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Domestiue [Reading] ➶ Domestiue Author Charly Wegelius – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk For 11 years I was a professional cyclist competing in the hardest and greatest races on Earth I was in demand from the world's best teams a well paid elite athlete But I never won a race I was the hi For years I was a professional cyclist competing in the hardest and greatest races on Earth I was in demand from the world's best teams a well paid elite athlete But I never won a race I was the hired helpWhen my mum dropped me off in a small French town aged I was full of determination to be a professional cyclist but I was completely green I went from mowing the team manager's lawn to winning every amateur race I entered Then I turned pro and realised I hated the responsibility and pressure of chasing victory And that's when I became a DomestiueI learned to take that hurt and give it everything I had to give all for someone else's win When the order came in to ride it was I pushed out with the hardest rhythm I could dragging the group faster and faster until my whole body screamed with pain There were times I rode myself to a standstill clutching the barrier metres from the line as the lead group shot past But that's what made me a so good at my jobAs my career took off I started looking at the fans lining the route cheering us like heroes The passion for cycling oozed off them but they couldn't know what it was really like They didn't see the terrible hotels the crazy egos or all the shit that goes with great expectations Well this is how it is.

10 thoughts on “Domestiue

  1. Monica Monica says:

    Wegelius is whiny and mundane Plus he doesn't like Cadel Evans That's a non starter with me 35 StarsEdited to Add Read the kindle edition

  2. Toby McMillen Toby McMillen says:

    This was an interesting read; as a cycling fan who watches European races whenever possible due to limited US tv coverage I was very familiar with Charly Wegelius and had a great deal of respect for his domestiue prowess I well remember watching him turn himself inside out at the front of the bunch on the steep climbs of the GiroHis professional role was as he says in the book largely unknowable to anyone who hasn't done it It is perhaps like the American professional basketball player who plays many years for many teams perhaps in many other countries; a solid pro obviously valued by those who pay the salary but a person who is never going to get many if any lines in the press I was intrigued by the chronicles of his struggles to make it in the European peloton; he very bluntly illustrated a tough gritty underbelly of European cycling that is not shall we say the subject of color commentary spotlight reports by Bob Roll during the Tour although if you read his book it is a subject he well knows from his own experience I also appreciated his honesty when he spoke candidly about his own mistakes and misdeeds over his career; rarely do you get that from anybody who writes a book It made some of his awful accounts about cycling in general easier to believeAlthough I read the entire book in 3 days and had trouble putting it down because of my interest in the subject matter I got a bit tired of the self indulgent manner of the dialogue In the end it is really hard to say whether he actually enjoyed being a professional cyclist; it seemed as if in the end it turned out to be of an addiction than a passion He seemed to write most of the time from the perspective of having a huge chip on his shoulder and that got old toward the end Perhaps that was simply the truth; it was in my opinion and thus just the 3 stars overdoneStill if you are a cycling fan you gotta read this

  3. boogenhagen boogenhagen says:

    Really interesting look at behind the scenes in Grand Tour cycling While this isn't a big American sport cycling is huge worldwide and a billion people watch the Tour de France CW shows what it takes to be in that kind of endurance trial and all I can say is I can't believe anybody would put themselves through that Yet people do and I admire the fortitude

  4. Peter Peter says:

    After listening to Charly Wegelius on Mike Creed’s podcast I decided to pick up Charly’s book Domestiue I admit I was not familiar with Charly or his cycling career but uickly found myself engrossed in this story about the life of a domestiue in the European peloton Both Chapter 5 and 6 are particularly interesting because Charly reveals why he embraced the role of a domestiue rather than a cycling star and explains Italian cycling culture through his experiences on the De Nardi team In fact having worked and lived in a foreign country myself I was surprised to find that his experience as a professional in Italy actually transcend cycling and is useful insight for anyone adapting to a different culture and lifestyle Charly also includes fascinating personal anecdotes such as the one in which masseurs would often watch over the dinner table to make sure riders didn’t overeat Although the book briefly delves into doping this is thankfully not central to the story and is refreshing considering many other recent cycling books do

  5. Laura Walin Laura Walin says:

    A well written sports book is a joy It manages to to capture the intensity of a professional athlete into words and the reader notices that she is holding her breath while reading in the same way as she would be as a spectator The biography or rather a memoir of the profeccional cyclist Charly Wegelius was such a bookI was not familiar with the world of cycling apart from a few flash images from TV on Tour de France Cycling is not a big sport in Finland for obvious reasons flat country short season Already getting to know the sport was fascinating If anything the roles in the team could have been made a bit clearer but the nature of the endeavour became clear the whole team makes an effort for one of them to win At the same time it is an individual extreme sport where the athletes beat themselves up into insane achievementsThe book was incredibly well written I really enjoyed how it let the reader within the head of Wegelius to openly observe the transformation from an obsessed teenager to an adult man who was ready to give up the sport for other aspects of life The only thing bothering me was the slightly apologetic tone in relation to doping which is of course a touchy subject in itself in the circles of professional cycling

  6. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    Well written and distinctive book – key themes include Wegelius’s embrace of Italian racing and his view that this led to him being unappreciated by English speaking fans and media his naturally high haematocrit which with the 50% rule put him at a huge disadvantage as he could not benefit from training whereas riders without his natural advantage could benefit from large amounts of EPO; the controversy over his riding for the Italian team interestingly with his co author Tom Southam at the Worlds which as he saw it was doing his job rather than riding for a lottery funded business which had never supported him and in some ways undermined him by paying teams to take British riders; how he uickly settled into the life of a domestiue – taking pride in it but also partly as he didn’t cope with well with pressure and had a natural tendency to try to fit in with groups; how someone should have taken on Mapei’s development suad when Mapei pulled out as it was the cream of future cycling talent as well as drug free by selection and development; and than anything the sheer hardness and lack of happy endings in professional cycling

  7. Simba Sagwete Simba Sagwete says:

    Incredible book that takes the sheen of the world of professional cycling A classic illustration of be careful what you wish for Most books about cycling focus on what's so great about it but this was a dissenting voice Charley Wegelius focuses on the less glamorous parts of being a professional cyclist which is true to life in my eyes Everyone watches the Tour de France but apart from the die hard fans who watches the Roma Maxima? And What does it feel like to do a 100km turn at the front of the peloton only for your leader to screw things up and fail to win while you in the mean time tire yourself out so much that you barely make it to the finish?

  8. James Walsh James Walsh says:

    Interesting insight into what it means to be a Domestiue not about the winning but what cycling demands of you and the lack of glamour contained within Sometimes disjointed but overall an excellent read

  9. Ron S Ron S says:

    The best look at life in the peloton since Paul Kimmage's Rough Ride 1990 Wegelius began his career riding for Vendee U in 1996 and his career included stints with the Linda McCartney Racing team Liuigas Silence Lotto and most notably Mapei during their heyday Highlights included supporting Danilo Di Luca to Giro victory a Grand Tour he rode from 2003 to 2010 A great read for any cyclist with a remote interest in racing or those that enjoy sport biographies in general

  10. Gregg Kellogg Gregg Kellogg says:

    An exciting account of the life of a yeoman professional cyclist The inside into the world of professional cycling and the inside scoop on the workings of road races is illuminating Charley makes you feel the pain both physical and emotional of what it takes to compete I also sympathies with the experience of living in another land; enjoying it but never uite belonging

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