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From out of nowhere… I have arrived!
Filed under: General
Posted by: Todd @ 9:08 pm

Can anyone tell me? Is there a ‘cloud 10′?

Three working days into my new job at MAVIC, and the boss swings by my desk with a seemingly innocuous question, “Do you have your passport?”

“It just expired,” I tell him, “I need to renew it, but I do have it with me.”  All the while, I’m thinking I’ll need it for a World Cup race in Canada or for something clerical at the office.

“Well, make renewing it a priority.  You’re going to the Tour in July.”  He stated this in such a matter-of-fact manner that it didn’t even occur to me, the weight carried by those words.  Then it did.  The Tour, as in the Tour… or more to the point, le Tour… de France!

It amazes me when I stop to think about it.  I got my first job as a kid in a bike shop in 1989.  Back then, I had no interest in “racing bikes”, but I loved BMX and thought working for a bike shop would be fun.  Well, I was right.  It was fun - a lot of work, but fun - and I learned a lot, but for over a decade I never fostered any real interest for road cycling, though I fell head over heels for those wild new mountain bikes.  Fast forward to about four years ago when my friend Merlyn finally goaded me into taking a clinic and getting my race mechanic’s license.  Four days after the clinic, I tagged along with Campagnolo Racing Service (now SRAM Neutral Race Support) at the Wachusett Mountain Road Race in Princeton, MA.  I’ll spare you all the details, but I’ve spent nearly every weekend and vacation day since, traveling in one of Butch’s cars to races across North America.  It’s become an addiction that I won’t try to kick any time soon.  Now, as a full-time employee of MAVIC, in their neutral support program known as MAVIC SSC (Special Service Course), I have the opportunity to put all those skills I learned from Butch, Merlyn, José, and Jasper to the ultimate test.  It’s an opportunity I never really saw coming, but I’m not about to squander it!

5 Responses to “From out of nowhere… I have arrived!”

  1. Craig Says:
    Todd, congrats! You’ve stuck it out through thick and thin and your right, you have arrived. Enjoy every minute of it.
  2. Scott Says:
    Todd! I wanted to give you a hearty CONGRATS! You have stuck it out and you deserve this opportunity! Thanks for teaching me everything I know!
  3. Uri Says:
    It all makes sense now, I got that text and then my phone died, as if through seismic seizure of awesome, and I didn’t see who it was. Congrats.
  4. Steve Huntress Says:
    Awesome!!!! I guess the shock gig will have to wait. If you are up in Maine give us a shout.
  5. Mark Phelan Says:
    umm. wow. man that’s awesome. we always knew little todd was a ruler. plus, he’s got way cool glasses, so of course he’s headed to paris!