Nov 21, 2001 11:00 AM
|HEy. I'm 16. I'm a very competitive triathlete and when my rankings come in I'll probably be ranked in the top 5 for the 15 and under age group. (I turned 16 after the season was over.) I finished in the top 30 in the big races and in the top 20 in the smaler races and I just started last year. I would like to go pro and finish well in Kona, go to the olympics and compete on the ITU World Cup circuit in the future. But for now I was wondering what you think my chances of getting a small sponsorship would be. My parents have been supporting me and now they are a little bit finacially drained. I'm out growing my bike and I'm going to need a new one soon but thats not what I'm asking for. I don't want a sponsorship so I can get top of high end equipment I just need some help with entrance fees and maybe a coach during the summer. If you think you can help me or give me advice it would be appreciated greatly. If you are from a company and maybe want to sponsor me send me and email or respond to this and I'll give you some results and background info on myself. Thank You.|
Nov 21, 2001 11:54 AM
|Maybe look for a local cycling team that gives race reimbursements and join. We have several multi-sport athletes on our team and I believe they receive race reimbursements just like the regular cyclists. This probably won't totally cover your racing fees but it will at least offset them. Sometimes, more elite amateur cycling teams also get equipment sponsers, etc. and may be willing to have a triathlete wearing their colors as well. There was a book out a few years ago about getting sponsership money as a multisport athlete, maybe search on Amazon.com. Make contacts with product reps, this is how you get free stuff or stuff at highly reduced prices. Get a job in a bike shop, if they're cool people, this will allow you to get stuff at cost (anywhere from 25 to 50% below wholesale), this will be worth more than the paycheck. Most companies have an employee purchase program for bike shop employees which allows you to get a bike, etc. below cost (10-20% depending on the company). I paid just over 2 grand for a retail $3800 bike recently. Email me personally regarding coaching, I can give you some links to websites and some good books.|
Nov 21, 2001 12:05 PM
|Getting a real, cash money sponsorship, is really tough. At your age, rankings won't count for a whole lot, because it's difficult to tell how tough your competition is.
The first step to getting a sponsorship is to get results. To really turn heads at age 16, you need to win the smaller races you're in. You need to beat guys who are much older and more experienced than yourself. You need to show that you really do have potential. As far as coaching, you can probably find a local club or team that would be willing to help you out. Not a whole lot of companies will pay entry fees.
That said, the best opportunity for you is probably to get a part time job at your local running or cycling store. This will put you into contact with the industry people you need to know, and put some cash into your pocket for entry fees. If it seems like too much work to train and have an after school job, you probably ought to find another sport- nothing comes easily in endurance events.