Wanted:Cat 3 Racers who like free gear and racing like pros

Tired of having no teammates to race with? Tired of racing against your teammates instead of with them? Tired of shelling out $500 for a new kit every year plus hundreds more in race entry fees? Want a tight knit team instead of a big club whose members you only see at races? Then read on about Third Pillar . . .

We are a team located on the SF peninsula but with riders located throughout the Bay Area. We limit ourselves to about 15 members, almost exclusively cat 4 elites and masters. Despite our small size, last year we had 11 wins and 30 podium finishes.

Two of our riders, myself and my co-captain Tony Borba, will be racing in the elite 3s next year and we have 2-4 open slots for interested cat 3 racers.

We are also have a slot or two for masters 4 riders.

Our team is unique in several ways:

- we are well funded. Our owner, Jon Orban, is CEO of Third Pillar Systems, a hugely successful financial services software company. Jon is nuts about cycling - think of him as the Michael Ball of amateur cycling. The deal we have is as good or better than any cat 1/2 deal out there. Third Pillar gives each team member a full Louis Garneau manufactured kit for free. This includes 2 bibs, 2 regular jersies, 1 sleaveless jersey, one super light jersey, one vest, one skinsuit, gloves, arm warmers and leg warmers. We also get a discount off our local bike shop, Cyclepath, great deals from our other sponsors including Cannondale, Ritchey, etc, and highly subsidized winter training camps in Napa and Sonoma. In addition, our race entries are comped for all participants in a race if any team member in that race reaches the podium.

- every race we work together as a team and execute a strategy. This is really the core of what we are all about: well executed teamwork.

For Third Pillar it is team first. Every race we have a designated rider or two, folks who cover breaks and lead out men. And we spread the roles around so everyone has their chance at the podium. We apply professional level tactics to amateur racing. It takes a lot of work, practice and sacrifice (we practice almost weekly on the offseason). But the teamwork results in team success and a much more rewarding, unifying experience than just belonging to a club or team that doesn't race together.

- we are a close knit group. One of the reasons we keep our team small is so that we remain close knit. We hang out after races together, have regular barbeques and team parties and hang out casually with one another and our families. I am a bit biased, but all of our team members are great cyclists and awesome people. We have everyone from tech workers, to CEOs to plumbers, to radio reporters on the team and the diversity makes it a blast to be around everyone.

If you are interested in learning more about our team and kicking some ass next year, please email me at davidjamesmayer@yahoo.com.

check out our website as well: http://www.thirdpillarracing.com

Thanks and have a great off-season!

Dave

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