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CX WORLDS 2015 – TABOR, CZECH


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Only 10 days have passed since the end of our 2015 CX Worlds campaign in Tabor, Czech Republic. In August of 2014, I heard a rumor that the hotel we had selected 2 years ago and paid a 50% deposit to, may be in dire straits economically. Following up on the rumor, I contacted the hotel and they re-assured me that all was OK and that above all they were looking forward to hosting us. With 3 weeks remaining before the team’s arrival, I submitted my rooming list, meal program and dietary requirements via e-mail. When the e-mail went un-answered, my suspicions awoke from their slumber. After 48 hours, (note that is my e-mail grace period) I called the hotel directly. One number after the next disconnected…….Oh shit! Finally, I got an answer and talked with my contact who assured me that they were simply on a short holiday and that they would follow-up with me on Monday.
With a huge sense of relief and a mountain of hotel research completed, I relaxed through the weekend with a huge weight lifted from my shoulders.
On Monday, I eagerly/nervously waited for the e-mail response. At 3:30p, when I had received an email back, I started my calls again. After getting no answer, I received the mail I was waiting for at 3:45p detailing the fact that the hotel was indeed in bankruptcy proceedings and the restaurant was closed and un-usable. PANIC!
Luckily, I had a B, C and D plan in place and had even made some cancellable bookings via some web-sites. Another 8 or so hours of work, I had found an excellent place checking the boxes required to support the team in a successful campaign. Yes, it was a bit farther than I would normally find acceptable, but in the end the hotel was excellent and being 40 minutes away actually allowed the athletes to relax more than when we are in close proximity to the races. Another few hours of finalizing payment arrangements, meal planning etc. and we would be confirmed.
Depending on the team size, event location and logistical challenges, I typically fly in one or two days before the team’s arrival. As we had raced Worlds in Tabor a few years prior and our athletes had used the hotel we had first booked for their World Cup campaigns, I intended to fly in a couple of hours before the team and drive down to Tabor from Prague. Given the change in hotel, I decided I should fly in the day before to ensure that all would be up to our expectations – change flights, change rental car (no comment on how ridiculous this was) and up-date the UCI for anti-doping pre and during competition of our whereabouts.
Fast forward to the event, and all went really well. We had an excellent staff, willing to do whatever it takes to support our athletes and the athletes were in general there to hunt podium spots. Yes, at this level, it is not about participation, it is about GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE!
So, CX Tabor was my 46th World level event with USA Cycling. This is the first time we ever had a hotel go bankrupt and leave the team out in the cold. If I do another 46 events, I hope it doesn’t happen again! The risk is always there and especially when racing in economically challenged parts of the globe.

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EXPERIENCE


Have you tried the 3F Sports experience? 

Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at comparable trips etc. and what I’ve found is that almost everyone claims that they have World Class experience. On first read, it appears that almost everyone is prepared to treat you like a pro on one of their trips. Obviously, the definition is vague and leaves a lot open to interpretation. As I admit, marketing (I’m far from World Class), internet and flashy web-site – all done econo through trial and error, but when it comes to taking care of guests needs, I clearly have what it takes. Primarily this means being a bit intuitive at times and planning for the unexpected or the percentages. These are small differences, and may go unnoticed most of the time, but when the case arrives I can assure you that my experiences have made me ready to serve you!

At Road Worlds this year in Ponferrada, some of the staff began discussing number of World Championships which they have worked and it made me think that I should actually write everything out. Afterall, I will have managed more than 50 Worlds teams before I reach my half century birthday! Have a look below, you will see nearly every continent and a wide range of experience noted. When you’re ready for a pro experience, check out our TRIPS

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CX WORLDS


What are your plans for January? Surely, it is too cold to do much more than race or watch CX? See the Worlds schedule here: ProgrammeCMCRO2015_Tabor-14.11.2014_Neutral

See you there?

Cyclocross World Championships, 2009

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BMX WORLDS


Since 2007, we have been providing packages to for our athletes/families at BMX Worlds.

Did you know that we hand select all accommodations at least 1 year before the event? We take pride in the fact that we are able to provide:

  • Hotels and/or apartments close as possible to the venues – this saves valuable time and eliminates stressful transfers etc.
  • We negotiate rates based on bulk room nights which enables us to pass on attractive rates to our guests
  • Ground transport economically and professionally managed by 3F Sports staff
  • Select hotels where meetings and number/jersey distributions can be held and information can be passed on effectively to our guests
  • Always offer a pre-sale to previous year’s guests

For 2015, we have made arrangements with the Holiday Inn in Hasselt, a short 7 mile drive away. We have already sold a number of rooms and the hotel and other web-sites are already sold-out. Want in? See our offers here: BMX WORLDS

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