We have a very special Dimond coming out of the mine this week. Scott Moir, a 70.3 world’s qualifier designed his bike in dedication to West Point Academy located in Orange County, New York. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, 50 miles north of New York City.
Admission into West Point isn’t easy to come by, candidates must both apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination – usually from a member of Congress. Other nomination sources include the President and Vice President of the United States. Because of the academy’s age (founded in 1802) and unique mission, its traditions have influenced other institutions. It was the first American college to have an accredited civil-engineering program, the first to have class rings, and its technical curriculum was a model for later engineering schools. (Our engineers and many Dimond owners thank West Point for that, amongst many other things)
I asked Scott while he chose to paint his bike these colors, after all he paid extra for it. Here’s his response…
“The reason that I chose to paint my new Dimond bike in West Point’s colors is quite simply because West Point has always been a special place for me.
As the son of a 29-year U.S. Army veteran I learned about patriotism, duty, and serving one’s country early on. I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps and could think of no better way to prepare myself than to attend and graduate from West Point. This became a goal of mine very early in my young life…in the 5th grade if my memory is correct. And it was this goal that motivated me to do well in academics, sports, and other civic-type activities up to and through my high school career.
I did obtain an appointment to West Point and spent those four years being mentored by some of the finest leaders in the U.S. Army. My actual time at the academy was special because of the high quality of education that I received, and the experiences and opportunities the academy provided.
Upon graduating West Point I served on active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 5 years. During my multiple duty assignments I found that the academy prepared me well to lead my soldiers, and to do so competently and fairly. I was again privileged to serve with some of the finest soldiers in the U.S. Army. Relationships formed at the academy continued to forge during my military career, and to this day some of my best friends in the world are friends I met on Reception Day – the first day of Beast Barracks.
Interestingly, my time at West Point had nothing to do with my desire to pursue triathlon, but the skills I learned at the academy helped me become a fairly competitive triathlete. Skills and traits such as discipline, a strong work ethic, mental toughness, and perseverance. Those, along with the ability to set and achieve goals – they were all taught to me or honed during my time there.
Nope, I haven’t made it to Kona…yet! But I chose the West Point colors of black, gold, and gray (which represent the color of the components of gunpowder) on my new Dimond bike to help give me that extra push I’ll need to make both the members of the Long Gray Line and the fine folks at Dimond Bikes proud!”
Thanks Scott for sharing your story, making such an awesome bike with us – and ultimately your service!
The United States Military Academy Mission
“To educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.”