Register New User
Video: Comparing Privateer & Factory Team Setups in Fast Life Season 5 Episode 3
Feb 11, 2022 at 2:01
What gets a rider better results – having the support of a factory team behind them or going it alone? Top MTB riders, including Kate Courtney, Loic Bruni, Finn Iles, share their experiences.
Red Bull Bike
Must Read This Week
Tree Branch Pierces Isabeau Courdurier's Foot at EWS-E Valberg
Kaitlin Armstrong Captured in Costa Rica & Will Face First-Degree Murder Charges for Moriah Wilson's Death
Opinion: The Opposite of Learning to Fly
The UCI Expands Controls for Mechanical Doping at Tour de France
Review: Cotic RocketMAX Gen4 - Stealthy, Steel, and Simple
Commencal Releases Clash Park Edition
Understanding the UCI's New Policies for Transgender Athletes
First Look: Chewmac Bikes - Steel Frame Fabricators from Quebec
(Feb 11, 2022 at 2:35)
Phil Atwell, you fecking legend
(Feb 11, 2022 at 6:45)
Just make The Privateer show about Phil already
(Feb 11, 2022 at 2:32)
I think both sides of the coin bring different problems and different benefits. The pressure to perform well must be incredible for the factory guys... but on the opposite side of the coin, they've got factory/suspension/support etc... which must be brilliant.
But i do wonder if it takes away the fun ?
(Feb 11, 2022 at 5:07)
for some people it probably does, for others it's a dream. I think it would take away the fun for a lot of people, but those doing it clearly aren't in it because it's a stable well paying job, haha!
(Feb 11, 2022 at 8:06)
Dakota Norton got faster and better as soon as he had support. He could rest after a run instead of ride back to his car and spend his 'down time' working on his bike etc. He mentioned being able to offload most of the non-racing tasks off to support folks helped him focus on the racing.
(Feb 11, 2022 at 5:26)
Obviously if multiple teams are backing their athletes in the same ways then it's making their riders faster. I hear a lot about the stress from Factory Teams making it a job, not fun. Maybe it's just me, but I think that the structure makes it more fun. Without the structure I constantly wonder if I'm doing enough, which is really not fun. All this is to say that while the pressure makes the losses hurt more, it makes the wins much sweeter. I'm willing to sacrifice a few beers for the top step.
(Feb 12, 2022 at 2:15)
I think Katy Winton has summed up the factory team vs self run program pretty well. Self run program gives you the freedom to choose the bike and components you want but also puts all the organisation, logistics and everything else that goes on behind the scenes of the factory envelope on your shoulders. Being a fully funded factory rider lets you focus on just riding without worrying about anything else. I think some riders on factory teams with less than optimal components and tight budgets will suffer more than semi supported “privateers” that are able to get some funding to ride the bikes and components they want but will never match the top end teams on full factory budgets.
(Feb 11, 2022 at 8:00)
(Feb 11, 2022 at 15:24)
“Live to ride and ride to win” truth
(Feb 11, 2022 at 16:51)
I am so stoked to race next season!
Below threshold threads are hidden
(Feb 11, 2022 at 12:21)
this series needs new narrators...
(Feb 11, 2022 at 19:59)
I think they are both great.
Post a Comment
You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account?
Submit a Story to Pinkbike
Pinkbike RSS Feed
Copyright © 2000 - 2022. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
Mobile Version of Website