I talked with a young man about cycling at its highest level. He wondered if anyone we knew could compete on the same stage as the big tour riders. I explained to him that the fastest people we know are the slowest people on the tours.
I continued to explain that our hardest efforts are what they recover at. That if I was ascending some 5 mile climb averaging 15mph, that I was either in great form, on drugs or dreaming because of drugs. I think he began to understand the magnitude of what those athletes were capable of.
Anywhoo… Props to Kevin Reza of Team Europcar on earning his share of the King of The Mountain Jersey at The 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné.