Local Association Summit wraps up in Colorado Springs


Forty-two Local Association members came together over the weekend of Nov. 2-4, at USA Cycling's new conference center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the eighth annual Local Association (LA) Summit. Among other topics, participants discussed the growth of cycling and shared best practices on how to increase participation at the grassroots level.

"One of the main goals of this year's summit was to focus highly on how LAs can impact participation among juniors and women as well as overall member retention," said USA Cycling’s Local Association Program Manager, Frederike Blattspieler. “Judging by the lively discussions on the topic, I feel we achieved our goal and look forward to great initiatives coming out of this summit.”

In addition to the networking activity, attendees heard from various USA Cycling staff members about officials and rules updates, procedure overview and opportunities with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Cat 5 racing experiences, membership surveys and membership retention, results and rankings, national championships schedule, NRC previews, the race director program, and insurance.

“My goal for the LA Summit was to learn how to continue to grow the sport of competitive cycling despite the challenges we face - some obvious, some less so,” said first-time participant Mark Ewers of the Missouri Bicycle Racing Association. “I was delighted to see the USA Cycling leadership team presenting straightforward, easily-articulated plans supported by hard data. The information presented and the weekend's discussion more than met my objective.”

USA Cycling will now continue its “summit season” with the annual Road and Mountain Bike Race Directors Summit in Colorado Springs, Nov. 7-10, where national calendar and UCI-level race directors, as well as representatives from UCI and domestic elite teams, will gather to network and brainstorm. The summit will feature the largest contingent of mountain bike race directors ever to attend. To learn more, visit USA Cycling’s Race Director webpage.

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