David Kemp. No Contract?
December 17, 2010
At this time of the year the media is reporting all the rider transfers, team sponsors, new kit design, and the 2011 hype in general. What isn’t being reported are the stories of all the riders left in without a contract in late December. This is the other side of being a professional cyclist; the stress …
Pro secrets, quirks and superstitions
December 16, 2010
Last week I wrote a post that listed a few of the subtle things that pros do that make them who and what they are. I thought it would be fun to take it a step further and dig deep into the psyche and quirks of the seasoned pro. Some of these are hard fact, some of …
10 things that make the pros different
December 10, 2010
Every so often I get the privilege to tag along for a ride with the pros when they’re back here for the summer. The tolerate my bad jokes, they wait for me at the tops of the hills, and throw me a spare tube when I’ve punctured for the third time.
How much money do pro cyclists make?
November 23, 2010
A year ago I wrote a post about the basic structure of Professional Cycling. One of the questions often asked is “how much do Pro cyclists make?”. Salaries in many other sports are openly discussed, but this topic is kept relatively quiet in pro cycling. While I’ve already scratched the surface of this topic in …
Pre-September Transfer Rumours
August 24, 2010
Every year after the Tour de France the PRO team transfer talk fires up and speculation runs rampid. UCI regulations forbid teams and riders to discuss transfers until September 1. Rule 2.15.125 states “Riders and UCI ProTeams may not, before 1 September, reveal that they are involved in negotiations about renewal of their contracts or …
San Sebastián Classic
August 1, 2010
Yesterday was the 30th edition of the Clásica San Sebastián-San Sebastián. The route was slightly lengthened this year up to 234 Km to include decisive 7.8km Jaizkibel climb twice instead of once. For the life of my I cannot fathom how these guys are able to back it up after just finishing the TdF and …