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10 Motivational Cycling Quotes from Famous People

By Frantiska Blazkova

There’s nothing like a bit of pep talk from the greatest pro and amateur riders in history to keep your spirits up. 

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

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” – John F. Kennedy


“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring” – Desmond Tutu

“The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it” – Doug Bradbury


“I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do” – Miguel Indurain

“When my legs hurt, I say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!” – Jens Voigt

“When it’s hurting you, that’s when you can make a difference” – Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx at the Rouleur Supper Club, April 2011

“Good morale in cycling comes from good legs” Sean Yates

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

“To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world” – Mark Cavendish