Logistics & Licensing
10“Now we must reorganise everything in a hurry. I had not expected this. The finances were in order and all the contracts had already been signed.” Eric Vanderaerden, Team Manager of Pedaltech-Cyclingnews Pro Team, on Logistics & Licensing
11The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. No plan is fool-proof and no one can be completely prepared for the future. Still one has to try, then regroup if necessary. Team licenses are applied for in the early post-season but the decisions, in some cases, aren’t finalized until now. Today we ascend our mound of administrative paperwork.
Cycling requires licensing of many kinds: racing, teams, clubs, officials, entities for event promotion to name a few. Plus there are insurances: liability, auto for team cars, bike coverage. Then there are certifications: for trainers, doctors, CPR; permissions from governments and law enforcement for road closure and marshaling; sponsorship requests; charitable and grant applications. Then there’s continuing education and evaluating programs available to become better at your role in our cycling community. Registrations for events, associated logistics such as travel and housing ensue.
This is a great time for your secretarial duties – either completing, or scheduling well ahead of pertinent due dates. On top of the heap leave some room for error: human and computer, misjudgment and mislabeling. Anyone who thinks it doesn’t take a “driver’s permit” to ride a bike is mistaken. Chances are there’s some paperwork lying around that needs your attention this time of year, and it’s not just your taxes. Only a few happily administrative types enjoy filling out forms, mostly we’d rather be on our bikes. Take the lousiest weather day this week, and make sure your t’s are crossed and your i’s are dotted. Every jot and tittle checked off is that much more quality cycling time when the season starts to warm.
Prayer for Logistics & Licensing
“…old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 122 Corinthians 5:17
We are thankful for permission to ride! We confess a disdain for more office time. We ask to painlessly and seamlessly sew up our details so we can get back on our sew-ups on the road!
Ponder Am I current with all my required permits? Affirm I can race up this paperwork hill and with measured pace crest into a blank to-do list. Watch the KOM line come closer with each filled-in form.
10“No Professional Continental licence for Pedaltech-Cyclingnews,” as reported to www.sporza.be in First Edition Cycling News, January 10, 2008 Edited by Ben Abrahams, with assistance from Susan Westemeyer www.cyclingnews.com
11reference is to Robert Burns’ poem, To a Mouse, which outlines his regret over destroying the earthbound winter home of a field mouse after plowing on his farm. The poem illustrates that things can and do go wrong and often have impacts we cannot guess. Still we must try.
12Holy Bible, King James Version, public domain