IAM cycling, Team Tinkov, NFTO and One Pro all gone or struggling to keep going! I never felt it would be this hard for us to get people on board as sponsors and helpers but wow did I have my Oleg Tinkov moment today, "good bye cycling I hope I never see you again", his words not mine. Then my faith was restored. We had an hour long meeting with the most enthusiastic person you could wish to meet. I can't say who at the moment but the way he wants to be involved and help youth cycling is quite infectious. He currently sponsors two youth teams, one ladies team and several independent riders. Although he can't be a main sponsor for 2017, as above, he's committed to others. He loved our ethos and wants to "walk along side of us on this journey", with the prospects of us getting a main sponsor for 2018 which would see us using hand made top end race frames in custom team colours.
This seems a long way away right now, then I have to remind myself just how far we come in a short time we might not have a big team of riders yet but the ones we have want to part of our journey and commit to our team ethos. Our journey is just beginning but I'm confident it will be a good one with some ups and downs but with parents, friends and family all mucking in, we will get there. I can only say Mr Tinkov, you sir will be missing out.