Toby Stanton is the man behind the amazing Hottubes Junior development team (he simply gets on with the task of changing future cycling stars for the better rather than sit around and complain. Follow him @hottubes).
After I had posted “The Calm of Champions”, Toby sent me “11 Traits to being a champion”, a one-pager that he gives to every rider who joins his team. He hurried to tell me the original was not his, but he can’t remember whose it is. He did modify and update it to align it better with what he tries to teach his juniors. Here’s how it starts:
11 Traits to being a champion
1) Calmness: Champions demonstrate a stoic calmness that allows them to focus on the task at hand. No prima donna outbursts or ridiculous demands on friends or trainers. Just calm commitment.