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More great writing from The Inner Ring, closing with this brilliant anecdote,

After the 1985 Paris-Roubaix race, CBS reporter John Tesh approached Holland’s Theo De Rooy, who said: “It’s bollocks this race! You’re working like an animal—you don’t have time to piss! You wet your pants.

“You’re riding in mud like this, you’re slipping—it’s a piece of s**t,” Screamed De Rooy in the fluent English that so many Dutchmen have at their command.

Tesh looked at De Rooy and asked, “Will you ever ride it again?”

Without hesitation the rider replied: “Sure! It’s the most beautiful race in the world!”

So the next time you ride your bike, be sure to savour the pleasure. For its own sake.

Read the full article on riding as an amateur vs. riding as a pro.

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  • The two-rider early morning ramble. You can solve a lot of the world's problems on one of these rides...

  • Foresto Vecchio, Asolo

  • @JasenThorpe every Italian male under 30 (or pretending to be) still makes this awful fashion faux pas.

  • @cyclingalps isn't riding bikes fun!?

  • @cyclingalps yeah, trying to add some real-time shots to the thread. CA has some pretty fantastic riding...

  • @cyclingalps SF Bay. Angel island on the left, & there's a hazy Mt. Diablo across the bay. Mt. D was a summit finish in the ToC this year

  • Here's a twitter-native version of that pic for #theperfecthairpin

  • Here's one for #theperfecthairpin thread over on Twitter. Looking over SF from Mt. Tam.

  • RT @cyclingalps: “@PieroNasari: @cyclingalps #theperfecthairpin Sella Pass” / così bella!

  • RT @BicyclingMag: 3 super-easy things your bike mechanic wishes you would do:

  • @mmcyclist ah hah, I see what you did there. Very funny. Better luck racing than with your jokes. :)

  • @cyclingalps @DeMolJohan @PatitucciPhoto here's hoping it's still quiet. Aside the flies, great road and gorgeous views throughout.

  • @DeMolJohan @PatitucciPhoto amazing! It only took therm 5 years to pave 3km.

  • @PatitucciPhoto love that section! Did you go down there late this year? Did they finally finish the paving project?

  • Love this photo. Throwing back to 2010 and the two Alexs descending Passo Gardena on the Sella Ronda.…

  • @cyclingalps @jeredgruber I believe it is. Good eye!

  • The draw for the 2015 @mdolomites was announced today; did you get in? If not, we have a few places left on our trip.

  • @cyclingthealps Even a blind squirrel like me can find #theperfecthairpin somewhere in here. #passopordoi

  • @cyclingthealps it must have been @a_gruber that took this version of #theperfecthairpin since @jeredgruber is in it

  • .@cyclingthealps met @jeredgruber on a similar request & then they came & took pics like this. #theperfecthairpin