An email was sent out to USAC membership explaining how membership supports grassroots cycling.
The local race scene. It’s where each of us discovered our love of racing. It’s where the weekend warrior makes a name for herself, where the newcomer crosses his first finish line, and where future Olympians begin building confidence.
We often hear that USA Cycling does little to support grassroots racing or enhance the sport at the local level.
In 2016, USA Cycling is recommitting itself to the grassroots. We’ve listened to our members and we want you to know that we’re increasing our focus on local cycling and we’re increasing the resources applied to grassroots development. We are doing so by range of significant changes, including cutting costs and reallocating funding away from the elite side of the sport.
Specifically, here’s how we are increasing our grassroots support:
- 20% INCREASE IN LOCAL ASSOCIATION FUNDING – In addition to the $10 rebate that Local Associations get for each USA Cycling adult road, track, and cyclo-cross membership sold in their region, USA Cycling now pays LAs $0.17 per competitive racer day. This equates to a 20% increase over last year in grassroots level funding!
- REDUCED COSTS FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING EVENTS – We’re freeing up money for mountain bike event directors to put back into local mountain bike racing, and enabling more races to permit with USA Cycling. How are we doing this? We significantly cut their costs in 2016 with free race permits, and a $5 rebate on one-day licenses sold at their events. We’ve also eliminated the requirement to purchase a one-day for practice days.
- REDUCED BARRIERS TO ENTRY FOR NEW RIDERS – For 2016, we’ve lowered the price of road, track, and cyclo-cross one-day licenses to just $10 to encourage more people to try racing, and we’ve introduced a half price junior club level as well. We have also maintained our support of the junior and collegiate ranks, which are subsidized through discounted memberships.
- MORE EVENTS TO MAKE CYCLING MORE ACCESSIBLE – Our regional staff is increasing its focus with local race directors to improve existing events and create new ones! Those efforts, combined with positive changes in our event services department, are creating even more opportunities to get out and race.
All of this is incremental to work we’ve always been doing to maintain the critical infrastructure required to support local racing, including training officials, maintaining rules and regulations, developing beginning racer programs, providing comprehensive insurance coverage for event directors and participants, and so much more.
We are also working hard to improve your member experience, from the start line to checking online results after the race. There is much more to come from us, but in the meantime if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me at 719-434-4215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you on the start line of a local event this season!
If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, click here to do so now.
Thank you for your support!
Acting Membership Director