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Bike racing is hardly a typical profession. Still, hiring is one aspect that actually does resemble life in the so called real world. Sure, professional cycling teams don't set up booths at job fairs, but cyclists go about getting hired like anyone else. Only the riders at the very top can wait to be recruited; everyone else must hunt down opportunities for themselves.
specialization (climber, sprinter, etc.) and even age or nationality (UCI Continental teams are required to have half their rosters under racing age 28 and from the country the team is based in).
Across the sport, teams hire riders in three waves. In the first (happening right now), teams start with a full payroll budget and allocate what's necessary to hire next year's core roster. Once the A team is in place, teams use the remaining budget to fill spots with the best riders who are still available, keeping the UCI's age and nationality requirements in mind. Hiring should stop here, but, inevitably, one or two teams collapse during the off season and flood the market with eligible free agents. A third, chaotic wave of hiring ensues, as orphaned riders sign for free or wait for teams to secure Nike Roshe Run All Blue extra money for a one time hire.
The first step in the annual job search is assembling resumes. There's no standard template, but a cyclist's resume usually includes a combination of basic facts (height, weight, hometown), year to year team history, top results, other life or work experience, and a flattering photo. Mine has a touching narrative that summarizes how I became involved in the sport and what I have to offer. Though reputation and personal relationships are more instrumental than a list of results, maintaining a resume is a formality that most cyclists still follow.
Next, we learn about work opportunities through word of mouth or speculation, as rumors fly about which teams are growing or shrinking and who they've already signed. We send out resumes, make follow up calls, more follow up calls, and tap our network to pursue the jobs we're best qualified for. This is based on ability, Nike Roshe Run Grey And Blue
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But for most of us, the beginning of August marks a surge in frenzied activity. Both on and off the race course, the American peloton is suddenly buzzing with energy that defies the strength sapping heat of summer. With only a few big events left on the calendar, opportunities to cap off a successful season or to redeem it are slim. At races, we engage in hushed conversations, nervously looking over our shoulders and asking the same loaded question: "So, what are your plans for next year?" The racing season will soon end, but contract season is in full swing.
For some, fatigue has set in. The mere thought of repacking a suitcase or spending another full day in a well worn chamois elicits visceral reactions.
to get distracted. But no one has forgotten that the season isn't over and that when the rubber hits the road, results matter. In fact, now that we're in the throes of contract season, a big win this month can do a lot more for someone's career than the same performance would in early May.
How Pro Cyclists Get and Renew Contracts
Sometimes, lining up a job is relatively simple, especially if a rider receives only one offer or re signs with his current team. But, like other professionals, cyclists often deal with the stress of job searching behind their employers' backs, juggling multiple Nike Roshe Run Tiger Camo On Feet
offers, or stalling one negotiation while hoping for another to start.
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