just gotta say..it’s quite a thing, this team that is growing… it is humbling….. from getting resumes from pro riders from all over the world (not so unusual apparently if you talk to elite or pro team managers) to having to respond hopefully somewhat diplomatically to riders that are both realistic and unrealistic in their expectations (“…i was third in the local crit..” or “… I received 25 UCI points last year…”)… man. Wow. I mean, c’mon. When RideClean said “hey we are going pro..” the floodgates kinda opened. and we are just a little team .. albeit one with (hopefully) a big heart.
being in the position of having to help evaluate a roster for a professional cycling team is both baffling and humbling. thank goodness there are wiser heads than mine that are adding their thoughts to the effort. if you consider the advice/input rendered from T the Serbian Mafia, Carney the Old Man of the Track, as well as Lovedawg the Wise and the likes of Snake and Hammy and the ever true BB, how could the team go wrong?
then again — when faced with prospective riders that run the gamut from former Tour de France winners now disgraced…. to ex-Discovery Channel and High Road/Columbia riders that come to us and say “this is a good thing. I am clean – - lets go race some bikes….. got an internal anti-doping program at RideClean? good. i’ll piss in any cup and bleed happily for you…” (thank you JD) — how can you not stop and say to yourself … lets DO this thing..and lets do it proper
don’t even start with me. i can hear the comments already… and that path is well trodden.. “you should do THIS..” or “you should do THAT…” and “we need to go to THIS race”. can’t even tell you how many times someone has asked me “does RideClean have a Twitter account?” gimme a fucking break…no it doesn’t. and i don’t know — maybe it will someday?? right now it’s just growing organically, to use a trite phrase, so…. it is what it is…
my wife has a saying she is fond of and i think it is especially applicable here; “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK… it’s not the end.”
well i just wanted to say it looks OK so far from where i’m sitting. and it is most certainly not yet the end….
my thoughts? as an old friend once told me … you can lead a horse to water but you cant make them drink because YOU are thirsty.
well my friends, i think there are some thirsty people out there.