Coffee Talk, Death of the Occasional Racer

Racing takes dedication, training, practice, sometimes requires teamwork and acceptance from the field. For a racer to just "jump in" and race a few seems lazy or sandbaggy (if they are cat'ing down). But all that comes to an end this year as USAC will stop selling one day license to anyone who has held a license in the past. It's unclear what problem this new rule is trying to solve but this new rule will cut down on a lot of peopling thinking, "ya I might do the Koppenberg and Lookout Hill Climb this year" Either commit or don't commit to racing seems to be the objective.

Thanks to a reader for bringing this to our attention

This information was in the BRAC newsletter for March. If I'm interpreting
it correctly, if you ever held a USAC license, you will never be allowed to
race again on a one day. That seems really harsh. I have friends who did
not buy license this year, but still thought they might pick up a race or
two. What about individuals who raced years ago and are just getting back to
the sport, same problem, they have to buy a full license?

IMPORTANT!!!!!!

USA Cycling has changed the rules regarding ONE-DAY (Beginner) licenses
ONE-DAY USA Cycling licenses are $15.
ONE-DAY USA Cycling licenses are no longer available for any riders racing as
a men's 4,3,2,1, or Pro or for women 3,2,1, or Pro.
ONE-DAY licenses are also no longer available for anyone who has ever
possessed a USAC license.

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no longer giving one day race lisences

So, I am not and never have been a racer! However, to support my 10 year old daughter at the tine, I raced lookout mountain. I told her if," I could do it, she could do it!" So we did it together and what fun we had. I am a 40 something old mom who loves long distance climb. I have done the Triple 3 times and the Double Triple twice among other endurance rides. As a challenge this year, I thought I might try the Mt. Evans Hill Climb Grand Fondo. I see it as a way to ride against myself and maybe pass a few people along the way. I am a competitive person as long as I don't perceive pressure from a clock. Are you telling me that I no longer have the option to participate this year? What a shame! I'm not lazy, afraid to commit, or a sand-bagger but I just don't want to spend the season racing just to do the Mt. Evans Hill Climb. I, in no way, wish to take away from all the other racers who put their all into racing but should I be penalized because I have no drive to be timed in a race, generally speaking? I am a serious rider and I spend countless hours and miles on my bike each week trying to attain my goals, I simply don't enjoy "racing." This seems like a great way to push people away from the sport. There's got to be a better way to solve what ever this problem is with one day licenses!! I am no threat to racers or their pursuit of success in their chosen sport. It almost feels like if we were to reverse the situation, it would be like saying, you cannot ride in endurance rides if you are a racer and don't train for this sport specifically. We should be able to get along and all ride together.

From what I understand, if

From what I understand, if you purchased a one-day license to race Lookout Mountain, I think you're fine. I think this only applies to people who once had a an annual license, not a one-day license. If you purchased a one-day license a few years ago, you could purchase a one-day license again and race Cat5. But if you previously owned an annual license, they won't let you purchase a one-day license and you'd have to get an annual license.

Of course, I could be completely wrong. But that's the way I understand it. Seems kind of silly to me. I don't really understand the reasoning.

Gran Fondos aren't licensed

Gran Fondos aren't licensed events, you are free to "compete" to your heart's content.

The new one-day rules are perfectly fine with me. The purpose of the one-day license is to allow someone who's never raced before to try the sport before committing to an annual license. Anyone who's had a license before doesn't need to "try" the sport out and probably doesn't need to be racing in the beginner class anyway.

It doesn't happen as much in road racing, but in mtb racing there has been a problem over the last few years with folks who would only race a few times a year (maybe 5 or 6) and would choose to buy one-day races each time so their finishes weren't tracked and therefore they weren't subjected to mandatory upgrade rules. Those are who the new one-day license rules are intended for.

The day that ACA caved and

The day that ACA caved and drank the USAC Kool-Aid has resulted in yet another nail in the coffin for grassroots racing. This ridiculous new rule also affects licensed racers wishing to return to the sport on an ad-hoc basis after a lengthy absence-due perhaps to family obligations, extended illness or injury, personal or financial problems, etc.

Jeff at some point if people

Jeff at some point if people like you keep saying this is all the ACA fault, does that make it easier to believe and thus true?

So to go back to what actually happened, the ACA had a vote of all the clubs (including yours assuming you are part of the community and on a club), the vote was held after a contentious presentations from the various parties involved (including USAC who in my opinion did not make a good presentation, Steve Johnson was horrible), and then the clubs voted. Guess what Jeff, the majority of clubs voted to re-join USAC. So maybe you want to blame ACA/BRAC, but this was not a decision they made and forced on people like you. It is a democracy. Like it or not, it was what the majority of the riders chose.

Don’t let the facts get in the way of your opinion who posting in internet forums.

Well...I did mean the entire

Well...I did mean the entire Association, which of course includes all the members, and specifically the majority who voted in favor (yes, I was already familiar with how it all went down). I didn't intend to blame anyone. For me, it's just one more item to add to the list of unfortunate consequences of that particular decision. Others may not agree, and that's fine by me. That said, I don't know anyone with a time machine, and the BRAC/USAC affiliation is our present-day reality. No doubt that USAC has made certain positive contributions for many of our Colorado racers. However, it has also resulted in the loss of a certain amount of local control.

As for the grassroots aspect, this specific rule seems to have been created with the intent of discouraging upper level hard-core racers from sandbagging, with little regard for how it may discourage recreational racers from participating.

51% majority doesn't get

51% majority doesn't get their way all the time and get to suppress the other 49%.

What was the major/only/biggest reason for Colorado to join USAC again...??....national rankings/points!!!!! Nothing else makes any good sense.

How many of the "majority" are truly using the national ranking system?????

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