"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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The New, "BRAC"

I just sent the following to the clubs from Yvonne's email lsit about this topic.

Dear All,

A few random thoughts...

I haven't made up my mind, yet.

Looks like the Feds have the ACA held hostage! This appears to be by design especially if the Feds are the ones who requested enforcement of the UCI rule regarding Pros.

In exchange for not suspending a few Pros in ACA races and some cross call-ups at USAC Nationals for ACA riders, USAC will bring in about $15,000 in club fees (minus those clubs which are members of both), lots of permit fees, and $60 x how many(?) ACA rider license fees. Has anyone actually figured out what this amount is?

ACA gets what? $20,000 x 3 years for juniors? What else besides a few dollars per rider?

Club fees go way up, ACA riders now have to buy a USAC license, and race permit fees go up. Insurance coverage appears to be less though I'm not sure just how.

Of course, a race organizer would not/does not have to be a ACA member to organize a USAC race. ACA riders could enter as they now would have a USAC license.

What deal has USAC made to OBRA? From the OBRA Director came this a few minutes ago..."They would like us to but there's no chance of it."

Andy Bohlmann
Sand Creek Sports, Inc.
Colorado Springs

I'm not so sure it's just the

I'm not so sure it's just the USAC that is holding the ACA hostage, there are rumblings of a Boulder group threatening to start their own USAC local association if the ACA doesn't join. Obviously this wouldn't be good for the ACA.

I might vote for this, ONLY if there is a one to two year trial period in place, and the ACA and its member clubs can re-evaluate the arrangement next December. So if it turns out to be a train wreck we can divorce rather quickly.

everyone seems to be harping

everyone seems to be harping on low license fees.... I say go the opposite direction (like in belgium, uh or at least thats how it was a million years ago when I was there. ) where licenses are $200-300 (for their locals) and make the race entry fees low say $5-10 (and 100% of the entry goes to promoter) that way whatever overlord governs us has the ability to budget better and support good races, good promoters and programs. but $300 *3000 members= $900,000 you can buy a lot of course tape and barriers for that...
I realize things are way different over there.. mainly insurance but it makes sense to pool all that $ together initially so they can use that power to get stuff cheaper.

Colorado Racing is Strong

This is a very good point. Colorado racing is strong, and it will continue to be strong. We will continue to provide the best opportunities available.

The message we have been given from USAC is that rules are done on an international and national level, and that policies affecting how races are promoted will be done on the local level. Our professional staff will continue to run the day to day business. We will get support from the national body.

We will certainly be sad to lose a strong partner like Taggart insurance. They are true pros in the insurance business. We have included Doug and his crew in some conversations. We will see where that goes in the future.

End of BAR/BAT

This will likely be the end of BAR/BAT. With the exception of a few teams and individuals that focus on BAR/BAT, I don't see any reason to pay all the extra fees to be a member of BRAC. As it is, there are a handful of promoters that are putting on races but many of the clubs are content to provide volunteers at a race to meet their obligation to remain in good standing. This new structure seems to make it even more difficult and expensive for a team to step out on a limb and try to add a new race to the calendar.

For BAR/BAT, there are already plenty of complaints that it is an attendance award. Now it will become an attendance award between those that care enough to pay for the right to score BAR/BAT points.

In the end there are ways to stiff arm the membership to fork over their BRAC membership fee but those tactics don't help reach out to out-of-state racers any more than is done now.

MAJOR CHANGES

MAJOR CHANGES
CLUBS
Must join USAC as a club ($150) and then BRAC if you want to get BRAC Benefits = $250
• Pro’s can race in all events, without dual permitting (USAC will not allow dual permitting in future)
• Permit Fees based on prize list ( w/ ACA it was just a standard fee, usually $25)
Number of clubs allowed on permit is dependent on level of permit . (Most of our permits this year would only allow 2 clubs/permit) - This will KILL a lot of races.
• Officials Fees based on prize list
• Very high late fees if you don’t file at least 6 wks in advance ( $100-150 late fee, w/ACA usually $50)
• Insurance certificates not issued until all paperwork has been properly filed
• Insurance benefits decreased with USAC policy
• Need to pay for bib numbers/pins ( w/ACA you got them for free - value was about $140)
• No longer get $4.00 for every 1-Day license ( USAC gets all 1-D fee)
• Will receive $5 for transponder rental fee opposed to $10
• Calendar date request fee no longer applied to operational surcharge.
• Higher fees for various items if not a BRAC club member
* One-Day Riders - $10 One-Day to USAC, $4 BRAC Fee, $10 Chip Fee = $24
* Must hire a Official for Junior Gear Checking
RIDERS
Buy a USAC license ($60+) plus BRAC Membership to receive BRAC benefits = $90
• Pay for replacement/updated licenses ($15) or if you want license updated
• Juniors will have gear restrictions
• No JR 8-9 category, although non-scored rides are proposed
• Addition of Cat 5’s - Where are they going to fit in the schedule?
• Insurance benefits decreased with USAC policy
• Higher surcharges if not a BRAC member - $4 per race!
• No need to worry about reciprocity
• No need to worry about getting ranking points for National CX
• Pro would be allow to race in BRAC events

Major Changes?

I'm not so sure about major changes for the average racer. Looks more like ACA does everything the ACA always did only it changes its name to BRAC.

The racers all pay more for the privilege of racing under USAC and having Pro's come to the races.

All this extra cost for what? Let some group in Boulder start up a USAC local association. Let's have a run off with the ACA. The free market will pick the winner. Then we'll get major change.

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