Filling out an income tax form at a bike race is an weird experience for me. Technically racing bikes isn’t my job but in the last few months its been my primary source of income. I’ve spent most of the last month on the road. Today’s payday means I can afford rent on my apartment for another month. I’m trying really hard to not succumb to moving in with my mom.
Some days the races don’t go our way and we’ll all go home splitting two hundred dollars five ways. Usually that means I have to pick up an extra shift at the bike shop or deliver food in the evenings. Odd jobs in between training, traveling, and racing. You really have to have your priorities figured out to be ok with this lifestyle, you can’t half-ass-it at this level. —Dan Chabanov