I had the good fortune to spend time with the West Point Cycling team again this weekend. The best part wasn’t that Army won the men’s and women’s ECCC A-Division circuit race on their home turf. The best part was watching the camaraderie of the team, and seeing that nothing could keep the team down. Despite crashes and mechanical issues, the focus was always on getting back in the race and competing. The complete focus was on the team, and completing the race. Even with road rash, stomachaches, colds, and a hairline fracture to a hip, concern for self took a backseat to the needs of the team. It’s inspiring to see individuals give it their all for the sake of the sport, and the pride of their team.
“Our greatest strength lies not in never failing, but in rising each time we fall.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson