1 They have a million pairs of shoes. You thought Carrie from Sex and the City had a collection? She’s an amateur. Etnies, DC, Adidas, DVS, and
many other shoe companies are heavily involved in the
sport and supply riders with boxes and boxes of shoes.
It always ticked my wife off that my sponsors’ shoes and
T-shirts took up the lion’s share of our closet.
2 They are incredibly sensitive when it comes to their careers.
Don’t believe me? Go ahead and insult a rider’s talent
and watch him lose his mind. Trust me, he won’t sleep
3 Racers are narcissists. The world revolves around them—because to be
successful, it has to. Those who don’t put blinders on
and focus get distracted and lose ground to the guys
who are zeroed in on riding, training, eating properly,
recovering, hydrating, resting, and repeating.
4 They are stubborn and competitive in everything. You can’t play a game of ping pong without it feeling
like a world championship match. I once had a race with
two other guys to see who could drink a milkshake the
quickest. These are the qualities that make them great on a
bike (well, not the milkshake part).
5 Riders spend most of their days sweating. Three to four hours at the track in the morning are
followed by a couple hours on the bicycle in the afternoon
or in the gym. That’s usually followed up by some type of
flexibility routine in the evening.
6 They skim through motocross magazines
looking for pictures of
Sad but true.
7 They would rather look good and get
paid than be safe.
How many pros do you see
wearing chest protectors?
How many wear cheaper
helmets because they get paid
more money to wear them?
8 They don’t fly first-class. Not at first, at least. After a few years of building
up miles, some will get status upgrades and sit in the
big seats on occasion. Champions will be seen up front
a little more often.
9 Racing professionally is almost impossible. Statistically, you are more likely to win the lottery than
make millions racing motocross. I have no charts or graphs
to prove this, but if you look at the number of kids racing
and number of pros making good money and then use the
most current math techniques, it’s pretty obvious.
10 They’ve got each other’s backs.
10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT... BEING A PRO RACER BY DAVID PINGREE