Monday, June 04, 2007

Thoughts on Giving Back to the Sport

I was on this site earlier today following a thread through the comments section about giving back to the sport. It can be both hugely rewarding and a giant pain in the ass to promote a bike race, or helping out and running a club or race team. We should thank those you do it, especially the guys that run out own teams, if we are lucky enough to have them. Here is my response, just something to think about:

The old argument that we just want to be racers and shouldn't have to be bothered with promoting a race here and there, or helping out in other ways by giving back to the sport is b.s. Since 99% of us have never been paid, even at the pro 1,2 level, most of us rely solely on sponsorship dollars to foot the bill for our week in and week out racing addiction. Where do you think that comes from? Individuals and companies that like cycling enough to want to GIVE BACK to the sport by helping others out. Thus, it becomes the responsibility of the racers (especially the older one's, and by that I mean guys that are in their 30's and 40's that have been at it for years) to help keep the sport alive at the local levels by promoting races or helping to organize clubs/rides/etc...just remember those that were doing that when you were 20 years old and just starting out, where do you think they came from? I can think of at least five guys that made an impact on me through the years as I was learning the ropes, all were racers and all were older. Mentor the young and the sport will thrive. Adios.