« 1. They spin. Oh, do they spin. They tap out 100 rpm and don't ever, ever stop. It's not that they’re necessarily going fast, but they're always spinning their legs over and a nice tempo. They don't wasted meter of their ride coasting along. When you ask experienced coaches what the most important aspect of cycling is, they’ll tell you it's pedaling. It sounds so basic, but there's nothing that holds more truth.

2. They don't hammer. They ride casually out to their training grounds nice and easy. There’s often a coffee stop in there somewhere. I know this isn't true all season long, but you'd be surprised at how moderate many of their rides are.

3. They do intervals. Once they get to Kinglake, the Dandenongs, or wherever they're heading, they always have intervals to do. Each of them different. This time of the year will usually entail some strength endurance work up in the hills and a lot of 150km rides down the beach and back.

4. They ride tightly two abreast and respect the traffic. When traffic is building up behind them, they single up and let is pass. They ride like they have a right to be on the roads, but use common sense and don't abuse that right. These guys deal with traffic on a daily basis and know how to keep out of trouble. The people who I see most get into pissing matches with the traffic are the punters who don’t know any better. I could go on about this one, but I won't...

5. The can descend, fast. They're very comfortable descending and they make it look so easy. The lines they take are picture perfect and they're in full control. They'll sometimes even get something to eat or drink at 75km/hr and make it look like there's nothing to it. Click here for tips on descending.

6. They'll dress with long sleeve jerseys, leg warmers, vest, and booties even if it's 20 degrees outside. So PRO.

7. They know how to suffer. You ask most guys what separates an amateur from a PRO, or even a PRO from a top level PRO, they’ll always tell you that the best of them know how to suffer. They can hold on just that little bit longer and can put themselves into the red for a split second longer than the others until they crack. It's not in the legs, it's in the head. This often takes years of experience to develop this mindset.

8. They shine. Everything glistens. Their clothing is in perfect knick, their drivetrain is clean and their bikes sparkle. You can see a PRO from a mile away because of this fact alone. I haven’t confirmed this, but I’m pretty certain they lather up in Mr Sheen every morning.

8 cose che separano un principiante da un PRO