Saturday, November 29, 2008
A history lesson...
Welcome everyone to the Black Fly Racing team's blog. Here's the deal: we are an Ontario based, mountain bike team made up of 16 people from Toronto, Paris (Ontario), Uxbridge, Ottawa and Tillsonburg. Some of us also compete in road, cyclocross, triathlon, and running events so I guess we're a pretty active bunch. We've been in operation for a few years now, and now we have our final team name in place and will forever be known as the Blackfly's!
The team is named in honour of a former teammate of ours, Mike Spironello who passed away suddenly in May 2006. Mike, along with being a super-fast rider, was also a black fly scientist. Bugs & bikes, that was his thing.
We got this team going in 2004 and by the next year we found some local businesses who were willing to donate to our cause. From 2005 to 2006 we were known as Team Overdraught and we slowly but surely increased the number of members on our team. In 2007, Zavarella Construction became our title sponsor and we rewarded them with our first podiums in the Spring 8 Hrs @ Mansfield (3rd place), Lake to Lake (1st place!) and the Summer 8 Hrs @ Hardwood Hills (2nd place).
This year we grabbed a 2nd place in the Lake2Lake and decided instead of searching for a new sponsor every few years, we would call ourselves Black Fly Racing in memory of Mike.
Well, that's our history lesson for the day kids, so stay tuned for more posts. Bye!