2009 – what a year! Podium insight was started because I wanted to focus on the North American professional cycling road scene and give it the attention I felt it deserved. No cookie cutter press release media-polished PR spin ….
After working for other sites for a few years, I took the plunge to see where it would lead, part-time for more than half of the year and then full-on full-time. You see 2009 was a bit of an experiement to answer some questions … Was there an audience? Would the riders open up and show their personalitites? Would I actually be able to handle all the traveling needed to cover races? Could I cover expenses? Could I convey the beauty of the sport?
Well after many hours spent flying (35 flights) and driving (12000+ miles) around to cover racing this year, some questions were answered. Yep, I could handle the traveling especially when friends, new and old, welcomed me into their homes. The audience is growing and as far as the other questions, the answers are still a work in progress.
Did I meet the goal I imposed on myself? yes and no, I did and do try to show what is happening, no drama, just what I see and hear. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not.
And then there’s cross. I think I fell in love with cyclocross at the Cincinnati weekend, how could I not? mud, sun, heckling, lawn darts, sand, dollar handups, heckling and friends … it’s all so primal and elemental, absolutely beautiful. So of course cross is now added to road coverage for next year.
Stay tuned for 2010, bigger, better and hopefully you will all stick around for the ride.
My thanks for all the help received this year (you know who you are) and thank you for reading and my best wishes for a fabulous year!