Some are born leaders…
Others are forged in the fires of challenge and accomplishment. You are a leader, inside and out. Putting a team together and getting them to the finish, across 400+ miles rain or shine is what makes you great!
Your job is to recruit and marshal your team. Our job is to help you do it as quickly and easily as possible. Our site is loaded with tools for you to keep in touch with your team, along with leg-by-leg descriptions of the course, race day checklists, training guides, travel and lodging tips and more. There’s even a FAQ page that provides an exhaustive guide to your event. And your race director is always just an email away to answer any questions you have along the way.
The “What Now?” List
The list to help you figure out “What’s Next?”
Team Meeting #1
The 1st team meeting is for your team to get an idea of what you have gotten yourselves into. Below is a list of a few things we recommend going over.
The Event Bible
- Go download it
- Read & review it with your team
- Talk about safety and any concerns you may have
- Discuss potential team strategies
- Take a look at the recommendations
- Give preliminary leg assignments to each rider
- Lay out training goals and expectations for team members
- Make individual rider goals that correspond to preliminary leg assignments
- Discuss what gear you have and what you need
- See the “What to bring” list
- Check the Safety Page for more ideas.
- Discuss what the finishing time goal is for the team
- Make sure your all members of your team are OK with this goal
- Refer to your strategy to be sure it aligns with this goal
- How will your team travel: RV, Van, two vehicles, or sports cars, trailer
- Bike Racks? If so line those up and make sure you have the proper mounts. (hitches etc…)
Team Captain Follow Up
As with any team activity, communication is critical. It is important for team captains to keep in touch with their teams. Captains should make a point to get continual updates from their riders. Make sure each rider is meeting their training miles goals, staying healthy and injury free. This will help you have enough time to adjust if for any reason a rider will not be able to participate come event day.
Team Meeting #2
The 2nd meeting is where you will tie up all the loose ends.
- Each rider should read and understand the Race Bible
- Each vehicle should have one
- Make any final touches to your strategy…think fast
- Make any changes to leg assignments depending on rider training
- Hopefully you have been riding all this time. If not? Get on it!
- Assess your finishing time goal and adjust this if necessary as this will determine your start time
- If you adjust your goal in an attempt to get a different start time, you run the risk of being ahead or behind of the set up and take down
- Finalize your transportation