24, May 2006
This might just be the first email wrt the 2006 RS Cyclocross Team season.
I want to express my gratitude to John McGovern and his Hudson Valley
Velodrome project for the financial support that was provided during the
2005 season. His contribution as a sponsor made meeting expenses that
much easier, thus allowing the team members to concentrate on racing and
representing each weekend.For 2006, the team has a new sponsor in the
form of RS client-in-waiting, Rex Chiu. When I realized that the departure of
H.V.V. would leave a sizeable hole in the team's budget, I decided to list a
sponsorship opportunity on eBay. For those that missed it, here is a link:
Mr. Chiu bid on that sponsorship opportunity and now becomes part of our
2006'cross campaign. It's touching to me that his involvement is less an act
of actual marketing and one that is rooted in a desire to honor his father and
family lineage. (Those of you in the cc field that have press passes, please
take note - this is a great story). Rather than add a corporate logo or the
like, Mr. Chiu has supplied his father's name in Chinese symbols and this
beautiful graphic will be added to the racing kit this season. Note - see
attached bitmap. I have asked that Mr.Chiu articulate his involvement with us
and have his permission to paste his email text below. Please read:
The three Chinese characters from left to right mean the following:
"Hill", "Family", "Victory"
It is my father's name. Chiu, Chia-Sheng.
I chose my father's name to pay tribute to his support for me and others
around him. My father came from a very poor family in a small farming
village in Taiwan. He was eldest in a family of 6 children, and he worked
hard to become a physician whle putting himself through school and
supported all of his siblings through their years of school. He realized his
dream and received excellent medicine training in the United States.
However, he never forgot his roots and returned to Taiwan to be with his
parents and sibling, and he settled to serve people in a small city in Central
Taiwan (Feng Yuen, about 10 miles from where Richard Sachs lug sets are
cast). While my father had a successful career in Taiwan, he wanted his
children to have opportunity to the best of the world, so he sacrifice himself
and settled my mother with three children in the US while he stayed in
Taiwan. It is with his unrelenting support and sacrifice that I was able to
have the opportunity to pursure my interests in my professional career as
well as hobbies in sports and cycling.
The three characters in my father's name fittingly described the uphill battle
he has endured through his life, the devotion he has toward his family and
home, and the success he has achieved as a person and as a father.
As for myself and cycling, I first fell in love with cycling when I had my
Bridgestone MB-3 and rode through the woods of Rhode Island as a college
student at Brown University. After Brown Medical School and Internal
Medicine residency training at The New York Hospital-Cornell, I became
faculty at Stanford and discovered great cycling in the Bay Area. While I
was a dedicated mountain biker, I started to look to road training to improve
conditioning and riding skills. I first got interested in Richard Sachs Cycles
when my trusted bike mechanic Jon Mara at Palo Alto Bicycles described
how he loved his Richard Sachs road bicycle that he got during his days at
the legendary Wheelsmith. After extensive research and test riding of many
bikes, I was drawn even closer to Richard Sachs bicycles. I had the chance
to meet Richard while attending the North American Handmade Bike Show
in San Jose and felt a great connection with his approach to bicycles and
cycling. When the opportunity to sponsor the team arose, I was glad to be a
part of it. I look forward to help Richard Sachs Cyclecross family overcome
obstacles and hills to achieve victory.
Thanks for reading.
Our team is truly blessed to have corporate sponsors, industry suppliers,
and patrons like Mr. Chiu behind us. I should also note that several other
RS also made contributions to the team over the years and have chosen
todo so in anonymity. We appreciate all the support. I have been "behind"
this team as a sponsor since 1982, and we have had enormous success
spanning several generations of racers. During the last 10 years as a
cyclocross-specific team, we have shown our mettle as being among the
the accomplished in this country. I am very proud for all the wins, podium
places, spots on the Worlds teams, and Stars and Stripes jersies that the
team members have accumulated.I daresay that it would not have been
possible without the support of our esteemed sponsors and friends. We
have a tradition of excellance, and that will resume in less than 120 days.
Many thanks for reading!
Thank you for your interest and support.
The Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team is sponsored by RGM Watches,
as well as by Cane Creek, Crank Brothers, JB Custom Paint, Oval Concepts,
Challenge Tires, VergeSport, Selle San Marco, Rudy Project, Pacenti Cycle
Design, The Wheatmarket, and Nelly's Deli.
BLATANT TEAM BIKE PICS:
24, May 2006