"Conditions for Reintegration" with USAC meeting Nov 18th

Is Colorado getting closer to having a combined USAC/ACA association? This Friday your ACA club is encouraged to attend a special meeting with the CEO of USAC, Steve Johnson. Attached is the Full Agenda for the Meeting and below is a snippet of it

6:00 Welcome, Introductions, and Roll Call of Club Presidents

6:30 Presentation Steve Johnson, President & CEO of USACycling

6:45 Presentation Bill Barr, President, ACA Board of Directors
Clint Bickmore, Vice President, ACA Board of Directors
Chris McGee, Executive Director, ACA

7:00 Statement of Conditions for Reintegration

1- For the first three years in which the ACA serves as a Local Association of USAC, the USA Cycling
Development Foundation’s Center of Excellence of Award will provide $20,000 per year to the ACA for the
ACA’s Junior Development Program.

2- As per the LA Agreement, USAC will rebate the ACA $10 for each full price license sold in the ACA’s LA
area (Section 2.2) during the Term of this agreement. As all ACA license members who join USAC as a result
of the ACA becoming the Local Association are in excess to the 2011 licenses sold, the ACA is due an
additional $5 for each license sold during the 2012 Term of this agreement (Section 2.3).

3- The Local Association can set local policy regarding race points points series, upgrades, various LA fees,
including but not limited to: calendar fees, surcharges, race kit fees, officials’ fees and race day duties,
calendar date request fees, required EMT on site for all races, and the continuation of existing programs and
continuation of existing staff.

4- The ACA will work with USAC personnel on providing transaction process flow from the USAC license web
application to include ACA local association process flow. Additionally, the ACA will provide USAC web
personnel local association information to include with license purchase confirmation.

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Major Changes - LA

Most issues can be handled by policy at the local association. We are getting close to completing issues with USAC. Most things that people have brought up to us have fallen under local control, so we can take care of them just as we do as ACA.

For example, the number of clubs that can be listed on a permit will become less of an issue. A Race Director Association will become the practice in the near future. See the note from Steve. Essentially, this will become a non-issue in 2012 and will be controlled on the LA level. My question had to do with having enough volunteers to deal with races like Deer Trail and Hugo where many volunteers are needed.

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This will not be a problem. As we move to fully implement the new Race Directors Association in 2012, we intend to eliminate the requirement for clubs to promote a race, and replace it with a requirement for clubs to provide volunteers for a race. Under the new system, clubs will still be encouraged to promote a race and will each be allotted one race director certification along with their club license. However the old rule requiring sponsored clubs to promote a race makes little sense in most cases. At any rate, this is something that is typically monitored by the LA’s, not USAC.

Steve

Looks like many have finally swallowed the red pill

So after years of generic "grass is greener" grumbling by the few, this issue has finally been pushed to the brink and--once all the details are revealed and analyzed--many start to realize that we have a pretty good deal here?

I've raced in many areas of the country and think the ACA is easily the most racer-friendly sanctioning body I've seen. You really do get a lot for your $35 compared to the overlord bureaucracy and angry-at-life officials of USAC.

LA integration

Major changes are coming either as ACA or as a local association.

The lack of dual sanctioning and loss of reciprocity will change bicycle racing in Colorado. We have been assured a few things. ACA will not be able to hold dual sanctioned events in 2012, nor will there be reciprocity. The implications are biggest to our junior racers.

The other factor is that there will be an LA next year in CO. This can either be combative, or be the strong entity we know. As an LA we can provide more venues to our racers. As an example, we did not get to race as amateurs on the great venues that the pros at the US Pro Cycling Challenge. Our objective is that we will permit the racing at the finishing circuits of the stage race (either as crits or circuits). It will be great to see amateurs racing at these great venues.

In the end, we will continue to provide great cycling in Colorado. The question is whether we will do so along side USAC, as most communities do, or in competition with USAC. I think our energy is best spent in races.

Amature races at USPCC - no way

The argument that we should join USAC because we will get to do some crit course at the finish of the USPCC is a far reach. I fail to see that happening and this seems like a weak argument. They don't have races at ToC and I would like to see some evidence that this would happen rather than an off the cuff statement. The promoter is focused on the requirements of a 2.HC pro race and won't be distracted by amature races.

We'll we all know which way

We'll we all know which way Clint, Vice President, is voting. I fail to see how this truly impacts the juniors? It's us, the 35+4's who fund the majority of this operation, not the juniors. Last time I looked the junior fields in the largest races shrank as they approached high school. If ACA junior development was effective this wouldn't be the case. I'm sure we'll hear a "they're the future argument", but show us increased participation among 15-18 year olds and you can make your case. The Eckman's and Phinney's we'll emerge whether or not we're ACA, USAC, or OBRA. Please don't give us this song and dance about the US Pro Challenge, they have yet to even pick host cities or a route. Show the majority, 35+ fields, how this benefits us before doing what's in your best interest.

Juniors

The reason the juniors cats decline in high school is 2-fold. Some kids do stop racing, but most start racing in the open catagories. Have you seen the number of 16, 17 year old kids racing cat 4 open (mens and womens), and even into the 3s? This is a testament to the great job ACA does for juniors (yes, the future). I have had dual membership for several years now, and I can say without a doubt that USAC has NO concern for junior development (until they are elite level 18-20 year olds). You can't even get a license for juniors under 10!!! And USACs concern for the rest of us is even less...

For Serious Juniors, the ACA isnt great

I really do not feel that the ACA is that great for Juniors who want to seriously work towards become a professional. If a young kid wants to turn pro more than likely they will have to race NRC events or against fields with lots of Pros. The current issue is that USAC does not recognize a Cat 1 upgrade, which is required to race any NRC event. The second issue is that since Pros are no longer allowed to race in ACA events, so any result that someone would like to put on their resume would not mean as much because the field is automatically not considered as deep. This means that you have to travel outside of COlorado to do USAC races to either get an Upgrade, or to demonstrate your ability in fields containing pros. So sure its great that juniors can race for free, but for a serious junior they now have to spend hundreds of dollars to travel and race if they want to really make it in this sport.

Why don't you offer a solution?

The rider is describing a sincere problem with the current system, and you just diss him. I have also seen the challenges that up and coming cross racers face without USAC racing available to them. How about you make some productive solutions that extend beyond "more travel."

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