Eddy Merckx Quotes

Eddy Merckx was a professional cyclist from 1961 to 1978. He is considered the most successful cyclist in history, with 525 competitions to his name! In 2000, the French magazine Vélo called him the ‘greatest cyclist ever’ and many sports journalist refer to him as the cycling god. He won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia five times each, has won all of the top events except for the Paris-Tours, has won the Vuelta a España, has won the world championship as both a professional and as an amateur, and has broken the world hour record.

Here are a selection of his quotes:

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” –Eddy Merckx

“There are too many factors you have to take into account that you have no control over…The most important factor you can keep in your own hands is yourself. I always placed the greatest emphasis on that.” –Eddy Merckx

“In my time it was different. When I knew the wind was strong, I attacked myself to make the race as hard as possible.”-Eddy Merckx

“Cyclists live with pain. If you can’t handle it you will win nothing” -Eddy Merckx

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” –Eddy Merckx

The Book Merckx 69 documents Eddy Merckx in 1969, considered to be the best year of Merckx’s road-cycling career. Written by a close friend of Merckx, this beautifully produced book features previously unpublished photographs by Tonny Strouken, who spent most of 1969 following Merckx during his epic racing season.

Featuring a prologue from Eddy Merckx, this is a lovingly produced paean to one of cycling’s greats, now in his seventy-first year.

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