Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

The foundations for successful riding

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby Derny Driver » Mon May 13, 2013 11:57 pm

Well no excuses, lots of great clubs, races and knowledgable people to help you out. Better than NSW where I am.
Get a track bike and win the Latrobe wheelrace, that'll get you noticed.
Good luck
User avatar
Derny Driver
 
Posts: 807
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:18 am
Location: Wollongong

by BNA » Tue May 14, 2013 6:54 pm

BNA
 

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby 15wilsonwu » Tue May 14, 2013 6:54 pm

GiantRider, im 14 and im also pretty interested in beng a pro cyclist. Im located in Melbourne as well (balwyn north, well, im moving to mitcham by the end of the month). So i guess were pretty much in the same situation.... I guess we could perhaps meet up some day for a ride and have a conversation about pogressing to a higher level of racing.

Wilson
I love riding, not training
User avatar
15wilsonwu
 
Posts: 619
Joined: Wed May 23, 2012 9:31 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby Giantrider1997 » Tue May 14, 2013 9:23 pm

Hey wilson:) add me on fb
Giantrider1997
 
Posts: 32
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:32 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby foo on patrol » Wed May 15, 2013 8:15 am

I asked Wilson these same questions! How much are you preparred to sacrifice and how much are you willing to do?? :|

Finish your schooling to. :wink:
Foo
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
Goal 6000km
Image
User avatar
foo on patrol
 
Posts: 4592
Joined: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:12 am
Location: Sanstone Point QLD

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby theprophet » Thu May 16, 2013 7:28 pm

same here. I am 15 and wouldn't mind taking my cycling as far as I can. Unfortunately I'm out at the moment due to injury :/ But I will keep an eye out on this thread and your future posts to find out how you are going
theprophet
 
Posts: 66
Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:53 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby Metor » Thu May 16, 2013 7:46 pm

Follow your dream!!

What I have learned from pro riders that there are 2 ways to get there.
1. you must be a very, very good rider. Especially at junior level. If you can win 9 out of 10 races you have a talent and a shot to be a pro.
2. Sponsors! Teams need money. If you can bring any kind of sponsorship, tv time or what so ever you might get noticed and make it to a team. There are a few World Tour riders in different teams that I know that used this way. They are still good riders compared to us. In a team they bring the water bottles in the races :wink:
User avatar
Metor
 
Posts: 72
Joined: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:24 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby twizzle » Thu May 16, 2013 7:56 pm

Metor wrote:In a team they bring the water bottles in the races :wink:

Be the bitch. :D
I ride, therefore I am.
...real cyclists don't have squeaky chains...
User avatar
twizzle
 
Posts: 6382
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:45 am
Location: Taking a break.

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby Jono L. » Mon May 20, 2013 3:29 pm

toolonglegs wrote:Jono... how ya feeling mate?... hope all the healing goes well!.
I met a young Moroccan guy at the Tour de Maroc who said he was about two riders behind you when you came down in China!.

Howdy,

All good all good cheers. Just finished a nice batch of single leg cycling.. aahhh the things we do when we are addicted to somethine.. for me it's caffeine and exercise. In that order 8)

Ha nice! Small world... Did ya catch his name?
Jono L.
 
Posts: 176
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:12 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby twizzle » Mon May 20, 2013 3:33 pm

Jono L. wrote:Just finished a nice batch of single leg cycling.. aahhh the things we do when we are addicted to somethine..


Crap - where's my popcorn? Must be next to the power-cranks. :P
I ride, therefore I am.
...real cyclists don't have squeaky chains...
User avatar
twizzle
 
Posts: 6382
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:45 am
Location: Taking a break.

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby Jono L. » Mon May 20, 2013 3:43 pm

Metor wrote:Follow your dream!!
2. Sponsors! Teams need money. If you can bring any kind of sponsorship, tv time or what so ever you might get noticed and make it to a team. There are a few World Tour riders in different teams that I know that used this way. They are still good riders compared to us. In a team they bring the water bottles in the races :wink:

This happens.

But it's not something a 15 year old should be worry about.

Go to school.
Ride your bike.
Have a social life.

Enjoy stuff.

IF you really want to be a pro, you'll tend to gravitate towards doing more and more riding as you need too.

But one of the most important thing to consider is there is a very very very low correlation between riders who make national teams and go to junior worlds and those who go pro. There is no rush.
Jono L.
 
Posts: 176
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:12 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby Jono L. » Mon May 20, 2013 3:48 pm

twizzle wrote:
Jono L. wrote:Just finished a nice batch of single leg cycling.. aahhh the things we do when we are addicted to somethine..


Crap - where's my popcorn? Must be next to the power-cranks. :P


Had some salted caramel popcorn watching the giro the other night.... mmmmm

8)

Ps you can keep the popcorn,
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/85780109/Slam-flyer-copy

These pedals use a counterweight system so that the recruitment pattern is about as close as you can get to double leg cycling.

Are they as good as double leg? Well no because to get the same effect you'd have to pedal twice as long! :lol:

But when your right hand side neck of femur has recently been fractured and the surgeon told you to do nothing on it or with it for at least 3 months, well, they're prettty darn good 8)


(sorry to go so far off topic, but I guess this is a brilliant segue, do some study or a trade so you have 'something to fall back on', you never know when you'' break a hip :twisted: .. for the 3rd time :shock: )
Jono L.
 
Posts: 176
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:12 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby sogood » Mon May 20, 2013 7:12 pm

toolonglegs wrote:I agree with concentrating on your education... But if this is your dream then throw everything at it!, if you fail, so be it...at least you tried. Better than regretting it for the rest of your life.

Smart riders always have a backup plan. At age 15, throwing everything at cycling is not particularly wise when cycling training can well still be a part time interest. In any case, without a decent education, it'd be hard to manage all that that comes with being a cycling superstar.
Bianchi, Ridley, Montague, GT, Garmin and All things Apple :)
RK wrote:And that is Wikipedia - I can write my own definition.
User avatar
sogood
 
Posts: 17081
Joined: Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:31 am
Location: Sydney AU

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby schroeds » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:37 pm

Hey ghost rider, I'm 53 and I still dream of being a pro :oops:

You've got a better crack at it than me, so bloody go for it...for both our sakes :lol:

PS yeah and go hard at school too. Oh, and be nice to your mum!
Last edited by schroeds on Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Not so much a cyclist...more of a sit down comedian
User avatar
schroeds
 
Posts: 773
Joined: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:58 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby 15wilsonwu » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:46 pm

Jason, see me on the VSCC Finals podium ;)
I love riding, not training
User avatar
15wilsonwu
 
Posts: 619
Joined: Wed May 23, 2012 9:31 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby Adstar » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:57 pm

Who knows whether you have what it takes. However, I will guarantee you that if you don't try, you will never know!
Adstar
 
Posts: 26
Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby adpstore » Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:58 am

Its never too late dear...You can and you will....just focus on your goal
adpstore
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:33 am

Re: Is it too late for me to become a professional cyclist.

Postby trek52 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:22 pm

Ride your bike mate, as often as you can and race as much as humanly possible. Dont get caught up in the crap, enjoy racing and race hard. Try different things, enter races to learn about racing and your body.

Dont listen to the negative people, at 15 i was winning b grade club races and trying to hang on in A grade but it doesnt matter to be honest. it is not till you finish developing that you will really know yourself.

I rode NRS and went to Europe and have plenty of mates still riding pro, they will tell you the same stuff. Ride your bike and race !!! when you are 21 start taking it seriously.
trek52
 
Posts: 325
Joined: Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:49 pm

Previous

Return to Training

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users



Popular Bike Shops
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Ebay Ebay AU
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK

“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter

> FREE BNA Stickers
> BNA Cycling Kit