We supply a unique pro cycling team in the USA with kit – they are Richmond Pro Cycling. They are one of the top teams in the US, finishing 4th in the USA crit series in 2008, but what is special about them is what they do when they are not racing.
Richmond pro cyclingRather than be dependent on one or two big name sponsors, they decided to integrate the team with their community, teaching local kids to ride bikes and inspiring them to make something of themselves. They also raise money for a lot of local charities. That way that have encouraged the local community (in Richmond, Virginia) to support the team financially.
Craig Dodson, runs the team and races in it and lives off thin air to pursue his dream – and so he has recently been nominated by Outside Magazine/Crocs Footwear as an “inspiring sole”. This award recognizes five athletes who have dedicated their lives to raising awareness for meaningful causes.
It takes seconds to vote and for anyone who wants to help raise the profile of cycling and supports the idea of cycling teams integrating into their local communities, it is a great thing to do. http://www.inspiringsoles.com/pages.php?pagename=awardnom_submit&pagecolor=green
You can find out more about the team at http://www.richmondprocycling.com. Well done Craig and lets hope for an even better 2009!