In order to develop into an elite cyclist talent is a key factor. This talent is defined by the quality of the hereditary material we received by birth from our parents. That hereditary material defines if the cyclist will be a top rider or will remain in the dull mediocrity. In other words: you are a sprinter or a climber by birth or a Tour de France winner by birth.
But talent in itself does not guarantee an achievement at a high level. In order to benefit from it this talent should often be developed by years of training.
In order to achieve a top level the rider’s mental power and stamina is of overall importance. The willingness to do the utmost and suffer years of hardship only focused on that one goal: the top, is a key factor to succeed. Mental power too is determined genetically for a great part.
Talent, training and mental power are basic factors to develop into an elite cyclist. Beside these there are many aspects that play a role in achieving the top.
Compare yourself to a train with a number of carriages. Each of these carriages stand for something: stamina, technique, physical form, health, the right body weight, mental power, and happiness in general. If your mother has just passed away or your relationship broke up recently you cannot achieve top level. If only one carriage stands wrong the train will slow down and will not reach top speed. If on the other hand every carriage is right that train might reach high speed. See the scheme below:
AN ELITE CYCLIST’S ACHIEVEMENT DEPENDS ON MANY FACTORS