If you have been following me, you kinda get that I am sort of a race fan. This is one of my first race posts. Having posted about. Having posted about racing before does not automatically make me a big racing fan, but trust me - I am. I like the race, I like the spectacle, I like thinking that I am as fast as a racer, I like the whole circus. Kinda dig it.
So what you are probably thinking (should be thinking). Lotsa people are race fans. One of the greatest aspects of my job (outside of traveling to weird places and having more bicycles around me than should normally be allowed - oh, and I have a portal to the future), is being involved with racing - directly. Of course in the end, I am just a hack and I am no where near the pace that real racer is. I just like to think it.
But, recently we were presented with a really cool opportunity. After having sponsored a number of pro teams, we get to try our hand at owning and running a team.
So now we start a grand adventure. It is our chance to give back to a sport that has been really important to us. It is our chance to help cycling grow and change into the future. We are all pretty psyched about it.
My friend Brian Nygaard once said to me "In racing you will loose alot more races than you will win." We are going into this with our eyes wide open. Our goals are to build a really nice team that we all can be proud of. A team that loves and respects its fan base. A team that acts like a team and is a team. A team that always looks great and always is an important part of the feature. A team that helps young riders develop into the future.
I cannot wait to get into next season and be there as a piece of the fabric of racing. I cannot wait until my favorite races next year. I cannot promise we will win, but I can promise we will be something worth following. Stay tuned for a bunch of additional announcements and information to come on the team.
This is really going to be fun.
As the first stage of the TDF is called. It is the Grand Depart!
See you at the races.