Question: Who’s the strongest person you’ve ever ridden with?
Answer: TIE! Either my team captain Paco Mancebo, or my coach, Kevin Nicol. They both have different riding styles (Paco will crush a standard crankset and 11-23 up an HC climb at 40RPM, whereas Kevin goes for the compact with an 11-27 at high cadence), but they share a few common traits. Namely, phenomenal climbing ability, a penchant for suffering unseen in most other riders, and interminable focus on the bike. Watching them both ride is like watching moving art, and a rather humbling experience.
Kevin actually does his TT bike efforts up to the top of Flagstaff (a fairly constant 9% grade near the summit) in Boulder. In the extensions. It makes me feel unworthy of bike racing.