Am I too old now to go Pro?

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Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby 7448stewart » Sun Dec 22, 2013 16:54 pm

I am 28 and have only been riding trail for about a year now but I am now swaying towards down hill and enduro but I really want to take this up big time, am I now too old to make it anywere on this? clearly I wont make Pro? any help?

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby cooldad » Sun Dec 22, 2013 17:20 pm

Depends how good you are, surely?

Presumably you have raced - where do you place?
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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby 7448stewart » Sun Dec 22, 2013 17:38 pm

no i havnt started racing yet

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sun Dec 22, 2013 17:38 pm

What sort of race results are you getting?
To turn pro you need to be getting consistent top 5 results at national level, even then you need to attract a very good sponsor and be prepared to live on a relatively small wage.
28 isn't too old. Steve Peat is in his 40's and still capable of winning world cups on a good day.

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby The Rookie » Sun Dec 22, 2013 17:51 pm

7448stewart wrote:no i havnt started racing yet

So you can't possibly know if you have a chance unless you know whether you are even close to fast enough!

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby cooldad » Sun Dec 22, 2013 18:24 pm

Backing up a bit, have you ever ridden a DH course in anger?
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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby AllezAllezAllez » Sun Dec 22, 2013 18:38 pm

I'm 39 eat and drink too much but I'm still hoping to turn pro, should I quit work and chance my arm?


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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby arran77 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 19:03 pm

AllezAllezAllez wrote:I'm 39 eat and drink too much but I'm still hoping to turn pro, should I quit work and chance my arm?


The Rookie wrote:Depends what type of Pro you want to be!


A nearly 40 something professional alcoholic.
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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby njee20 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 19:04 pm

I'd suggest attempting to walk before running, enter a race first!

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby 7448stewart » Mon Dec 23, 2013 14:42 pm

lol cool thanks very much i think ill go pro then :)

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby cooldad » Mon Dec 23, 2013 15:23 pm

njee20 wrote:I'd suggest attempting to walk before running, enter a race first!


I would suggest attempting to crawl first.

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby njee20 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 15:24 pm

Can you report back when you've done a race please?

Don't suppose you know a fellow called Richie McCoy? He had a similar outlook on things.

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Dec 23, 2013 17:02 pm

cooldad wrote:
njee20 wrote:I'd suggest attempting to walk before running, enter a race first!


I would suggest attempting to crawl first.

viewtopic.php?f=40028&t=12952713&p=18668016#p18668016


Hilarious! Doesn't know how to use gears but wants to turn pro. I guess Josh Bender levels of bravery/stupidity would get you somewhere (most likely hospital).

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby 7448stewart » Mon Dec 23, 2013 20:31 pm

Nice, shows your comunity is welcoming to new comers and doesnt take the wee-wee, I thought MTB was a sport trying to grow, how will that happen if you dont welcome newbies!

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Dec 23, 2013 20:41 pm

7448stewart wrote:Nice, shows your comunity is welcoming to new comers and doesnt take the wee-wee, I thought MTB was a sport trying to grow, how will that happen if you dont welcome newbies!


New riders are always welcome but asking about turning pro before your first ever race is a bit of a daft question.
Get out and enjoy your bike, see how you get on.
Mountain biking is all about having fun, turning pro means years of training, racing and broken bones before you can even consider a pro career.

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby WindyG » Mon Dec 23, 2013 20:49 pm

7448stewart wrote:Nice, shows your comunity is welcoming to new comers and doesnt take the wee-wee, I thought MTB was a sport trying to grow, how will that happen if you dont welcome newbies!


Problem is your asking a question no one can answer as you have nothing to show what your ability is, you really do need to actually enter some races and see how well you do. I'll be honest and say your chances of ever turning Pro are pretty much zero as I doubt you really understand what is really needed to get to that level.

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby cooldad » Mon Dec 23, 2013 20:57 pm

I think you've got it wrong. The community is very welcoming.
I am over 50, unfit, slightly tubby, and a bit of a rubbish rider. I regularly ride with XC racing snakes, enduro types, some seriously good ex DH racers, and a few current DH types. When we ride together they slacken their pace, rest when I'm turning purple, and wait at the top of hills. They don't laugh when I walk down scary stuff, although they do at my steam train impressions going up hills, and my fear of cows. (They all look like bulls to me.)

I also ride with a lot of beginners, met through the forums, or our facebook pages, show them local trails, and help them get up to my level of incompetence. Many have gone on to actually ride rather well, and most can leave me for dead fairly soon.

Point is, it's very welcoming and very inclusive. We even have some girls. Obviously more are needed.

As for growing, personally I preferred it a few years ago, when the trails, (such as they were), were quiet and peaceful. Often we didn't see other people all day. And don't get me started on Strava...
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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby snoopsmydogg » Mon Dec 23, 2013 21:12 pm

cooldad wrote:. And don't get me started on Strava...


I got a strava kom recently. Can I go pro?

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Re: Am I too old now to go Pro?

Postby cooldad » Mon Dec 23, 2013 21:14 pm

snoopsmydogg wrote:
cooldad wrote:. And don't get me started on Strava...


I got a strava kom recently. Can I go pro?


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