A day in the life of a Giant-Alpecin rider (video)

Ever wondered just what a professional cyclist actually does with their time?

Giant-Alpecin have made a handy rider’s-eye video of a day at a training camp to help us understand the rigours of being a cyclist.

Obviously the first job – waking up when your alarm goes off – is followed by a commitment to team sponsor Alpecin in the shower. With training camps often taking place in the sunny climes of southern Spain, the airport routine becomes second nature to them.

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Once they touch down on the ground, though, they spend a lot of time in their team kit, with six-hour training rides not uncommon in the early months of the season.

Mix in a few sessions in the gym and a few team meetings, the riders manage to fill their days pretty well.

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Then there’s the downtime. While the meal seen in the video looks a bit unappealing, training camp nosh is usually a bit more varied than two bread rolls and an apple.

Filling the down time is something riders sometimes find a little tricky, what with the desire not to waste any unnecessary energy, but there’s still time for a game of table tennis in the evening.