UK jockeys 'drive 70,000 miles a year'Updated 9:46 AM ET, Wed December 28, 2016 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Riding the road most traveledUK-based flat jockey Tom Marquand, pictured here at Newbury, says he spends much of his time on the road traveling between races.Hide Caption 1 of 8 Photos: Riding the road most traveledDriving eight hours a day to and from racecourses is not uncommon for the 18-year-old.Hide Caption 2 of 8 Photos: Riding the road most traveledFor the majority of professional or amateur jockeys competing in the UK, lengthy car journeys are an occupational hazard. Hide Caption 3 of 8 Photos: Riding the road most traveledThings are no different for jump jockeys like Aidan Coleman, pictured here riding Fox Talbot to victory at the Shloer Steeple Chase at Cheltenham in November 2016.Hide Caption 4 of 8 Photos: Riding the road most traveledThe Irishman says most jockeys have to love what they do to make the commitment to racing.Hide Caption 5 of 8 Photos: Riding the road most traveledAccording to Coleman, here riding Hollywoodien (R) at Ascot in 2015, racing is the easy bit. The difficult part is the travel, admin and training that is required away from the racecourse.Hide Caption 6 of 8 Photos: Riding the road most traveledRetired flat jockey Hayley Turner says riders must maintain an outward air of personability when meeting racehorse owners and industry players, despite the stresses of travel and making weight. Hide Caption 7 of 8 Photos: Riding the road most traveledTurner, who rode over 750 winners in her career, says "you can't be grumpy."Hide Caption 8 of 8The life of a jockey may seem glamorous, but the reality is often long hours traveling and fluctuating earnings.More from SportWhy horse racing in Ireland is a multi-billion-dollar industryHow one Dubai running club sparked a fitness crazeGiro d'Italia: Israel to host 2018 'Big Start' to Grand TourParis and Los Angeles confirmed as hosts of 2024 and 2028 Olympic GamesLuka Modric: 'Everyone wants to beat the best team in the world, Real Madrid'