The recent news about the “breakaway” league should be awesome for NorCal. Any pro league is going to need it’s minor league to help fill the pipeline. There are only a few places in the world that can fill this role and NorCal has to be at the top of the list. Belgium, Italy, and the US domestic ranks definitely fill that first level down. I see them as the AAA Baseball, the American Hockey League, or Arena Football of cycling. You can almost make a living here if you are careful, know what you are doing and don’t mind the travel and second rate hotels. NorCal is down one more rung where you go to get noticed and get bloodied.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think NorCal can fill that first tier. I see NorCal, and the Belgian lower ranks as filling the role of the Iron League. A league filled with kids, veterans, and misfits who just want to ride their bikes and attack each other until they puke. The names would be awesome too… Madera Marauders, or the Santa Rosa Rednecks. I reserve The Chief’s for my franchise, that name has history.
This whole post is just an excuse to stick in a Slapshot clip (best sports movie evah!) And… to see if those guys keep stealing our material.
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