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so you want to be a pro?

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Old May 18th 11, 05:47 PM posted to rec.bicycles.racing
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Default so you want to be a pro?

On May 18, 9:36*am, Ryan Cousineau wrote:
On Tuesday, 17 May 2011 13:47:49 UTC-7, Scott *wrote:
On May 17, 10:02*am, "Steve Freides" wrote:
Michael Press wrote:
In article ,
"Steve Freides" wrote:

Scott wrote:
I'm always amazed by the folks who plug away their entire 20's,
chasing that elusive pro contract, thinking that if they just get
that one opportunity they'll make it big. *
Here's a case of what happens when you actually have the goods:


Discuss amongst yourselves.

You guys are focused on the wrong aspect of the story. It's not that
he won, but rather someone noticed his obvious talent and brought him
up through a development system. *He didn' spend years sleeping in his
Yugo and eating pb&j waiting for the big break that was never going to

Are we supposed to be happy for him??

De Clerq, by winning a stage at the Giro, has all but guaranteed himself a good five years of serious, FIVE-figure employment (in Euros!) that will prepare him for such exciting and lucrative careers as...bike mechanic! Or....cycling coach! He's so cool.

It's good that he's living the dream. It's better that he didn't interrupt his studies to do so. I am just taking this moment of young(ish) Bart's success to **** from a height upon it, because I still don't believe pro cycling is much more professional than pro wrestling.

To put it another way, pro cycling is a fun hobby, but it should give you pause to consider how quickly pro peloton salaries converge with Europe-league basketball player salaries.

Well, young Bart apparently did get his university degree, in physical
education and kinesiology; so maybe he can have a future chasing
cougars in a fitness center. Or... cycling coach. But for now, he's
out there showing that an indifferent high-school xc runner prone to
injury can get paid for riding a bike with the best of them...

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