I’ve just been reading an interview with Dutch hard man Niki Terpestra. Well known for his attacking riding and being an all round strong man, a couple of quotes from him resonated with me:
“You know sometimes I just have the feeling or thinking ‘why not?’ Instead of ‘why should I attack?’, it’s just ‘why attack – why not?'”
“I’m not a sheep in the group. I mean, if there are two doors and everyone is standing in line for one door then I am going to check if the other door is closed….And if it’s closed I am going to look like a fool, ‘Yeah, yeah, get in line,’ but if it’s open…. I’m not afraid to try.”
Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Terpestra has the legs to back it up of course but he’s right, if you want the best result in a bike race….don’t be a sheep.