What It Takes to Break Into the Pro Ranks
From a Team Director's Perspective
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Cycling is divided up into multiple racing categories that are designed to create a competitive arena for a wide range of talents, time commitments and age. There is a home for just about everyone who enjoys racing a bike. Professional cycling is quite different though, as only a select few ever reach that level. There are a limited number of pro teams making the competition quite intense for the limited number of spots. Every year there are dozens of athletes hoping to get their big “break." One good thing about racing in the US is that professional competition is quite accessible since Category 1 and 2 riders often race against the pros. To many aspiring riders, how to go about maximizing your chances of breaking into the pro ranks is not too clear. Hopefully I can provide a bit of insight as to what it takes.
The results don't look so good for the "tippers" out there:
In 2002 I bought a used SRM Pro powermeter. I’ve had the crank battery replaced once in the past 9 years (less than 20,000 km). Since day one, the powercontrol (the head unit) battery has been a bit problematic. First of all, the display that supposedly shows how much battery life was remaining was unreliable. For example, the PCV display might have said that I had 25 of 29 hours left on the charge, but inevitably, it would run out after only a few hours. Secondly, and probably related to what is mentioned above, is that the battery just wouldn’t hold a charge for very long.
Words and Images by: Kirk Willett
2011 Cycling Power Meter Review
words and images by: Kraig Willett