This story, about Svein Tuft, is pretty amazing. DIY mountain man explorer with gobs of pure natural cycling talent gives it a full go on the pro circuit at age 31. Most careers are winding down by then, but not this guy.
He goes from pulling his 80-lb dog on a homemade trailer into the wilderness to climb mountains to riding in the Tour of California--and likely the Tour de France, along with Paris-Roubaix, for which he seems a natural.
Just when you think most pro roadies are spoiled doping douchebags, this guy comes along. Hallelujah.