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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
What started as a test question for our new San Francisco Cycle Club Manager became an interesting and somewhat telling all-company challenge.
Who are your top five cyclists, living or dead, retired or currently racing?
Before you take the challenge yourself, here are a few things you should know going into it:
1) It is next to impossible to get your list to five. As soon as you put your five down, you will likely say "…Oh yeah, and him, him, and I love him…." I wrote my list and immediately added another ten that I wish I could have squeezed into my top five.
2) Your five appears to be a reflection of your draw to the sport and perhaps a tell as to how you see yourself as a rider. Lists seem to be weighted either towards the direction of Classic hard-men or towards the more elegant Grand Tour racers. The brutal grace of Eddy Merckx tends to have him on lists from both camps.
3) Everyone loves Jens Voigt. Well, not everyone, but most everyone. Jens and riders like Jens who suffer and excite tend to have universal respect and admiration.
Here is a sampling of responses to get you thinking about your own top five:
Simon Mottram, Rapha Founder
John Herety, Team Director, Rapha-Condor-Sharp
Lucienne Van Impe
Jeremy Dunn, Rapha N.A.
Graeme Raeburn, Rapha Designer
- @flammecast @AaronBuggle His Shrone is fine !!!
- Big thanks to all marshals,coms and medical staff on the @anpostras today. Great work despite the numerous demands on their services today.
- Just to let all his girl fans know @AaronBuggle is ok. He's in hospital and will need some surgery on a cut to his chin. Will update later.
- We've just added 13 new rides since the weekend to our Rapha #womens100 Find a Ride list. → http://t.co/ux8c1JCuQc
- The team also racing the Ras in Ireland this week. Currently Aaron Buggle is the team's top placed rider in 15th overall.
- Tour Series resumes tonight in Stoke on Trent. RCJ line up is House, Clancy, McCallum, English and Mellor.
- Arboretum → http://t.co/cJXOyDWnK0 #raphasurvey #sanfrancisco #sf #cycling
- There are still a few of these sweet Rapha + Raeburn jackets at the SF @raphacycleclub. http://t.co/C2d98yCRL0
- The hills above. #raphasurvey http://t.co/jlIkXowxyT
- U23 winner in 2012 what's in store for @RichHandley90 in the @anpostras http://t.co/xyZWX3NbtG