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Old 12-26-06, 12:36 PM   #1
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A Merry X-mas from Cannondale

Ok, I know that my kid's application for Cannondale's Bare Naked team was a REALLY REALLY long shot, but did they have to notify him the day after x-mas???
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Old 12-26-06, 12:51 PM   #2
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when did you want them to notify you. For a lot of companies today is the return to business as normal and that, for them, is business as normal. Yeah it's a real bummer. BUT, would you rather have waited longer lettign the anticipation kill you and then be crushed. Roll with the punches and try again.
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Hate to hear it AP, maybe next year.
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Have to agree with blazin, for me, when xmas is done I have to haul ass to make up the time lost. It sucks but its business. And they likely had a timeline of pre-end of the year depending on how their calendar works. (I know mine is jan1 to jan1)

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Old 12-26-06, 01:48 PM   #5
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if you thought it was a "REALLY REALLY long shot", why do you even care?
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One more reason not to get a Cannondale - their employees are compassionless and cruel.
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Old 12-26-06, 02:30 PM   #7
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Oh, it was just that thier letter came with late cards & late gifts (the KCNC seat post finally came! 165 grams).... and I care because, well, it's a mom thing.
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Sorry to hear it, Mom. Yeah, you do end up caring . . . even when you tell yourself not to. Chin up - - each turn-down gets him that much closer to a real cool acceptance. Trust me, it'll come.
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Well, if your son didn't see the card, you could just hold off on telling him if you really wanted to. Personally, I don't see the issue.

A few years back, my dad got a certified letter on Labor Day telling him that his trucking company had gone out of business and that he was without a job and his stock was worthless. That was a bit ironic. The bastards even paid a premium to have the letters delivered on Labor Day too.

Life is tough. Babying him won't help.
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Old 12-26-06, 03:21 PM   #10
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Go for a small company, and try for just a sepreate sponsership for each team member.
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It's not babying..........you're sooo harsh.
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As a fellow junior racer, I'd say your son's best bet for sponsorships would either be to hop on board a local team or create your own team(!). It's very hard for a junior racer to individually get sponsorships, but if you're on a unique team it's a different story.

A couple of friends and I make up our local junior team, "Team Atrocity." 2007 will be our first year racing under the name Team Atrocity, before we had each been racing unattached or with a low-level club. So far, Team Atrocity is coming together very nicely with the help of American Classic, Kenda, Marzocchi, GU, and ODI.

Here's our team resume. It's a draft (excludes some pics) - for some reason I can't locate the final PDF we sent off.

http://www.goatrocity.com/docs/Resume.pdf
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GW - Very nice resume! You boys ought to add the Greenbrier Fitness Challenge to your list - Greenbrier State Park near Hagerstown MD, on April 29th. Its about the only East Coast qualifier for the NORBA Nationals in VT this year (plus, there's a UCI race that should be fun to watch!).
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transition bikes is looking for riders check them out...imho Id ride for transition before i ever throw a leg over a cannondale...
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transition dont really make any XC specific rigs do they?
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Well, the kid is waiting patiently for his 2007 Salsa Moto Rapido frame to arrive - hopefully in Jan or Feb - fresh off the boat, I suppose. He was planning to sell his Moto & get a C'dale, but then he crashed & some of the carbon fiber on the seat stay started to peel, so selling was not an option - crash replacement became the most cost effective way to build a super-light bike on the cheap. So far, his build will be: carbon DLR2 lefty shock, KCNC SC pro Lite seat post, Control tech bars & stem, sram XO/X9 shifters/deraillures - on the Moto. He's still campaigning for new brakes, but every wallet has it's limits!
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It doesn't look like they do, and the kid is pure XC racing...
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If your son even considered the Connandal team, he is far better on a bike then most, so congratulate him for me.

I hop I never see him on the trail, or mabe I would, depends on how you look at it. He should be congratulated anyway!
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ap - Is he going with the X0 grip shifts or triggers? Personally I much prefer my grip shifts, not only are they easier to use and lighter, they are cheaper to boot.
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ap - Is he going with the X0 grip shifts or triggers? Personally I much prefer my grip shifts, not only are they easier to use and lighter, they are cheaper to boot.
we need wheelhot for this topic.
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Ughhh....don't even joke about such things. Should I go ahead and lock it just in case???
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No need to lock a perfectly good thread when a simple ban would suffice.
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I'm always impressed by your infinite wisdom.
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As am I with your equivalent sarcasm.
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lowcel - yeah, he's decided that sram is the way to go this year, since he has to replace his set-up anyhow, and they're cheaper than XTR. So, let him know if you need spare parts!
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