Even the local cycling scene has it’s silly season. It is that time when team realign and riders will move from one to another. This go around we have a major change in one of the larger teams in our peloton. However, the silliness is settling down and things are looking good.
No need to go into all the details, but the GlobalBike team here in the Upstate has changed it’s focus away from the Master’s level and is trying to move into a higher level race team. That meant that a number of the better known riders on the team were looking for new rides. Some other riders who were going to move to the master’s team were scrambling to get back with their previous team or a new one.
None of this affected me directly, except I did know that Steve Sperry was one of those guys who raced with the masters riders. He and his teammates headed up the Upstate Winter Bicycle League. While I wasn’t too concerned that the ride would disappear, I was wondering if it might be a little less organized if things moved to a new team or Steve wasn’t involved.
I met up with him at the Hincapie Sports Warehouse Sale and asked him about it. He assured me that UWBL was on and would be as good as ever. He himself was staying on with GlobalBike to help with the realignment and he would be organizing the winter rides once again. The difference will probably be that the ride leading duties will be spread around among riders on various teams.
My own team – POA Cycling Team – has managed to come through all of this with only one loss. We had a scare there for a bit as we thought we would lose a mate to GlobalBike and some other prospects to that team as well. However, with the realignment we with that organization we have been able to hang onto him and pick up some other incredible riders. Our masters team is going to be smokin!
We were sad to lose Sam Smith, but she is moving to a new team that is forming that will have more ladies on it. I wish her well and hope she will still consider letting me ride with her crew during next year’s 12 Hours of Tsali. Hope I don’t regret saying that!
The new team appears to be a creation that will include a number of riders from the Hincapie Development Team. I have not received an official announcement, but I believe that team will not be fielding riders next season. Don’t worry though, we’ll still have to deal with the same riders!
Right now, I’m ready to put some of this silliness behind me and focus on my Ride For Mike. Right now I am at $1815 raised toward my $5000 goal. I’m thankful to those who have continued to give. My drop dead date for having donations in is October 17 at 2:30. That goal isn’t silliness!