It was a French sprinter Frédéric Moncassin who said he loved to ride bikes because of the pilotage – basically manoeuvring the bike at high speeds. I’m definitely the same, always competing to go as fast as I can. If I had to do it all over again I’d probably do DH MTB instead of this nerdy road biking.
(side note: I remember watching some DH race years ago, one section had the camera set up on the other side of a treed section. The guys were coming out of there pretty fast…but then came Nicolas Vouilloz. Wow. He was going so fast and so much faster than everyone else that he looked like he was going slow! I can just imagine how amazing that must have felt.)