Cadel Evans: work hard, get rewards

The secret to cycling and career success is the same, according to Cadel Evans, Australia’s only Tour de France and Road Cycling World Championships winner – if you work hard and surround  yourself with good people you’ll be rewarded.

“At anything you do at the high level, to get things done, it’s hard work,” he says.  “You need a little bit of luck but it’s always [about] hard work - being clever and making good decisions. Surrounding yourself with good people.”

Evans stepped away from the bike in 2015 but is still heavily involved in the cycling industry, holding a global ambassador role with BMC and founding the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

“Anything you do at the high level, to get things done, it’s hard work.” - Cadel Evans

He says time spent “outside the barriers” has given him a new perspective on what is required to succeed in business - and it’s not too dissimilar from in a race.   

“As a rider you’re very involved in the performance and your race and the last result,” Evans says. “Your life is dictated by your last result as a professional.”

When it all comes together success is the same across the board, Evans says – with the same rewards.

“It’s that great feeling of satisfaction of having done a good job,” he says.  

Evans says he enjoys the competitiveness in business – but does he miss it from cycling?

“Sometimes little aspects of it,” he admits. ‘But the expectations I don’t miss at all.” 

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will see 16 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams race 164 kilometres around Victoria, Australia, this January. You can find out more HERE.

Peter Wilmoth is a freelance journalist.

The views and opinions expressed in this communication are those of the author and may not necessarily state or reflect those of ANZ.

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