Good friends from Chattanooga (is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee) Wendy and Brandon Buckner have beeing sending me this shirt of Merlyn mechanics.
On the backside of the shirt, there’s a nice writing on from the Cycling Coach Beth Leasure.
Mechanics ought to get Podium girls too..
“If the bike doesn’t work, you cant’t ride it. The meaning of work becomes more highly defined the more elite you become in the racing world. Simple mechanisms that drive movements bocome high-yech proving grounds for aerodynamics, lightness and safety. One of the most important persons in your world is your mechanic. If you take this for granted, you’ll number yourself with those people who think they don’t need anyone to succeed, and that is a great myth. Racers define our community, sponsors fund it, but it’s the mechanics that keep it running smoothly.
On a pro team, this is the person who works the longest hours, probably knows the most about you, and usually says the least. I’ve ridden their last minute improvisations that a rocket scientist would envy. Chances are the mechanic will be first to reach you in a racing accident. I’ve been a fallen woman in a ditch pulled out by the caring team wrench and put on a stretcher. I’ve experienced them tending my wounds miles from any hospital, then making my bike sing again. I’ve seen them wash blood off top tubes. When a comrade took a fatal spill, the neutral support mechanic covered the bike with a blanket away from public scrutniny. I’ve watched them squirm in anxiety from the team car while watching their riders battle it out and whoop the loudest when their rider crossed the finish line first. I’ve witnessed them weeping with fatigue and stagger without praise.
This person is not the one you take for granted; on the road especially, this person IS your mama, the behind the scenes nurtuter who puts life in your wheels.”
~Beth Leasure Cycling Coach.
Thanks to Wendy, Brandon and Merlyn Townley.