Masochism.

20 06 2011

Great article on Ryder Hesjedal over at http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2011.07-sports-the-pain-principle/

This sums it up brilliantly, with a shrug:

A circle closes. Everything about cycling is contained in that gesture, including its reigning truism: to race bicycles is to drink greedily from a bottomless chalice of agony. The sport and its heroes are only knowable, and then just barely, once you come to understand that suffering is cycling’s currency. And what that currency buys is the occasional — the very, very occasional — moment of exquisite glory. Mostly, it purchases tough breaks and tougher questions. Much like the one Eric Van Lancker asks of the rider before him. And by “Why not start the hill fifth?” he is really asking, “Is Ryder Hesjedal willing to suffer completely?”

Beautifully worded, such fine prose hasn’t seen the light of day in recent memory.

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