Brook Watts Election Statement

  
  


Brook Watts
UCI Race Director - Cyclo-cross Sport Committee

My name is Brook Watts and I am currently seeking reelection to the position of UCI Race Director on the USA Cycling cross committee. I believe that my experience and commitment to cyclocross in the US is unmatched and I look forward to serving another successful term.

My term ends this summer and I’ve been nominated by fellow USA Cycling members for reelection.  I accept this honor because I want to continue to play a role in the exciting growth of cyclocross.

My qualifications, experience, accomplishments include:
  • 35+ years experience promoting local, national and international cyclocross events, including the US National Championships in 1978 in Austin, Texas.
  • Member, Board of Directors of AIOCC, the International Association of Cyclocross Organizers since 2011.  Instrumental in driving recommendations that were approved by UCI including reinstatement of Series Leader Jerseys, a crucial element for U.S. cross series and expanding membership.
  • Organizer of Clif Bar CrossVegas, the largest cyclocross race outside of Europe. 2014 is the 8th year of CrossVegas.
  • Master race competitor.  I love this sport and racing gives me perspective as a successful race director and board member.
In sum, I have been involved in cyclocross in the US for the past 35 years.    I value the strong relationships I’ve built over that time with USA Cycling, the UCI, racers, and race directors across the U.S. These long standing relationships allow me to observe (with the passion of a superfan and an “elderstateman”), listen to input throughout the year and most importantly, to collaborate with others committed to cyclocross in the US.

In the past 3 years on the cross committee I have assisted in the adoption of policies and procedures ranging from the now-established ProCX calendar, providing input to the race director certification materials, developing a season-long racer number for Elites.   These initiatives   support high quality racing, encourage continued growth in the number of participants, and elevate the caliber of US elite athletes.

One of my proudest accomplishment is the role I’ve played in bringing the first-ever Continental Championships for the Americas to Cincinnati this coming November. For those of you who don’t know, a Continental Championship is a championship for racers among the 43 countries that comprise the Pan-American Cycling Confederation (from the Yukon to Tierra del Fuego).  Every cycling discipline except cyclocross has this championship where racers compete for honors - including valuable UCI points.  . . After years of watching US cyclocross athletes lose out on UCI points (which are available to European competitors in the annual European Continental Championship), I worked hard to lay the ground work to secure a partner organization, ascertain the standards and requirements, liaison with the UCI and obtain unanimous Pan-American Cycling Confederation approval to create the inaugural Pan-Am Cross Championships   I am proud to announce that commencing with 2014, the Americas now have the same type of competition that the Europeans have. U.S. racers will now have an opportunity to compete against the best from Canada to Argentina on November 2 as part of the Cincy 3 weekend.

In my second term, I will continue to work hard to balance the needs of the elite categories with those of recreational racers.    I will support local and national races to offer high quality events that contribute to the growth of ‘cross in the US.  I may hold the title of “race director representative” but I see my role on the committee more broadly as an advocate for all stakeholders in our sport.

I’m available to the membership for feedback and open communication; you’ll always receive a reply to an e-mail inquiry.

I look forward to your vote.


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