Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Quick rambling thoughts...

First off, PezCycling News has run the press release about Team Inferno. Now the snowball begins gathering momentum. Again, I am extremely happy about this deal and hope to be able to help this team achieve some great results this coming race season... as well as use them to develop more and better bikes.

Second thought on my mind these days is the apparent lack of vision in US cycling poilitics. I don't want to get in trouble for offering a dissenting voice, but I have no clue what USACycling is thinking these days. Don't get me wrong, I have an immense amount of respect for Gerard Bisceglia and have had a few great conversations with him, but the organization is completely missing the boat in developing US professional cycling, in my opinion. Changing the USPro event to a US-only race makes no sense, when the race is drawing top foreign riders and teams which draw more media attention that flows over onto the US teams. Then, rumors abound lately that the new Tour of California and the existing Tour of Georgia may get changed to a Pro Tour team race, excluding all but the one US team with that status- Discovery. How on earth this can help to further the cause of US racing is beyond me. If the rumors are true, this seems like a great way to further marginalize US cycling. Sure, the foreign media wil have more interest in the events, but we're trying to grow US racing aren't we? The US public will have much less interest in the race if Discovery is the sole US team in the events. I sincerely hope the rumors prove to be wrong.

Ok, back to the grind...

Tim

2 comments:

jbech said...

giv'em hell tim

Bernie said...

Yeah, the pro-tour thing kind of sucks. If it weren't for that, race organizers could pull a Jean Marie LeBlanc: invite the top several international teams, and then fill the wild card spots with U.S. teams.