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Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
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Zorro's article pretty much covers it $38,000 minimum for a neo pro, $47,000 otherwise. The UCI put out a figure the other day that the average salary of a UCI pro elite team rider was $267,000.
However that's the mean, not the median, and is inflated by 7 figure salaries for a relatively small number of riders.
In addition to salaries, the riders get to keep prize money, with the winnings typically split equally amongst the team. So that's going to be a decent supplement to the rider's income.
Elite Pro cycling is still not much money compared to other major professional sports. But it's gotten to the point that its more than subsistence wages.
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You could hit a tree and die.
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