32 of the best cycling sayings

Find inspiration for yourself - or condemnation of others - with our selection of great cycling sayings and quotes

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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.

Use them wisely to improve your café banter or for taunting your poor cycling friends when they're struggling.

Have we missed out your favourite (or most hated) cycling saying? Tell us in the comment section below.

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It's not the falling off that hurts, it's the landing.

James Carson

If it’s not raining, it’s not training.

Richard Wing

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” H.G. Wells

Oliver Neilson

Training is like wrestling a bear – you don't stop just because you're tired.

Neil Cobley

You are one ride away from a good mood.

Sarah Bentley

"Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill." Fausto Coppi

Kevin Shields

Photo: Jesse Wild

A bit of banter to liven up a club ride. Photo: Jesse Wild


Four wheels move your body, two wheels move your soul.

Nicola Miller

“It never gets easier, you just get faster.” Greg LeMond

Nash Nyoni

The older I get, the faster I was.

Paul Webb

Are you riding, or are you hiding?

Daniel Solomatine

"Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” Eddy Merckx.

Andreas Östrin

Riding in the open countryside: The definition of freedom

Riding? Or hiding?

Never sacrifice style for speed.

Bill Caveny

It’s only a hill, get over it.

Tim Badger

Ride it like you stole it.

Lee Sutton

“As long as I breathe, I attack.” Bernard Hinault.

Peter Grady

Keep the rubber side down.

David Silver

My eight-year-old old daughter: "this hill is so steep, my legs are out of breath".

Mike Griffiths

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” Eddy Merckx.

Vshal Nahin

Photo: Chris Catchpole

Always good for a quote: cycling legend Eddy Merckx. Photo: Chris Catchpole

Sweat is just fat crying.

Paul Beevers

Sprint for flash, climb for cash.

Jason O’Brien

I just trebled the value of my car, I put my bike in the boot.

Jeremy Dickens

Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.

Fahmi Ibrahim

No such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.

Josie Hunsdon

My ultimate fear is that when I die my wife sells my bikes for what I told her I paid for them.

Sean Power

Before thinking about buying a lighter bike, make yourself lighter.

James Foley

Climb attack hill 02

Hills are your friends

If someone finds me collapsed on the road, please pause my Garmin.

Jayson Carey-Brenton

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.”

Tom Cullen

Heard on a recent club run: They are not hills, they are mounds of opportunity.

Michael Page

When you’re wet, you’re wet. Used often with the British climate.

George Kinghorn

Your bike cost how much? And it doesn't even come with pedals?

Mark Turner

When you finish just one inch before the next one, you win.

Bram Bugajski

This is a recovery ride for me today. You know, just in case I'm a little slower on the hills.

Peter Denness

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.