Oh, what a year!
After more that 6 months of talking (nothing new by
TA standards), TA finally decided enough is enough and we should make our
own team jersey and we’re going to do road racing. If we were going to
embarrass ourselves, we’re going to do it in style. Coach and Beef
offered a few designs for TA logo and after the votes were counted, we
ended up with what you now see on our front page. Getting the sponsorship
was a new challenge for us as we have not much to offer to the potential
sponsors in terms of reputation nor publicity. Bike racing in Singapore is
just a fringe sport with hardly any spectators or media coverage. But
thanks to Cocopops/SINS Chocolate, Heinz/Marche Restaurant, Freedom/Hammergel,
Counsellor/Treknology 3, and Coach, we managed to add some color decals to
our black and white jerseys.
Our first race in TA colors generated a lot of
curiosity. Some were genuinely curious as to who we are and those who knew
some of us were poking fun at “Team Ab-Sluts”. A bunch of clowns going
racing? So, mission 1 accomplished, we did get our due recognition.
When Spiderman and Wheelie did us proud in the road races and
mountain bike races, I think other racers were surprised and no longer
laughed. After a few races, TA was actually quite well-recognized. We
earned our respect. For our racing exploits, read contributions by Sting,
our resident writer/racer/mad scientist/psychologist/sports analyst. We
were now accepted into the local cycling fraternity as “one of
them” and Lippy actually did well enough to be the overall
champion in the Sports Cat. Very well done indeed, Lippy! Apart from
Lippy, Spiderman, Wheelie, Porky, BKC, et al, we were very happy and
honored to have Mongoose and Pocket Rocket from University of Michigan,
Martin from Germany, Frederik from Belgium, and Bruce from the States
racing in our colors. We are proud to be a multi-racial, multi-lingual,
multi-cultural, multi-talented institution! In 2002, we competed in road
races, mountain bike races, and adventure races. Proof that lots of hot
air and White Snake Oil can do as good a job as the United Nations in
uniting the world. TA is now represented by Singaporeans, Malaysians,
Bruneians, Americans, Australians, Germans, Belgians and Swiss.
To our sponsors, I think we did represent you well.
At the very least, I had a few chances to introduce Singapore’s premier
boutique chocolates to a few uninitiated, the Moo-moo cow logo generated
lots of questions about Marche, I am a convert of Hammergel (really, that
goo works for long rides!!) and Treknology 3 is as always, THE bike shop
with the biggest selection of road and mountain gears. TA was in the
press, on TV, competed in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and
Absolut Ups and Downs in 2002…
We did very well in our first year of road racing. We came
out tops in the Sports Cat at the end! I don’t think we can beat that.
Our ADD (Annual Dedication Dinner) was attended by almost
every Absolutees as well as our sponsors. We had a great time at Marche.
Our mid-year pig-out had a good turn-out as well.
We had our first Oktoberfest at Marche.
Record number of new riders from US, Europe, and of course
We got our first team jerseys
We definitely improved our fitness and speed as a group
Our website has the most complete pictures of all the SACA
Thank God, no serious accidents though there were
spectacular crashes courtesy of Diesel (TTT) and Fangio (Bike Bash)
SMM ride has shrunk to an average of 5 riders
2 occurrences of helmetless Absolutees during TTT/SMM
TA did not compete in the Master’s cat of Team Time Trial
due to illness and injury
TTT is threatening to put in as much calories as we burn. A
bunch of us are now regularly doing the TTT part 2 (Thursday Teh Tarik)
after our TTT part 1 (Thursday Torture Train). I must say it’s a great
way to enjoy a cup of tea though, all in the name of recovery.