Wednesday, January 28, 2009


So why do we ride our bikes? Why do we spend time away from our families? Why do we suffer when we should be having fun? We do it because we are chasing a dream. We do it because we know deep down that this is what the PRO's do. They suffer in silence just like we do. They put in the long lonely hours, just like we do. If going out and putting in the time and effort brings me a little bit closer to being PRO, then that is what I will do. If putting in all the hard work brings me just a small bit of glory, then it is all worth it.

If suffering on a long cold group ride together with my team helps me to better understand how each of us thinks, then I will do it. Teams are made of individuals that bring different things to the equation, and in doing so they make the team a better, stronger, more cohesive unit. Maybe someone is a talented bike handler that can passa long tips or techniques. Maybe someone is a great mechanic, or a tactician that understands the nature and nuances of the sport. Whatever it is every person on the team adds something special. Something that cannot be pinpointed, but would be missed if it were taken away. Perhaps the most important element that someone can add to a team is that of a motivator. And in a way we are all motivators of those around us. The rider becomes accountable to the team without words being spoken. None of us wants to let our teammates down in the crux of a race, and so we get on our trainers or rollers and put in the time and effort required.