I have been cleaning out some old HD's and found this document that I wrote a while back. I don't remember why I wrote it, but surely it was as part of a rant to some grom jumping onto the board about getting sponsorships. Thought it might be worth putting out there again. The below is another response to a 'cattle call' type team member request that came up on the board a few years ago. This should also be worth re-reading. Often you will hear about cycling clubs coming with sponsorship agreements and quite often they are great for you, the rider. When a club is setup with this structure the participating companies know that their product will blanket a given region. This is great for getting a foothold in an under developed market. Companies that do this well are Azonic, and Mongoose and GT especially, as well as some tire companies. Knowing how to approach companies based on what you are looking to do for THEM helps them determine how they would like to work with you. Remember that the most important part of being a sponsored rider is being professional. Look at the interviews of Aaron Gwin after winning race runs for example. He's thanking his team ("we did a great job today") and his sponsors before he says anything else. I'm sure I will get some snippy comments, but it might be a good reference for the new riders and racers out there.