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Are They the Next US Postal?(4 posts)

Are They the Next US Postal?purduem
Jan 13, 2003 6:17 AM
recently met an aussie woman who runs a pro (div. 2) cycling team called flanders-iteamnova.

www.iteamnova.com

she's got a great idea. to fund the team, flanders-iteamnova sells yearly subscriptions to cycling fans. for around US$110 you get a team jersey, socks, gloves, hat, h20 bottle, newsletter, etc., plus the satisfaction of helping this up-and-coming team. phil liggett has signed on, so it seems legit. the team's plan is to qualify for the TdF by 2006.

with sponsors pulling out of pro cycling faster than cipo in a final sprint, it's good to see these blokes taking a new approach. maybe some american teams oughta try this! whaddya think?
re: Are They the Next US Postal?salazarh
Jan 13, 2003 7:22 AM
Grass roots fundraising is a great idea. That's what keeps a sport honest and great. I love cycling and I know many people obsessed by it. If we all pooled our resources and promoted local teams I think we could make a difference with startup teams or existing teams needing funding. The large reason sponsorship is low is due to the impression that people are losing interest in cycling. This is far from the truth. Big money sponsors need to know that cycling is growing exponentially in the United States (thanks to Lance and the Postal Team) and no matter what the media says, Europe will always hold cycling in the highest esteem. If you have any additional information I would love to hear about it.
re: Are They the Next US Postal?purduem
Jan 13, 2003 7:30 AM
Good point. Cycling at the grassroots level needs a boost, both in the U.S. and overseas.

All the info on subscriptions is at www.iteamnova.com.

By the way, the team did well at the Jayco Geelong Bay Series, which ended Sunday. David McKenzie of Flanders-iteamNova was 13th in the GC, which was won by Robbie McEwen.
re: Are They the Next US Postal?salazarh
Jan 13, 2003 8:08 AM
Thanks for the information. I hope more people see your posting and check out subscription opportunites. You've opened my eyes.