"Tom Kunich" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message >>> >>> I gotta tell you Erin that there were guys out there that worked a lot >>> harder than you did and just didn't have the genetic tools to begin >>> with. >> >> Tom, >> >> I know this specific statement was not the overall point you were trying >> to make, but there were probably few, very very few people who have >> worked harder in cycling than Erin did in the peak 5 or 6 years of his >> career. > > Well, maybe that didn't come out right. But there WERE a lot of people > that worked hard, no doubt much harder than Erin, but just didn't have the > tools to come anywhere near Erin or Marty and their like. You just never > see them because like Fast Freddy, they never go anywhere. > Trying to claim a title of the Hardest Working Cyclist is about like trying to prove a negative. I saw Erin rise from a raw talent as a junior and as an ignorant, undisciplined first year senior. He had the good fortune of being guided (sometimes roughly, but guided nonetheless) by people like Roger Young, Roger's father Clair, Dan Vogt, and Curt Harnett. They helped Erin develop as a person and an adult as much as a cyclist. Erin became the Fed's kilo rider, but there wasn't a kilo coach to help Erin specialize. Not only did Erin put in more physical work than anyone else, he had to become self coached. The Feds were there as support, but Erin had to figure out things for himself for much of his career. While other riders had coaches and sports scientists to make their plans, Erin read the books himself to develop his own plans. Erin dedicated every aspect of his life to becoming a faster rider for the better part of a decade. Erin is an intense individual whose emotions get the best of him on a number of occasions, but you always knew where he was coming from: he was trying his damnedest to be the best kilo rider in the world, and if you were in his way or weren't in his camp you could possibly find yourself on the receiving end of a verbal lashing. Erin at times could be either inspirational or a jerk. Once Erin found his primary goal in cycling, he focused on the kilo to a degree I have not seen surpassed by anyone. I did not spend much time at all around Lance, but everything I know indicates to me that they are similarly intense, passionate, and driven to their particular objectives. It's just that Erin chose an event that is not a glamourous one and his efforts were rewarded with but a minute fraction of what Lance or Nothstein have earned financially. I believe Erin did as much with his talents as he possibly could and should be considered a 'failure' for never winning a gold medal about as much as Shane Kelly (Aussie three time world kilo champ) would be for never winning Olympic gold, which is to say not at all.