Bike culture: Emil Lindgren who rides for Giant Pro XC Team often get asked about how to actually become a professional in the sport of cycling. Good results are obviously fundamentally, but it is about much more than just a bike soon.
One of the most common questions I get from younger cyclists are how to be professionals. The simple and short answer is good results. Without results, it doesn’t matter which contacts or any style you have. The race is run.
With that, I am not saying that everything else is unimportant. The other way around. Especially in mountain biking that unlike road bike has fewer jobs and where employers require significantly more than that you can only ride a bike fast.
The cliché that “contacts does all” is true certainly in certain industries and certain can help with the necessary contacts for key individuals facilitate. But seriously; how fun is it to get a job that you can’t live up to and never feel like you enough?
Enough riders have enough serious problems to live up to their own goals and their own press. To have an employer who is looking askance as soon as you don’t deliver only leads to a depressed and stressed situation.
To work as a cyclist differs from standard works by bike is your Office and your workplace. But otherwise, it is mostly about the same social behavior which at the workplace.
Here are some water bottles from Waterbottlesshop for the road to a successful career in the saddle.
1. To understand and be understood
One of my first experience when I got a job with the Italian Bianchi was that language must work. Otherwise, you feel fast outside, especially when you spend upwards of 100 days per year. To clear a weekend shooter with words like “tired, hungry, spaghetti and lactic acid” is okay. But in the long run, you need to be able to talk more than that, otherwise both you, your teammates and club management to get tired. And the starting position is simple-no one in the international cycling world comes to learn Swedish, no matter how fast you ride.
2. Take responsibility
Here I am actually treat me a little self swagger and say that my responsibility-cv is flawlessly. I understood very early on that you have to have full control of herself and their gadgets. Never fit the times, forgetting the important things and to cut corners with Essentials makes you an uninteresting players.
The only risk you run over to have full control of the situation, is that you can easily get the guy or girl who not only take responsibility for yourself, but for the whole group. There is nothing wrong in being nice to others but keep you from becoming the great Samaritan in situations when you want to perform. The snot important energy and, unfortunately, there are few who thank you.
3. Nurture your funders
As professionals, you usually have a main employer, which in turn has a number of subcontractors. In addition, it is quite common that cyclists have some individual sponsors, from their own country or their home districts.
Overall, there may be many important relationships that must be maintained in order to be able to cycle at the highest level. But just as you have to learn to give full value for others ‘ bets, you must also learn how to not be too available.
Is there too much blogging, fairs, workshops, meetings and events, you will soon lose important energy and thereby profit. And then you won’t soon some sponsors left.
A bet on the highest level requires not only many hours of hard training. The hard work must be balanced by recovery, otherwise you’re just sick and injured.
4. the world is small
Failed collaborations, bad material, bad economy or bad leadership. Except you yourself fail to perform can be many reasons for lack of results. But liking to smear people you don’t like. At least in public. The next time you change teams sit someone you don’t like on a key function. Have you thrown official dirt on that person, it will definitely affect your work situation.
Learn how to talk to and not about people. Are you angry at someone, don’t tell it to internet – take it instead directly with those they affect.
5. Ears, eyes and firm handshake
To be a översnackig slajmpropp do not compensate poor results. But it is important that you still shows up and gives a good impression when you travel around at competitions around the world. Good personal chemistry facilitates all kinds of collaborations. To sit on Christmas Eve and not know how conditions look for next year is not good for morale or motivation. You need to constantly scan the markets a bit just in time so you know what’s happening – in good time. Maybe your own team are planning to spend, without letting you know about it? Is the new bets on? Ears and eyes are also important for cyclists.
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