The Short Story
The Long Story: Background
The Long Story: Signing a Contract
1. Andrea and Peter put me in touch with a director after Miller School. While I didn't sign he told me to keep him in the loop and I sent him updates after every major race and sometimes more often if it had been too long. This started a good habit.
2. Curtis, who had ridden at that level before, was always reminding me to send emails to every team, no shame, keep begging until something catches.
The Long Story: Why Lupus
- They're committed to getting better. They have a set of big goals and are willing to make the moves to get there. From signing new riders, to finding new sponsors, and doing their best to get in to the biggest races. They aren't happy with status quo and want to change it. I'm excited to be on a team who has big goals outlined and are trying to reach them.
- In the volatile world of Continental Pro Cycling, Lupus is on the up and up. They have money locked down and are moving forward. I heard so much about sponsors coming and going and people scrambling to put together the roster they wanted. Lupus had it locked down early which meant they could sign the riders they wanted and didn't have to pick up scraps late. This meant they had the ability to make good on their promises and I think the roster this year shows that. This team is going places.
- Brendan Sullivan, the GM, was a great person to talk and deal with. He responded quickly, was gracious, and layed it all out for me. When you see and hear about the mess in the Pro scene you get skeptical of anything people say. Brendan has made good on all his promises and does a great job managing things. Plus, he searched me out in part and that meant a lot. It meant he, and the team, believed in me and what I could do on the bike. Hey, it always feels nice to be wanted.
- Racing opportunities. Lupus is going do their best to get to all the big races, including some overseas racing. While invites to the biggest races (Medalist Events) are no guarantee the team has already been to one (Tour of Alberta) where they put someone in the break and had good success. More importantly they're committee to those goals and the current climate leads me to believe we'll have those opportunities this year. Guess it is time to start learning how to race for 7+ days in a row. Can't wait to check it out. The proposed schedule isn't finalized, but when it is I'll get it up here.
- Lupus. I'm not going to say that I have a personal connection to the disease or that it's a cause I personally truly cared about prior to this BUT it's great to be on a cycling team with such a positive goal in bringing awareness to the disease. If I can be a small part of bringing awareness to something that so many people and families are affected by I'd consider that a huge positive. It's a unique position as a cycling team to try and have such a positive impact on the world, and I'm happy to be a part of it.
The Long Story: The Thank You's
BSlow Racing - Using this term to denote the close group of friends that started the team with me. They keep my grounded and put up with the fact that I am posting Instagrams and traveling the country/world while they sit at work. They remind me of every classic cycling mistake I make, like don't wear leg warmers without arm warmers (who knew). They're supportive and nice, but mostly there to keep things lite and enjoy the moment. So Steven Cook, Tyler Cloutier, Will Suhring, Bryce Lowry, Jay Catlett, and Andrew Moore, thanks a bunch, you're now welcome to ride the coattails of a no-name pro making very little money. Cool right??? Right???
Friends - On top there are plenty more to thank without dragging this out forever. Lee Coppock with constant helpful life guidance and encouragement comes to mind. Sean Keveren for giving me a fellow Professional Athlete friend to try and one up. A lot of my college friends who are super excited for me and love to hear about my adventures and successes. It's great to have such a wonderful support system. I know no one I have met could do without folks like these. So Thank you!
With that done, I guess it is time to up the training, camp and races will come soon enough. Time to enjoy a great Thanksgiving and Christmas season with the family while enjoying the amazing roads of the Blue Ridge.
Keep those pedals spinning,
**Curtis Winsor takes 99.9% of the credit for my success and Professional Contract, it is possible this number is actually higher since I have not consulted him. This is the benefit of being coach I guess. The remaining 0.01% is split among other cycling friends. No success is attributed to myself, for the record.