NEWS

May 4, 2014 TAM FONDO

WHEN: May 4, 2014
TIME: 9:00 am
STARTING PLACE: Proof Lab Station, Mill Valley, Ca
DISTANCE: 73 miles
ROUTE MAP: CLICK HERE!
COST: $100
SIGNUP HERE!

The Bear Development Team was created to help talented young athletes grow and develop within the context of bicycle racing. From the beginning, we’ve endeavored to do something different with this program. We have explored various financial models, learning how to best sustain this team and help these kids best develop as bike racers and people. We are fortunate enough to have enjoyed the strong grass roots support of so many generous members of the Nor Cal cycling community thus far. We invite you to join this community of Bear Team supporters by participating in the Bear Tam Fondo.

By riding the Bear Tam Fondo, each of you, in a sense, becomes a team sponsor. If you want to see homegrown Nor Cal riders animating the Tour of California or representing the USA in the Olympic XC race in years to come, this is a great opportunity to invest in these possibilities. Your investment will enable a group of talented, dynamic, committed, bright, resourceful kids to have an amazing experience this season. Their experiences with Bear will help them become tomorrow’s pro cyclists, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

In exchange for your generosity as a sponsor of this program, we offer you a day of:

  • 73 miles of Marin’s most beautiful road riding around Mountain Tamalpais
  • Gourmet coffee, real food aid stations, authentic taco lunch, craft beers
  • CHP motorcycle escorts and follow car support
  • A chance to ride with Bear Development Team & our World Tour Pro Cyclist friends

The Bear Tam Fondo is May 4, 2014, just one week prior to the Tour of California. Ted King, Tayler Wiles, Olivia Dillon and Ben Jacques-Maynes rode the last Bear Tam Fondo in 2013. We’ve lined up even more great pros and personalities to attend this year’s event. Our goal is to create an unforgettable day for you, ourteam sponsors.

BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM is stoked to announce the first BEAR TAM FONDO taking place November 2nd in Mill Valley, CA.

Development cycling teams come and go every season.  We’ve all read the story before, cycling team loses corporate sponsor and folds.  BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM is establishing a sustainable financial model to provide junior riders with opportunities to develop into better bike racers and people.  Castelli, Trek and Giro generously supply the best training and racing equipment in the world to BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM riders.  Additionally, the program raises additional monies every year to fund our travel, registration and other race expenses surrounding events all over North America and even Europe.  In the past, these funds have been raised on a grass roots level as team directors, parents and friends have passed the hat around.   Plenty of you have asked how you can help this program.  The BEAR TAM FONDO represents a great opportunity for you to rally around these kids.

On November 2nd at 9AM we’ll meet at Proof Lab Station in Mill Valley, CA.  BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM riders will be present, alongside pro cyclists and friends of the team: BEN JACQUES-MAYNES and TED KING.  The route is a metric century with 4,000 feet of climbing and is designed with avid cyclists in mind.  Many of our team riders have grown up riding on Mount Tam.  Every night after school they are out on the mountain enjoying these roads and trails.  They want to share these roads with you.  They want to meet you, ride with you and support you on November 2nd.

The donation is $100 and participation will be limited to 250 people.  You can sign up to attend here on our web store http://beardevteam.com/shop-2/ .  BEAR TAM FONDO will feature CHP escorts, 2 fully stocked aid stations, follow cars, photo opportunities with professional photographers and a catered mexican food lunch.

We really appreciate your support, in all the various forms that you’ve offered up.  We hope to see you on November 2nd as well.

Bear Interview with Tim Aiken

Bear Team Rider Tim Aiken recently returned from the Netherlands after a month-long European campaign with USAC.  Bear sat down to interview Tim about what he learned across the pond.  USAC recently published Bear’s video on their site.  Check it out here:

https://www.usacycling.org/tim-aiken-talks-about-racing-in-europe-with-our-national-development-program.htm

NORCALCYCLINGNEWS.COM Article on BEAR

There’s a fun write up on BEAR at www.norcalcyclingnews.com today.  It talks about the strengths of our team riders, our team’s unique culture, the strength of this year’s junior racers and the Northern California racing scene.  Check it out:

http://norcalcyclingnews.com/2013/07/11/bears-in-norcal/

USA Road Nationals Recap

USA Road Nationals recap up on Tim Aiken’s blog: http://thelongroadtonationals.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Day 20
Nationals are over and everyone has gone their separate ways. This blog will finish with a poignant message from Stu, who sums up the racing better than I ever could.

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Hello. I am Stu Bone. I’m the bromobile driving, dish washing, number pinning, breakfast cooking, check writing, trainer setter upping, ice sock wrapping, chipotle buying, bottle feeding, team car driving, instagraming Senior Director of Fun at Bear Development Team. Tim was after me to write a guest blog post for the last few days of our trip to USA Amateur Road Nationals in Madison, WI. I kept putting it off. Mostly, because I was mired in the details of supporting the team at time trial, road and criterium nationals.

Today Tim and I flew home from Madison to San Francisco while the rest of the team continued on in the bromobile to Bend, OR to race the Cascade Classic. I’ll meet them there next weekend. Tim will head off to Europe to race a campaign with USAC. On our flight, we had a chance to chat about many of last weeks’ moments and characters.

To be honest, some moments during the last week really sucked. For example, our sprinters: Tommy Lucas and Matt Schaupp were crashed out of their respective criterium events yesterday with one lap to go. Matt’s crash was fairly serious. He will be OK, but he suffered a concussion and has some serious neck and back pain today. His season is over. The crash that Tommy was involved in cracked his fork and he walked away with road rash.

Watching these fields sprint across the line without Tommy and Matt, I couldn’t help but realize how many things went right last year when Matt Schaupp sprinted up onto the podium at USA Junior Criterium Nationals. Or when Tim Aiken won the 2s road race at San Dimas. Or when Tobin Ortenblad won the Pro12 race at Santa Cruz Criterium. This is a game of centimeters and split seconds. Bad things happen fast. In order to win, so many good things must come together. We really have to savor those moments. Sometimes, wins and losses appear to be the product of karma. Other times, they’re just chance.

Another disappointment was that a couple of our riders were humbled as they got dropped in super strong fields. In some of these cases, our riders had to just own up to the fact that they didn’t have the legs to stay with the leaders. This is never an easy thing to do, especially in a development environment that is geared towards helping riders move forward into the professional level of the sport. These vulnerabilities present teachable moments, when we are forced to see the world as it really is. In order for these moments to have value, we must adjust our thinking, training and focus moving forward.

Yep, we had to eat some dog poo sandwiches in Madison: broken bodies, broken equipment, broken race plans, broken dreams. Things did not go our way. In this, there were plenty of moments to learn from. And plenty that we might as well forget.

That said, there are many other moments I really enjoyed and won’t forget. Like the moments when Bryan offered up some tactical insights to the juniors after his U23 road race. Or the time when Matt sold out on the front of the 17-18 road race for Tim, stringing out the field and keeping him safe in an uneasy, nervous first lap. Or the times in the team van, heading to race when just the right song came on and everyone felt connected and excited to be out on the road, racing on such a grand stage together. Or the times we walked over to the UW Terrace to hang out by the lake, eat ice cream and make new friends.

Mostly, I won’t forget the feeling that we were all a part of something, helping each other out and having fun together. Bear Development Team is a brotherhood. And the time we spend together, out on the road, becoming better friends, sharing vulnerabilities and successes makes for some really good moments. We’ve been collecting them for two years now. The joy of contributing to and being supported by a real team is something many people will never experience. I wouldn’t trade the experience of this dynamic for anything. I will not forget these moments with these guys. I will most definitely smile whenever I think back on our trip to Madison, WI.

I can’t wait to return to Madison for 2014 road nationals with this team.

With that, I sign off with a shout out to Tim Aiken, Bryan Duke, Sam Cerruti, Trevor Ellsworth, Tommy Lucas and Matt Schaupp – my little brothers on the Bear Development Team.