If an athlete with the right talent (right parents) starts to train using any of the four above training principles and for the required duration of each training session, he will be able to become professional.
It might sound controversy, but road cycling is not as scientific as many cycling coaches would like to see it. Talented riders who train hard, will always be able to ride faster than you.
That is why some athletes become very strong and maybe even make a professional career without ever using a cycling coach
. They train hard, they eat right and they rest – and are talented. Their training principles probably include more LSD training (Long Slow Distance Training
) than my training programs advice, but I have to admit that these riders become extremely strong (or at least some of them do.)
I am not sure these riders will ever reach their physiological potential, but they might hit 98% of their optimal performance and that is more than enough to make talented and determinant riders professional.