Pirate Race Team


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M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 20:48
Dear Pirate friends,

Before I go to the forums I thought I'd check out the reaction to this idea on here in possibly a more friendly and stella free environment.

I'm proposing to form a pirate "race team" or at least a team made up of pirates (or ex-pirates). The aims are two fold...

1) Help raise the profile of the pirates with the aim to leveraging the group to secure discounts etc that can be passed on to all pirates, not just those in the race team.

2) Use the group as resource for those looking to step up a level in your athletic performance. There's lots of resources out there, take Endurance Corner for example, if you've read their latest "how to qualify" series then you'd give up before starting. I can tell you there's a difference between being "elite" and just pretty good. We'd be firmly in the pretty good category.

Now this team is going to seem like a Fegan clique and let me be upfront, my original idea was just that, Fegan's mates who are also decent triathletes and just happen to be pirates. And this appealed to some and not to others, especially those loyal to racing in the black and yellow.

So this idea is in it's infancy (I thought of it yesterday) but already I've managed the following:

ALL pirates to get a solid discount on Extreme Endurance products.
ALL pirates to get a subscription to Triathlete Europe magazine at ONLY the cost of postage.
A pirate feature (and regular updates e.g. a big piece on the PSOF trip to Nice) online and in print with Triathlete magazine and a number of free race entries throughout UK and possibly Europe to write a race review for Triathlete (I'll caveat this, it's just race entry, there's no pirate helicopter or 5 star accommodation).

Hopefully more to come or I've peaked very very early.

So thoughts?
*puts on asbestos jacket* — feeling curious.
M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 20:49

This discussion is gathering on Facebook and is now being aired on here, feel free to join in either one

Thoughts ?

06/11/2013 at 20:55

What a good idea Meldy 

M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 20:58

Feck right off !!!

06/11/2013 at 20:59

I'll be in the support crew!!    Sits back and waits ....  ;)

flyaway    pirate
06/11/2013 at 21:02

Okay, I'll stand up for some battering.

I think this is a good idea. The Pirates is becoming globally recognised - I spoke to a random Yank in Kona who organises European IM tours, and he knew all about us. This would be a two way street - the Team would benefit from some form of sponsorship/free or discounted stuff, but the idea would be to make sure there were discounts associated with any companies that sponsored us, that applied to ALL Pirates. The Team would benefit from the brand, recognisability and support of the Pirate massive.

06/11/2013 at 21:02

They could be a pirate elite sorta like our version of the SAS

06/11/2013 at 21:02

What as, ballast?

M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 21:03



Special Athlete Squad

M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 21:04

Flyers, totally agree, its all about evolution.

This would be an extra dimension and can still be fun

06/11/2013 at 21:04

I think it's a good idea, guessing it would be done on an invite basis, ie show some potential and get brought into the group.?

06/11/2013 at 21:04

Ohh errr we are a " brand"  I suppose we are getting that way come to think of it

TheEngineer    pirate
06/11/2013 at 21:07
Race kit in reverse colours... Yellow on black?
M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 21:08

Nah ... pink  

M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 21:08

Max if a brand is something that is instantly recognisable then yes !

06/11/2013 at 21:09

FF sort of groomed?  

I am warming to the idea altough my personnal Kona plan doesnt need speed just a dogged determinstion to outlive the opposition


06/11/2013 at 21:10

Melds i think the danger is in a brand as in has a marketable value rather than identity

M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 21:11

Pirate hit squad Max???!!!

06/11/2013 at 21:11

Pirate PLC

M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2013 at 21:12

I think we are both, we choose to be just the one ?

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