My 13 yr old son asked me the other night, "Dad, what would be your perfect job?" I thought about it for a few moments and replied, "Pro bike racer" I said that even tho I considered all the agony and heartbreak they suffer through. (George Hincapie today for example) not to mention the doping scandals, endless travel and near unbearable physical and mental torture of those long stage races and countless other reasons why it's an awful way to make a living. Inspite of all that, can you even begin to imagine the elation of winning a stage, wearing the yellow or best yet, winning the overall in the TDF, forgetting recent scandals for a moment? The brotherhood of being on a great team and overcoming great adversity has to be beyond description. I've heard Lance say he doesn't miss the racing so much but he really misses the training and "the guys of the team". Bobke gives colorfull descriptions of the life without glorifying it in his books. If you're up for a little pain and suffering, I've got to think it would all be worth it!