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RidersRecruitment2016


BECOME A RIDER,
BE A BETTER YOU

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RidersRecruitment2016


BECOME A RIDER,
BE A BETTER YOU

 

FIREFLIESWEST 2018
RIDER APPLICATION

September 27th* - October 2nd
6 Nights

Riders are required to be in Mill Valley on the 26th by 2pm.

Director Sportif - TBA
Ride Producer - TBA
Creative Director -  TBA

Fill in this form to be officially considered for the 2018 Tour. We are aiming to make selections and announcements by late April which will give you approximately 4 and half months to train. If you have questions on how the selection works please see our handy FAQ below this form:

Name *
Name
Gender *
This just allows to balance genders.
How far have you ridden a bike? *
Just so we understand you bike level - don't worry every year we have a wide range of skills of cyclists from semi pro cyclists to never ridden further than the local restaurant/bar.
Have you ridden a Firelfies tour before *

 

 

How do we choose?

It's kind of complicated. We aim to create a mixed group of riders who center on the advertising industries. Below are some of the questions we have heard and some of the answers we give:

 

Why are there so many returning veterans?

We try and aim for a 50% returning veterans to 50% new riders ratio. The veterans help with guiding the virgins on the road and throughout the long days and the virgins keep the veterans in line and help spread the Fireflies spirit.

Why are there so many Brits?

The Fireflies are a global family so we try to include a handful of European or international Fireflies as they like to include some West Coast veterans on their tours. 

Why are there a handful of non-ad people?

While we are mostly centered on our industry of advertising and the supporting marketing disciplines but we also like to include some riders from the 'outside'. It keeps the conversation interesting

Why aren't there more women?

On average we have about 10-15 female riders every year but we would love more. Ideally we would have an equal split of genders but we don't get as many applications from women - please let your female friends and colleagues know about us as they have a great chance of being selected.

 

 
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DS


DIRECTEUR SPORTIF

DS


DIRECTEUR SPORTIF

 

'YES DS'

THE CORRECT ANSWER TO ANY QUESTION.

A pack of cyclists is a highly ordered society. You only have to look at a peleton in the Tour de France to be astounded by how close they race and how few crashes there are. There are many unwritten rules and codes of conduct to maintain this society and uphold the multi tiered etiquette which a rider ignores at his or her peril.

A Director Sportive in a race is the Race Director and will be engaged in that event from beginning to end making all key decisions on teams, route, traffic, escorts and press.

In non race conditions - The Fireflies appoint a Director Sportif every year to keep order, direct the support team, make crucial decisions during the day, and cut through the noise of 60 alpha riders all of whom have strong opinions. 

Day to day this is important for good progress:- daily briefings on the route, the potential hazards in the weather,  the road and traffic conditions and looking out for one another and the slower riders. The DS role becomes crucial should there be any serious issues:closed roads, extreme temperatures or weather conditions when it might be necessary to re-route or pull all the riders off the road. Worse still - an accident or injury when swift decisions and a single voice of leadership can make all the difference.

It’s a great honor to serve as the Director Sportif.

Candidates not only have to be accomplished and respected riders, but they also need to have good leadership and and decision making skills plus a good level of diplomacy given the unruly group they will be asked the lead down a stretch of CA highways and byways over 550 miles and six days.

DS Role of Honor

2018: WHO WILL IT BE? 

2017: ALASTAIR GREEN

2016: RICK LAWLEY

2015: TARA DE MARCO

2014: ERIC TRAGESER

2013: ERIK PRESS

2012: BEN HAMPSHIRE

2011: BRYAN FARHY

2010: BRYAN FARHY

2009: BRYAN FARHY

2008: UNASSIGNED - There were only 5 riders.