Self-coached part-time worker Michael Vink on turning pro with UAE-Team Emirates aged 31: 'It's a big step up'

The New Zealander's life has been transformed in just five months

Michael Vink
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Last September, Michael Vink was living like many other committed amateur cyclists around the world, still dreaming that one day they’d make it as a professional. He was saving money by not splashing out on a personal coach, and he had long since learned that being employed in the bike industry was the best way for him to keep pursuing his goal.

“I’ve been self-coached for the past few years,” the New Zealander says. “I’m a guy who just loves riding my bike. I would wake up, check the weather forecast, see how I felt, and then do what I wanted. I was working on and off, a few different things all cycling-related, including in shops. I’ve got too much experience in the cycling industry to do something different.”

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