Cabestany announces retirement.

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Norman Foley, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna Supporter

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  2. fprintf

    fprintf Been here awhile

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    In professional level sports it always seems a bit sad for the old guard (even those not really that old at 38 years old) to lose sponsorship and be required to seek new opportunities. But it happens to everyone in sport where youth and skill beats old age and treachery.
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  3. MT 007

    MT 007 Been here awhile

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    Interesting retirement speech... thanks for sharing!
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  4. Gordy

    Gordy SUPPORTER

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    He probably got into quads.....

    Seriously, really glad I got to see him ride at the US GP last year. :bow
    One of the greats and a legend. :bow
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  5. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    I can only hope to be that good at 38. Oh, wait. :shog

    I'm going to miss watching him. He is certainly one the most brilliant riders I've ever seen.
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  7. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Bueno! Thanks for the link, Norman! The video confirms what many have observed overall about Albert and his career: Great drive and determination and talent, but tending to limit out just below the very top top.

    Interesting how he repeats the theme of hard work, struggle, and sacrifice (with kudos to the critical people and teams who were with him) throughout his career after turning his 'passion into his profession.' Competing at that level is super hard and takes a kind of grit few of us can crank out, especially consistently.

    He was very up front about why he quit: the rewards in terms of placings did not justify the level of sacrifice. To bang away for so many years as #3 while also being so talented has got to have been quite frustrating, and that is part of the feedback loop of success at any level. Please take a few minutes to watch this for a deep understanding of what I mean:



    Albert was beautiful to watch ride. It's a credit to him that he counts as a close friend Tony Bou. Perhaps he will teach and do schools or something else related? He certainly has the mind for it. I'm glad he has decided at this point to stay connected to trials.
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  8. bobbywarner

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    Cabestany should come ride the NATC 2019 series, ha! :-)
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    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Now that would a shotgun blasting a fly! Then again, Pat and he would be neck and neck at times....
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    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Better do it this year, because after Pat gets 11, I'll be curious to see if he keeps competing.
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  11. motomofo

    motomofo Been here awhile

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    A lot of guys with rides both indoors and outdoors who can’t beat Caby. Such a shame. Says a lot about the current state of trials.
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  12. rokhopr

    rokhopr 2015 Beta 250 Factory

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    Start a GoFundMe - I'd chip in :-)
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  13. bobbywarner

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    Bike = around $8500
    Roundtrip flight from Barcelona to MSP on Delta = around $1500 (just for example, probably different airports)
    Living expenses = maybe around $200 per day (so, $7000 for the 5 weeks)
    Assuming he could catch a ride around with people in the community... So, no rental car needed.

    So, maybe $17,000....? Or an even $20,000 to have some buffer?

    Maybe BetaUSA would offer a bike too...?
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  14. lineaway

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    He probably get a loaner bike from Beta USA
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  15. heffergm

    heffergm Long timer

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    Yeah... he might actually want something beyond his costs. You know, to send back to the wife and kids.
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    2whlrcr gooligan

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    What would the incentive be? Win a title in a second rate trials country? Or worse, get beat by some American who doesn't compete at the Pro level.
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  17. bobbywarner

    bobbywarner Adventurer

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    Fair point, ha! There is no incentive for him.
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    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Of course of if the paycheck is big enough, that's incentive for most people.
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  19. heffergm

    heffergm Long timer

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    There isn't one.
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  20. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Beta USA pays him a bunch of money to win.
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