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How long did it take you to go from couch potato to pro?

Old 03-22-15, 02:09 PM
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How long did it take you to go from couch potato to pro?

You occasionally hear stories of people rising through the cycling ranks fairly quickly. There was that English guy who went from overweight smoker to elite racer in just 8 months. Anyone here become a pro racer fairly quickly?
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Old 03-22-15, 02:15 PM
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Is this a cycling's version of a fish story thread?
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I'm expecting a call any day. "Hello, Stephen, Pro Team here. It turns out all our riders got too slow when they quit doping, and we need some random fat old man to come win the race for us...". That's kind of like figuring up how many people have to die before you're the King of England.
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The number of minutes it takes for your bloodstream to ingest whatever doping regimen you're taking
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Old 03-22-15, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by mbw View Post
Is this a cycling's version of a fish story thread?
What does that mean?
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I didn't take it quite so literally and thought it was an interesting question. I've often wondered what the bell curve might be like for people going from couch potato to competitive racer. The first example of eight months can certainly be the extreme example. Then there are those who were couch potatoes as students, then very gradually became more interested in fitness, then interested in competition, and maybe it takes those guys 20-30 years to go from nothing to, say, frequent podium-stander in masters races.

I'd venture to guess that 2-3 seasons or a little more is probably average to go from non-athletic novice to Cat 4 podiums. Anyone know better?
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Old 03-22-15, 04:25 PM
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I didn't take it quite so literally and thought it was an interesting question. I've often wondered what the bell curve might be like for people going from couch potato to competitive racer. The first example of eight months can certainly be the extreme example. Then there are those who were couch potatoes as students, then very gradually became more interested in fitness, then interested in competition, and maybe it takes those guys 20-30 years to go from nothing to, say, frequent podium-stander in masters races.

I'd venture to guess that 2-3 seasons or a little more is probably average to go from non-athletic novice to Cat 4 podiums. Anyone know better?
People didn't take it literally because this dude's been trolling for weeks about his prowess as a novice in jeans stomping the heavy hitters in his club ride.

In any case, since we're talking about cycling I'd say elite cyclists are born rather than made. Elite endurance athletes become elite extremely quickly. Baseball, that's different. Requires more specific hand-eye training and innate ability.
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Old 03-22-15, 04:43 PM
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I'm still waiting for the pro teams to pay enough to afford me. Getting sick of the messages clogging my answer machine though.
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I was never a couch potato and I'll never be a pro(fessional cyclist).
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Originally Posted by tekhna View Post
People didn't take it literally because this dude's been trolling for weeks about his prowess as a novice in jeans stomping the heavy hitters in his club ride.
So you doubt someone who plays soccer takes up cycling, finds it easy, wears jeans on 140 mile rides, and beats A club riders when he joins thir ride?

I went from couch potato to a Tour rider in one year?
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Most people that have the potential to be pro's go from Cat 5 to Cat 2 in a season or less

Me, it took 23 years to make Cat3
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I was never a couch potato and I'll never be a pro(fessional cyclist).
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Phil Gaimon started riding in 2004 at the age of 18 and was a cat 2 in one year, a continental team rider in five years, and a pro world tour rider with Garmin-Sharp in ten years. It's possible if he grew up in Europe, he may have risen up the ranks quicker because there's not the same system and culture of cycling in the USA.
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I've raced against Phil. He can lap a local Pro 123 field pretty much at will. The Pro's are on a different plane.
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Originally Posted by sneakyflute View Post
You occasionally hear stories of people rising through the cycling ranks fairly quickly. There was that English guy who went from overweight smoker to elite racer in just 8 months. Anyone here become a pro racer fairly quickly?
A couple questions for you:

1) When you say "pro racer" what are you thinking? What's your definition?

2) How many "pro racers" do you think post on the forums here?
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
A couple questions for you:

1) When you say "pro racer" what are you thinking? What's your definition?

2) How many "pro racers" do you think post on the forums here?
1. Someone who participates in events hosted by pro organizations

2. I was thinking there had to be at least half a dozen pros on this forum.
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There are at least 2 posters here that raced pro. A number of Cat 1s, which is one level below a Division 3 pro.


Rest of us are wannabees
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You occasionally hear stories of people rising through the cycling ranks fairly quickly. There was that English guy who went from overweight smoker to elite racer in just 8 months. Anyone here become a pro racer fairly quickly?
Who ?
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Who ?

You know, the one who always preferred to ride in blue jeans.
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I made Cat3 after less than 2 years of road racing, but it took me over 2 decades to become a professional cyclist.

A few years ago I was a mountain bike guide for riders of my local area(Bootleg Canyon NV). I've never raced as a Pro, but I got paid to ride. It paid pretty well, and I loved my job.

Not all Professional Cyclists are racers.
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