Archive for November, 2009

Cycling’s Human Resources

Posted in Bottom Line to Start Line on November 6, 2009 by bethleasure

Grass Is Green

25“To grow cycling here in the U.S., focus has to be grassroots and USA Cycling’s partnerships with LAs [local associations] play an important role in local growth. I think it allows the local people to do what they do best, which is grassroots racing. We know the venues. We know the promoters. It helps us ensure that the standards of quality are met.” Andy Hollinger, Texas Bicycle Racing Association


Big World, Big Possibilities

Thinking like a Texan isn’t a bad idea when it comes to bigger. Growth and gaining more people brings more resources into the sport. Perhaps grassroots racing is one means to enrich pro cycling also. Stories abound of the company president who picks up cycling and decides to sponsor a team. It’s typical of corporate sponsorship of cycling being championed by someone within a company who knows and loves the sport. Why not infiltrate those ranks with bicycling kids who grow up and become business owners and ad executives and marketing experts?

Of course, there are short-term ways to attract more of the best bodies into cycling, such as solving our image issues and increasing awareness of cycling’s benefits by showcasing exemplary athletes. One may credit the popularity of one great athlete, but it takes many to sustain growth.

We need resources to discover and develop these athletes. We need morality and ethics to govern the way we teach success. American cycling is seeing greater participation rates recreationally and competitively. The growing number of license holders seems to parallel growing media exposure. Perhaps this is a worldwide trend, and this was one of the emphases of the origination of the Pro Tour.

Money and people seem to go together, and cycling needs more of both resources. Great companies manage growth by inspiring cooperation among both the Accounting and Human Resources departments. Seeking recruits for a growing company is a big idea, but not exactly a new one.

Prayer for Human Resources
“God authorized and commanded me to commission you:
 Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life…
Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.
I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day…26Matthew 28:18-20

We’re glad about cycling’s growth. We pray for more programs and more interested participants to put in them.

Ponder Have you noticed growth in cycling from a local group ride to greater territory raced in high-caliber events? Affirm I recruit by living an exemplary cycling lifestyle. Watch our expanding territory for opportunities about your place and purpose in it now and later.


25“Local Association payouts pay off as cycling participation grows,” published 2008-02-13 on

26New American Standard Bible Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Cycling Resourcefulness

Posted in Bottom Line to Start Line on November 3, 2009 by bethleasure

Outside the Tool Box

23…the car park of a bike race is a good example of the resourcefulness of your average cyclist.” Barry Meehan, Bike Shop Owner



Parking Lot Criteriums as metaphor for resourceful solutions

Amazing all the uses of parking lots we cyclists discover: toilet, dressing room, skills area, crit course. We can really think outside the box even within a square perimeter. Another example is the race mechanic who doesn’t have the part necessary to get a rider on the road but quickly rigs what’s available. Cycling tends to draw resourceful people because it rewards risk, resilience and self-reliance.

There is gentleness and beauty in our innovative meandering; freedom and infinity in our lifestyles. We tend to despise the stodgy, spoiled and institutionalized. Like the universe, many of our fields of play – race routes- have no edge and no center. Our competitive courses are often random and flowing so when we face our cycling dilemmas within anal, rigid frameworks, we well-rounded cycling people are uncharacteristically thrown into the barriers. We would rather jump curbs than get hacked in a corner.

Sometimes, we may think we know the center of a problem, but in a subculture in love with motion, it is we who need to move and find new tools. We need to change our centers and remember that there are no edges – only separations we create for standoff. Even lack can be bunny-hopped.

This is God’s entry. Connecting to the Infinite not only expands possibilities but tends to help us adapt to the creative possibilities for resourceful solutions to what may seem like an impossible constraint.

The nature of our problems or our disagreements is less important than having agreeable, problem-solving natures. It’s less about what’s right or wrong and more about if we love our neighbors as ourselves. If one loves one’s neighbor as oneself, one comes to a conclusion based on what is best for all and this multiplies possibilities. Unlimited supply of random beautiful road opens up before us, and we can either move out of the rectangular constraint like what’s felt in a parking lot criterium or see aspects of infinity within it.


Prayer for Resourcefulness
“Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.’24Hebrews 13:5-6

We are grateful that God provides where He guides. We ask to be able to deal promptly and skillfully with difficult circumstances and to be imaginative in finding solutions to cycling’s problems. Help us find those extraordinary courses.             

Ponder What are all possible scenarios to solve a problem? Affirm I find a way when circumstances warrant it. Watch every possible and impossible means to create solutions to problems worth solving, and for answers to questions worth asking.



23“The Lynx effect!” posted by Barry Meehan of on February 4, 2008

24New American Standard Bible Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation