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Old 02-27-08, 06:56 PM
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The unlimited Chipotle is by far the best perk.
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The unlimited Chipotle is by far the best perk.
Fo sho. They're more well-stocked than every bike shop in Ohio.
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Old 02-27-08, 07:11 PM
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The unlimited Chipotle is by far the best perk.
Chiptole and the local microbrewery sponsor my collegiate team and are right next door to each other on our usual recovery ride route. You have no idea how sweet life is.
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Old 02-27-08, 07:23 PM
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44,000 water bottles. Awesome.

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200 powertaps
+1 How many do they need, 250 head units?
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We pay for all that stuff.

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Old 02-27-08, 07:34 PM
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20,000 clif bars? That's enough to stop up Niagra falls, if you know what I mean! oof!
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i wonder what their EP-NO consumption is like
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200 Zipp wheelsets, yet only 50 Ionos helmets.
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Old 02-27-08, 07:52 PM
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I talked with a now-defunct pro team's soigneur at Fitchburg one year at the feed zone. Said soigneur said that some of the "boys" don't make much more than $5-7k base a year so they supplement their income (i.e. survive) by selling off the limitless product - typically food products - to help make up some of their income deficit. They usually made another $15-25k in prize money (after it was split up among the team and support staff). Not a lot of money.

I don't know the rules for whatever division Slipstream is in but for the smaller pro teams it's got to be a tough life.

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Old 02-27-08, 07:57 PM
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No doubt is can be tough at the bottom at that level. If you havent seen it check out the hard road, a great documentary on a new startup pro team with very low budget but big dreams.
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Old 02-27-08, 08:27 PM
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Although it is not to NASCAR standards they sure to leave a large carbon footprint for a human powered machine.
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Wow... those numbers are mind-boggling. It obviously takes way more than just a set of bike shorts to run a successful team
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Old 02-27-08, 09:48 PM
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It explains the story of how one of the Slipstream riders left his very expensive sunglasses at the wind tunnel in CO. When they called to advise him of this fact, he said, "Don't worry about it. Just keep them."

In other news it seems to me that perhaps they are a little short on bottles? I mean, yeah, that is a LOT of bottles, but considering the numbers that are disposed of in racing alone, not to mention what we don't see during training, and then realizing they only have three times as many bottles as they have articles of clothing for the season? Of course, that is still nearly 1000 bottles per week supplied, but it was just striking in comparison to the articles of clothing which have to be worn all season.
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So they get roughly 2 times the amount of equipment that UT Dude has in his dorm room?
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200 powertaps
I thought the same thing.
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Chiptole and the local microbrewery sponsor my collegiate team and are right next door to each other on our usual recovery ride route. You have no idea how sweet life is.
I'm transferring. Now. I'll be there tomorrow.
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Is this a normal amount of shwag for a pro team?

Seriously, where do you put 40,000+ water bottles, that would literally fill a house?
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I think it's a normal amount for a large team. The numbers are staggering in some ways but when you think of, say, three bikes per rider (a smaller team I helped out got three bikes per rider), three build kits per rider, all the Gatorade you could possibly imagine, wheels up the wazoo, kits, etc., it's not insane.

It looks like they have 162 bikes. 160 use the sponsor's pedals, so they only asked for 160 of them.

29 "relaxed geometry" frames - Paris Roubaix and the like? Perhaps a very limited use set of bikes, spares, etc. 30 sets of wheels for them.

27 TT bikes with 30 sets of wheels. Incidentally, do they have 29 riders?

3 track frames.

200 PT hubs (same as the number of wheelsets, so all wheelsets have PT hubs I'd guess).

250 heads, not sure why more heads than bikes or PT hubs. Maybe as extras? I don't get the number.

Remember they also have the U23 team (Taylor Phinney and co). Maybe he gets the track frames. Him and Bradley Wiggins or something.

We asked for some stuff to give away at our series one year. We got 2000 pounds of drink mix (!!!!). A pallet. Forklift needed to move it off the truck. We couldn't give it all away, and I mean we were just trying our best to get it out there.

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Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell View Post
In other news it seems to me that perhaps they are a little short on bottles? I mean, yeah, that is a LOT of bottles, but considering the numbers that are disposed of in racing alone, not to mention what we don't see during training, and then realizing they only have three times as many bottles as they have articles of clothing for the season? Of course, that is still nearly 1000 bottles per week supplied, but it was just striking in comparison to the articles of clothing which have to be worn all season.
I did feed zone for a team at the Norwest Cup in Minneapolis years ago-- it was a team of 4 guys and I think they had well over 100 bottles for a ~120 mile race. It was a hot day and our instructions were to get two bottles to each rider every lap. All but one of the riders dropped out or were pulled (they started pulling guys who were gapped and left one more rider in the race than there were places). Then we got 4 bottles per lap to the one remaining rider. He drank them all every lap.

They were drinking straight water, and had pop tarts for food (it was a low budget team-- IIRC it might have been Bikyle Flyers), and they had cans of coke in a cooler. The first thing each rider went for after they dropped out was the ice cold coke in the cooler.
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