David Millar on the Suffering of Cyclists

From an FT interview at:  http://www.slate.com/id/2298323/. The analogy with hitting yourself on the head with a hammer is quite appropriate…

“I started learning about the sport, reading about it, and I was just enchanted,” he says. “It seemed romantic but also tragic – people would be winning but then lose it all, or crash but fight on, break bones but get back on their bikes and try to finish. Just getting to the end was seen as an achievement in itself. It’s somehow old-fashioned, gladiatorial … “

Masochistic? “Absolutely – it’s all about suffering. Often the best guys are just those that can suffer longer, who don’t give up. And it’s so easy to give up, when you’re on a mountain and it’s really hurting. We go through a lot physically.”

And, so … the attraction? “Well, they say it’s like hitting yourself in the head with a hammer – when you stop it feels great.”

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