Every sportsperson started out from scratch. @eugenelaverty speaks to fellow riders, drivers and cyclists about their journey to becoming pro. #prepro
PreProE.20 Gordon Crockard
Four-times Grand Prix winner Gordon Crockard is the first motocross rider on the show. Gordy was never hailed as a child phenom so he was as surprised as anyone when he holeshotted the first GP that he lined up for.
PreProE.19 Danny Hart
In what has been hailed as the greatest MTB moment of the decade Danny Hart appeared to burst onto the scene in 2011 by winning the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships in Champéry. However, the quiet and unassuming Englishman had been gradually climbing up the ranks since turning pro in 2008.
PreProE.18 Geraint Thomas
Becoming an Olympic champion and a Tour de France race winner may change some people but not Geraint Thomas. He's still the same old 'G' that started out riding bikes with the Maindy Flyers.
PreProE.17 Luke Rowe
Team Ineos cyclist Luke Rowe is the most selfless athlete I know. Every July he sacrifices his own race to help his team leaders to glory in the Tour de France. You don't get much more noble than that in sport.
PreProE.16 Valtteri Bottas
Finland has had a number of Formula 1 world champions and Valtteri Bottas' name could soon be added to that list. Like many his career started out in karting but during his formative years he juggled both four wheels and ice hockey.
PreProE.15 Mark Webber
Mark Webber is one of the most successful drivers ever to come out of Australia. Persistence earned Mark his first go-kart. In fact, persistence earned Mark everything that he has achieved throughout his incredible racing career.