It’s November. The days are short and the weather is cool, the cycling season is winding down for most. As we bid farewell to another season of riding, thoughts start to turn to the upcoming season and one of those thoughts is starting a legit cycling club. By legit, I mean licensed with USA Cycling as an Ohio Club/Team, team kits with sponsor logos and financial support and hopefully reduced prices on goods and service. Currently there are no plans for a team bus or soigneur, but in the future who knows.
So, what am I after? A couple of things:
Feedback on the idea.
What do you think of this plan? Would you have any interest in joining the club? Nothing is set yet, but what I had in mind was club dues of $100. The dues would buy you one short sleeve jersey, with the remaining funds going into a team account to be used on other perks like parties, race fee reimbursement and club overhead. Being a member would get you access to team clothing orders, discounts on parts, bikes, nutrition and other accessories. All of this has to be worked out, but I am in the process of trying to pull together some sponsorship letters. Having an idea of how many people would be flying the flags of the sponsors would help out a lot, so please feel free to pass this email along to others who may be interested. An important note: this is a club, some people race a lot, some not at all and others in between. If you don’t want to race, that is not a problem at all. The main goal is to create a presence for a large group of unattached riders and hopefully give the club members some perks as well.
Ideas for sponsors.
There are already some companies I have spoken with about the possibility of kicking in cash for logo placement on the kits and some of these companies could act as proxies for parts and bike orders. As mentioned above, I am going to be working on trying to get some formal sponsorships in the next couple of weeks since it is the best time of year to do so. Typically, there are varying levels of sponsorship ranging from a couple hundred dollars for a small placement on a jersey pocket to a couple thousand for a title sponsor. Companies that offer goods or services in lieu of cash would get placement commensurate with their level of involvement.
Maybe the most fun part of this, we need a name! I have some ideas (see the end of this email), but we need more. I will consolidate everyone’s ideas, send them out for a vote of the top 3 and then we will have a name. See USA Cycling Ohio Clubs for reference ( http://usacycling.org/clubs/index.php?state=OH).
As an official club, we need officers. I think we need a president and a treasurer for sure, but there is probably room for some additional help as well. Are you interested? Depending on the number of people who express interest in joining the club, we will hold elections. Let the smear campaigns begin.
I think that’s it. In summary:
- Let me know if you are interested, if you know others who would be interested, what you think about the idea, etc
- Ideas for sponsors, be they cash, goods, services or a combination
- Ideas for a club name
- Interest in holding an office or helping get this club off the ground
Thanks and I hope to hear back from a lot of you.
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