The active career of a professional cyclist is a relatively short one. While there certainly are some exceptions, most pros retire in their early thirties.
As an athlete, their whole life revolves around the next training session, the next race, the next goal and the next season. Their lives are filled with travel and their social circles tend to consists of other cyclists with the same lifestyle.
And so, being a professional cyclist is so much more than a job. For most, it’s an identity and a way of life. Losing that when retirement comes, can be a very difficult thing and each athlete copes with it differently.
In this miniseries, we talked to four cyclists about their retirement, and what their lives are now. You’ll hear that while some have moved away from cycling and onto to non-cycling related jobs, others are finding retirement quite difficult.
In this first instalment, we chatted with American Phil Gaimon (who last rode for Cannondale) and his self-proclaimed “worst retirement ever.”
Come back later for chats with Swedish rider Emma Johannson and cycling couple Will and Shoshauna Routley.