In this interview Canadian former pro cyclist Svein Tuft talks about life after pro cycling, and why he thinks so many cyclists struggle with the transition. He shares his own experience, and reflects upon what teams might do differently to better prepare their riders. He also talks about why many pro athletes avoid thinking about the reality of retirement from competition, and why they should take some time to reflect upon their talents and aspirations before jumping into new commitments or ventures.
Tuft rode professionally between 2005 and 2019. Symmetrics, Garmin–Transitions, SpiderTech–C10, Mitchelton–Scott and Rally UHC Cycling teams. Tuft was the winner of the 2006–07 UCI America Tour, and was a thirteen-time champion at the Canadian road cycling championships: twice in the road race, and eleven times in the time trial