If you are a fan of major cycling races, such as Grand Tours, or if you consider yourself a fairly good cyclist, you may have considered becoming a professional. How can you do it? Is there some special training or a connection you need in order to get started? Let’s find out.
Prepping Your Body
You need to take care of your body. Apart from regular workouts on and off the bike, you need to develop proper nutrition. Remember that the carbs are there to give you energy and that proteins build your muscles. It’s much more complicated than that, but we feel that this is the basic step you need to take into consideration. Consult a nutritionist, forego junk food, and eat five times a day.
Don’t focus your exercises exclusively on cardio. You need muscle power to get ahead in races. To get the training you need in order to go pro, you may want to find a flexible job, as life sometimes gets in the way of the things we are passionate about. Consider that professionals spend at least 25 days a year on their bicycle. It might be a good idea to acquire a personal trainer.
Examining the Terrain
All the body preparation in the world will not get you ready for the different tracks worldwide competitions have to offer. There are rough, uphill, and cobblestone tracks that pose a challenge to even the most experienced cyclists.
To prep yourself for professional races, you need to examine the tracks of Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and others. To begin your journey, though, it is enough to try out against different routes in and out of your city.
To start, find out whether your local community is hosting any racing events. After you have won a few races, you can familiarize yourself with the UCI rules concerning the age, equipment, and so on. If there are no local competitions, you may need to travel to test your skills. Remember that you will not be able to compete in the big tours if you are not a part of a qualified team. You need to turn a few heads before becoming a professional cyclist.
Like with any sport, age is a significant factor. To compete professionally, it’s best if you start very young. It’s not a pleasant thing to hear, but if you are just starting and you are over the age of 30, racing might not be what’s in store for you. Many athletes retire at this age, as the physical capabilities of youngsters are way beyond even young adults. If, however, you are sufficiently young, we wish you the best of luck.