American Cycling Association Names New Executive Director

** For Immediate Release **

Jon Tarkington, Executive Director (Outgoing)
American Cycling Association
(303) 458-5538

American Cycling Association Names New Executive Director

Chris McGee combines 25 years of competitive cycling experience with a background in non-profit management.

Denver, Colorado, December 14, 2010 - The American Cycling Association (ACA), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit sporting organization, today announced that Chris McGee has been named Executive Director. Mr. McGee will assume the responsibility of leading the organization as it provides the best competitive events for its members, diversifies and increases funding sources, and expands the organization's ability to attract and retain non-traditional members. Jon Tarkington, outgoing Executive Director, will work with Mr. McGee over the next three months to ensure a seamless transition.

"We are very pleased to announce that Chris is joining the ACA in this leadership capacity," said Bill Barr, President of the ACA Board of Directors. "With 25 years in competitive cycling, 10 years in the bicycle industry, and 5 years with non-profit organizations, Chris provides the experience and dynamic personality that our Board wants in an Executive Director."

Mr. McGee's background includes work with highly visible non-profit organizations in Denver, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter. His for-profit experience includes The Sports Authority in Englewood, Colorado, and the LH Thomson Company of Macon, Georgia, the maker of the Thomson brand of bicycle components. "Chris understands how to bring an idea to fruition, how to build and maintain relationships, and how to create and strengthen a brand name. The ACA has found an Executive Director who can accomplish great things," said Brian Thomson, President of LH Thomson Company.

With this appointment, ACA members, sponsors and officials will see a continuation of the success that has marked the organization since its inception in 1995. "I am very pleased to learn of Chris' appointment and look forward to working with him," said Ryan Shuster, Vice President & DMM of Family Recreation at The Sports Authority. "His enthusiasm for the sport of bicycle racing, and his ability to convey that enthusiasm to others, makes him a perfect match for the ACA."

For additional information, please contact Jon Tarkington at (303) 458-5538.

Established in 1995 as the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC), the American Cycling Association (ACA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that supports, promotes and sanctions competitive bicycle events in Colorado and southeast Wyoming. The ACA provides an array of programs, including an extensive junior development program, to both attract new members and teach existing racers how to enjoy the sport of bicycle racing. The ACA has more than 3,000 members and features 150 events annually. Please see for more information.


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Big Thanks Jon!

Ditto to the others Jon. Thanks for infusing your experience, time and passion to make CO racing great over the last few years. I think everything has been elevated and many goals achieved. Wish you well in your new ventures and see you at the races!