Being a professional bike racer is tough.
Maybe not so much in the sun on a flat transitional stage of the Tour de France that's mostly sunflowers and chatting with a sprint at the end. But chasing back on to a charging peloton, up the 25% slopes of Honister Pass, in the rain, after you've stacked it earlier in the stage? That doesn't sound like much fun. And let's be honest: there's more days like that in the life of a pro than there are glory days of helicopter pan shots, dark lenses and glass-smooth tarmac.
Here's part one of the Madison-Genesis record of their first home tour. Mostly it's filmed through a damp lens and there's lots of grimacing. It's a fascinating record of what it's like to be in the thick of a major cycling event though. Enjoy.
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.