"It is a very strong feeling to wear the pink jersey ..."
This was said by Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) as the leader in the Giro d'Italia. This is one of the funniest out-of-context quotes I have heard in a while. And yet, even as an amateur cyclist, I agree with him.
Speaking of pink, I think it is funny that I totally want to win this bike. If I won it, would I sell it and buy one that wasn't pink? Nope, I'd take it, pink and all. (Though, I think that pink saddle with the ribbon is a little too much for me.)
And I get heckled on my own blog because I don't shave my legs. (Note to Anonymous: I have thought about it before. Then I came to the realization that I'm not fast enough to justify the extra time spent maintaining that. Also, it would freak my wife out.)
I have a buddy that is an ex-professional football player. He was a linebacker. He's huge. His hobby is collecting guns. He hunts. He drives an old beat-up jeep. When I talk with him about cycling, it is funny to see the sport through his eyes. Not that he thinks it is ridiculous or anything, but when I step back and think about it from his perspective, I almost think we are.
I love the sport. I love the clothing. I love the bikes. I love the technology. I love the strategy, drama, suspense of professional cycling. I love the pain I suffer through. I'm totally looking forward to LOTOJA beating me up and dragging me 206 miles down a street. I even love the pink.