What an amazing day we had with the team launch. I was overwhelmed with the turn out and reaction we received for all the hard work we have done to get this far.
The day started as usual with a ride rolling out from the Trek store at 10 am for a 35 mile flat ride with high winds and punctures, just to spice it up a little. Once we had everyone back the chaos started, car loads of people turning up dropping off kits, boxes and guests. Dan the manager off Trek seemed extremely calm, compared to myself and Lee, he must of seen it all before. So by the time everyone turned up, it felt to us like a like a huge event.
The one lasting memory I will take from the launch is not the great turn out or press being there, but the smiles on the riders faces. We sometimes forget that they are still young and to see the joy and fun they had was worth the hard work and stress, not to mention my very poor speech forgetting all the things I should have said.
One of the things I wanted to touch on was what we as a team expect from the riders and how we want to conduct ourselves and follow the ethos we set out with at the start of this journey.
Do we expect our riders to put everything into cycling? No. To work hard is good but as young people they need other interests in their life other than cycling.
Should training take president over all other thing including homework? No. They have their whole life to cycle but only now can they get the best possible education.
Do we want them to put winning first? No. To enjoy what they do with their team mates will mean more long term and teach them the value of team work and friendship.
I guess what we hope is for them to enjoy every moment of this journey with us and feel no pressure to win. I have loved racing and riding all forms of bikes all my life and if these boys do that, we will have given them everything we promised.