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Say it ain't so, Eddy...(9 posts)

Say it ain't so, Eddy...geeker
Aug 17, 2003 8:23 PM
http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2003/aug03/zurich/?id=CH/CH3582

Eddy Merckx is as big as a house. Check out the double chin.
re: Say it ain't so, Eddy...morency
Aug 17, 2003 10:22 PM
he knows, started riding again last year (was even much heavier last year), and is still working on it. I've heard that even this heavy you'd still have a lot of difficulty to ride him out of your wheel...
Any idea how much extra weight he's carrying?Fez
Aug 18, 2003 5:28 AM
We all don't bat an eye when we see ex-professional football or basketball players gain enormous amounts of weight.

But given that Eddy was arguably the greatest cyclist of all time, its hard seeing him that large.

Has he gone totally sedentary? Or has he still been working out but adopted Jan Ullrich style eating habits?
When I was in Belgium last JuneContinental
Aug 18, 2003 6:00 AM
I asked a collegue of mine if the cycling drug scandals had hurt Eddy's reputation as a national hero. She replied "No, but getting fat hurt Eddy's reputation." There's not the social acceptance of obesity over there that there is here.
smokes like a chimney and drinks from what I hear (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 18, 2003 9:50 AM
Come on now... he's 58 years old!russw19
Aug 18, 2003 8:07 AM
And I bet he still kicks the crap out of me and the rest of the guys in my group rides....

Russ
getting old is no excuse to get fat (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 18, 2003 9:50 AM
To whom does he owe an excuse exactly? (nm)djg
Aug 18, 2003 11:18 AM
The man may be fat, but his last name is still Merckx!russw19
Aug 18, 2003 2:27 PM
And he accomplished more in his first week as a pro than most of us will accomplish in a lifetime on the bike.

Who am I to judge... maybe after 15 years of suffering the man wants to sit back and enjoy some bunt cake. Can't fault him for that. He earned a lot of money racing bikes.. and now if he spends it on food, who am I to pass judgement on a living legend? Hell, I like a good cheeseburger now and again...
Russ