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What an awesome thing to be involved in.

Okay, here's my question. How the heck in the Tour de France can they travel 3500+k and average more than 40k/h? I simply can't fathom it.


It is a level of fitness that is difficult to imagine, especially as we grow older. I experienced being in what was probably the best shape I could possibly acheive when I was 27. It is an amazing feeling. I had cycled 3000 miles in 10 weeks carrying 50 pounds of equipment.

But what these guys do in training is so far beyond that. Add to that training the support of nutritionists, doctors, massage therapists and more, and you have a level of fitness that few humans ever experience. Imagine living on your bike 8 to 10 hours every day, being coached by the best trainers in the world. I would imagine that you become a machine.

Then there is the final ingredient, found in one athlete in a million. Call that ingredient heart, hunger, desire, killer instinct, whatever, it is the magic piece that makes for an Armstrong, or Indurain, or Hinault, or Merckx, or Anquetil. There were many others as well: Coppi, Bobet, Poulidor and others.

Really, the Tour today is a different thing than it was in the early days. Those early guys were the real "hard men". No support cars, no spare gear unless you could carry it, and no one could help you make repairs or you'd be disqualified. Add to that dirt roads, and, before the 1930's no gears. That;s right, just a single fixed gear (no freewheel). And they traveled the same routes.

How do they do it? I think that's hard for mere humans like you and I to say.

Patrick Keating

Do you know what model Peugeot that was used by John Marino? I was trying to find a picture of John on this bike and the whereabouts of it?

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