So once a year the top 5 in both the women and men's categories are given an opportunity, and a stage, to thank those that make it possible for us to race throughout the year. This year seems to be a bit different though. This year my bio, and I now know Lisa's, was changed drastically and eliminated our thanks that we feel are important!! I understand the page restraint and getting everything to fit, but as I see it 10 racers times the $360 all in one and you are getting close to the same amount of support that some of headline sponsors are paying!! Or if that is not justification enough then give us a word count constraint!!
This also brings up another complaint. I am not a fan of when someone makes their problem, my problem. This year we got a last minute email stating to get our Bio in immediately! If you are going to procrastinate, that is not my fault! Then this is how it was followed up "Get them to me by Friday at the latest or I'll get creative (just look at what I did to Tom Bender last year!)." I have no clue what was done to Bender, but sounds more like a threat and not needed.
So to get my just due and thanks to those that support me, and the Adventure 212 Team, here is what I wrote:
WORS 2010, top 5? What a great group of riders and a fun way to spend the summer. We have a great thing happening in the Midwest and the talent that we get to race against on a bi-weekly basis is awesome! I enjoy being a part of the series as a racer and as a team sponsor.
In 2010 the Adventure 212/Specialized Team had another great year and each individual rider continues to improve. In 2011, much will remain the same. We will still be on the best bike in the business, Specialized! We will also be continuing with great support from the Hostel Shoppe in Stevens Point and Hidden Bay will be supplying all of our clothing. Thank you for building a long term relationship with the team and supplying us with such great products. Our other sponsors also include Crankbrothers, Scrub Components, Optic Nerve, No Tubes, Raw Revolution, and random ice cream shops near the races!!
So that is the team stuff, now a bit about me. 2011 will mark my 14th season racing Mountain Bikes and because of that I plan to mix it up a bit and try new venues. So I am going to pack the bike up and travel the nation in search of some great riding. My first big stop of the season will be the Cohutta 100, where I plan to better my last year finish of 2nd place! Wish me luck! After that my main goal will be a top 3 overall in the NUE 100 series and then the XC Marathon National Championships. I will still plan to attend as many WORS races as possible, but more in the support role for the rest of my teammates.
As for the thanks: Thanks Michelle for letting me continue my hobby, to bossman(Adnan Kadir) for keeping me fast as I ripen, to all the people who cheer us on at the races, and to all my teammates for making each stop memorable with all the fun antics and random blurted out, inappropriate comments! Lisa!
Until go time, follow the team and support crew at: http://team-adventure212.blogspot.com
Once again, Thank You to all our AWESOME Sponsors!!!