I know that there have been posts here about collegiate cycling and sponsorships (separately), but I was hoping to post this for some more directed advice.
I am joining a team that, for all intents and purposes, is just starting. I can't really gauge my skill level since I've only been doing road cycling for 4 or 5 months (I've been biking in general for about 6 or more), but I seem to have no problem averaging over 20 mph on the flats for long periods of time (finally hit 30 on them!). All of the people on my team seem somewhat experienced in different categories (one is a really good climber, another is great on the flats, and I'm trying to work to become a good sprinter).
However, our school gave us very little money to start out (not enough to get anything more than skinsuits for us with artwork), so we have no choice but to ask for sponsors. So if there's anyone who is on a successful college team or has been on one, what do you recommend us as a team can do to win some sponsors? We are already getting our name out to the campus through fundraisers and possible events and group rides. I am already in the process of making a cover letter to present to the company I work for (very large international financial services firm), as well as manufacturers, shops, and anyone else who might seem to be good candidates.
As I always add, any advice or suggestions are highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
P.S. Yes, we know that we will be facing some serious competition ahead. We are going to get serious training schedules in place to prepare for Sparta :-D