Archive for October, 2009

Financial Resources

Posted in Bottom Line to Start Line on October 30, 2009 by bethleasure


If money grew on trees...

Hamstrings & Purse Strings


21“It is frustrating at times as we only have limited financial resources and I would love to be able to do so much more. I am far from a perfect manager and I certainly do have a lot to learn, but I do the best I can with what I have.” Nicola Cranmer, Pro Team Manager


This expresses a sentiment felt by most pro team managers…never enough resources! Only a few top teams have budgets capable of participation at the Grand Tour level. Most pro squads make do with less money at whatever level their budgets allow them to be competitive. Teams with limited resources but stellar teamwork within tight organizations sometimes dominate wealthier teams in the races.

One domestic team had so much stuff; it took blocks of streets to park their personal caravan. They boasted a café in their RV and had so many support staff, mechanics stood around looking fresh – if you can imagine that in pro cycling! They had some success but not enough to justify sustained sponsorship, which makes sense if you add up dollars spent compared with exposure in only one domestic market. It’s a challenge to obtain the resources necessary to travel in a country with vast distances like America but which also lacks the eyeballs of a European-based team in terms of interested marketplace.

Still, the most successful teams are better resourced typically. Really big budget teams buy up the best riders. Parity may be better for the sport and make more interesting races but dominant teams do bring a lot of exposure from a riveted marketplace. We rely on this marketplace to be interested enough in cycling to funnel funds our way. That being said we love it when the underdog rider from a small squad outrides well-funded favorites.

The key is to make a realistic assessment of what the budget will buy and plan team goals and strategies to capture a niche within competitive cycling. Without resources, we get hamstrung – limited to where we can race and with whom. Our purse strings are sometimes tighter than our hamstrings.

Prayer for Financial Resources
“But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.”  221 Timothy 6:6

We understand an aspect of money management is humility in determining realistic goals and contentment at that level. We pray for more resources if we can properly steward them.

Ponder How much money do I need to be competitive? Affirm I add up what I currently have so that it equals success. Watch every penny to see which bits go farthest.




21“2007-2008” posted January 01, 2008 by Nicola Cramner on PROMAN Professional Cycling Team blog at

22New American Standard Bible Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Benefits of Team Performance Plans

Posted in Coaching & Performance on October 28, 2009 by bethleasure

“Powerful teams are built by development of team as well as individual rider.” Len Pettyjohn, one of America’s most successful Team Directors




Confident that your training plan will result in performance at the right time next season? Dare to dream of teamwork that features your strengths and enlists you to work with teammates on challenged areas. Think of the fun accomplishment in completing team training rides that work both fitness and a team strategy. Forget bad memories of past team conflict because what was once an issue is now a lesson that has strengthened team relationships. This is not just fantasy cycling or the stuff only pro teams can implement. Amateur riders can also enjoy a team-optimized environment by enlisting the support of a Performance Consultant. This all sounds great but how can an amateur team afford what is normally the job of a pro team performance manager?


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Cycling’s Prosperity

Posted in Bottom Line to Start Line on October 27, 2009 by bethleasure

Tour de Globe

19“In the world of sport, the Tour is the third most watched event (after the Olympics and the World football championships.) Up to 15 million spectators are present on the race route, another two billion watch the event on their television sets during broadcasts to 200 countries. This spectator interest precisely corresponds to the ambitions and strategy of the Škoda brand.”       Cycling Sponsor



Cycling dons a suit

This spectator interest must also correspond to the ambitions and strategy of professional cycling.  Money may not make our world or our wheels go round but it does pay for sustainable cycling livelihoods and the privilege of pedaling.

With the glaring reality of a healthy bottom line income necessary before going to the start line, we need to take a hard look from a meta-view of pro cycling’s business strategy. Economics of-, Marketing of-, Foreign Policy of-, and Publicity of Competitive Cycling may not be grad school subjects, but we need to major in promotion and foreign exchange to generate income, as well as minor in tracking data for tailored financial growth strategies. Our cycling organizations should have units assigned with marketing tasks, such as publicity that increases cycling awareness in the general press; public relations that explains, maintains, and expands a leadership position in world-wide public health, fitness, and recreation; and ambassadorship that improves international commerce because of the world’s most basic and effective transportation – via bicycle.

Competitive cycling is an under-resourced, financially-stretched sport. Our lack of gate-proceeds is a hindrance in what is otherwise one of the most watched sports worldwide. Short of launching a global donation campaign to fund our campione, cycling’s interest does provide a legitimate and growing exposure to a large and loyal audience. During the assessments and the dreams, counting costs become part of an equation in determining direction. Can you dream it? How to fund it?


Prayer for Cycling’s Prosperity
“Steady plodding brings prosperity.” 20Proverbs 21:5

We understand love of money is the root of a lot of evil behavior, not money itself. We pray for money’s use as a resource to put and keep effective-entertaining-ethical cyclists, cycling programs, and cycling events on roads across the globe.

Ponder What would pro cycling be like if a group of business experts were actively working toward its expansion? Affirm We can take a leadership position in the world that affects finance and foreign policy. Watch how small the world gets – its circumference about the same as a pro’s annual mileage.


19Skoda Auto website

20The Living Bible Copyright © 1971 owned by assignment by KNT Charitable Trust published by Tyndale House Publishers

Ride IQ: Technologies

Posted in Ride IQ on October 23, 2009 by bethleasure

Patents of the Peloton

82“He broke the color barrier, as a course of survival but there are things about Taylor that many people don’t know, like he was an inventor. He came up with an idea for a unique wheel and other bike components like the outrigger stem. He was a pioneer not only as a cyclist but as an engineer.” John Howard, Olympic Cyclist on Major Taylor


Hugs from us to you, Uli Schoberer-inventor of SRM

Hugs from us to you, Uli Schoberer-inventor of SRM

Our final day pondering riding with intelligence concerns an end-use application of intellect in the form of cycling-related technologies. We who are closest to the end-use know best what’s working and what isn’t with a particular technology. Necessity is the mother of invention and we are a group with needs!

Speed is what most of us need more of and many developments of engineering propose to improve it. Some of these innovations and inventions have been driven by rider ingenuity and inquiry. There’s no stupid question in figuring out ways to get faster.

We’ve been blessed in recent years with incredible gadgetry. The powermeter has single-handedly revolutionized training methods and theories. By allowing all of us to become a rolling lab, it has increased information, made data widely available for discussion creating communities who collaborate around its use and analysis, and democratized the opportunity for everyone to track progress. What used to be a function for the few involved with national teams or well-funded programs of monitoring due to its expense is now available to the 83masses.

So our technologies are one more proof of cyclingdom’s street-wise nature. Not all of us are capable of mechanical engineering or technological invention, but we can all imagine and meet with others who know about such things. Tasty versions of energy bars were born from someone fed up with nutritious but not delicious race fuel. Perhaps in one unique thought, a new device can be designed. So really this isn’t our final day pondering cycling-related technologies.

Prayer for Cycling Technologies
“Streetwise people…on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits.
I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials,
so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.” 84Luke 16:8

We know focusing on material stuff won’t save us, but it may increase comfort and performance. We ask for creativity and technological innovation.

Ponder Is there a product that could (lawfully/ethically) enhance cycling experience? Affirm I imagine it, so it may be up to me to create it! Watch for new inventions to come from the peloton.


82“Unveiling of Major Taylor Statue Worcester, MA on May, 2008: A Major Monument,” by Alan Cote News feature, May 27, 2008

83By masses, understand I mean cycling’s emphasis in prosperous economies. I’m aware of poverty that makes even riding the simplest bike unattainable.

84The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson 

Ride IQ: Testing Methodologies

Posted in Ride IQ on October 20, 2009 by bethleasure

Proctors of the Peloton

79“That Which Can be Measured Can be Improved… Ahh, but what to measure…” Michael McCormack, Coach with state-of-the-art indoor training facility

Progress is a philosophy that says that things can be improved. Some methods of research deal with measuring progress. For that research, we have cycling-related technologies and testing methodologies that measure many things related to improving performance and other concerns of the peloton. We measure viewer interest via media hits, but the real test may be in brand awareness through consumer choice added up in sales. We measure a snapshot of fitness based on lactate tolerance but the real test is race results. We measure aerodynamics in a wind tunnel but the real speed test may come down to skill in real-world weather. We measure power output but the real test is a faster time than everyone else. We measure inseam length compared with saddle height but the real test is lack of damage to soft tissues over time. We can measure body fat but the real test is in comparison with power output. We can measure blood levels of hematocrit but the real test is self-monitoring morality.

Regardless of all tests currently available, the science and industry of cycling must continue to strive for improvements in its proctoring of the peloton. Testing methodologies for doping control may have a time lag between emerging generations of ergogenic aids and ways to discover their use.

There are many mysteries yet to uncover, enlighten, detect, and discover. Devising and updating ways to measure effectiveness is a continual process. Self-monitoring and spiritual accountability have their place in our progress. Even God asks to be tested in terms of His faithfulness regarding 80finances. How much more then does the peloton require proctoring? We need more information of the right kind to make progress!

Prayer for Testing Methodologies
 “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” 81Hosea 4:6

We confess we don’t know what we don’t know. We ask for constantly improving testing methodologies and ask blessings on test facilitators.

Ponder What methods am I using to measure progress in many areas? Affirm I seek proper proctors and programs to keep me progressing. Watch the results as one means to know how well you’re going.




79“Featured Athletes: That Which Can Be Measured Can Be Improved,” by Michael McCormack posted September 15, 2008 on

80See above Malachi reference End Note #28. We tithe and He allows us to test His ability to bless us and provide – further enhancing our ability to tithe. But first we show we can be trusted with the increase by giving it where it is most needed.

81The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson and The Bible, Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Ride IQ: Research

Posted in Ride IQ on October 15, 2009 by bethleasure

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Ride IQ: Information

Posted in Ride IQ on October 10, 2009 by bethleasure


73“Spirituality has helped me in many ways conquer different things. Most importantly I suppose trying to think positively and happy thoughts and not dwelling on the fear itself. The mind is an amazing thing. Changing one’s mindset can be a bit challenging at times; however, I do believe it helps us conquer things.” Becky Kozlowski, Cyclist


Information SuperHighway: a roadway a cyclist can cruise

Information SuperHighway: a roadway a cyclist can cruise

74Studies link spirituality to proper brain performance and therefore behavior. Neurotheology affirms that beliefs contribute to motivation, morality, and mental balance – all of which improve mental clarity. Clarity is necessary for sustainable athletic improvements. Employing a mindset which learns continually is necessary for championship performance and enjoyable cycling.

Life these days is characterized by an increasing knowledge explosion. The nearly unlimited amounts of data to analyze can bombard us. The information for us to process is nearly overwhelming if not broken down into byte-sized feasts for the brain. The dilemma is not so much in not having answers but in sifting through to find truths, proofs, and positives. Grasp this data:  Google, the most powerful and comprehensive internet search engine, reports 2.7 billion searches daily.  Technical information doubles every two years!  By 2010, information is to double every 72 hours!

We may find our problem-solving becomes solving the problem of so much information! Cycling is another means to both discern and disseminate important information. For example, sponsors tie broadcast strategies with wellness messages using cycling events to demonstrate the product concept. There are many messages to broadcast and new ways to pair information with cycling. Think about it.

While cycling is not rocket science, it has a lot of science in it, as well as a lot of artistry. We can be innovators. We can be problem-solvers. We can think our way through and believe. We can use our wits to both encourage creativity and decide what’s really necessary to know. Information must translate to fresh insights. Insight is based on beliefs and must be cranked by truths. Keep riding toward truth.

Prayer for Knowledge & Information
 “…when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.” 75Daniel 12:4

We confess our bewilderment with conflicting reports, confusing information, and distracting data. Keep us focused on increasing knowledge that enlarges our spirits and intellects, and which makes competitive cycling a smart and truthful pursuit.

Ponder What do I need to know? Affirm I learn new stuff every day. Watch for truth in new information.



73Becky Kozlowski’s input from Clinic notes for Cornering & Descending Skills run by Beth Leasure, April 2008

74“Fitness IQ for the Brain” by Bob Poor quoting Dr. Paul Nausbaum Neurological Surgery adjunct professor Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published by Herald Mail, September, 2008. Google data was also compiled in this article

75Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189

Smart Cycling: Brain Power & Problem-Solving

Posted in Ride IQ on October 6, 2009 by bethleasure

Smart Cycling

 69“I thought of that while riding my bike.” Albert Einstein, who knew a little about energy and speed


If two bikes going 55kph are travelling...

If two bikes going 55kph are travelling...

E=mc2. Is that a new power output formula? Einstein thought through the secrets of the universe while riding a bike, and bike racers use intellect to solve perhaps lesser mysteries.

Most champion bike racers are pretty smart. A few may be Einstein-smart but capable competitors are at least able to think clearly and with acumen. Experience making quick decisions helps in the process of building one’s brain “muscle.” Smart race-specific decision-making adds power to a performance. Good decisions of course reinforce positive experiences which in turn deepen and broaden one’s race intellect and abilities to accurately analyze and respond successfully.

Intellect can be trained for improvements, and 70studies show using the brain in new and challenging ways increases its function. Activities, such as learning to play a musical instrument or speak a new language, socialization, spirituality, and brain 71games like puzzles all contribute to analytical thinking.

Racers require a fair amount of downtime for recovery and this includes mental relaxation. It should also include mental stimulation from other sources. No excuses for mindless sitting around and brain mush due to too much TV for racers during recovery. No whining about boring living conditions in far-off places. There is plenty to do while reclining that will actively train the brain in preparation for difficult, oxygen-deprived race moments.

Plus there are plenty of problems to solve in pro cycling from data analyses of power files to staying abreast of clinical studies relevant to athletic regimens to learning something new about competitors or courses, research on an event’s history for insight about upcoming strategies, theories to save cycling from its big challenges, or pondering how to improve a particular aspect of performance.

There are as many things to contemplate as there are problems to solve!

Prayer for Brain Power & Problem Solving
 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” 72Jeremiah 33:3

We are in awe of the power of the brain. We confess our athletic conquests leave us daft and drifty at times. We ask for intellect and spiritual contemplation as a means of problem-solving.

Ponder and read about your universe. Affirm I am smart and where I lack knowledge I will seek it. Watch the space between your ears and close its gap with positive, powerful thoughts and new information.


69Einstein quote from “Quotes About Cycling,” posted as of 9/28/08 on

70“Fitness IQ for the Brain” by Bob Poor quoting Dr. Paul Nausbaum Neurological Surgery adjunct professor Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published by Herald Mail, September, 2008.

71See for some brain teasers

72The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

Ride IQ: Clarity

Posted in Ride IQ on October 2, 2009 by bethleasure

DQ: Deception Quotient

67“Morality has nothing to do with the sport’s poetry. It need not inspire good behavior, and its participants are not role models. Entertainment and action are separate from what’s good for society.”  Self-Deceived Blogger in defense of disqualified rider


Praying for safety AND moral clarity is smart

Praying for safety AND moral clarity is smart

Intelligence cannot be compartmentalized from Morality. Smart cycling uses brains to make quick competitive decisions. It employs the latest research, technologies, and testing methodologies. It utilizes skill mastery, experience, intuition, and situational awareness. It exercises good judgment. More than ever, it must think clearly, live transparently, and behave without deception.

Deception is an evil attacking the peloton. Deception brags that its programs are clean when in fact its monitors are paid off. Deception blames others when its sophisticated, systematic deceits are discovered. Deception announces unprecedented agreement while hatred remains in the heart. Deception implements an agenda planned by consensus with no intention of fulfilling terms in favor of all involved. Deception pretends not to have the money for a particular rider but then makes an offer to a more expensive one. Deception hoards resources distributing little of what’s promised. Deception claims all sorts of reasons for poor results and doesn’t face facts. Deception publishes innuendo, rumor, and inflammatory statements hoping for the big story in response. Deception defames another’s character based on hearsay and second-hand perception ignoring personal experience or private discussion. Deception believes its own lie in its superiority to everyone else.

DQ ordinarily stands for Disqualified because a rule was broken. Now Deception Quotient is a way to Disqualify oneself from peaceful and prosperous living. Plenty of rules are being broken though some may not be in an official race rulebook. Sadly, deception decides on a selfish form of truth that hurts many during its fleeting existence. Fortunately, deception’s time is short.

Prayer for Clarity
“Strength and success belong to God; both deceived and deceiver must answer to him: He strips experts of their vaunted credentials, exposes judges as witless fools; He dumps contempt on famous people, disarms the strong and mighty; He shines a spotlight into caves of darkness, hauls deepest darkness into the noonday sun.” 68Job 12:13-22

We ask mercy on deceivers when falsehood is revealed.

Ponder Am I completely clear with myself and others? Affirm I want a clean heart, a clear conscience. Watch tumbleweeds entangle in your spokes when riding toward that dead-end place in a desert called Deception.



67This quote was real and as such, I do not want to further impugn its author and choose not to reference. Moreover, the deceptive nature of this quote goes against the spirit of this blog.

68The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson