Cyclist Village closes doors

Today, I received the following email from the website Cyclist Village:

Dear Member,

We regret to inform you that Cyclist Village will be closing down effective immediately. We appreciate your support and participation and wish you all the best.
Cyclist Village

Originally started under the title Broadband Racer, Cyclist Village tried to expand the social networking world into cycling.  Blogs, video posts from professional riders as well as fans, Cyclist Village found that while popular, social networking sites have trouble finding a viable business model.

God’s Speed Cyclist Village.



9 Responses to Cyclist Village closes doors

  1. mildstallion says:

    It’s a bummer to see it go. I really liked the rider interviews. Maybe the bit off more than they could chew.

  2. pelotonjim says:

    The business model for many social networks is get enough traffic and sell out before you run out of money. Even Twitter is not making money but with 7 million users, people are willing to fund them until they figure something out or until they are bought like You Tube/Google. I guess Cyclist Village never hit the funding threshold.

  3. cyclingnutz says:

    The market is filled with sites offering social network features. Capturing enough of an audience to make money is difficult at best. You have to keep your expenses low and build slowly. You are not going to get rich in cycling.
    Our site is built in house and operates for a fraction of what many sites cost. We have stayed away from all forms of financing for the very reason of maintaining a low cost structure.

  4. mildstallion says:

    I’ve always heard that the best way to make a small fortune in cycling is to start with a large one 🙂

  5. pelotonjim says:

    When one flower dies, another blooms. Nice site Cyclingnutz.

  6. John McBomb says:

    really sorry to hear this, but I do want to thank you for the incredibly priced team kit you guys sold me at the Mill Valley swap today. I’ve been needing some quality spandex for years but just couldn’t afford it.

  7. mkwilhelm says:

    Sorry to hear it go.

    Would love to inform you all of another cycling website / blog that I am starting. (I am also in charge of the website linked from here, Cadence for Cancer). My new website / blog that I am working on is for the rules and information on cycling. It can be found at:

    I would love your feedback and will be linking this blog, as well.

  8. Mark Rainer says:

    Well I started another social networking site for cyclists. Hope you enjoy it!

    I’ll probably try to make money off the “Events” section at some point but cycling and computers are my passion so the site will never go down.

  9. Hi This is a great site and found the post interesting,this will help my events specially when im competing,cycling is the cleanest sport and no wonder why it has grown in the last 10 years.

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