It's time we all stopped whining and learned a thing or two from the toughest cyclists ever.

From cycling downhill in freezing temperatures, jolting over loose cobbles and using your winning speech to celebrate women's cycling instead of your victory, meet the Hardmen and Women of pro cycling.

Eddy Merckx

'You don't tell The Prophet what to do; The Prophet tells you what to do.'

Rebecca Twigg

'She came up against the two-time defending World Champion in the quarter-final, and rather than lay down arms, she went after it, and beat her, and went on to win the World Championship in the Pursuit.'

Sean Kelly

'Sean was issued a brand new frame after every event, because when he was through with it, he'd beaten it to shreds.'

Lizzie Deignan ft. Marianne Vos

'Rather than talk about that specific accomplishment, she took the opportunity to talk about how much more exciting the women's race was than the men's race.'

Andy Hampsten

'Anyone who's ridden a bike knows that going uphill you get quite warm even when it's cold out, but he noticed that the snow on his head was still freezing and wasn't thawing out.'

The Hardmen is out now


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