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How to start a team?(4 posts)

How to start a team?Wheelsuker
Aug 28, 2003 11:12 AM

Anyone have advice on how to put together a smaller Masters Team. We have the riders. What do we do after that?
re: How to start a team?Pack Meat
Aug 28, 2003 1:40 PM
Get a name, get sponsors and partners, develop goals, train together, get uniforms.

I was in your shoes last year in November, believe me start now. Masters can always come up with sponsors from their employers, tap into that. We started small and just tried to find partners, places that would give us discounts or free gear. Check with your local bike shop, the bagel place, coffee hut, etc. Get a good graphic artist and get them started on team kits, it takes a lot longer than you would think. Call Garneau, Voler or Aussie for prices and what they need for an artwork. Get your kit order in to the uniform company early otherwise you'll do the first month of racing dressed as a bunch of schmoes. Send in your application to your governing body, USCF, ACA, whatever.

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re: How to start a team?yeah right
Aug 28, 2003 2:22 PM
Not to sound negative, but this is a situation where hopefully someone on the team is experienced in team and sponsor management. I have no idea what your ambitions for the team are, but Pack Meat is right to say start now. This is not a good climate for bike sponsors as I can attest to as I do some sponsor relations work for my team. More sponsors only work through LBS's now, so I'd look for a sponsoring shop first. Your clothes should be designed asap, which is a problem if you don't have your sponsors now, and depending on the size of the team, it may be hard to make order minimums. Good luck, it's fun to really build a team from scratch.
re: How to start a team?asgelle
Aug 28, 2003 7:19 PM
I would suggest writing up two things. First develop a budget for the season and identify what the team will pay for and what will be the riders responsibility. Who pays for travel costs, entry fees, clothes, etc. Knowing this will let you know what you need to raise from sponsers and will show sponsors you've worked out a plan and are not just asking for money randomly. Depending on the goals of the team, it isn't necessary to have sponsors at all.

The second thing to develop is a statement of what is expected of the riders. This doesn't have to be a formal contract - in fact it doesn't have to be given in writen form - but it will help avoid misunderstandings later.