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confuses me, and I’m not sure it’s my lack of English causing the confusion.
off: I like the way Amanda Batty has of putting things, and I usually agree
with her. If I don’t, well, shucks. Now to the point:
grassroots racing really the same as this „brand ambassadorship“ everybody got
their chamois in a twist about? This guy is racing, at a respectable level.
need a racing scene for talent to be able to emerge, no-one is going to
a race for the top-ten riders alone (stuff like RedBull Hardline being the
exception). So, if he gets a deal on a bike, does that really undercut
the pro athletes? He’s no teenager scraping together funds for a bike, but
still, DH racing is expensive. Plus, the deal he describes is nothing huge.
2) I’m pretty sure Richie Rude could
have won the EWS on a Reign, a Nomad or an Enduro, just as Danny Hart could
have been world champion on a Glory, a V10, a Session or a Demo. So
their wins prove the bike is capable, not much more. Now if some fast guy at a
race (or on the
trail) who still has to pay for his bike explains to me why he has chosen
exactly this bike, and maybe even lets me take a spin/exchange bikes for a
i twill influence my decision which bike to buy a lot more. Yeah, I like the
Syndicate, but I also like the
fact that SC sponsors some local riders, and they’re far more likely to
influence me than Steve Peat. And yes, I’m sure the Syndicate is way more
important for the development of bikes and our sport than these locals. But
both have their merit ? But, to get back to point one, I’m convinced the «
grassroots sponsorship » is
not quite the same as the « sports ambassadorship », though there is
Side note: Bike guides: If a guy (or gal) has shown me awesome trails
all day long and handed me my a** while doing so, I’ll listen when he/she
speaks favorably about his/her bike, especially since these bikes usually work
hard ond don’t get racer-level TLC. So, yes, it makes sense for
companies to give them deals on bikes. These are hard-working people, and
quite a few racers support themselves
by working as guides.
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