5. What Teddy Said


“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

“… and who sit in the stands with beer and a camera,” he could’ve added. We toyed with the idea of grooving the Super Duke’s tires for me to ride and really test the traction control, but cooler heads prevailed. Probably just as well. Then again, I didn’t see that many crashes, and nobody got hurt on the ⅛-mile oval. See Troy Siahaan’s electrifying story from the event.