What do racers on official teams get?
I'm curious what the range of benefits the racers who are members of official teams end up getting.
Most teams seem to be affiliated with a shop so I would imagine a store discount is often (always?) part of the deal.
Do shops typically pay for the entry fees, cycling licenses for the racers?
What about jerseys?
I would also imagine that having racers on the course with you gives you some allies, especially when passing riders in different age groups/categories.
Do any store sponsored teams allow only bikes that their store carries to be ridden on race day?
Thanks for any input. I work at a shop, my fiance and I race and we are our shop's "race team." I could see it growing and I'm just curious about some of the different ways the teams work.
Coming from the road side of things, and a highly successful club, here's how it was broken down:
1) "Elite" team*. 7-10 dudes who received free bikes each year, plus one set of race wheels. These were sold off at the end of the season. Several sets of free uniforms (5 or 6, I think), and we got everything at cost or EP from the shop. We were also sponsored by various corporations, to include one well known Mexican food chain. Free burritos kept me alive that summer. I would have wasted away otherwise.
2) Club team. Multiple levels within the club team, based on how many hours you'd volunteered the previous year. Everyone started off at 10% off MSRP ("Bronze" level) then went up 10% as their level of involvement increased past a certain threshold. Lots of volunteers = lots of awesome events. Even while fully funding the elite team, the club, overall, turned a profit for the shop. The club/shop puts on 20-30 races PER YEAR.
*This team produces pro road racers fairly often, and the year before I raced for them, was the #1 amateur team in the NRC rankings, ahead of several pro teams. Definitely NOT the average club team, but they do it right, consistently.
Last edited by Le Duke; 04-17-2013 at 08:14 AM.
Death from Below.
from my amateur experience as a Cat2 rider on small local bike shop sponsored team, here is what you can expect to get:
- free one uniform,
- up to 40% off MSRP discount on bikes, tires, wheels, parts
- free tune ups and bike maintenance during the season
Seems that the structure that works for our team is to use the shop for bike and equipment support only. But seek other sponsors to bring cash to the team for racer support and club development.
Originally Posted by dirtdan
We found it best to get local businesses that have an owner or marketing manager that is a cyclist. That way part of it is marketing/advertising for their company, and another part is them supporting a sport they love.
Link to our team/club site is below. We are updating parts of it for the new season. Organizing a big team/club is always a lot of work and it takes a lot of people to make it happen.
Last edited by Poncharelli; 04-17-2013 at 07:54 AM.
Originally Posted by Le Duke
My local shop is starting to put in a similar structure for their MTB team. They have a strong road team, which follows a similar model to what you describe above, but this year the shop's management also created an "Elite MTB Team" that is separate, and much smaller, from the normal "club team". The Elite team is definitely a different level of racing and training and commitment (i.e. Open Pro Level), and the perks and sponsorship support reflect that...the level of sponsorship on the Elite MTB Team is similar to what you described for your Elite road team example.
Reimbursement of race entry fees for podiums was a nice perk on one of my teams. It just seems like a win-win. Be sure to get them nice podium pics in the team jersey for their website/blog.
"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion."-Jack Kerouac
Great input! Thanks everyone.
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