Do bicycle messengers work harder than professional bicycle racers?
24.10.07 by Buffalo Bill
This is a question I often asked myself when I was working. My old friend Vince has done some calculations based on the Pro-Tour. He reckons that Mario Aerts did more racing kilos than any other Pro-Tour team rider. According to Vince, this gives Aerts a racing total of 13 212 km. Vince calculates a messenger total of 18 910 km per year.
I myself reckon that I was doing around 500 km a week or more than 20 000 km a year when I was working (allowing for holidays, injury and slacking off). However, behind the racing that a professional racer does, there will be at least another 10 000 km a year training. So perhaps it’s about even.
There can be no doubt that whether you are a professional bicycle racer or a bicycle messenger, riding a bike is hard, dirty and dangerous work. And for every guy or girl making decent money, there are another dozen making barely enough to survive. I was one of the lucky ones: I enjoyed riding my bike most of the time, made enough money to pay the rent, had nice bikes and was able to get away often enough to keep from going totally street-crazy.
You can read more stuff from Vince on the Haute Courier blog.