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RIDERS

 

FIREFLIESWEST 2017
RIDER APPLICATION

OCTOBER 4TH - OCTOBER 10th

Director Sportif - ALASTAIR GREEN
Ride Producer - MOLLY GRIFFIN & KATE HITCHINGS
Creative Director - DaVID LAI

Fill in this form to be officially considered for the 2017 Tour. We are aiming to make selections and announcements by mid April which will give you approximately 5 months to train. If you have questions on how the selection works please see our handy FAQ below this form:

Name *
Name
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 *
Gender *
This is your chance to make you case for a saddle on this year's ride. If you are applying with another rider please add them here, in fact anything that will help give us context as we curate this years ride .

 

 

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?

Usually we try and aim for a 50% returning veterans to 50% new riders ratio but this is our 10th anniversary so we are adding more veteran slots. 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 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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RIDERS

 

FIREFLIESWEST 2016
RIDER LIST


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JERREMY BARRETT  - SPONSOR ME
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JOSEPH BEUTEL  - SPONSOR ME
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MICHAEL FOX- SPONSOR ME

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DAN GIFFORD  - SPONSOR ME
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SCOTT GRIFFIN  - SPONSOR ME

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ADRAIN HERNANDEZ  - SPONSOR ME
LUCY HERZOG  - SPONSOR ME
KATE HITCHINGS  - SPONSOR ME
DYLAN HURST-LAWLEY - SPONSOR ME

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WARREN KOMMERS  - SPONSOR ME

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DAVID LAI  - SPONSOR ME
GILBERT LEE  - SPONSOR ME
LEOPOLDO LUISETTI  - SPONSOR ME

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CURTIS MELVILLE  - SPONSOR ME

 

 

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MICHAEL PARDEE  - SPONSOR ME
JOSEPH PROTHMAN  - SPONSOR ME
ERIK PRESS   - SPONSOR ME
SUSAN PERLBACHS- SPONSOR ME

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MICHAEL RAIMONDI  - SPONSOR ME
LUKE RICCI   - SPONSOR ME

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ROBERT SAMUEL  - SPONSOR ME
CHIP SHEEAN  - SPONSOR ME
TED "CAPTAIN' SHEEHAN  - SPONSOR ME
ROBIN SHENFIELD  - SPONSOR ME
JOHN SOLOMON  -  SPONSOR ME
CHRIS SOOS  - SPONSOR ME
SAM SWISHER  - SPONSOR ME

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AIDAN THOMAS  - SPONSOR ME
JAMES THORPE  - SPONSOR ME
ERIC TRAGESER  - SPONSOR ME

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BRETT WEISS  - SPONSOR ME


With special guest day rider

MICHAEL HODGSON  - SPONSOR ME


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LAST UPDATED
14th SEPT '16

 
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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

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.