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.