“One of my favorite moments of cycling lore and legend involves Swiss superstar Thomas Frischknecht at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. On July 30, 1996 Frischknecht earned a silver medal in the mountain bike event. One day later, with a slot on the Swiss road squad suddenly vacant due to the last minute withdrawl of Tony Rominger, Frischknecht slapped some road wheels on his Ritchey ‘cross bike and rocked the road race. The 26-year-old Swiss survived the 222km event to finish 110th, 4:08 behind compatriot and gold medalist Pascal Richard, for likely the first and last time a cyclist competed in both the road and mountain bike events at a single Olympics.”—Bobke Strut
“When speaking with Cesar about the amount of turmoil and heartbreak that he’s experienced as a professional, you instantly notice how unfazed he is by it all. Difficulties that would seem insurmountable to others, are mere inconveniences to Cesar. His dream was to race his bike, and he has that dream. The rest, it would appear, are simple details.”—Cycling Inquisition: Hardships, victories and lawsuits. An update with Cesar Grajales.