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Weekend Competition: The Hardmen

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As I said last week when we announced the new book, The Hardmen, we had a much harder time of it writing this one than we did with The Rules. There are a variety of reasons why this is true, not least the fact that we had to actually choose which Hardmen to include in the book, a bigger chore than it might seem. Some of them were pretty obvious, some were pretty obscure, but mostly it was simply a difficult chore to narrow down the list to something we could fit in a single book without turning it into War and Peace.

Not to mention that we were basically working from memory, for our oft-stated Anti-Research Policies.

Given that, there are some major omissions, whether deliberate or otherwise. Maybe we simply didn’t like a particular rider, hardness notwithstanding (Pharsmstrong). Maybe we loved a rider and we acknowledged their hardness, but the hardness was so universal that we couldn’t zero in on a particular ride that would make the book (Boonen). Other riders featured more than once because they were so universally hard but still managed to drop majorly epic rides in often enough that we simply couldn’t keep from adding a few of their stories (Kelly, Merckx).

With that, I give you your weekend assignment: which is the most glaring omission from the book, and why? But here’s the catch: you have to be specific on which rider, and you have to be specific on preciesely which ride/action merits inclusion. Vote for your favorite omission by using the (new) like button*. If you’d like to add your own notes to someone else’s entry, just respond inline as usual. Top three omissions** will receive a free copy of The Hardmen, signed by all three authors (this will take a little time as we have to ship them around the world.)

* I have resisted adding a Like button to posts since Velominati’s inception in 2009, feeling strongly that if you have something to say, you should take the time to say it rather than anonymously tapping a like button. However, given my own limited available time to commit to posting, I have come to appreciate the elegance of being able to recognize a post for its humor without needing to respond to it with something unimaginative like, “Ha!” I hold fast on my view that there will never be a “Dislike” button, as I firmly believe that while you are welcome to dislike something, you need to hold yourself accountable for your remarks.

** We reserve the right to override the voting system and choose the winner at our discretion.

// Contest // The Hardmen

  1. @Buck Rogers

    @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    Right, I can see where it could be really hard to limit it but I was baffled not to find Le Professeur, LeMan, Coppi and Gimondi in the pages (but Virenque, Hansen and McEwen made it???).

    But in life it is so much easier to criticize and destroy than build and do (but Hansen???)

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    That’s absolutely why, for the conpetition, we’re asking you to come up with a specific example

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    Ahh, got it.

    For starters there’s one of the most famous Hardmen story ever with Fiorenzo Magni riding the Giro with a broken collarbone (and he did not have his unborn twin to help him, either!)

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    +10,000. Magni ftw. Was his story in The Rules tho?




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  2. @Buck Rogers


    @Buck Rogers

    you mean BartAli, not Michele Bartoli, I guess?




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  3. @Buck Rogers

    Bartoli was a Hardman many times but the specific intense that most stands out was when he was riding with hidden documents during the war to save Jewish lives. That is about as Hardcore as one can get since he would most likely have been literally shot if he were caught.

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    Guess you mean Gino BartAli, not Bartoli (Michele)…




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  4. Wining the 1989 TdF after being mistaken for a turkey by his trigger happy brother in law doesn’t qualify LeMond? With buckshot residue still present in his body?




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  5. @Fausto

    Adam Hansen, stopped counting how many tours he has ridden in a row.

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    Adam is in the book, you dingdong.




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  6. @Nero

    @Buck Rogers

    Bartoli was a Hardman many times but the specific intense that most stands out was when he was riding with hidden documents during the war to save Jewish lives. That is about as Hardcore as one can get since he would most likely have been literally shot if he were caught.

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    Guess you mean Gino BartAli, not Bartoli (Michele)…

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    Dammit!!! I ALWAYS do that! Last time Oli called me out!!! Some day I’ll learn (or more likely not!!!).

    Thanks!




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  7. @Buck Rogers

    So yeah, I see the difficulties with coming up with specific rides for Leman and Le Professeur off the top of my head and I do not know my history well enough with Coppi and Gimondi. That’s a good point.

    Maybe you could have a supplemental chapter dealing with riders who just exuded Hardness their whole careers even though one cannot pinpoint a specific instance?

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    It’s a lot harder than it seems, but of course now I realize LeMond on Luz Ardiden in 1990 would have been the moment to choose. Maybe we can add it for the US release. The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.




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  8. @Cary

    le doublé d’Anquetil:

    http://www.thebikecomesfirst.com/jacques-anquetils-remarkable-dauphine-bordeaux-paris-double/

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    I was going to post that one too. Somewhere in the Velominati archives is a Guest Article I did on it.

    I’ll throw another out there: Major Taylor. First black national and world cycling champion. Track rider extraordinaire in the late 19th, early 20th centuries. The racism and discrimination he endured throughout his career was awful yet he handled it with dignity and class. No question his career and life qualifies him as a hardman.




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  9. Gert Jan Theunise. It isn’t so much about his results, which are respectable, as much as it is about his presence. His jaw line could cut metal and I think most of us would give up a race before it started if we got caught in his stare. He oozes hardness.




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  10. @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    So yeah, I see the difficulties with coming up with specific rides for Leman and Le Professeur off the top of my head and I do not know my history well enough with Coppi and Gimondi. That’s a good point.

    Maybe you could have a supplemental chapter dealing with riders who just exuded Hardness their whole careers even though one cannot pinpoint a specific instance?

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    It’s a lot harder than it seems, but of course now I realize LeMond on Luz Ardiden in 1990 would have been the moment to choose. Maybe we can add it for the US release. The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.




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    I have to say that there is some really brilliant writing in the book! Loved the bit about Dudu and having God himself come up alongside him and speak to him neat the end of that RVV. I had never heard that before. So awesome!

    And the bit about asking Le Blaireau about French Hardmen being an oxymoron! (although I bet he would argue more than anyone else that there has not been any true French Hardmen since Gibus!).




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  11. @Duane Gran

    Gert Jan Theunise. It isn’t so much about his results, which are respectable, as much as it is about his presence. His jaw line could cut metal and I think most of us would give up a race before it started if we got caught in his stare. He oozes hardness.




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    And that mullet, eh?




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  12. @frank

    And speaking of Le Blaireau, here is your clip that you recommend in the book.




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  13. @HigherGround

    I don’t have a copy of the book yet, much to my chagrin, so please forgive me if this example is already used in either of the ones for Sean Kelly. I recall reading that he had a saddle sore that blew up to the size of a golf ball while he was leading the Vuelta a España. Legend has it that he had the team doctor remove it at the hotel, before the start of a time trial. If true, that example should be in there!

    And then there were also the stories of how long he would abstain from sex before major races, prompting Paul Sherwen to speculate that Sean’s wife was still a virgin. (Insert pun about book title here.)

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    Actually, the story as I’ve heard it was that they tried to lance it and his roommate heard painful shrieks coming from the bathroom where the procedure was being performed.

    He abandoned the next day, while in the lead.




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  14. Lemond is a hard one to call. I think he was a massive whinge over the Hinault 85/86 thing. He was niaive and totally unprepared for a personality that size. But even so by 86 Hinault had won 5 Tours plus everything else, Lemond had the world championships 3 years before and one Tour stage. And he was surprised he wasn’t automatic leader. And then he bitched so much about it they had to make a documentary and a book about it. Nobody else probably queried it, never mind what Hinault might have bluffed in the press.

    Having said that he stood up to Armstrong and never buckled or changed his tune under overwhelming pressure and bullying. That makes him hard.

    Specific rider and rides. Boardman, 94 prologue, Merckx style hour record and never moaning when getting beaten by inferior riders on the juice. I know he’s mentioned in the book at the back but even so, he deserves a section.

    I bought the book last week and was enjoying it so much I tried to read it slow to make it last, but couldn’t. It was too good. There’s loads of bits that made me laugh but for some reason in particular I thought the bit on Jan Raas was really well written. A job well done. A follow up on stylish riders would be welcome..




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  15. Gianni Bugno. Back to back Worlds, holding the pink Jersey from start to finish in 1990, Milan San Remo, De Ronde, and bashing a spectator across the nose with his front wheel for taking him down in the Alps. Plus bonus points for this flawless execution.




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  16. @frank

    @HigherGround

    I don’t have a copy of the book yet, much to my chagrin, so please forgive me if this example is already used in either of the ones for Sean Kelly. I recall reading that he had a saddle sore that blew up to the size of a golf ball while he was leading the Vuelta a España. Legend has it that he had the team doctor remove it at the hotel, before the start of a time trial. If true, that example should be in there!

    And then there were also the stories of how long he would abstain from sex before major races, prompting Paul Sherwen to speculate that Sean’s wife was still a virgin. (Insert pun about book title here.)

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    Actually, the story as I’ve heard it was that they tried to lance it and his roommate heard painful shrieks coming from the bathroom where the procedure was being performed.

    He abandoned the next day, while in the lead.

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    I also read that they didn’t want to go to a hospital and alert other teams/media Kelly was suffering, so it was done without anesthetic in a hotel bathroom. Yikes..




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  17. @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    So yeah, I see the difficulties with coming up with specific rides for Leman and Le Professeur off the top of my head and I do not know my history well enough with Coppi and Gimondi. That’s a good point.

    Maybe you could have a supplemental chapter dealing with riders who just exuded Hardness their whole careers even though one cannot pinpoint a specific instance?

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    It’s a lot harder than it seems, but of course now I realize LeMond on Luz Ardiden in 1990 would have been the moment to choose. Maybe we can add it for the US release. The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

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    Yes, the one where he towed Big Mig up for the win. There’s also the time that LeMan descended like a mad bastard after he had flatted and Chiappucci had attacked him.

    And speaking of Cappuccino, how about his drug-fuelled 4 or 5 mountain breakaway at the Tour in the early-to-mid 90’s. Sure you could actually see him inject himself along the way but that was one Fucking Hard ride!




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  18. @frank

    @Fausto

    Adam Hansen, stopped counting how many tours he has ridden in a row.

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    Adam is in the book, you dingdong.




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    I haven’t been on here for about two years and I still get insulted by @Frank.

    The OP re: Adam Hansen is a different Fausto though – didn’t think the system allowed identical handles?




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  19. @frank

    The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

    There’s also a Dutch version coming out and you’re only telling us now, and even only as a lose comment in a byline?

    Please make sure you use a different translator than the one who did De Regels. He does not know about cycling. Some translations made my toes curl so I could not clip in anymore. What Dutch title is being proposed? Harde mannen? or Bikkels? @ErikdR @RvanDijk

    Btw: any update on my gear order from last last year?




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  20. @Fausto

    @frank

    @Fausto

    Adam Hansen, stopped counting how many tours he has ridden in a row.

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    Adam is in the book, you dingdong.

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    I haven’t been on here for about two years and I still get insulted by @Frank.

    Karma for not being here for 2 years.




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  21. @sthilzy

    Adam Hansen

    http://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/reuters/2013-07-18t170230z_584939952_lr2e97i1bbvs2_rtrmadp_3_cycling-tour.grid-6×3.jpg

    First rider to complete 17 consecutive Grand Tours!




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    READ THE BOOK OR AT LEAST THE CONTENTS WHICH FRANK HAS INCLUDED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE




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  22. BTW, how good is the photo on the inside back cover of the Prophet and the Disciple gunning it?

    I had to stare at it for a long, long time. Then show it to my wife. Then stare at it some more.




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  23. Gerrie Knetemann, not even a time trialist but so fucking hard for himself he always raced with the best.

    Marino Lejaretta, a pre Adam Hansen who not only did the triple grand tours four years, but also managed to race top 5 in those years

    And Andrea Tafi, who´s present at his birth was a big ring.




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  24. @RobSandy

    @sthilzy

    Adam Hansen

    http://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/reuters/2013-07-18t170230z_584939952_lr2e97i1bbvs2_rtrmadp_3_cycling-tour.grid-6×3.jpg

    First rider to complete 17 consecutive Grand Tours!

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    READ THE BOOK OR AT LEAST THE CONTENTS WHICH FRANK HAS INCLUDED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE

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    Opps! I post before I read!

    Bit like reading A Winning mag – look at the pics 110+ times, then read an paragraph to know what the pics were about.




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  25. @sthilzy

    Hah. No one reads the articles anyway.

    The chapter on Hansen is well worth a read, btw. I hadn’t realised what a cool fucker he is.




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  26. @sthilzy

    ,,, didn’t realize there was another pic of the chapters. Forehead slap fixed it!




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  27. @RobSandy

    @sthilzy

    Hah. No one reads the articles anyway.

    The chapter on Hansen is well worth a read, btw. I hadn’t realised what a cool fucker he is.




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    Cool fucker – he can make you a shoe! https://hanseeno.myshopify.com/collections/shoes




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  28. @KogaLover

    @Fausto

    @frank

    @Fausto

    Adam Hansen, stopped counting how many tours he has ridden in a row.

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    Adam is in the book, you dingdong.

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    I haven’t been on here for about two years and I still get insulted by @Frank.

    Karma for not being here for 2 years.




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    Entirely possible.




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  29. I am late to this. But how could LeMan not be considered? To wit … the Prologue to Richard Moore’s “Slaying the Badger.”




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  30. I would argue that LeMond riding with diarrhea is more #9 than any #9 ride. Compare that to Dumoulin having to get off his bike in this year’s Giro.




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  31. @chuckp

    I would argue that LeMond riding with diarrhea is more #9 than any #9 ride. Compare that to Dumoulin having to get off his bike in this year’s Giro.

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    By all accounts it was for those around him……………..




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  32. @sthilzy

    @RobSandy

    @sthilzy

    Hah. No one reads the articles anyway.

    The chapter on Hansen is well worth a read, btw. I hadn’t realised what a cool fucker he is.

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    Cool fucker – he can make you a shoe! https://hanseeno.myshopify.com/collections/shoes

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    Not to diminish Hansen’s achievement in any way, but it has only been possible in the modern era. Until fairly recently, the Vuelta was held in April, then the Giro in May and the Tour in July – three grand tours on four months. No rider could do 17 consecutive GTs with that schedule. Chapeau to Hansen!




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  33. Briek Schotte

    20 consecutive Ronde’s, won twice, 8 podiums.

    First world championship in 1948 was in a 150 mile break including 27 climbs of the Cauberg, only 10 others finished.

    Died on the day of the 2004 Ronde.




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  34. ^ 150 miles. What are those?

    Oh man, The Accidental COTHO? What a superb chapter title! That is aVVwesome.

    Also, cannot imagine racing 60 km with a soiled chamois. That sounds like torture!




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  35. Oh, and did anyone else notice Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa was not a full zip jersey? Goddamn, he was probably angrier than ever to be in the lead on that day!




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  36. @chuckp

    I am late to this. But how could LeMan not be considered? To wit … the Prologue to Richard Moore’s “Slaying the Badger.”

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    One of my favorite cycling Hardman stories of all time. I told it to my five kids with a deep reverence a few years ago and they all just looked at me like I was fucking insane (they might be right).

    LeMan deserves a whole fucking Hardman book just devoted to him.




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  37. @Blackjohn

    Briek Schotte

    20 consecutive Ronde’s, won twice, 8 podiums.

    First world championship in 1948 was in a 150 mile break including 27 climbs of the Cauberg, only 10 others finished.

    Died on the day of the 2004 Ronde.

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    Schotte gets in on the basis of that photo alone. He looks like he’s just stepped out of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.




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  38. @wiscot

    @Blackjohn

    Briek Schotte 20 consecutive Ronde’s, won twice, 8 podiums. First world championship in 1948 was in a 150 mile break including 27 climbs of the Cauberg, only 10 others finished. Died on the day of the 2004 Ronde.

    1′!Schotte gets in on the basis of that photo alone. He looks like he’s just stepped out of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

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    Ha! Touche’!




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  39. @wiscot

    @Blackjohn

    Briek Schotte 20 consecutive Ronde’s, won twice, 8 podiums. First world championship in 1948 was in a 150 mile break including 27 climbs of the Cauberg, only 10 others finished. Died on the day of the 2004 Ronde.

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    Schotte gets in on the basis of that photo alone. He looks like he’s just stepped out of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

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    Wonder if he plays chess well?




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  40. @Buck Rogers

    @wiscot

    @Blackjohn

    Briek Schotte 20 consecutive Ronde’s, won twice, 8 podiums. First world championship in 1948 was in a 150 mile break including 27 climbs of the Cauberg, only 10 others finished. Died on the day of the 2004 Ronde.

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    Schotte gets in on the basis of that photo alone. He looks like he’s just stepped out of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

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    Wonder if he plays chess well?

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    I think even Gary Kasparov would wilt under the intensity of that stare.




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  41. @Buck Rogers

    Yup, that’s quite the bedtime story: Greg and the (bad) Giant Peach.




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  42. @Buck Rogers

    @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    So yeah, I see the difficulties with coming up with specific rides for Leman and Le Professeur off the top of my head and I do not know my history well enough with Coppi and Gimondi. That’s a good point. Maybe you could have a supplemental chapter dealing with riders who just exuded Hardness their whole careers even though one cannot pinpoint a specific instance?

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    It’s a lot harder than it seems, but of course now I realize LeMond on Luz Ardiden in 1990 would have been the moment to choose. Maybe we can add it for the US release. The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

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    Yes, the one where he towed Big Mig up for the win. There’s also the time that LeMan descended like a mad bastard after he had flatted and Chiappucci had attacked him. And speaking of Cappuccino, how about his drug-fuelled 4 or 5 mountain breakaway at the Tour in the early-to-mid 90’s. Sure you could actually see him inject himself along the way but that was one Fucking Hard ride!

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    Oh man, that was such an epic day! Great calls all around. LeMonster’s 1989 ITT to win the Tour isn’t bad either…




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  43. @KogaLover

    @frank

    The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

    There’s also a Dutch version coming out and you’re only telling us now, and even only as a lose comment in a byline? Please make sure you use a different translator than the one who did De Regels. He does not know about cycling. Some translations made my toes curl so I could not clip in anymore. What Dutch title is being proposed? Harde mannen? or Bikkels? @ErikdR @RvanDijk Btw: any update on my gear order from last last year?

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    Not sure who will do it, but we only heard at the end of last week; due out in the Spring. I have asked as a condition of the agreement that I review the translation prior to going to press. If you guys know of a professional translator who might be up for the job, let me know. I’m mostly concerned about capturing the Velominati spirit in the sense that we deliberately misuse words and make others up to suit our fancy. Re order, hoping to get organized and sort that out soon – I know one hurdle is easier to be cleared than the other, but will do so as soon as feasible…




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  44. @frank

    @KogaLover

    @frank

    The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

    There’s also a Dutch version coming out and you’re only telling us now, and even only as a lose comment in a byline? Please make sure you use a different translator than the one who did De Regels. He does not know about cycling. Some translations made my toes curl so I could not clip in anymore. What Dutch title is being proposed? Harde mannen? or Bikkels? @ErikdR @RvanDijk Btw: any update on my gear order from last last year?

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    Not sure who will do it, but we only heard at the end of last week; due out in the Spring. I have asked as a condition of the agreement that I review the translation prior to going to press. If you guys know of a professional translator who might be up for the job, let me know. I’m mostly concerned about capturing the Velominati spirit in the sense that we deliberately misuse words and make others up to suit our fancy. Re order, hoping to get organized and sort that out soon – I know one hurdle is easier to be cleared than the other, but will do so as soon as feasible…

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    Yeah, might want to find an editor who’s not averse to some “naughty” words . . .




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  45. @frank

    @KogaLover

    @frank

    The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

    There’s also a Dutch version coming out and you’re only telling us now, and even only as a lose comment in a byline? Please make sure you use a different translator than the one who did De Regels. He does not know about cycling. Some translations made my toes curl so I could not clip in anymore. What Dutch title is being proposed? Harde mannen? or Bikkels? @ErikdR @RvanDijk Btw: any update on my gear order from last last year?

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    Not sure who will do it, but we only heard at the end of last week; due out in the Spring. I have asked as a condition of the agreement that I review the translation prior to going to press. If you guys know of a professional translator who might be up for the job, let me know. I’m mostly concerned about capturing the Velominati spirit in the sense that we deliberately misuse words and make others up to suit our fancy. Re order, hoping to get organized and sort that out soon – I know one hurdle is easier to be cleared than the other, but will do so as soon as feasible…

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    MATE?!?!? What the fuck? Can’t you translate your own book for Merckx’s sake??? I mean, are you not Dutch inside and out???




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  46. @Buck Rogers

    @frank

    @KogaLover

    @frank

    The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

    There’s also a Dutch version coming out and you’re only telling us now, and even only as a lose comment in a byline? Please make sure you use a different translator than the one who did De Regels. He does not know about cycling. Some translations made my toes curl so I could not clip in anymore. What Dutch title is being proposed? Harde mannen? or Bikkels? @ErikdR @RvanDijk Btw: any update on my gear order from last last year?

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    Not sure who will do it, but we only heard at the end of last week; due out in the Spring. I have asked as a condition of the agreement that I review the translation prior to going to press. If you guys know of a professional translator who might be up for the job, let me know. I’m mostly concerned about capturing the Velominati spirit in the sense that we deliberately misuse words and make others up to suit our fancy. Re order, hoping to get organized and sort that out soon – I know one hurdle is easier to be cleared than the other, but will do so as soon as feasible…

    @Buck Rogers

    @frank

    @KogaLover

    @frank

    The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

    There’s also a Dutch version coming out and you’re only telling us now, and even only as a lose comment in a byline? Please make sure you use a different translator than the one who did De Regels. He does not know about cycling. Some translations made my toes curl so I could not clip in anymore. What Dutch title is being proposed? Harde mannen? or Bikkels? @ErikdR @RvanDijk Btw: any update on my gear order from last last year?

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    Not sure who will do it, but we only heard at the end of last week; due out in the Spring. I have asked as a condition of the agreement that I review the translation prior to going to press. If you guys know of a professional translator who might be up for the job, let me know. I’m mostly concerned about capturing the Velominati spirit in the sense that we deliberately misuse words and make others up to suit our fancy. Re order, hoping to get organized and sort that out soon – I know one hurdle is easier to be cleared than the other, but will do so as soon as feasible…

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    MATE?!?!? What the fuck? Can’t you translate your own book for Merckx’s sake??? I mean, are you not Dutch inside and out???

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    MATE?!?!? What the fuck? Can’t you translate your own book for Merckx’s sake??? I mean, are you not Dutch inside and out???

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    @frank = epic fail




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  47. @Buck Rogers

    One of my favorite cycling Hardman stories of all time. I told it to my five kids with a deep reverence a few years ago and they all just looked at me like I was fucking insane (they might be right). LeMan deserves a whole fucking Hardman book just devoted to him.

    They might be insane? Really? Like that was ever in doubt.




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  48. @frank

    @KogaLover

    @frank

    The Dutch release is coming out in Spring and we’re adding Dumpoulin.

    There’s also a Dutch version coming out and you’re only telling us now, and even only as a lose comment in a byline? Please make sure you use a different translator than the one who did De Regels. He does not know about cycling. Some translations made my toes curl so I could not clip in anymore. What Dutch title is being proposed? Harde mannen? or Bikkels? @ErikdR @RvanDijk Btw: any update on my gear order from last last year?

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    Not sure who will do it, but we only heard at the end of last week; due out in the Spring. I have asked as a condition of the agreement that I review the translation prior to going to press. If you guys know of a professional translator who might be up for the job, let me know. I’m mostly concerned about capturing the Velominati spirit in the sense that we deliberately misuse words and make others up to suit our fancy. Re order, hoping to get organized and sort that out soon – I know one hurdle is easier to be cleared than the other, but will do so as soon as feasible…

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    Could do worse than Jose Been, she does a heap of Dutch & English commentary for Eurosport.




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  49. Hinault, Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1980. No explanation needed.




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