11 Traits to being a champion

June 17, 2011

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.

As far as I know, Vettel never rode for Hottubes. I’ll post the other 10 in the next few weeks. Have a great weekend, and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or via Twitter @gerardvroomen.

6 Responses to “11 Traits to being a champion”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Really enjoying the blog. How about a few posts on design and engineering

  2. I think that makes Toby Stanton a good person. Cudos to him for sharing good words to others. I wish him the best.
    Thanks for sharing Gerard!

  3. David Says:

    Due to commitments I spend time on the trainer even during the Canadian Summer. I am no champion by anyone’s imagination but this will be added to the “inspiration” wall with a number of other lists. Look forward to the other 10.

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