and they couldn't. It is a GREAT win for any cyclist. Deserving? Hell yes! He impressed alot of pros that day including Udo Bolts so who are any of us to question it.

One of the greatest rides of WC racing.
Here you goWayne
Jan 25, 2002 7:00 AM
Jan 25, 2002 7:36 AM
His face has more emotion than almost any I've seen at a finish. It says quite allot about his return and fight for acceptance after a shamefull past. I'm still not a fan of his though. Durand did all of the work that day and has my deepest respect.
Hey RayBannothatgullible
Jan 25, 2002 1:32 PM
Check the wallpaper section in The Graham Watson website. I have it as my wallpaper. It's an awesome picture!
Hey RayBanRayBan
Jan 26, 2002 1:25 PM
Got it!
re: Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!Tig
Jan 25, 2002 8:02 AM
That picture of LA captures the brutal exhuastion and relief he is going through. I'm always inspired by the pictures of suffering because they remind me that no matter how hard I push myself, I can push much, much more.
Here are some favorites:
Kelly, 1985 Paris-Roubaix
Bernard Hinault, TDF
Hincapie, Paris-Roubaix

Something about this old photo of the Tour of Flanders brings me back to the basics of hard, competitive cycling. It is on one of the very few cycling T-shirts I own.
I like 'em!!! [nm]jagiger
Jan 25, 2002 11:51 AM
re: Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!Bman
Jan 25, 2002 1:19 PM
This photo (and a few others I saw in the old Winning Magazine circa 1985) was what inspired me to take up the bike. Photos of Claude Criquelion and Francesco Moser slugging it out in Flanders and Roubaix, and Eric Vanderaerden in the Spring Classics were just awesome. These photos got me out on my bike and riding hard. It's great to look back and re-connect with that old inspiration.
Jan 25, 2002 8:41 AM
Kelly Davidson. Friend of Lance. Lost the fight.

Left to right - Michelle, John (Cancer survivor, Peloton Project member), Kelly's dad, Eric (Peloton Project member).

Kelly is why I keep raising money for the LAF.

$$ (Peloton project member - 2000, 2001, 2002, ad infinitum)
re: Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!mr_spin
Jan 25, 2002 8:46 AM
These are all great shots, but for me, the locale inspires me a lot more than any rider.

My favorite terrain - a long twisting climb...

A small winding road above the ocean...

A little country road...

But then again, one of my favorite pictures is this:

Lance rides away on Hautacam
The LookDog
Jan 25, 2002 10:44 AM
This is either right before or right after "The Look." I'm can't find one actually of The Look. The relative strain on their faces says a lot.
oh, here is isDog
Jan 25, 2002 11:08 AM
found one at a different angleTig
Jan 25, 2002 11:51 AM
I'm always amazed...mr_spin
Jan 25, 2002 12:31 PM
Look at the people in the background. A lot of them are standing right there, with the key players in front of them at the key moment in the race, and where are they looking?

Down the hill.

I'm always amazed when I see race pictures or watch on TV, because so many fans seem to be watching everything except the race.
found one at a different angleRayBan
Jan 25, 2002 1:26 PM
CLEARLY Jan is locking up a break to make it more of a challenge! LOL
The Lookmerckx56
Jan 25, 2002 11:10 AM
go to and download the new (2002) screensaver program, it's on there and it's freakin' brilliant!
man look at that quad muscle on Jan!RayBan
Jan 25, 2002 1:23 PM
not to shift gears but I think Jan Ulrich looks the best on a bike nowadays. AND LOOK AT THOSE QUADS! Grind em Jan!!
re: Most Inspriational Picture - EVER!!!brider
Jan 25, 2002 11:05 AM
I would have to say that the most insirational picture was the one of the entire Motoral team crossing the line ahead of the peleton as a gesture of respect on the stage of the TdF after Casarteli died. Just thinking of that one wells up emotion in me.
If only I could ride like thisdescente
Jan 25, 2002 1:02 PM
Man if I could pop a wheelie like this guy... Now this is inspiration.

But seriously, those Lance shots are inspirational. I am reading his training guide book at the moment.
If only I could ride like thispierpont
Jan 25, 2002 1:06 PM
did you take that shot? he looks like he is going to fall over the next second unless he really brakes and shifts his weight.
If only I could ride like thisdescente
Jan 25, 2002 1:22 PM
No I didn't take that the shot. Wish that I did though!

It's from the Racing Moments Gallery here on the site.
The guy did fall over... You can read the funny thread on this picture at:
You want to see some EMOTION?!Epic02
Jan 25, 2002 8:41 PM
This is my personal fave. Now,that's a happy man.
"Intensity" Beautiful. Love it. (nm)Sintesi at home
Jan 26, 2002 4:04 AM
This one works pretty well for me (Another great Lance shot).nigel
Jan 25, 2002 9:41 PM
Taken as he crossed the line in the 2001 TdF at Alpe d'Huez, just before throwing a pretty mean punch into the air. Shows just how lean and cut-up he is. Look at those arms; while not body-builder huge, I'd certainly hate to get hit in the face with a punch from one of them!

Good post, DWridesGT; brought out a lot of cool pix and inspirational thoughts/memories.

Now for the Least Inspriational Picture!!!Bruno S
Jan 25, 2002 10:35 PM
This guy got run over by the peloton during the final sprint. It happened during the 2001 Tour de Murcia.
Inspires me to where a helmet. (nm)Sintesi at home
Jan 26, 2002 4:07 AM
Now here's a guy who was happy to win.Sintesi at home
Jan 26, 2002 4:59 AM
Ladies and gentlemen. Mr. Andre (whoopie!) Tchimil.
this onenm
Jan 26, 2002 10:40 AM