Thursday, February 11, 2010

'Jim Hoyt for President"...

That is the lead post in a growing thread on the TxBRA general discussion forum praising Jim's efforts in support of Patrick McCarty. Jim, Max Miley and the RBM/Elite team have stepped in to give Pat a racing home as a bridge to a new pro team contract after Pat's deal with Rock Racing fell through. Pat's RR contract was voided when RR couldn't obtain UCI approval for a Pro Continental license in 2010. Rock was only a Continental team in '09, but 1/2 of the roster of Continental teams must be under age 28, and Pat hit 28 in 2010.

As a Texas racer, Max Miley needs no introduction, but some may not know that Max was Pat's original coach (dating back to when Pat was 14). Max helped steer Pat to great domestic race success as a junior including a couple of national time trial titles. That lead Pat to the US National U23 team where Pat ultimately achieved a top 5 World U23 ranking and several race successes before embarking on a pro career with US Postal/Discovery, Phonak, Garmin and OUCH. Pat is one of the "good guys" in Texas racing and the recent TxBRA thread speaks to his popularity, and the resulting appreciation for Jim Hoyt's help keeping Pat in the racing arena.

Jim's efforts are not a surprise to McKinney Velo though. Jim, Rhonda, Woody and the rest of the RBM family have been great friends of McKinney Velo and our club objectives and we are quite thankful for their support. Jim's support and commitment to Texas racing will be particularly evident when we Bike the Bricks in Historic Downtown McKinney on June 11, 2010. Details very soon... But until then, thank you Jim.

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