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This is what it takes to be a PRO cyclist.(10 posts)

This is what it takes to be a PRO cyclist.Dutchy
Jan 10, 2002 4:17 PM
The Mapei team are in town for the Tour Down Under. Yesterday it was 100F/38ºC with 3%
humidity (very hot and dry). The team rode a century through the hills in this heat. Man I didn't even
get the bike out yesterday. I can't believe these guys can ride a century in such conditions
day after day, and the racing doesn't start for another 4 days. These guys are amazing.
On days like yesterday I'm glad I'm not a PRO, the furthest I will ride in that kind of heat is 25m/40kms
first thing in the morning. I think I'll sit back and relax watching them as they torture their bodies.

My question is "How do they do it, do they ever have rest days or do they ride EVERY day?"

they acclimateDog
Jan 10, 2002 4:23 PM
You can get used to it. In the 508 race last fall, it was about 100 degrees F on the first day and 102-108 on the second. This was 508 miles straight through. Yes, it wasn't exactly easy, but it was doable. If you train for it and have adequate fluids, it's really not that bad. I'll take hot and dry over humidity any day.

Hot and dry over humidityAhimsa
Jan 10, 2002 4:54 PM
Nah...gimmee humidity if it's hot, I like to sweat. Dry heat tends to make me forget about the sun and get burned.

I will take hot and dry over bitter cold, windy and icy however.

As far as the pros go I'd say Dog nailed it. Think about an easy flat century with full support. This would make the average non rider cringe in fear. Hell, people who don't ride think my commute is "nuts".

If you ride for a living you are on a different level because it is just what you do.


BTW, well done on the 508!!Dutchy
Jan 10, 2002 7:57 PM
I saw your post(s) last year about the 508, you are mad:-) There is absolutely no way I would even
think about riding 812kms straight. For me that is a full months riding in a weekend. It's the same a
riding from Adelaide to Melbourne which is 8 hours by car! I have told some friends about this
race and they were in shock that ANYONE could ride that far.

Congratulations on the race too bad you just missed the RAAM qualifying time. Are you doing
it again this year?

Sorry Ahimsa, the above post was meant for Dog (doug) nm.Dutchy
Jan 10, 2002 8:00 PM
No problem mate, I believe you posted it proper. [nm]Ahimsa
Jan 10, 2002 8:07 PM
probably not this yearDog
Jan 11, 2002 8:47 AM
I may have to take a year off cycling events, except for maybe local centuries and the like. My wife is due in June with our first baby, and she's having a few problems with the pregnancy now, requiring bedrest. That means I'm doing everything at the house, including looking after her. So, my workouts have curtailed, and planning is all but impossible.

I'll do it again some time, but likely not this year. Thanks.

BTW, doing that type of event is not as hard as you might think if you are prepared for it. I think about any cyclist could do it with about 2 years focused and dedicated preparation.

You underestimate your accomplishment.....Len J
Jan 11, 2002 9:30 AM
The key part of your statement is ".....with 2 years of focused & dedicated preparation."

How many people do you know that are capable of that much focused & disiplined work towards any goal?

Give yourself more credit, it is a hell of an accomplishment.
(BTW, I only recognize the minimizing because I do it myself).

Sorry to hear about your wife, hope everything works out OK. Sounds like you've got your priorities straight.

Is the problem "Baby keeps moving it's feet in circles". . .js5280
Jan 11, 2002 11:20 AM
Sorry to hear you're having some complications. My cousin does ultrasounds for problem pregnancies in Las Vegas and I had a officemate who had a rough pregnancy (low placenta volume I believe, the delievery was fine though). They play it on the very safe side w/ pregnancies so hopefully it's nothing. Congratulations on the new addition! That's great you're being so supportive despite having to give up some of your cycling activities. It really is the more important thing right now. I'm a June baby too! Perfect spacing from Christmas for gifts. . .gives people plenty time to save ;-)
just like Stuart O'Grady saidclimbo
Jan 10, 2002 6:14 PM
the Euros go over for the race and complain about the heat, the food, the whatever they can. BUT, the Aussies go and live in Europe 9 months of the year in shitty Belgium etc. a 24 hour plan ride away from home and family and the Euros don't think that's hard. That's what you have to do to make it in road racing though.

Plus, that kind of weather is actually pretty nice out there. It is a big effort no matter what to ride that type of race.