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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 2:57 pm 
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Looking at the article 10 in this document, the highest minimum for Pro Team is 36 300€, so basically $50k. If you have most of your costs covered by the team and don't have a family, that's not too bad. Add family to the mix and the fact that pushing to that level makes it very difficult to study and prepare for life after the potentially short professional career. You definitely will not be saving any money at that income level.

I work for a global company and our US sales people start at $45k base and in 2013, average commission was little over $60k. Being a sales person in our organization is an easy job with good job security even over the past 5 years. Some of the people in sales positions, who started at the same time with me, are making quite a bit more than the starting salary and average commission. Benefits are average in our industry with the exception of very good plan to support people pursuing graduate degrees for career development.

I also chased the pro "dream" for a while, but was luckily so lazy and lacking talent, that I was able to pull the plug on this plan before getting into bigger trouble. I know few guys who were top amateurs and low(er) level professional for 5-10 years and finding a career or even a job after the cycling thing ends has been challenging to say the least. You have to be quite good to get to the 36-50k€ salary bracket and even at that point you are basically living paycheck to paycheck unless you get into price money often enough. So yeah, professional cyclist doesn't make much money, but they do have a pretty cool job in my opinion.

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 3:44 pm 
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I'll have a pair of each thanks! Maybe throw in a XC version too? Or is that asking too much? :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 5:37 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 7:39 pm 
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Non matching bartape: Horrible.

Italian "FO1L" logo: Awesome.


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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 8:23 pm 
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The bar tape seems to be a component of the bike's pink gradation theme.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:03 am 
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I was lucky enough to be at the start of the giro d'Italia today - the pink tape on the scott didn't look out of place in the flesh.
I spoke to Neil Stephens who had flown in with the frame last night. Got it to the hotel at 10pm and it was ready by midnight. The mechanics really do work hard on the tour!
I called to the Movistar and Lampre hotel after the race and watched the bikes getting cleaned up after the wet race.
Both teams used an air compressor to blow out any moisture left after the full clean.
Also managed to score a few bottles (including Quintanas) so that was the icing on the cake for me!
Absolutely delighted to have the giro in my home town - who knows if anything like it will happen again?


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:43 am 
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If you've never done it before. blowing the water off a clean bike with air is the business.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:45 am 
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Quintanas bottle? yuk. Youre probably not a "Red Dwarf" TV show fan, but that reminded me of a characters treasured posession:

"RIMMER: General George S. Patten, commander of the 3rd and 7th armies,
allied invasion forces, once stopped off at an Italian field hospital
and had his sinuses drained.
KRYTEN: This is his sinal fluid?
RIMMER: Treasure it."


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Nice training wheels for Nibali

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Drago strikes again!


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"I must break you." :lol:

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300m to go he was a long way back and I thought it was over, but then...

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 5:17 pm 
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