When our bus broke down at Liège-Bastogne-Liège last month, logistical gymnastics and goodwill from our friends on other teams saved the day. Cannondale-Drapac communications director Matthew Beaudin describes the (tempered) impact of a day without our command center for Business Insider.
Our bus rumbled to a stop in the center of Liège, Belgium, and our pro cyclists lingered a while inside before stepping out onto a yellow carpet that would lead them through a throng of excited spectators crowded along the barriers.
Once off the bus, Toms Skujiņš, a Latvian on our Cannondale-Drapac team, stopped for photos with fans while his teammate Rigoberto Urán, a Colombian, signed autographs en route to a tent that would house the team presentation, all a day before the start of one of cycling’s most prestigious, and hardest, bicycle races — the one-day classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
As we’d soon learn, once our bus had come to a stop, its transmission promptly failed. Our driver, Borja, could only drive the bus in reverse.
That presented a special challenge.
I mean, imagine driving a hulking land yacht in reverse through a dense European city center.
So the bus was left there, right in the city center. Now what?