Lack & Uncertainty
Broke & Bewildered
16“…rightly or wrongly, the US Pro scene is still seen as the poorer relation to European racing. This highlights the human struggle that is professional cycling away from the top echelon of riders...” Ian Melvin, Cycling Movie Reviewer
The top echelon of riders is not without struggle, uncertainty or lack. Successfully managing a cycling lifestyle is about overcoming lack and uncertainty. It is true that our top Europros may know less about financial lack than their domestic peers – in many nations, but the riders who serve them or who are in development aren’t getting rich either. Further, even world class women have less potential for an enriching income than male peers.
I recall a scornful editorial by a top 17European-based pro. He criticized a domestic-based female peer for her response to poor funding. She figured out how to get what she needed so she could race by living rent-free in a van. Her “mobile home” was humble but enabled her to race her way into a national title and Olympic inclusion. Instead of praising her resourcefulness, this pro rued her lack of resources publicly trying to shame her as unprofessional. He seemed to have forgotten his own history as a developing rider – sharing equipment and small living spaces with other struggling cyclists. Eventually, he had a big salary from a robustly-sponsored team but sadly, he went on to struggle with lack of judgment and tested positive for several banned performance-enhancing substances. Who managed their poverty more skillfully?
The racing lifestyle is rife with many types of lack that the truly successful overcome or at least manage. Everyone must not lack realism or judgment to restructure for financial viability and victory.
Prayer re: Lack & Uncertainty
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.” Proverbs 11:14
“He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.” Proverbs 12:11
“And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matthew 13:58
“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” 18James 1:4
We confess we are responsible for some types of deficits due to lack of faith or lack of work. We ask for abundance and surety.
Ponder What are my options when in financial lack or if lacking judgment, advisors or faith? Affirm I ask God for what I need and then work with Him in either getting it or letting it go because it was more of my want not His best for me. Watch the hard continue to ride now with another focus – financial viability, rich in character or restructuring for success.
16“Cycling News: Product Review: Pro – The Movie,” By Ian Melvin posted Jan 19, 2005 on www.RoadCycling.com Pro – The Movie is a sequel and follow-up to film feature, The Hard Road. www.prothemovie.com
17Not naming names here. The point isn’t to judge the riders involved but to illustrate lack of resources, lack of judgment, and lack of other necessities for success as an ethical and empathetic bike racer.
18The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society