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name your cycling hero!(33 posts)

name your cycling hero!cyclopathic
Dec 11, 2003 8:43 AM
to make it more interesting lets make it clear Eddy Merckx is not your cycling hero, he is your Cycling God!
serisously you didn't just post that did you?sievers11
Dec 11, 2003 8:46 AM
sorry a little troll like, couldn't help it.sievers11
Dec 11, 2003 8:47 AM
Hinault and Jalabert. Jalabert is probably my fav...nmDave Hickey
Dec 11, 2003 8:51 AM
too manyDougSloan
Dec 11, 2003 8:52 AM
Armstrong, Lemond, Coppi, Penseyres (transcontinental record).

Just about everyone who has set the hour record.

Dec 11, 2003 9:01 AM
Poulidor was a great racer and a real gentlemanLive Steam
Dec 12, 2003 8:13 AM
his career was nothing to be ashamed of, but I can't help but look at it like Greg Norman's golfing career - he never won the big one. He may very well have the most top three finishes in the TDF of anyone who never won.

According to Cycle Sport he started 14 TDF and even more Worlds. He finished 3rd FIVE times and 2nd Three times without ever putting on the Yellow Jersey. Likewise he never wore the Rainbow jersey. He finish 3rd three times and 2nd once.

He did win the Vuelta, the French National Championship, Milano-San Remo and Paris-Nice (twice). He obviously had Anquetil and Mercx to contend with, but he usually finished higher in races they were in vs. races they were not in. In any event, he was a great racer and a pretty good hero to have according to Cycle Sport.
his last 3rd finishcyclopathic
Dec 12, 2003 9:57 AM
came in 1976, at age 41.
here his palmares

just wonder if could win tour, given right gears?
here's more complete listcyclopathic
Dec 12, 2003 10:10 AM
I don't think it was gearingLive Steam
Dec 12, 2003 10:20 AM
He was always in the money, but he couldn't beat two legendary champions. He didn't race as well when he wasn't pushed by either Anquetil or Mercx. Beloki may have a similar career because of LA and Ullrich - always a bridesmaid and never a bride.
I don't think it was gearingcyclopathic
Dec 12, 2003 11:03 AM
in 1964 tour he lost to Anquetil on Puy-de-Dôme b/c he never rode climb and didn't have right gearing. Anquetil wasn't a factor after '64, it was his last tour, and Eddy won in his very first tour in '69. Raymond had 3 shots in between
re: name your cycling hero!don440
Dec 11, 2003 9:02 AM
orville and wilbur wright.
Einstein! (with a weird RBR experience included for free!)BowWow
Dec 11, 2003 9:26 AM
That was weird! The pic I uploaded was named "einstein.jpg" on my computer. The link of the uploaded photo showed up as:


so I pasted that in the box.

Here's what einstein(2) looks like:

My photo was hijacked! So I got to wondering what einstein(1) looked like. Typed it in, and here it is:

Again, not my photo. Hmmmm. So I tried again, renaming my photo "albert.jpg" Upload, now shows a broken link. So I look a little closer, and realize that the source photo is named "albert.jpeg" Shows up just fine on my XP machine, but not what the doctor ordered for the RBR host computer. So I finally figured it out, changed the extension to "jpg", and here's my favorite photo of my cycling hero:

(P.S. Ulrich, Armstrong, and Obrey are up there too!)
Another genius cyclist. . .ms
Dec 11, 2003 9:47 AM
Below are the link and some quotes from yesterday's newspaper about Peter Agre, who shared this year's Nobel prize in Chemistry:,0,1233632.story

Though he prefers a bicycle, Agre has been chauffeured to glittering receptions and formal dinners in a sleek black limousine provided by the Nobel Foundation. Although his fondest memories involve backpacking and canoe trips from New Mexico to Manitoba, here he's making do in a $500-a-night suite in Stockholm's very grand Grand Hotel.

* * *

Asked between events about how he has weathered the past two months, Agre replied: "The whole Nobel thing is terrific. But there are times when you just want to be left alone. You value the quiet times. Just riding your bike in the country. Going to the movies with your wife."
Chris Mailing (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 11, 2003 9:34 AM
that's funny...I agree!rollo tommassi
Dec 11, 2003 9:51 AM
he's just a regular guy, but you know, he is great father, a great rider, a great leader, and he came back from a terrible accident.

sounds like another guy who many consider their hero!
jello blooded dopefiendblackhat
Dec 11, 2003 10:38 AM
Sean Kelly (nm)toomanybikes
Dec 11, 2003 10:42 AM
Indurain, understated excellence...koala
Dec 11, 2003 12:34 PM
I read in a euromag he came into the last tour he rode at 6 kilograms heavy. Apparently the lack of desire finally did him in. It would be interesting to see how many he could have won if he had Lances drive. The same article said when he was at his peak his resting was 25 to 27 beats per minute, and he was a big as stage racers go.
Indurain, understated excellence...Tom C
Dec 11, 2003 2:54 PM
Well it wasn't lack of drive. It had been Indurains habit to show up a few pounds fat and then ride it off in the early hot flat stages. So what happened that year while going for six, it rained the first week of the Tour and no weight loss. He wasn't one to make excuses for himself but that's how it was reported in the bike mags of the time.
Indurain, understated excellence...DINOSAUR
Dec 12, 2003 10:25 AM
I don't have a definite 'hero' as there are many that I admire. But I would have to put Indurain near the top of the list. He was quite, reserved, not boastful and was not all full of himself. He just went out and rode and let his riding do his talking for him. Sean Kelly is another rider I would like to pattern myself after. It's funny the different personality type that cyclists have in general. I've noticed on group rides that sometimes it's the quite reserved riders that never say anything before the ride starts are the one's that take off and you never see them again.
Cycling can be a very individual sport... so it attracts themrussw19
Dec 12, 2003 3:36 PM
The guys that don't really ride to be social... they ride to get away from their problems. I was like that as a kid. I rode to escape. I rode to see things I wouldn't see otherwise. I rode to get away from hectic things and be alone with my thoughts. I rode for me.

I still rode group training rides, and I wasn't anti-social, but I didn't say much other than cycling related things like rider left, car up, on your right... things like that. But when I was young I rode with a group of Cat 2's when I was a 16 year old junior... usually my heart was beating out of my chest and I was gasping for air so bad I didn't have time to talk.

But I agree with you, I like riders, and any athletes for that matter, that don't showboat or taunt. Professional cycling is a job, and some guys just show up for work. It's those guys I like. Two current riders I do like are Oscar Friere and Eric Dekker. I am not so big on guys like McEwen who doesn't know when to shut up and let his legs do the talking.

That said, my favorite riders were Stephen Roche, Andy Hampsten, Sean Kelly, Tony Rominger, and I also always admired Big Mig.

Definitely Jaja, but... anotherfunknuggets
Dec 11, 2003 1:23 PM
Van Petegem is another stud of a rider. Year after year he is an absloute master of some of the early spring classics. If anything has cobbles, Peter Van Petegem is the man. Stud.

Easy.. Hinault. Even if he didn't win a race he frequently...Tom C
Dec 11, 2003 3:12 PM
would be the one to "make" the race. I got the same feeling watching Mantle, who was often more watchable striking out than some who got hits. Besides who among the greats who have won 5 Tours can say they never finished lower than second besides Hinault? Not Indurain and not Armstrong not even Merckx. In 8 Tour starts Hinault won 5 times finished second twice had to leave in 1980 with the yellow jersey on his back and 3 stage wins under his belt. It's kind of a shame so little is thought of him largely because of the Lemond nonsense
Andy Hampsten, Alexi Grewal, John Tomac...gtx
Dec 11, 2003 3:53 PM
and then the more obvious Eddy Merckx, Greg Lemond, Sean Kelly...
Dec 11, 2003 3:57 PM
Bob Roll, Greg Lemond, Lance Armstrong...
Lance Armstrong (sorry) nmkevinacohn
Dec 11, 2003 4:27 PM
O.K. I'll post it.......AaronToy. -nmcydswipe
Dec 11, 2003 4:54 PM
Dave Stoller. nmSao
Dec 11, 2003 10:45 PM
Pee-Wee Hermanmickey-mac
Dec 11, 2003 10:50 PM
at least before all the kiddie porn stuff.
Johan Museeuw (nm)Stampertje
Dec 12, 2003 4:01 AM
Sprint-Nick. nmjaybird
Dec 12, 2003 4:42 AM
Major Taylor, Jeannie LongoCritLover
Dec 12, 2003 9:14 PM
Taylor was not only an incredible athlete, but someone who had to overcome incredible obstacles to reach the elite level that he did.

Longo has dominated the women's field like no other. She has 47 French championships, 13 world championships, 38 world records, and this year, at 44, she won over 20 races. Now, I know there's rumors of her being a little nasty, but they said the same thing about Lance all along.