Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Suffering

The fine art of suffering (in this case, pushing the body and mind to its limits) is often what separates the top ranks of professional cycling from the... the rest of the peleton. Smart training, good nutrition, and natural talent, all aspects of a PRO's season, only go so far. At the point, where a PRO has exceeded each, the race turns itself over to the rider who is willing to suffer the most.

16 comments:

fasterjim said...

The Beloki crash still makes me look away.

Kelly said...

You could have summed that all up by just showing Rasmussen's 2005 final Time Trial in the Polka-Dot jersey. That was suffering at it's best. Or you can just show every Lance vs. Jan match-up.

Anonymous said...

Sweet vid! That gave me goosebumps. Thanks for sharing, Freddy.

Kro

Radio Freddy said...

Kelly - True, and both exmples present. The Rasmussen TT is still hard to watch. Don't forget anything with Hinault. That guy could take some serious punishment.

Erik said...

This is one of my favorite youtube videos. Thanks for posting it!

Peanut said...

I was quite impressed with Bart Wellens' ride at Worlds. He turned himself inside out to come up with a fine result of 4th after multiple hard crashes - one of which was on pavement - and a broken wrist. I was inspired by his ability to dig so unbelievably deep. I will give it a go with him in mind at my last cross race this sunday!
And thanks for the "belgian vegan" props on your site - i'm quite honored!!!

Radio Freddy said...

Peanut - Thanks for the comment, your perspective is a wonderful addition to the discussions that take place at BKW. I hope you see some new readers as a result of the link.

chiefhiawatha said...

the music is a bit much. it is just bike racing.

Nico said...

Just bike racing?

ADIG said...

Makes me want to leave work and get out for a nice, painful ride. Thanks BKW.

-CPB said...

Oh man...good times...thanks for hooking us up with that Video.

I think hiawatha needs a hug.

bikesgonewild said...

...no matter how the deck is stacked, it still comes down to suffering on the bicycle...you transcend yourself, to battle others...

privateer said...

If you suffer enough, you get the chance to make out with an Olsen twin:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/10312007/gossip/pagesix/pagesix.htm

Bolivar said...

You hit the nail on the head! I refer it as chasing the dragon or calling the demon out to play. Just put a post up about this very topic - For the Love of Two wheels.

joe said...

It is great but.... it is a reasonably close copy/homage to a Nike spot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwjRtTKviSY

Hup Hup.

DXW said...

does it really count as suffering if you're doped to the gills?