Christopher Jensen Election Statement


Christopher Jensen
Cyclo-cross Committee - At-Large 

What is cyclocross to you? I can’t claim authority on your answer, but I want to hear it.
After six years of racing around the country and five years of promoting cyclocross races in
Chicago, I’ve seen this sport mean something different to just about every rider. It’s business
at the front, a party in the back, and brings everyone from roadies to dirtheads to triathletes to
family cheering sections together to do all the right things on all the wrong bikes.
USA Cycling’s Sporting Committees give more opportunities for stakeholders in amateur
competitive cycling to participate in the leadership and decision-making of their disciplines.
There is representation from promoters, officials, the pro fields, and finally the riders
themselves, who make up both the largest and most important stake in this sport. I wish to be
the voice of the major stakeholder: you.
We need to push to level not only the playing field but the finish line. The US is a world leader
in providing better and more opportunities for Women in cycling as well as better pay, but
there’s more to do. The paradigm needs to continue to shift to grant more equality for those
that put in just as much effort and rely on just as many of their own resources to race. As a
race director myself I know what it means to balance payouts and income, but there’s a higher
purpose to work toward.
Cyclocross has an excellent capacity not only to bring different disciplines together, but to
extend bike racing to places that are otherwise challenged to participate. There’s a significant
opportunity to increase access to underprivileged youth without an undue cost or travel
burden. I want to see USA Cycling recognize and support programs that are introducing new
riders and different perspectives to the sport.
Race Quality
It’s our money that fuels the sport and its growth. We deserve to have the best race
experiences possible. By voicing our concerns and ideas to leadership we can have a better
channel by which to improve the amenities, safety and organization in our races.
We are at a tipping point in US cyclocross. We have our own “brand” of cyclocross, and there’s
an opportunity to continue to bring this to the world stage and produce world-class events. It’s
critical we push toward this goal, as it will allow our sport to grow, help improve our top riders,
and provide more opportunities for young American talent.
Just as important as top-class racing is the top-class enjoyment cyclocross offers. We need
to ensure that we pay out smiles all the way to last place. Rules are rules, but we would be
remiss to forget that no harm is no foul. It’s important for the USAC Officials’ leadership to offer
guidance that will support all of us coming home with great experiences.
● Racing USAC-sanctioned races since 2008
● Primarily race Single Speed, but also race everything else
● President of ROBOTS <3, a CX-focused club in Chicago, IL
● Race Director of 3 USAC CX races
● Avid mountain racer and road cyclist
● Former co-director of Chicago Cyclocross Cup
Follow me on twitter: @ChrisforCX

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