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Would you turn pro if you were able?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TBK wrote:
DNAse wrote:

edit: I wasn't there but I heard that he turned up to one of the Uni rides on a sit-up-and-beg town bike and gave all the students, all on their race bikes, a thoroughly hard time. Very Happy

Thats just pure class, I wonder what they thought of him before and after that ride?

Everyone sh@t themselves when he was spotted buying a full carbon Bianchi in Beeline down Cowley Road Very Happy , and we're told that he rang up Pinarello to get his old geometry Cool

He's on the Oxonian CC hilly gallery on dgsphotography. A full-on legend

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dockeca wrote:
You have only a few years of relative youth, so if the abiliity is present, go for it. there's plenty of time to go afterwards, and if you did have the talent, got to 35 and had not been brave enough to try, would you not feel something was missing?

Definitely. I was never going to be good enough to be a pro, but I never gave myself the chance to find out if I'd have been good enough to win senior races. Age 17, winning races, ride lined up with Anglia Sport alongside Gary Baker, just done the Butlins stage race, selected for a stage race in Germany, everything going great. Then for some reason I became an even more horrible, argumentative teenager than I already was, got myself kicked out of school, spent all my time down the pub and just walked away from cycling without a backward glance - until it was too late.
Which is a long-winded way of saying: if you get the chance, grab it. The money's not important and if you don't make it, the university will still be there later, and they'll want you all the more as a mature student with a bit of life experience.
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