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  • The bicycle has a soul. If you succeed to love it, it will give you emotions that you will never forget.
  • The last thing I'll say for people who don't believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I'm sorry for you, I'm sorry you can't dream big, I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles. This is one hell of a race, a great sporting event and you should believe. You should believe in these athletes and you should believe in these people. I'm a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live and there are no secrets - this is a sporting event and hard work wins it, so Vive le Tour forever!
    • Lance Armstrong, Podium farewell speech, Tour de France, July 24, 2005 [1]
  • The bicycle, surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.
    • Christopher Morley (from The Romany Stain, New York: Doubleday, Page & co, 1926. Long excerpt from this book found here: [2] )
  • The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.
    • John Howard (not the Australian Prime Minister.)
  • When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.
  • This, my first [bicycle] had an intrinsic beauty. And it opened for me an era of all but flying, which roads emptily crossing the airy, gold-gorsy Common enhanced. Nothing since has equalled that birdlike freedom.
    • Elizabeth Bowen, on acquiring a bicycle at age 13 (appears in 2 collections of her essays, "Pictures and conversations" New York, Knopf; Random House 1975, and "The Mulberry Tree: Writings of Elizabeth Bowen." Virago, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Reissued by Vintage, 1999, ed. Hermione Lee. First sentence possibly incorrect, needs checked)
  • I'll tell you what I think of bicycling, I think it has done more to emancipate woman than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.
    • Susan B. Anthony (in The Life and Works of Susan B. Anthony by Ida Husted Harper, 1898. Volume II, chapter XLVI. [3])
  • The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.
    • Iris Murdoch (apparently p29 of The Red and the Green, if anyone has a copy to check?)
  • Is in the small things we see it. The child's first step, as awesome as an earthquake. The first time you rode a bike, wallowing up the sidewalk.
  • A bicycle does get you there and more … And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun.
  • A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness.
    • James E. Starrs (Google shows this as p36 in "The Noiseless tenor: the bicycle in literature", 1982; don't have a copy to check but a little dubious about the attribution as that is a collection of excerpts, and p36 is too far in to be the introduction)
  • The eye of the hurricane is back in Lance, and the storm is aiming directly for the Ullrich trailer park.
  • Enough with this Sunday stroll . . . let's hurt a little bit.
  • The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew--and live through it.
  • Cycling is like church. Many attend, but few understand.
  • Pain is a big fat creature riding on your back. The farther you pedal, the heavier he feels. The harder you push, the tighter he squeezes your chest. The steeper the climb, the deeper he digs his jagged, sharp claws into your muscles.
  • To be a cyclist is to be a student of pain....at cycling's core lies pain, hard and bitter as the pit inside a juicy peach. It doesn't matter if you're sprinting for an Olympic medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you're missing the essence of the sport.
  • Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death...