ya know, here's something that i have trouble with and am wondering
if folks out there follow these things. i'm knee deep in 'cross racing and
run a team that has high goals. we met one this year by having a rider
(will dugan) win us a tenth national championship since 1997, and he
also was named to the U23 worlds team. will also was asked to attend
the eurocross camp in izegem these past two plus weeks. i'm using the
will story as a device to get to my point and my beef.
usa cycling has no money to support this effort. iirc, only one racer will
get some-if-not-all expenses comped. the other four (and i could even
be wrong about that one i mentioned) are self-supported. add to this
a trip in december for the camp, and the tab per racer approaches the
five to six thou amount including airfare. it costs us about three tho to
get will from vermont to belgium and back. and he, like his team mates,
return to europe in a few weeks to dress like american flags and represent
our country at the worlds. the cost for these two separate trips is more
than many 'cross teams (stateside) spend all year.
i would like this thread to be about the possibility of finding a revenue source
for all of the U23 racers who represent usa cycling. not will. not JUST will.
but all five of them. i considered a paypal account. and i know that some
have local club fund raisers. and still others have had bikereg dotcom gigs.
i wanna keep this chat here, with salonistas, not out there in the big e-world.
what ideas can we scheme to raise money here, in broad daylight, and in a
very short amount of time? there are four, maybe five young americans who
deserve a break, will race their hearts out, and i know they could spend the