How to write a Cycling Resume
As a developing team, we are fast approaching that time of year when our email inbox is flooded with applications to join us for the coming season. In the context of an email inbox clogged with applications made by some excellent riders, it becomes important you do your best to stand out. Yet one common thread throughout the many resumes we see is a lack of preparation and attention to detail and a wide variance in quality of applications. Regardless of your FTP, Strava profile, teamwork skills, or your personality, a failure to convey that effectively in a resume can mean missing out on an opportunity you are well suited to. With this in mind, it only takes a few elements to bring your application from mediocre to excellent.
What can you offer a team?
In any good job application, the emphasis should be on what you can offer an organisation. Yet a large proportion of the resumes teams see focus on what a rider wants to achieve, and how the rider thinks a team can help them do it. That’s great, but really doesn’t tell a team anything they don’t know already. So let the team know the value that you can bring. Explain not just how strong a rider you are, but what you can bring to the team’s sponsors, to its brand, and to its other riders. If you would be willing to help a team’s junior program, or have a big social media following, mention it- it could be your point of difference from another candidate.
This is a sport, so make sure you show us your potential in the sport
Cycling is a results game, and there are a lot of ways to show your potential. Race results are an easy one, but make sure they are worthwhile – winning a prime in a handicap when you started off limit when you were 17 probably doesn’t add to your image. Numbers can help too: most team managers understand power data, so include it, but don’t rely solely on your FTP. Any team manager will view power data with a degree of scepticism given power meters aren’t always accurate, but they do tend to be consistent, so the more data you provide the more reliable your data will be perceived to be. Remember that racing isn’t about Strava, so a bag of KOM’s on your local 10-minute climb shows little about your capacity to achieve race results. Put your best foot forward, but pick the statistics that matter to someone with a substantial breadth of racing knowledge.
Don’t expect a team to pay for you if you don’t have the initiative to do it yourself
Each rider that a team takes on is an investment, so a team wants riders who are committed. This sport is too hard if you don’t truly love it. So you need to show that you both are committed and love the sport. Racing crits over summer and doing the occasional road race doesn’t really cut it. If you aren’t racing consistently already, and haven’t shown you’ve got the necessary drive to go further, your resume will be thrown away before the manager’s even seen your monster FTP.
Make your Resume stand out
We get lots of resumes, and they all look pretty similar. We receive way too many word documents (please send PDFs) of bulk text. If you can’t sell yourself, how are you going to sell our sponsors? Put some effort in, make it look professional and format it well. Your cycling resume is your opportunity to make a good first impression, and a well-considered application shows a team manager you have the work ethic, drive, and attention to detail the team wants from its riders.
Think you have what it takes? Then drop the team and email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can go from there!