The cycling world is rich in great sayings and quotes reflected the sport’s long history and reflecting its toughness and sense of fun.
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers to nominate their favourite saying or quote, and we’re listing them below along with the name of the person who submitted it.
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Use them wisely to improve your café banter or for taunting your poor cycling friends when they’re struggling.
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It’s not the falling off that hurts, it’s the landing.
If it’s not raining, it’s not training.
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” H.G. Wells
Training is like wrestling a bear – you don’t stop just because you’re tired.
You are one ride away from a good mood.
“Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.” Fausto Coppi
Four wheels move your body, two wheels move your soul.
“It never gets easier, you just get faster.” Greg LeMond
The older I get, the faster I was.
Are you riding, or are you hiding?
“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” Eddy Merckx.
Never sacrifice style for speed.
It’s only a hill, get over it.
Ride it like you stole it.
“As long as I breathe, I attack.” Bernard Hinault.
Keep the rubber side down.
My eight-year-old old daughter: “this hill is so steep, my legs are out of breath”.
“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” Eddy Merckx.
Sweat is just fat crying.
Sprint for flash, climb for cash.
I just trebled the value of my car, I put my bike in the boot.
Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.
No such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.
My ultimate fear is that when I die my wife sells my bikes for what I told her I paid for them.
Before thinking about buying a lighter bike, make yourself lighter.
If someone finds me collapsed on the road, please pause my Garmin.
When I was younger I asked my dad how many hills were left towards the end of the ride, he would reply: “It’s all downhill. Except for the uphill bits.”
Heard on a recent club run: They are not hills, they are mounds of opportunity.
When you’re wet, you’re wet. Used often with the British climate.
Your bike cost how much? And it doesn’t even come with pedals?
When you finish just one inch before the next one, you win.
This is a recovery ride for me today. You know, just in case I’m a little slower on the hills.