I am 20 years old. My height is 1.7 meters (5 foot 7 inches). I live in India. I have cycled since I was a kid just for enjoyment. I have no idea how I will reach to world level competition like Olympics. It is my dream. or is it too late?
Is there something which will tell me early on whether i am capable of doing it or not, like a first test whether I am gifted with cycling skills?
Of course that you can reach Olympic level competitions. Just find a way to get into the national team of a small/obscure/sports lacking country. Find and become the equivalent of the Jamaican Bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
See you at the Olympics.
Answered by Mr. Stefan on August 26, 2020
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Answered by Daniel R Hicks on August 26, 2020
There's no way we can answer this question for you. The people who reach elite-level competition in cycling have extraordinary natural gifts, dedicate enormous time and effort to training (20+ hours per week), and are incredibly motivated (to train intensively for 20+ hours per week, etc).
If there's a local cycling club you can ride with, do that. If there are any races in your area, enter some races. See how you like racing, and see how you do. Start reading up on training methods and learn what you can. Usually the people who have those exceptional gifts rise to the top pretty quickly, but even if you don't, don't let that discourage you from having fun with racing at a local level.
Answered by Adam Rice on August 26, 2020
It is mostly too late indeed, unless you are already a world class or at least national-level athlete in a different sport - like Primož Roglič who was a ski jumper. Human bodies need the right level of physical training during their growth, that means some reasonable training during childhood and especially during junior levels to get to world class levels. The competition is too large. You could still perhaps get to some very high levels if you have the right genetic predispositions, but the Olympics are very unlikely and professional cycling likely as well.
I absolutely support the recommendation of Adam Rice to join any local race and see how you compare with others. If you are really gifted, you would see that you can easily compete with most other people. Where I am from, there are many MTB amateur races for all age groups and abilities. The possibilities of road or track racing, on the other hand, are very limited. Your country or even your state may be different, see what is available in your area. For the start it really does not mater too much if it is road, track, cross-country or cyclocross.
You are looking for the signs of exceptional physical strength/endurance even if you see that your technical skills are holding you back. If you have the genes for excelent physical condition, some coach may even spot you at these races because you would start winning soon.
Answered by Vladimir F on August 26, 2020
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