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This is a new column where I weigh in with my opinion on recent news in our sport. The announcement of a new Team Canada Manger has been tossed into the moto community yesterday. It’s been a long time waiting for another after the success in 2014. Of course, I share success, but a select few didn’t, which leads us to this First Thought column today.
I’ll start by saying the choice is a solid one. It’s not the best, nor is it the worst, but it’s a good pick having Cycle North owner Kourtney Lloyd at the wheel. The biggest difference is for the first time ever a man is not doing the job. Some will see that as a hindrance, but I see it as a positive for the team. The leader of CMA, Marilynn Bastedo, is out of date so bad that I think a woman could only fix up this broken ship. Plus Kourtney knows the manager role all too well having a team for many years at the pro and amateur levels with Cycle North. This could be a very BIG win for the MX Canada community for this year, and the foreseeable future.
I did this job in 2014 and it wasn’t hard at all. It was lots of calls, and finding ways to make the money for the team to go. I raised 50 grand in 8 months. Something that has never been done before, plus did it all with no help from CMA. It won’t be that way for Kourtney. I guarantee it. In fact, I would be surprised if this year is not better than the year I made it work. Kourtney has OTSFF as a supporter so all the shipping needs are covered and in order. That was a big part for me since I didn’t use them going a different route. Her ideas already seem really good for fundraising. Marilynn is likely jumping for joy that there is no testosterone or ego to deal with. I huffed and puffed many times at the ridiculousness that she threw my way. Kourtney will be better at the soaking up of that; again, more of a “lady like” approach to it all. It’s exciting and I’m betting a 4 dollar bottle of champagne was popped at the CMA office this week.
Am I still hurt a little at how my deal went down? Yes. I’m human. It’s out of my hands now and I’m super happy for Kourtney and the good of the sport. GuaranteedMX, AMO, and myself will help in any way we can to make this work for our racers, and future racers that dream of being on the bigger stage then the Canadian series. Congrats to Lloyd, and congrats to CMA for getting off their ass and giving a shot again for Canada. Now, the only difficult part in this entire ordeal will be getting riders to commit. Do our top Canadian racers really care about this race? I hope so for the future of all this. Hug’s all around for all!!