“It’s The Loss Of Goals” – Professional Cyclist Laments About ‘Hard Life’ After Retirement

Published 10/17/2021, 10:12 AM EDT


Retired professional road racing cyclist, Daniel Lloyd started initially as a mountain bike racer. He was just 13-years-old back then. Southern Area Mountain Bike Championships is where he made his first biggest breakthrough as a junior.

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According to him, the highlights of his career were reaching the Champs-Elysees in the 2010 Tour de France and the 2009 Tour of Qatar. He announced his retirement in November 2012 from professional cycling. Currently, he is the assistant director of Sportif at IG-Sigma Sport.

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The retired English professional road racing cyclist recently tweeted about his post-work struggles. He expressed his disappointment and struggles to restart his work life at this point in his life.

A few can live off their name: Daniel Lloyd

Retirement has been tough for Lloyd. Worried about what else he can get going with after cycling, he confessed that the alteration of his career in his 30s is tough.

“Every pro cyclist has to do something after cycling. A select few can live off their name. The rest have to do something else, within the sport or outside it,” tweeted the pro cyclist.

After being on the road for more than 10 years, this transition is not at all easy for him. Even after having a successful career, people tend to forget about people unless they have done something extraordinary.

“I always think of those riders, as it’s a hard transition. They’ve all done something many would love to do, but that doesn’t make what comes after any easier.”

He also mentioned the complex nature of restarting his work life. Throughout his life, he has focused on his passion, and given it his all. He never really thought about what would come after that. To start again from scratch can be really hard.

No more people asking for signature or selfie: Daniel Lloyd

Lloyd expressed his disappointment in receiving less attention after his life as a professional cyclist ended. Even after being a Grand Tour stage winner, he believes his name is fading away.

“No more people asking for a signature or selfie. You can have won a stage of Grand Tour, but be completely forgotten a generation later,” tweeted Lloyd.

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To this thread of tweets, someone questioned him if loss of attention is worse than the loss of finance.

Llyod’s answer to this question is none of the above but the loss of goals.

“It’s the loss of goals. Your whole life is mapped out as a cyclist. When it’s finished, it can feel like a chasm in front of you.” Llyod replied.

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Certainly, to be remembered forever and for your name to be written in history requires a lot more than just hard work. What do you think?

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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