Derek Bouchard-Hall Blog

CEO October Blog: Symposium comes to Colorado Springs
Post: Oct 16, 2015 by Kevin Loughery under category "default"
Happy October!
 
What a month we just had— Team USA made us all extremely proud in Richmond, racing aggressively and earning nine medals at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships! Aside from the medals won, there were many memorable moments in Richmond— including two Olympic qualifications! — and our athletes represented their country with class and distinction. In addition, cross season is in full swing (find a race in your area here!); the UCI recently announced that the AMGEN Tour of California and the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic will be stops on the 2016 UCI Women’s World Tour; and we have launched a new Ride Membership, which allows you and your family to receive great benefits while enjoying the sport you already love.  This is an exciting time to be an American cyclist and fan!
 
It’s also an exciting time for USA Cycling, which, under my leadership, seeks to work more closely with the vast army of passionate volunteers who make our sport possible. This weekend, I look forward to hosting our National Symposium at our headquarters in Colorado Springs. This event is an annual collaborative gathering of Local Association representatives, Race Directors, Sport Committee members and many other important organizations in the American cycling ecosystem, including NICA, IMBA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. We typically meet with these groups individually, but in the spirit of fostering collaboration and partnership, we are thrilled to host these groups together at the same time for four days of meetings, presentations and group discussion. Open discourse is the first step toward working better together, and I look forward to the discussions we have ahead.
 
We have many topics to address together, but three themes will surely run throughout the discussions: 1) How do we together grow participation in bicycle racing, particularly in light of increased interest in alternative event formats like gran fondos? 2) How do we increase our support of grass roots development, grow women’s cycling and increase our anti-doping efforts while staying within budget and keeping barriers to entry low?  3) What are the key policy and practice changes required from USA Cycling to improve the racing experiences of our membership, particularly with regard to helping race promoters put on great events?
  
Feel free to follow my Twitter handle @DBouchardHall and USAC’s handle @usacycling for USA Cycling Symposium updates, and look out for my takeaways from this weekend in next month’s blog entry. If you have questions or ideas for items of conversation at the Symposium, let me know!
 
As always, you can also reach me via email at derek@usacycling.org. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can continue to make our sport great!
 
Enjoy the ride,

Derek