It’s a little bittersweet, but mostly sweet. The Bombtrack Treadly Racing team will not continue after the 2019 season ends in a week. Hell, we barely continued this year. I made a few promises I haven’t been able to keep, and together, we managed to start only 3 rounds of the NCXS. Compare that to our breakout 2017 season and you’ll see why we’re hanging up the boots!
It’s mostly sweet because I get to look back on three years of running this team with a smile on my face. The friends I’ve made, the friends my friends have made, the accomplishments we were able to bag along the way and the growth I’ve been privy to from every corner of this little team that could make me so proud.
From the humblest of beginnings we were able to make waves (tiny waves, but waves) across the globe with Bombtrack Treadly Racing kit being posted to 5 countries and loads of traffic coming from Europe where the ‘cross is real and North America where IT’S COMING. That traffic is largely thanks to Bombtrack’s worldwide presence, but it makes me feel special.
I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who ever pulled on the orange and navy, everyone who ever bought a shirt or a cap or just yelled encouragement at the top of their lungs at a race. Everyone who makes CX happen in Australia, and everyone from overseas who thought this team was cool enough to pay real actual money to get me to send some merch to them. All the people who surrounded the team with love and good vibes and friendship - I’ll never forget our first trip to Bright and how much nervous, giddy energy floated around because NONE of us knew what we were doing.
A special thanks goes out to the core of this team for the last few years: Paul, Seal, Max and Lana. You guys have made this an absolute joy to run, and never disappointed (even when you felt like you might have). I can’t thank any of you enough for your help, your guidance, and your time - oh my god, so much TIME spent cold and muddy and off the back or on the ground or driving across the country only to mechanical out of the back of the race.
Of course, none of it would have been possible without the support of Sam at Treadly Bike Shop, Manuel at Bombtrack Bicyce Co, Alan and Nat (formerly) of Link Sports, Lisa at BikeBox, Angie and Kelli from Chrome Industries, Misha, Ian, Ollie and Jarrad at MAAP, Will at Mills Agencies, Justin at Ornot, Ollie at Hunt Bike Wheels, and, even though he wasn’t a sponsor he WAS our biggest fan, Hideo Yoshida at Bonsai Cycle Works, Tokyo. I will always be grateful for the opportunities I was afforded because you believed in what we were doing.
I’m glad we got to do this, and I’m glad we’re going out now, after a year of near-non-existence, because to try to keep dragging this out just in case something came of it would be far too taxing. It also means I can focus on work (which is taking up all of my time at the moment) running events for Cycling South Australia. I’m still trying to help get more people out and enjoying bikes, just from a desk now instead of a grubby 3x3 marquee on the side of a grassy, muddy, slippery CX course in the rain.
For now, I’d love to see lots of Friendly faces at the Port Adelaide CC CX race next Sunday, September 8. Wear your finest BTR merch, and see how happy it makes me (a hint: very happy)!
See ya round,