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Think you want to be a pro bike racer? You might change your mind after watching this

Being a professional bike racer is tough.

Maybe not so much in the sun on a flat transitional stage of the Tour de France that's mostly sunflowers and chatting with a sprint at the end. But chasing back on to a charging peloton, up the 25% slopes of Honister Pass, in the rain, after you've stacked it earlier in the stage? That doesn't sound like much fun. And let's be honest: there's more days like that in the life of a pro than there are glory days of helicopter pan shots, dark lenses and glass-smooth tarmac.

Here's part one of the Madison-Genesis record of their first home tour. Mostly it's filmed through a damp lens and there's lots of grimacing. It's a fascinating record of what it's like to be in the thick of a major cycling event though. Enjoy.

Madison Genesis - Tour of Britain : Part One from Madison on Vimeo.

 

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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NickK123 [93 posts] 3 years ago
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A very open account and certainly takes the gloss of professional riding.

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lolol [207 posts] 3 years ago
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That was great! cant wait for more instalments.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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There must be easier ways of earning a living?
Humbling.

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captain_slog [362 posts] 3 years ago
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Fascinating to watch. It might not have been much fun at the time, but they can be proud they did it.

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Metjas [362 posts] 3 years ago
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respect.

You need some determination to stick it out under these conditions.

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graphite [66 posts] 3 years ago
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Brilliant video, fascinating glimpse into pro cycling. Much respect for these guys!