On January 19th, 2015 the BMW Development Team officially ended as a U23/U25 men’s development team with the announcement of the BMW p/b Happy Tooth Women’s Professional Cycling Team. BMW Development Team will now be known as BMW-Major Motion Development Team and will be a team dedicated male and female junior cyclists of all experience levels.
It’s painful to write that previous paragraph as Stage 17 Racing/BMW Development Team was my life for the past four years, and it’s difficult to admit that we won’t continue to be the only US amateur development team to attend every US UCI 1.2 and 2.2 race on the calendar for two straight years. At BMW Development Team, we prided ourselves on the ability to provide talented riders in need the access to every race that the big professional squads attended (the same teams they coveted to be a part of). We provided riders enough support to ensure that they could be competitive when we show up.
Part of what allowed us to be competitive was continued donated time from myself as Team Principle, Ashley Knights Jr. as Director Sportif, Daniel Harm as Assistant Director, Jordan Clark Haggard and Les Morales as Team Photographers, Joshua Wright and David Roberts as Team Graphic Designers, David and Cheri Moore as Team Soigners, Cody Anderson as Club Director, and David Gordon as Marketing Director and partial Team Founder. The man hours needed to ensure we could make sponsors happy day in and day out so that we could keep our riders comfortable counted as a second profession for most of us. Along the way, those hours added up, making it difficult for everyone to donate the amount of time the team needed to survive. I quickly realized running a team on donated time was not sustainable and not fair.
It’s not fair to riders, it’s not fair to staff, it’s not fair to my family, and, most importantly, it’s not fair to the cycling public as a whole.
What we learned
It costs several hundred thousand dollars to run a development team like BMW Development, essentially an average Continental team budget. BMW Development Team ran each season on the following budgets: $15,000 (2012); $20,000 (2013); $35,000 (2014). While each year we spent well over that, tapping into personal finances of a second paying job for the Team Principle. Most teams do not share this information because it appears embarrassing, however, with what we’ve accomplished since we started building a team in 2011, everyone involved with the program is proud.
We rarely fought for overall victory at big events, but we always had a clear goal in each race. If we achieved those goals it brought pride. Start the first break of the day, make it into the official break of the day, make it there with a teammate, earn KOM or Sprint points, get a top 10, follow the yellow jersey, make sure our designated rider hits the base of the climb with water and the lead group. These are wins we carried for years.
BMW p/b Happy Tooth
When the opportunity to earn a living wage in the sport of cycling was presented to me by Premier Sports Group (owners of Team SmartStop), I saw an opportunity I couldn’t refuse. I had previously been working a second job to have the privilege to work in the sport, and now the best team in the country wanted me just before the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge.
Looking forward to 2015 Premier Sports Group allowed myself and Jono Coulter (of Vanderkitten Athletics) to be a part of ensuring the legacy of our programs continued in a brand new women’s team: BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental Group. Again I’m proud, this time to continue our development legacy into the women’s side of the sport.
BMW Major Motion Development Team
In 2015, the BMW Development Team brand will continue as a junior program by joining forces with our junior partner team, Major Motion Development. I’m excited to be able to bring a service course of assets to a group of hungry young junior cyclists. Development on and off the bike will continue to be the message behind BMW Development Team as we continue in 2015 as BMW p/b Happy Tooth and BMW Major Motion Development Team.
I want to personally thank every person who has committed to wearing our kit and the sponsors that made this all possible:
Stage 17 Racing/Stage 17 p/b America West/Stage 17-Cylance/BMW Development Team riders:
Andrew Sjogren, Ben Bertiger, Bryan Larsen, Daniel Katz, Michael Valdez, Rudy Napolitano, Tosh Clements, Alex Bowden, Daniel Harm, Gera Medina, Ian Moore, Kyle Torres, Nash Jacquez, Rene Corella, Alexander Vaughn-Ruiz, Patrick Torres, Steve Larsen, Collin Berry, Flavio de Luna, Tyler Brandt, Ryan Miller, Mathew Schaupp, Taylor Clements
Hunter Grove, Adam Carr, Arthur Rand, Bryan Duke, Eric Slack, Nate King, Erik Losak, Andrew Goessling, Beth Newell, Morgan Patton Brown, Collen Gulick, Jaqueline McClure, Sarah Lough, Priscilla Calderon, Kerrin Strevell, Tony Baca
BMW, America West, Cylance, East West Bikes, American Flooring, Shaklee SLO, Pedalers Fork, iRT Wheels, Pactimo, Time USA, The Blue and Red, Knuckelberry Design, DJR Design, Swiftwick, Spy, Limar, Shimano, Bont Shoes, Clement Tires, Thomson, The Force Training, SDG, Zevlin, Superfeet, Inno Advanced Racks, Jet Black, Cascade bike Trainers, 22 Days Nutrition, FRS, Cytomax, Muscle Milk, MRI Endurance, Larabar
One Last Thing
Stage 17 Racing is not dead, we’ll be spending 2015 looking for the best opportunity to bring an elite amateur development team to the roads of North America once again in the future.
-Team Principal, Michael Roecklein