November 30, 2017 – A pneumonia-riddled Spring left Fall racing in question, but I worked hard and rested harder to come back and make this my strongest season to date — culminating with a podium at Nationals and locking in a position to represent Team Canada at the upcoming CX World Championships in Valkenburg, NED this January.
What does it cost to realize a dream, to represent your Country, and to do it all on a budget?
€2654.57 to be exact, or $4000 CAD.
The budget for my limited UCI calendar thanks to my wonderful sponsors this season has been tapped since Nationals, so now I just have to find the money to get back overseas. Enter: Hot Sauce Cycling Kit version 3.0.
Last week, I released the third edition of my HSC clothing line in an attempt to fundraise for my upcoming CX Worlds Campaign. New kits and accessories are available for pre-order now, and will continue to sell through the rest of the season to fund my blue collar racing budget.
Every purchase made on www.HotSauceCycling.com is a direct contribution to keeping my dream alive. People that know my story have also asked over the years if they could help by donating. This year, I’ve built a donation option for those who are interested as well. Everything generated in ‘Hand Up’ For Hot Sauce will help combat the costs of this year’s CX World Championships project.
The trip includes the following races:
Jan 22: Depart for Belgium, shake the jet lag.
Jan 28: Hoogerheide World Cup (Hoogerheide, NED)
Feb 4: UCI Cyclocross World Championships (Valkenburg, NED)
Feb 7: Parkcross Maldegem (Maldegem, BEL)
Feb 10: DVV verzekeringen trofee – Krawatencross (Lille, BEL)
Feb 11: Telenet Superprestige Hoogstraten (Hoogstragen, BEL)
Feb 12: Depart for Canada, crack a cold Tripel.
Here’s the budget:
Plane tickets (round trip): $900 cad
Baggage fees (round trip): $750 cad
Accommodations: Sponsored by Peloton de Paris, check.
Cycling Canada Fees: $1200 cad**
Miscellaneous: equipment upkeep, food & petrol to and from races: $1150 cad
Total $4000 cad OR €2654.57
**Cycling Canada Fees: This one is often met with surprise, but it’s true, we have to pay our federation to represent our Country at the World Championships. Because Cyclo-cross is not an Olympic Sport, athletes receive zero government funding to help combat the costs of racing at the Elite level. These fees will go toward flying in mandatory Canadian support staff who graciously volunteer their time to be there, helping aid the athletes both mechanically and logistically. There is no opt out for any athlete in attendance, all for one and one for all.
I am currently offering 10% OFF when riders use the code: PREORDER at checkout. Code expires TONIGHT @ MIDNIGHT! If you’re reading this by tomorrow, I will also have kits for sale throughout the remainder of the European Cyclocross season via my web shop online. Oh, and you can also count on me bringing some smaller accessories like socks & neck warmers to the races overseas. Those Euros love their Hot Sauce!
Here’s the link to Shop: www.hotsaucecycling.com <http://www.hotsaucecycling.com/>
Here’s the link to Donate: www.hotsaucecycling.com/product/hand-up-for-hot-sauce
Thank you for your consideration. Whether you decide to purchase a kit, donate, or both — every contribution works to help keep the wheels turning, and I wouldn’t be out there racing at this level without supporters like you.