Plein Air Professionals
30“…you have to split the year into different parts. When it’s time to start really training hard, like now, ALL that stuff goes away. All sponsor obligations…all functions…all non-profit work. There’s one focus and that’s racing the bike, and training and trying to be the best.” Lance Armstrong
When hard work, much talent, abundant opportunity, and friendly assistance turn what can be imagined into reality, the glorious in cycling assemble in the world’s sponsored teams. Three levels of sanctioned professional squads announce rosters, schedules, and aspirations for the new season about this time. And while most riders will never participate in the sport at these levels, access to our athletes is guaranteed. This sense of global community sets us apart from all other sports. Only a few races cordon riders off from spectators, but riders still grant autograph and interview time to any fan willing to wait. In general, there’s no one you can’t get a ride with, especially during an athlete’s favorite charity event. Imagine that kind of access to a leader in any other field and we can celebrate our openness and liberality. While there is elitism, an attitude factor, and a competitive intimidation psyche, there’s also an everyman sense in cycling. It’s a fellowship of suffering, as well as an endorphin festival. However, there’s also a common awareness of privacy and solid boundaries in our open-air playing field. Times not to approach a rider: when in their zone, during serious training, while racing, difficult moments, or when eye contact is not made. Cycling’s form of noblesse oblige warrants peloton etiquette, positive influence, altruistic causes, even more available information about whereabouts and practices as far as racing clean. Yet there’s a time and a place. Now is the time to turn inward and focus on that tight knit core of comrades within one’s racing or riding battalion. There’s no “I” in team, but there is ME, where the best chance for success exists from within the bonds of your unit and where you’re accountable for your focused loyalty.
Prayer for Pro Teams
“Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other.” 31Romans 12:15-16
We are thankful for the best in competitive cycling. We pray blessing on each pro team and each pro rider preparing for another year of racing. Specific prayers for team: “Teams Database” www.cyclingnews.com
Ponder Is my accessibility periodized? Affirm I can give what my team needs. Watch a private focus enjoyed in a public forum.
30“Lance Armstrong UnPlugged: The PEZ Interview Pt1,” by Randall Butler February 03, 2004 www.pezcyclingnews.com