Q&A with Eddy Merckx
Did you really say, Ride lots? That quote’s been attributed to you.
Yeah. Did you ever say that? Actually? Everyone says, “Eddy Merckx says, Ride lots.”
What’s it mean, ride lots?
It means ride a lot.
Yes, I ride lots. Yes.
But do you know if you ever…I mean, that’s—people in America have T-shirts that say ride lots.
Yeah, ride lots. Yeah. Yeah. I ride lots…Ride lots.
— always good to get it right from the source
Everything hurts. Your body is rebelling…lungs burning…muscles aching…head spinning…sweat pouring down your forehead, trickling off the tip of your nose and pooling below. You’ve come so far. You’ve pushed yourself. You should be proud. You could return home and feel good about what you’ve accomplished.
But…the path hasn’t come to an end. There’s more…off in the distance…beyond the horizon. There’s more…to see…to explore…to experience…to accomplish…to prove…limits to test. There’s more.
So, will you settle for less? Will you turn around, return home, content with your efforts? Or…will you stand tall, raise your head high, look beyond what your eyes can see, believe you can do what you haven’t yet done, go to a place you’ve never been and challenge your body to take one more step? Then another…and another…and another…
You might question whether the Hincapie fall is worthy of a second-angle gif, but I’d say yes. This was an important crash; a Big Deal for several reasons:
- Trek never would have let this happen to Lance. They’d have custom-engineered a spaceship fork for him, one that you could railgun off the moon without breaking. Slapping on some commuter OEM and calling it a day was a microcosm for how sponsors treated him vs. the rest of the sport.
- Cancellara eventually won this edition, but he wasn’t yet Cancellara as we know him. Hincapie had two teammates in this group of ~12. He’d lost 3-up sprint to Boonen the year before. If Hincapie was ever going to win, this was the day.
- I watched this race live on Cycling.TV, legitimately, but missed this crash because Cycling.TV was—and I can only assume remains—a buggy and difficult-to-manage product. This year’s NBCSN stream will be my first live, legit viewing (fingers crossed!) since.
- This was the last, twitter-free Roubaix (the service came of age in March ‘07, at SxSW). I remember being pinned to the live updates on Cyclingnews waiting for Cycling.TV to work again, reading this update and thinking it must have been a joke. Can you even imagine it? A race narrated by just a single text voice?
- Hincapie also chose to ride deep-section carbon rims this year—one of the first to try them at the classics and they weren’t the point of failure. It must have inspired others, as there were a lot of broken rims over the next several seasons. Carbon’s gotten much better, but despite the obituaries, box sections still refuse to die. I know which I’d chose, if for no other reason than I lack a car full of replacements.
- Hincapie comes amazingly close to riding this out to a slower, softer fall (presumably onto his side) in that field. Only the loose-swinging handle bars catching in the spokes of his front wheel prevent him from making the Save of All Saves.
JAKE STANGEL: COLORADO CONTI (RAPHA)
With a name like Stangel and having been born in Montreal, brought up in New York and now being one to spread his time between New York and Portland, editorial photographer Jake Stangel instantly has a certain charm about him. So pair him up with Rapha - pioneers of cycling made cool - and the results could only possibly be dreamy!
Having most recently photographed Rapha’s AW13 lookbook, dubbed by Jake himself as “highly dapper city cycling” (think croissants, coffee, cobble stones and the usual Rapha cool guys), the collaboration between the two is one that seems to effortlessly fit.
But like any great artist, his creative magic with Rapha spans far beyond their lookbook. His series Colorado Conti follows a group of six thrill seeking Rapha cyclists as they pedal their way through the mountainous peaks of Colorado. Reaching heights of 8,000 feet, admittedly the landscapes are stunning enough to make most photographs look impressive, but where Jake really shines is in his everyday documentation of the smaller details of the summit. Forget the techy cycling stuff, what Jake is more interested in are the spontaneous visits to the barbers, the tan-lines and the pit stops along the way.
Another early bamboo project. I commuted on this bike for a year. This frame addressed the torsional flex problem. It was my first “pretty” bamboo frame. Carbon fiber is co-molded within the cane to stiffen and provide crush resistance. To develop this process, I burned through over 100 ft of bamboo, 10lbs carbon fibers and 5 gallons various epoxy formulations. The secret ingredient ended up being brown sugar.
You built your own bamboo/carbon frame? You’re the fucking man
Yale [researchers] published … a paper titled, “Can We Say What Diet Is Best for Health?” In it, they compare the major diets of the day: Low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, mixed/balanced (DASH), Paleolithic, vegan, and elements of other diets. Despite the pervasiveness of these diets in culture and media, Katz and Meller write, “There have been no rigorous, long-term studies comparing contenders for best diet laurels using methodology that precludes bias and confounding. For many reasons, such studies are unlikely.” They conclude that no diet is clearly best, but there are common elements across eating patterns that are proven to be beneficial to health. “A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.”
Important new nutrition study confirms that Michael Pollan had it right all along in his now-legendary Food Rules.
(via The Dish)
Anonymous asked: I want a new groupset for my Cannondale, should i go for Sram red 22 or save a lot of money by going for force 22 and with the money saved maybe get a power meter? I've started racing this season and my 105 groupset isn't shifting that great anymore. i don't want ultegra because i don't like STi.
Buy Force. Save the rest of the cash for gas, food, and entry fees. Going to as many races as you can get will make you way faster then a power meter.
The best and worst thing about distance running is that it’s such a high maintenance sport. There’s always a chance of over-training or not stretching enough or icing enough or icing too much and having it ruin a season. But at the same time, it’s great that there’s all of these things that can go wrong because it teaches you to treat your body how you really should in order to stay healthy.
David Millar’s selfie from Milano San Remo last year was amazing, what do you think this year will be like?