Coffee talk Tuesday returns this week to a topic close to some racers and their teams. Tuesday Coffee Talk allows all of use to engage in community related topics and share your 2 cents worth
What are a racers team responsibilities?
It's that time of year when many race teams are planning out their schedule, going on team training rides and start to engage in team/racer responsibilities. I've been on quite a few teams and one thing is clear from my experience, every team is very different, some just want you to wear the kit and that is good enough, others have strict expectations like do these 15 events, play role x (not just participate), raise X amount of $$ from sponsors, ride X equipement.... On the flip side riders often expect race fees paid for, equipement sponsors, quality care from the sponsored bike shop....
And the above items can and do cause many inter-team fights, guys take over, become dictators, inner groups secretly start up and the inner circle get 90% of the attention or winning members never get the attention they have earned. Sponsors question where their money has gone when all they ever see are result emails from team captains, etc.