If you have this perception of what something is, and then it turns out that your perception is wrong, it’s not going to be good when you get there. You have to commit, it’s not going to happen overnight. Racing in Europe there is this sense of acceptance amongst your peers, because everyone there knows its not easy. They know you’re committed and in it for the long haul.

You can’t get to this level relying just on other people, you have to learn about yourself and know your own body, know what you feel and what that means, you have to develop all those instincts yourself.—Ryder Hejsedal