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Old 08-08-06, 03:18 PM   #1
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Your cycling team. How is it?

What are the things you like about your team (if you are on one)? What things would you like to improve?


The team I am currently on has roughly 60 members. That can be good and bad. Some days you show up to a race and someone you've never met before has the same jersey as you! If you're lucky, that guy will work with the rest of you. We've had a boat load of wins this year, but a lot of it has to do with flooding the field and having one or two really good guys. Sometimes you get your own teammates chasing you down as well.

The team has an open membership, meaning anyone can join and to stay on the team there is a minimum amount you have to race. This worked out great as I had no race experience prior to joining them.
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Old 08-08-06, 07:08 PM   #2
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As I see it, that's more of a CLUB, than a TEAM.

My team is 15 riders. I know their names as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
We have a good reputation for being strong team riders, but also friendly and able to pay for a round of beers when appropriate.
We don't necessarily travel together to and from races, and we don't really need to meet prior to the start of a race to discuss things. We all know what our role is when the gun goes off. It's often magical in that regard.

That's a team.

To get on our team, we have to have an opening. We need to see how you race and train. We have to vote to invite a new member in. Our sponsors have been with us a long time. We throw them a big party every November.
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Old 08-08-06, 09:28 PM   #3
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I'll tell you next week when I join mine.
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Old 08-08-06, 09:37 PM   #4
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Yeah, but out of those 60, only 20 or so race regularly and the one or two that show up occasionally, generally get spit off the back and aren't see again for a while.

We used to have a Race team and a Club team and had well over 100 riders. The race team had to have 7 or 10 days of racing per year and some other little criteria. The club team was a race at will kinda thing. The club team was disbanded last year in an effort to slide towards more of a racing team. We're not turning anyone away becasue they don't post decent results, but we have a very solid base of 20 or so riders that race every weekend. So far, we have 179 podiums in 06.
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Old 08-08-06, 09:51 PM   #5
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The team's fun for training rides, but other than that it's mostly non-existant. I'd say all together there are probably no more than 10 of us total, with some other club riders that wear the jersey. It's primarily a mountain biking team, only 2 of us are serious rodies and we're in different categories...which sucks. I'm on a team but I never have any teammates to race with. Most of them are Cat5 fitness or less, so even if they ever did get off the dirt trails and hop into a road race they'd be off the back pretty quick.

That sounds pretty negative, but I really do enjoy it. There's a good amount of comraderie between all of us even if we don't race together. Group rides are a total blast and are great for training, and because we're always riding together we know how to push each other to go harder. We have a sort of junior development program where the senior riders take turns bringing the younger riders out on rides. Tomorrow night I get to take em out on a road ride. It's cool being able to be a part of something like that.

Other positive points- we're a small team with not much road racing experience, yet we've sent one guy pro on the road, another that left the team and could go pro if he wanted, and another that is still on the team that should be pretty close to pro if not already a pro in a couple of years. I'll be moving up the ranks too pretty soon. We also have a pro downhiller and a pro mountain biker....so we must be doing something right!

Oh, and I also get a discount at the LBS

Next year I'll be in a higher category and I'll be able to race with the other roadie a good amount. I'll finally get to work with a partner in a race!
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Old 08-08-06, 09:54 PM   #6
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My team has about 60 guys, but only about 20 have raced at least once this year. Most of the guys are 4's & 5's. I had fun racing with them at the beginning of the year, and then did a few races with our Cat 3 guys, but they haven't been showing up at any races lately, so I've been racing alone. I just upgraded to Cat 2 and we don't have anyone else racing in Cat 2.
We don't get anything free or any entry fee reimbursement.
There are several teams in this area that have srtong Cat 1/2 riders, and most of these teams get their entry fees reimbursed, and probably get better deals on bike stuff than my team, so I'll probably be jumping ship next season.
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Old 08-08-06, 09:58 PM   #7
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Not currenlty on any team, but when I was really liked when more seasoned riders helped new riders. Explained drafting, pace line, rotating pace line. Spring cam that went over those things, plus how to do a feed zone, was really nice too.
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Old 08-09-06, 08:47 AM   #8
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Things I dislike come to mind first - in lower cats people will only ride for themselves. Not a surprise that nobody there is getting any results.

Higher cats lots of sacrifices are made and guess what, the team is getting huge results.

Coincidence?
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Things I dislike come to mind first - in lower cats people will only ride for themselves. Not a surprise that nobody there is getting any results.

Higher cats lots of sacrifices are made and guess what, the team is getting huge results.

Coincidence?
That's why I haven't bothered joining a team this season. Seems kinda pointless in the 4/5's--other than matching jerseys, I don't see much teamwork. If I'm on my own anyway, I'll just save myself the expense of membership dues and more jerseys.
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Our team is very much like what ES describes. We have 10 guys and are a pretty tight-nit group. Currently, 7 are Cat 3's and three of us are Cat 4's who are working hard to join the rest of our teammates. We do a lot together with the training rides and road trips to races and have a training camp in the Smokey Mountains in February each year. New guys are added to the team by a vote only after they've spent a lot of time with us riding so we can ascertain if they are a good fit. So ultimately, it's built on relationships. It's harder to grow a team this way, but we all get along and work really well together and are willing to sacrifice for others in a race.

I know a lot of the guys that cslone is referring to and that core goup that he mentions also seems pretty tight. Some of those guys have been joining one of our weekly rides and I've really enjoyed getting to know them better. We've also worked together in races. There are some really cool people on that team.
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I joined my club becuase I got a nice jersey, shorts and socks for 35 bucks. theres not really any teamwork, just an understanding that I wont be chased down by them if I attack. I suppose thats better than nothing.
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As I see it, that's more of a CLUB, than a TEAM.

My team is 15 riders. I know their names as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
We have a good reputation for being strong team riders, but also friendly and able to pay for a round of beers when appropriate.
We don't necessarily travel together to and from races, and we don't really need to meet prior to the start of a race to discuss things. We all know what our role is when the gun goes off. It's often magical in that regard.

That's a team.

To get on our team, we have to have an opening. We need to see how you race and train. We have to vote to invite a new member in. Our sponsors have been with us a long time. We throw them a big party every November.

I'd be kind of interested in getting on a team. What team is it that you belong to? What kind of things do you guys look for in a new team member? I'm very new to racing so that might put me out to begin with. Let me know. I'm interested. Oh, I'm from Lansing by the way.
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Old 08-09-06, 11:01 AM   #13
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Our team is very much like what ES describes. We have 10 guys and are a pretty tight-nit group. Currently, 7 are Cat 3's and three of us are Cat 4's who are working hard to join the rest of our teammates. We do a lot together with the training rides and road trips to races and have a training camp in the Smokey Mountains in February each year. New guys are added to the team by a vote only after they've spent a lot of time with us riding so we can ascertain if they are a good fit. So ultimately, it's built on relationships. It's harder to grow a team this way, but we all get along and work really well together and are willing to sacrifice for others in a race.

I know a lot of the guys that cslone is referring to and that core goup that he mentions also seems pretty tight. Some of those guys have been joining one of our weekly rides and I've really enjoyed getting to know them better. We've also worked together in races. There are some really cool people on that team.


Everyone I've met and raced with on your team is pretty cool. When I make the move to Cinci, I hope to ride with you guys during the week.
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