Cyclists in the Tour of Missouri make their way through Greene county.
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This is stage two of a six stage race, and a lot of people don't realize what kind of training goes into preparing for a professional race like this.
We found out its a race years in the making.
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Brad Huff knows all too well how your body feels.
"A lot of suffering,” he said.
After 126 miles of cycling, the Fair Grove native came in 31st in this leg of the tour, but drew some of the biggest fan attention due to his hometown status.
“A lot of people don't understand how much time is involved in becoming a competitive cyclist, he said. “Because it's such an aerobic sport."
"I remember him as an up and coming cyclist,"said Cheryl Deboer:
As an avid cyclist, Cheryl follows the sport intensely. This Cox fitness trainer says Huff is a prime example of just how hard it can be to turn pro in this sport.
“It's a hard life and they don't get paid well,” said Deboer.
In fact, many of these cyclists have been training for years, some even decades. Deboer says it's a sport that involves training day in, day out and a intense mindset to keep pedaling.
“And honestly,” she said, “I think most cyclists are the best athletes in the world as far as endurance sports go."
Huff is one of the more recent cyclists to turn pro and says this first ever Tour of Missouri is a highlight. After all, when can you start and finish in front of friends and family. The race is also a motivator for huff to become one of the top names in the sport.
“You train better, you eat better, and you just become stronger year by year. And hopefully in a year or two, I’ll be able to be more competitive in this race,” Huff said.
Although he finished 31st today,
huff still ranks 20th overall in the tour of
He and the other racers will continue tomorrow in a timed race around Branson tomorrow.
They then continue through the state
and wrap up the race in