So I took him out for a ride. I let him ride my Independent Fabrications Custom Deluxe Ti with the SID World Cup shock. I rode my Giant XTC rigid.
We were out for about an hour, and the guy couldn't stop raving about the trails, "Real Trails" as he called them. I spent as much time waiting for him as I did actually riding, but he's a personable guy so we were able to chat during the ride - in between his gasps for air.
Here's the best part - I got paid for it. My boss told me to charge the time to the certification project.
So yes, I got paid - as part of my job - to go mountainbiking. Therefore, I am, by definition, a professional mountain biker:
Nounprofessional (plural professionals)
- A person who belongs to a profession
- A person who earns his living from a specified activity
- An expert. [quotations ▼]
But I still got paid to go mountain biking, and you really can't beat that.