I’ll admit that I was a bit… preoccupied… when Andy Schleck originally announced his retirement. At that time, I was eyebrows deep into launching a local independent bike shop paired with a cafe. During our unfortunately short run before total, catastrophic collapse (you could say we ‘bonked‘) I was understandably out of the pro-cycling happenings. Knee-deep in trying to ensure there is enough money to keep the lights on from day to day (there wasn’t) you don’t find yourself with a lot of time to keep up with the pro peloton. One thing I learned during this process – you need a fair amount of up front capital (runway to use business parlance) to keep a cafe/bike ship afloat until business builds up.
Well… let’s hope Andy Schleck sacked away some of those sponsorship dollars because guess what… while I was busy failing at running a bike shop/cafe, he was busy launching one.
Apparently that was the mistake in my business plan. I was supposed to win the Tour de France first…. THEN open the bike shop. Lesson learned.
My son Teo and his first bike on TopSport exposition ,where we present Andy Schleck Cycles pic.twitter.com/Gc73wQSi7C
— Andy Schleck (@andy_schleck) September 12, 2015