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Old 07-28-09, 06:53 PM   #1
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USA Professional Cycling Salaries

I know there was a thread sometime just before I joined discussing salaries, but it was more for the Contadors and Europe.

Where can I find salaries for US pro riders? Back in 2001 I believe the salaries were around 18 to 25K for small Teams like NetZero and Jelly Belly or something like that.

What would the salaries look like these days?

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18 to 25k? wow, that's what david beckham makes by standing on the soccer field for a mere 10 minutes... these guys have it tough.
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I know there was a thread sometime just before I joined discussing salaries, but it was more for the Contadors and Europe.

Where can I find salaries for US pro riders? Back in 2001 I believe the salaries were around 18 to 25K for small Teams like NetZero and Jelly Belly or something like that.

<cleaned up by the administrator> what would the salaries look like these days?
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For 2009, those salaries are fixed as follows: Confirmed riders: ProTour: 33.000€/annual gross salary; Professional Continental: 27.500€/annual gross salary. Neo professional riders: ProTour: 26.700€/annual gross salary; Professional Continental: 23.000€/annual gross salary.
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Hey roadwarrior,

My intentions were not to refer to any of you or members of your family personal. I apologize if you felt that it was insensitive.
It was in regards to Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour De France 18 months after cancer. He went on to win 6 in a row after that. I also meant that Marco Pantani broke his legs and was told he could never walk again, and he came back to win both the Tour and Giro in the same year, Greg LeMond who was shot in the chest came back to win 2 Tours, Alberto Contador had an aneurysm and came back to win all 3 grand Tours including this year, Johan Museeuw nearly died from a shattered and infected knee and he came back to swoop the big classics, Saul Raisin was paralyzed in a crash and was racing the US Nationals in a few months, Graeme Obree suffers from severe depression and he broke the world hour record a few times.

I just wanted to quickly explain that my comments were not knocking down cancer or making a mockery of it, but rather I meant that serious illnesses or conditions in a number of cases it seems are a god-send for some cyclists who come back and have a much more successful career.
I hope you understand what I meant.

Again, I apologize if it offended you, it was not my intention to make a mockery out of it.
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For 2009, those salaries are fixed as follows: Confirmed riders: ProTour: 33.000€/annual gross salary; Professional Continental: 27.500€/annual gross salary. Neo professional riders: ProTour: 26.700€/annual gross salary; Professional Continental: 23.000€/annual gross salary.
Hey Z,
Im assuming that means that 23.000€ gross is the minimum for US pro teams then?

I was unsure because I dont even know what US teams fall under?
What is a Team like Jelly Belly? Professional Continental?
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Hey Z,
Im assuming that means that 23.000€ gross is the minimum for US pro teams then?

I was unsure because I dont even know what US teams fall under?
What is a Team like Jelly Belly? Professional Continental?
I think BMC is the only UCI pro continental team in American. So teams like Jelly Belly don't have any minimum salaries enforced by the UCI. I don't think that USA cycling has any minimum salary requirements so what these guys make is anyone's guess. My guess is that the better riders on a team like that make 20-30k dollars per year.
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I think BMC is the only UCI pro continental team in American. So teams like Jelly Belly don't have any minimum salaries enforced by the UCI. I don't think that USA cycling has any minimum salary requirements so what these guys make is anyone's guess. My guess is that the better riders on a team like that make 20-30k dollars per year.
Thats what I was thinking. Im sorry, may it please the court, I found the UCI salary limits, but I was unsure of what the Teams in the US even are.

Are the majority of the teams in the Jelly-Belly category?

20-30K isnt much of an increase from the 18-25K from almost 10 years ago.....
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Its funny, for a sport thats considred in the US as "elitists", one would be a poor man if they rode for a living. The irony
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I think BMC is the only UCI pro continental team in American. So teams like Jelly Belly don't have any minimum salaries enforced by the UCI. I don't think that USA cycling has any minimum salary requirements so what these guys make is anyone's guess. My guess is that the better riders on a team like that make 20-30k dollars per year.
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They do not make much on any level compared to other sports at this time. It may get better because of the recent pubilicity and more sponsership.


One good cancer resource site that cycling is paying for is http://www.livestrong.com/ . No matter what your opinion is of LA he is doing a lot to try to fight cancer. I had a minor cancer 20 years ago and have an aunt figting colon cancer and lost some other relatives to cancer.
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Riders on U.S. domestic continental teams (formerly referred to as Division 3 pro teams) can make next to nothing. My former team went from being just a local amateur team to fielding a Division 3 pro team. The riders on that team got $500 a month during racing season, per diem for food on days they actually raced, and they could sleep in a house the team rented.

I would imagine that there a handful of guys on Continental teams making actual money, but the majority of them are pretty much living a subsistence existence.
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There is an under 28 age limit for Continental teams? (Division III) Majority of US teams
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There is an under 28 age limit for Continental teams? (Division III) Majority of US teams
Basically, half of the riders have to be under 28:

" rules mandated by the UCI include team size requirements at a minimum of eight riders and a maximum of 16 riders, the majority of the riders must be have a racing age of under 28, the allowance of two U23 riders to be added as stagiaires as of August 1 and the allowance of up to four "specialists" in other endurance cycling disciplines provided they're ranked by the UCI in the top 150 of their respective disciplines."

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/usas...hanges-in-2010
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