Best cycling quote: Theo de Rooy after abandoning the 1985 Paris-Roubaix

Human psychology is interesting, and I find it more fascinating as I grow older (and wiser :).  It’s been often said that love and hate can be close together.  So it is with joy and suffering.  This brings me to cycling: why do I love riding?  I surely am not a masochist, I don’t ride to suffer, but it seems as if it’s the passage to the feelings of joy, satisfaction, happiness, and sometimes even ecstasy.  Clearly there are biophysical responses but the psychology is most intruiguing: I don’t think I’ve seen the paradox so well exposed as in this quote that James Brown sent me:

“This had to be one of my favorite memories of the “Hell of the North”:

Dutchman Theo De Rooy is sitting in the Panasonic team car after abandoning the 1985 Paris-Roubaix. He’s covered in mud after spending a major portion of the race on the front, escaping in the Arenberg Forest. He’s interviewed by American reporter John Tesh of CBS Sports…

de Rooy: “It’s a 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 shit…”

Tesh: “Will you ever ride it again?”

de Rooy, not hesitating for a second: “Sure, it’s the most beautiful race in the world!”

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