Monday, June 11, 2012

Team Success Starts with Registration

I just recently noticed something concerning the results posted on USA Cycling.  Take a look at the results here from this weekend criterium at Todd Stadium in Newport News, VA.  These are the Cat 3 results:

Men - Cat 3
 Place Points NameCity, StateTime USAC #BibTeam
1243.99Nicholas Tempest   Virginia Beach, VA 328886   Tri Power
2259.51John Gray   Chesapeake, VA 256083   Virginia Beach Wheelmen
3275.04S Curtis Smith   Henrico, VA 236138   Team 3Sports

4290.56Josh Moore   Virginia Beach, VA 212047   Atlantic Velo-Virginia p/b Walt's Racing

5306.08Jake King   North Garden, VA 231130   Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc.

6321.61Timothy Pope   Chesapeake, VA 230804   Fat Frogs Elite

7337.13jeffrey hellner   Hampton, VA 296544   JRVS/American Pride

8352.66Luis Guillen   Youngsville, NC 281805   Constellation Cycling

9368.18Owen Hassig   Arlington, VA 186551   Squadra Coppi / Vapiano USA

10383.70Tyler Cloutier   Charlottesville, VA 360809   

11399.23Joe Altomare   Hampton, VA 290623   Celerity Cycling p/b Brooks Systems

12414.75Kenneth Sumrell   Poquoson, VA 304878   Fat Frogs Elite

13430.28jimmy deaton   Virginia Beach, VA 8975   Team Tripower
14445.80Joshua Goyet   Virginia Beach, VA 58274   Virginia Beach Wheelmen
15461.32Tim Shockley   Virginia Beach, VA 60982   Virginia Beach Wheelmen

16476.85Christian Sheridan   Crozet, VA 167388   Charlottesville Racing Club

17492.37Mark LaDow   Camden, NC 344832   
The thing I want to point out are the symbols all the way to the left side.  The top three medals are obvious but lower down under myself and teammate Tim Shockley you will see silver ribbons.  These are because we were on the same team as the second place finisher, therefore we got Team 2nd Place.

The Virginia Beach Wheelmen have always been team centered.  We were started with friends who enjoyed racing together and hopefully winning together.  Our non cycling friends would ask many times "how did you do this weekend?"  Our answers reflected the top finisher of our team.  This last weekend, when asked, we answered "2nd place".  Usually the top finisher on a team doesn't get there alone.  Even if he raced alone that day, the support of his team during training had a play in how well he raced.  Therefore my team always takes an individual victory as a team victory, we don't see the difference.

I really don't know how long USA Cycling has been placing these ribbons to support the fact that cycling is a team sport, but I do like the idea.  Now to real point of my post.  Notice the winner was Nick Tempest of Team Tripower.  Nick was led out on the final lap by his teammate who sacrificed himself for Nick's victory.  That teammate was Jimmy Deaton.  Jimmy should have received a gold ribbon by his name but he did not.  The reason is because Nick signed up under Tripower and Jimmy signed up under Team Tripower.  In order to support USAC's attempt to really highlight cycling as a team sport, do your part by discussing with your club the team name that all racers should use when registering for the events.  Its the least you can do to support those who sacrifice their personal glory for the team.  Now, for all to see, there is no question when we answer "we got 2nd place."

On a side note, this race was tough.  We went into it with a team plan to win the race via a breakaway.  If we could not establish a winning break, we had a plan for a good leadout.  For those their I think you can agree our 2nd place was an easy 2nd and we did give it everything we had to come up with the victory.  The winner, Nick, also raced well.  He did not sit in and wait for the sprint.  Actually at one point I bridged up to him to form a two man break and he was riding so strong that I could assist at all.  I had to signal to my team to start chasing.  It was a good race, as always.  Thanks again to the promoters. 

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