The General Manager of Team3M interviewed
1. How is life for a General Manager of a Continental Cycling Team?
Parts are like a dream comes true, other parts are very challenging. It takes definitely time to get used to this new environment, but it feels great to manage such motivated support and this great group of talented riders. Building a professional structure with this vision of 'making progress possible' with the support of 3M and CANNONDALE makes me feel happy. Seeing the team-work makes me feel proud.
2. What are the main differences with previous years?
The main differences are scale and speed. There is a lot more to do and it all goes much faster; Racing, preparing, forecasting, representing... The sum of potential of this group of talented individuals brings a positive pressure for everybody.
Also the way we are looked at ... Team3M is in the picture and there is a Flemish saying: "Big trees catch a lot more wind". everybody watches us way more critical, so no room for error.
3. Which element turned out more positive than expected?
The most positive aspect for me is the short time the riders needed to start racing as a team. With only one month of racing under our belt we got already several wins and podiums. But the way we raced is even more satisfying. It is also the firm base for lot more success, progress and improvement. The way I have seen riders really work hard for their teammates gives me the most satisfaction. Then you know much more good stuff is to come.
4. What is on the top of your list for improvements?
Making it all much more smooth. The start-up of a new team, new fleet, new bikes, new clothing, ... understanding the wishes and needs of the sponsors and partners, finding the right balance in a group of talents eager to win. All this together needs some time and lots of little adjustments. With honest communication and hard work we are on the right way.
5. When would you call the 2013 season a success?
The objectives are still the same, first making progress possible, but also making progress visible and noticed. In several fields we achieved already some goals set for end of 2013, but this will not slow us down or relax. The media-attention, the facebook-friends, the respect the riders get are obvious proves already. Turning the good team-work racing style into great results is what we are working on the most now and is the main key for success.