Of course, winning races and championships will see your salary rise accordingly, with agents trying to get the best deals for their stars, but for some people the money isn’t the issue.
As always, my blogs tend be quite honest, and written from my own personal experiences.
But these days there seem to be far more crashes, some of which in recent months have involved race vehicles and have resulted in the death and serious injury of a number of riders.
Antoine Demoitié died after being hit by a motorbike at Ghent-Wevelgem in March, while Stig Broeckx has suffered severe brain damage after a collision with a moto in May.
Also, away from racing, Carter’s Giant-Alpecin team was decimated in January when a driver ploughed into a group of riders on a training ride in Calpe, Spain, causing numerous serious injuries.
“It is a personal decision related to two accidents, one last year and one recently, and I am now ready to move on to the next step in my life,” said Jones. The death of Andrey Kivilev in 2003 prompted the UCI to make every rider wear a helmet in races, while the death of Wouter Weylandt at the 2011 Giro d’Italia caused shockwaves through the sport.While a Tour de France winner, like Chris Froome, or a world champion, like Peter Sagan, can earn in excess of £3m per season, a young rider new to the peloton will earn significantly less than that.Compared to the average salary of a job in the UK, the wage of a young cyclist is nothing to be sniffed at – according to Sky Sports the minimum wage is just over £25,000, but would you earn enough to justify the sacrifices you have to make?Crashes are part and parcel of being a cyclist, no matter what level you are at.The difference with professional riders in races, though, is that they are generally travelling at much higher speeds when they go down, which sometimes leads to more severe injuries.
If your paycheck depended on you getting results against riders who were taking performance-enhancing drugs, the chances are you would be tempted to take them yourself.