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General Category => Freewheeling => Racing => Topic started by: gonzo on May 20, 2008, 03:29:30 pm

Title: What goes through a rider's mind in a 4 hour stage race;
Post by: gonzo on May 20, 2008, 03:29:30 pm
Entertaining article in a train of thought style describing what the average pro does to keep himself entertained during stage races.

link (http://www.velonews.com/article/76403/what-goes-through-the-head-of-a-pro-cyclist-in-a-five-hour)
Title: Re: What goes through a rider's mind in a 4 hour stage race;
Post by: Giropaul on May 20, 2008, 07:59:24 pm
At least one key area missing - the opposite sex - after every stage you hear about who saw such and such a girl and where.

A "well known pro" once screamed into the pits in a crit, just to send the mechanic off to secure a date from a young woman watching - it worked as well!

Cars also feature quite a lot in my experience as well, most pros seem to read car mags rather than cycling ones -  lots of lusting after after desirable ones.

On a stage race there is usually lots of time for banter and fun before the battle starts - especially in Italy.

It's not unusual for a rider to come back to the team car just to relay a joke they have just heard (maybe they use the radios now; my experience is pre-radio)
Title: Re: What goes through a rider's mind in a 4 hour stage race;
Post by: gonzo on May 21, 2008, 11:04:25 am
A "well known pro" once screamed into the pits in a crit, just to send the mechanic off to secure a date from a young woman watching - it worked as well!
I watched them go past at the tour of britain a couple of years back and I was stading next to the Foska girl. About 50% of the pack was looking in her direction!

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It's not unusual for a rider to come back to the team car just to relay a joke they have just heard (maybe they use the radios now; my experience is pre-radio)
;D

How do you know all this? Are you an ex-pro?
Title: Re: What goes through a rider's mind in a 4 hour stage race;
Post by: Giropaul on May 21, 2008, 04:39:49 pm
No, but I worked for pro teams for several years.