Throughout my entire life I have met many different, unique, and helpful people. Nearly all of the people who I’ve met have been very friendly and cool, but there are few that have truly, enthusiastically supported me and Yackle Brothers Racing. One person I’ve known for a good chunk of my racing career is Wen Heish, the CEO of KHS Bicycles. Wen is a great man and a perfect example of the enthusiastic supporter that I am referring to.
I was extremely stoked when our team director informed me that KHS and Wen were going to be our official bike sponsor for 2016! Similar to our other fine supporters, Wen provided us with the normal bike products we needed to race. However, Wen has gone beyond the typical and has enthusiastically helped us become the best race team possible. For example the initial Enduro bike frame we received didn’t allow for our cutting edge, mechanical, 9point8 internally routed dropper post. So, we explained the problem to Wen and he immediately saw that it was in our partnerships best interest to provide us with KHS Bicycle’s newest Enduro model that allowed for an internally routed dropper post! Its more than that. Wen’s care has even gone beyond our typical yearly bike sponsorship. We talked to Wen about how we’d like to purchase and represent KHS with a couple Dirt Jumper Bikes. Ya’see we use DJ bikes at the bike parks for Enduro training, and occasionally for Dual Slalom Racing. We needed 2 large SJ200 bikes, but KHS had none in stock and no new production planned. Wen was super accommodating. He is solving this by having his factory specially build 2 large DJ bike frames. Wen has even reached out to us to tap into our racing and bike knowledge to help KHS with its design of a new bike. Now that’s enthusiastic support!
We all know that people who truly, enthusiastically support others are extremely rare! What makes them enthusiastic supporters? Enthusiastic supporters are friendly, caring, you can’t help but like them and there is a mutual respect for one another. I know the characteristics of an enthusiastic race team supporter and I know that enthusiastic supporters take a lot of interest in what we do. They congratulate us. They ask us how we like their products or if there is anything they can do to make it better. They also make sure we have everything we need to perform at our best during our races. Enthusiastic supporters also love to help us however they can. Especially, they communicate in an appropriate timeframe. Enthusiastic supporters are not only accommodating with business matters, but they take interest in us as their Friends, they love to talk and interact socially.
Meeting and becoming friends with people who are enthusiastic supporters is a true pleasure. They are friendly, caring and truly good people! So if you ever meet an enthusiastic supporter, treasure and respect your relationship because you never know if you’ll meet another enthusiastic supporter again!