The biking world is on a roll (sorry) over the elimination of Ted King from the Tour de France. He missed Tuesday’s cut-off by 7 seconds. As if watching his team compete without him for the next 3 weeks isn’t enough, his parents had flown over to the finish of the next day’s stage to see him ride. Ouch.
There are real-life details to upper-level competing that aren’t obvious from the worm’s-eye view. At Rolex one year, I overheard two parents talking. Both of their kids were hot favorites to make that year’s team, but the selection trials were not over. They were comparing notes on whether on not to book their international flights. Get a low rate now and lose the money if kid does not make the team? Wait and spend more? Were they jinxing it by buying? Showing a lack of faith by waiting? Such dilemmas had never occurred to me.