Originally I was against the idea of having a Montana Composite Team for racing big out of state races. I started riding again, and have been thinking more about the idea. I think people are surprised at the amount of racers in Missoula and in Montana as a whole. We have a great scene out here and that's part of the reason I live where I do. However, we don't have the numbers to be dividing into all these separate teams for out of state races. It's great for in state rivalries, but we are a drop in the bucket at bigger races.
Friday, March 7, 2008
When you travel great distances to race bigger events, it might be nice to grab a little more recognition. After a couple years other states would recognize the "Montana Team". I think it would bring nothing but good publicity for Montana cycling. It's hard to get folks together from other cities, but maybe one meeting at the beginning of the year to lay out race schedules. Then after that talk via email and phone about strategies and who's feeling fit. By racing each other on the Montana calendar, everyone should have a good idea of who's on form.
Think of the last couple years for MT riders racing out of state. Two years ago Bob Presta held the leaders jersey at Mt. Hood after the first stage. Team Enso had a good squad to support with Jason Hobson and Eric Ziegler, but also in the race was Phil Grove. He finished around the 20's but what if you had that extra horse power. Maybe they could have held the jersey a little longer?? Think of last year's Mt. Hood race. Frank G. and Marshall were killing it. What if they were both wearing the "Montana Team" kit. It would have looked sick. Even at Frozen Flatlands last year there were tons of Montana folks. It would work across all categories. When you go to a big race and all you've got is your girlfriend or a couple bike race dudes you kind of know it's a little lonely. What if you had teammates in the masters race or women's race that at the very least you could talk to and have moral support.
Anyways, there's my Friday rant. This is what you get when you start sitting on the bike.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:00 AM