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    Would you want to be PRO?

    I often wonder what it would be like to be in the professional peloton? I am sure it is a dream for most cyclists to be able to ride at the caliber that the pros ride but how many of you would really want to be a professional rider?

    There are a lot of perks if you are at the top but many are just workers. They ride their butts off and make little money (in a relative sense). Travel all the time and are away from family a lot. A lot are dealing with injuries at some point or another. The conditions aren't always warm and sunny and the accomodations they stay in are not first class. Their careers are short and many need to find jobs when they retire (unlike the big North American sports stars).

    Still, there is something glamourous about training and riding with a team. Travelling in Europe and elsewhere. Being at the top level of competition. And doing what most of us dream to do (ride) when we are at work and they are doing and getting paid for it.

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    I know some pros... I'm sure they love their job but I wouldn't want it.

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    If the wealth in cycling rivaled the wealth in the sport I currently play, I would want to be a professional cyclist. As it currently stands, what I earn in a week, wouldn't be earned by an average rider in a year, so cycling will only supplement the sport I currently do. Although having said that, my wealth doesn't rival Armstrong's account. BUT, I love cycling more, both as an armchair fan & rider.

    The pro's to being a cyclist (for me) would be travelling, seeing new places, new Countries, constant change of scenery, fans lining the road... Something I'm not getting now.

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    Travel, cheering crowds, podium girls. What's not to like. From an observers viewpoint, it sure looks exciting. It would even be ok as a domestique for a year or two.. Maybe not for a decade or more, unless it brings you a fortune as it has Lance Armstrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    podium girls. What's not to like.
    The problem with podium girls is they don't act in the same way as groupies do for Rockstars.


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    . ^.. George Hincapie married a French Podium girl. Does that not make her sort of a groupie.
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    For 99% of all pros it's a sh*t living. Poor pay, no glorious victories, cheering crowds and beautiful podium girls. It's riding across north Belgium in February - 38 degress, rain blowing sideways - at 28 mph on sh*t roads while praying that your contract will be extended and that you can pay next months rent on the apartment you share with three other pros.

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    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    For 99% of all pros it's a sh*t living. Poor pay, no glorious victories, cheering crowds and beautiful podium girls. It's riding across north Belgium in February - 38 degress, rain blowing sideways - at 28 mph on sh*t roads while praying that your contract will be extended and that you can pay next months rent on the apartment you share with three other pros.

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    +1 Life as a European pro isn't glamorous -- maybe down in Spain -- but up here in the Benelux region it is a hard life they lead

    But then again ... I'd do it in a heartbeat were I born with different genes and had I lived in Europe in the 70s.

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    I'd love to experiance the lifestyle for a couple of years at least.
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    Look boys, this stuff is like crack, once you get going, it's hard to stop. Some of you know this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    For 99% of all pros it's a sh*t living. Poor pay, no glorious victories, cheering crowds and beautiful podium girls. It's riding across north Belgium in February - 38 degress, rain blowing sideways - at 28 mph on sh*t roads while praying that your contract will be extended and that you can pay next months rent on the apartment you share with three other pros.

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    Don't most of the pro races start about March 1 and favor the Mediterranean, at least until Spring arrives in the north..?.. If only I could qualify for a year or so and then go back to our every day lives, it would be worth every inconvenience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    For 99% of all pros it's a sh*t living. Poor pay, no glorious victories, cheering crowds and beautiful podium girls. It's riding across north Belgium in February - 38 degress, rain blowing sideways - at 28 mph on sh*t roads while praying that your contract will be extended and that you can pay next months rent on the apartment you share with three other pros.

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    That pretty much sums it up. Unless you're an Armstrong or a Contador, the money just doesn't justify the work.

    Then again, if you were a pro and someone asked you if you would want your current 9-5 job, what would you say? Does the pay justify the hours put in?
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    My favorite read about the life of a pro is Michael Barry's "Inside the Postal Bus." Overall, the consensus , it might not be all glamor , but most days it's fun.
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    "The Rider" by Tim Krabbé is also another must read from a first person perspective.

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    At 34 and a single dad of two boys I'm too old and busy to even think about it but if I had the chance back in the day then hell yes I'd do it. From what I gather unlike most road cyclist I only make around what a pro cyclist (non star) makes in a year any way so why not? You only have your 20's once.

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    The only reservations I would have is, the speeds on the downhill parts of the course. Because I can't see myself wanting to do 40mph+ unless the downhill was largely a straightaway. If there were a bunch of hair-pin turns, I wouldn't go any faster than 20mph.

    Because, While Marco Pintani had a drug problem, he was killed on a downhill stretch when he was going too fast AND, not wearing a helmet.

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    When I was young, reckless, and single, heck yeah!
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    Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
    When I was young, reckless, and single, heck yeah!
    Young, reckless and single - those would be my pre-qualifiers as well. Of course when I was yound restless and single I didn't have any pre-qualifiers. But that might be the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    Because, While Marco Pintani had a drug problem, he was killed on a downhill stretch when he was going too fast AND, not wearing a helmet.
    Anybody able to shed light on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by asgelle View Post
    Anybody able to shed light on this?
    He could be referring to the Milan to Turin race in '95.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
    He could be referring to the Milan to Turin race in '95.
    Yeah, but even if you make the leap that it was the injuries from that race that led to the depression/drug addiction which caused his death, the injuries were to his leg not his head so I don't understand the reference to not wearing a helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    The only reservations I would have is, the speeds on the downhill parts of the course. Because I can't see myself wanting to do 40mph+ unless the downhill was largely a straightaway. If there were a bunch of hair-pin turns, I wouldn't go any faster than 20mph.

    Because, While Marco Pintani had a drug problem, he was killed on a downhill stretch when he was going too fast AND, not wearing a helmet.
    I'm not sure who this "Pintani" guy is, but I'm guessing you were actually referring to Fabio Casartelli.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    Because, While Marco Pintani had a drug problem, he was killed on a downhill stretch when he was going too fast AND, not wearing a helmet.
    ???
    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by asgelle View Post
    Yeah, but even if you make the leap that it was the injuries from that race that led to the depression/drug addiction which caused his death, the injuries were to his leg not his head so I don't understand the reference to not wearing a helmet.
    He could have been wearing the famous bandana?.

    His injuries didn't lead to depression. It was the race which doctors discovered his prevalent EPO use, which is known to lead to depression in itself. He needed a blood transfusion or he would have died that day due to his high hematocrit levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
    He could have been wearing the famous bandana?.

    His injuries didn't lead to depression. It was the race which doctors discovered his prevalent EPO use, which is known to lead to depression in itself. He needed a blood transfusion or he would have died that day due to his high hematocrit levels.
    That's nice.

    Now can you explain how he was killed on a downhill stretch, when your own post seems to imply he survived that crash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    I'm not sure who this "Pintani" guy is, but I'm guessing you were actually referring to Fabio Casartelli.
    That occurred to me too. This is much more egregious than mixing a metaphor.
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