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Hope in the Dark: Chasing the Pro Cycling Dream in Europe

by CyclingTips

Former Australian international Luke Parker had plenty of talent, but his story shows that making it as a pro depends on more than just an ability to turn the pedals. He has spoken to the Stanley Street Social site about the difficult experience he had while racing in Europe: it’s well worth a read.

Here’s an excerpt:

It was in the middle of August. Parker remembers the sun, hot and low in the summer sky, as he walked along the small alleyway. Gavardo, the small township further down the road was floating through a mirage in the distance. A homeless man was sitting on the corner of the street.

Parker walked past when the man asked him if he had any change. He remembers the man’s words making him stop, suddenly, right there on the corner of the road. The man had spoken to him in English. Clear, fluent, English. He recalls smiling, turning around, and then almost cautiously, replying.

“Yeah mate…I sure do,” he said. He then walked up to the man and handed him some change. They then chatted, about nothing in particular, for the next minute. Parker shakes his head as he thinks back to that moment. How could such a brief, seemingly small exchange bring him so much joy? But, he remembers. It had been months since he had any real conversation in English.

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