At Hot Tubes, we believe in developing all aspects of the cyclist. Being a great teammate and a great leader in the world on and off the bike are the hallmarks of Hot Tubes riders. We believe that the experiences gained as part of our cycling program prepare each athlete for national & international cycling competitions. We also see the critical life lessons learned and shared as they meld and transform into a team working selflessly and seamlessly for each other and the common good of the whole.
11 Traits of a champion
Champions demonstrate a stoic calmness that allows them to
focus on the task at hand, No prima donna outbursts or ridiculous demands on friends or trainers; just clear commitment.
Certainly, tenacity is one of the primary traits that all champions show. They keep coming, whether it be a part of their training, a race, or another part of their lives. Adversity is only a step in the process rather than an impassable hurdle.
This does not mean the champion is self-coached or self centered, but rather that the champion knows where they are going and will use the best available means at their disposal to achieve that end.
Champions, the great ones, never boast. They have a quiet self-assuredness that transcends talk, and they seldom distract themselves with such foolishness.
Not afraid to fail
To a degree, we are all afraid to fail, and the champion is willing to risk it despite the possibility of catastrophe.
Champions seem to demonstrate a great deal of consistency, both in temperament and performance.
Champions seem to be very aggressive. Substantial moves
are indicative of an outstanding athlete. Yet the moves, whether made by design or instinct, are not made frivolously but only when
such a maneuver can significantly enhance their chances.
Part of being a champion is the realization that patience is integral to success. Patience is not just a trait but a tool a champion uses to a definite advantage.
The great champions seem unconcerned about whom they compete against. The riders in a particular event only provide a standard by which they will apply and measure themselves. The champion competes against their abilities and limitations. The champion does not look outward, blaming others for a loss, but somewhat inward to those areas that can be improved for the future.
Willingness to suffer
Great champions do not wish to suffer any more than you or I but seem to accept the pain of athletic suffering as part of their endeavor. They seem to force more out of their bodies than other riders, especially when the going gets tough. Much of this sport, at all levels, is decided by a mental commitment that allows the body to react accordingly.
Ultimately, a bicycle race is just a bicycle race; lives are not saved, and the homeless are not housed. However, champions seem to realize this as well and realize that the lessons of racing and training are only valid when applied to our lives.
What we look for in our athletes
While athletic performance is necessary, it is not sufficient for success at Hot Tubes.
We care about the whole person and require:
The ability to collaborate in a team environment
A balance between athletics and academics
Willingness to engage in all aspects of team responsibilities at camps and races
Hot Tubes is looking for:
Current road cyclists with a verifiable, high level of performance in road cycling
Athletes from other sports or cycling disciplines who have the potential to transfer their skills to road cycling (mountain biking, ski racing, cyclocross, ice hockey, soccer)
Personal attributes we value:
Pride of ownership in your equipment
Time management skills
We are fortunate to have great sponsors and supporters. We offer equal support to our cyclists, regardless of a family's ability to fund a cycling career.