Amusing little interview of Ferdy Kübler, the Swiss cycling legend (and oldest living Tour de France winner) in the Tagesanzeiger, the Swiss daily.
When asked whether he would have been able to compete with the PROs of today he replies:
“Don’t insult me. We were much harder and robust than the PROs of today. There are no real moutain stages anymore. We had distances of over 300 kilometers and had to go over at least eight or nine passes – today, everything is much easier”.
I really like that guy. His appeal is probably linked to him being a first class cyclist, as hard as they make them, but also a more experienced guy who has some perspective on cycling and is outspoken. He also has a good sense of humour.
Last year, he shared his thoughts during the Tour de France, writing an article each day in Bicycling, and mentioning the book he was reminded of during the stage (the books were not high litterature, but is that really relevant?). Fun to go through again.
But the purpose of this blog post is to signal a very interesting interview he gave to Christopher Jones from Bicycles Network Australia, in five parts (four of them already published). Not to be missed!
“We’ve all heard the statement at work, at family gatherings, among friends, at parties: “He’s a cyclist”. It’s the same sort of explanation that you’d give if you showed up to a Super Bowl party with E.T. You’d introduce him around and then say, “He’s from another planet”.”
“Your jersey must match your shorts, which must match your arm warmers, which must match your socks. But under no circumstances should a replica pro team kit or a national/world champion kit be worn unless you’ve earned it. The only acceptable team kit is your own club kit. Retro wool kits are sometimes acceptable, but even that is iffy.
“To look cool if you don’t belong to a club or a team, wear a stock Castelli or Assos kit but don’t mix and match. To be Euro-cool, wear the kit of an obscure European amateur team, but only if you have a story about how you spent the winter riding with them in Majorca to go along with it. Please, no century jerseys (I’m going to take some heat on that one), nothing with cartoon characters on it and never, under any circumstances, go jersey-less. Especially if you are wearing bibs.”