November is a big month for cycling clubs!

  
  


The arrival of November is significant for USA Cycling clubs because 1) It's time to renew your club's membership for 2014 and 2) There is less than a month left to apply for Club of the Year awards!
 
Why it's important to renew your club's membership IN NOVEMBER
 
Club contacts can renew now through their personal USA Cycling account under the “Tools” tab and “Manage USA Cycling Clubs.” There is renew link under the red expiration date. Questions about the renewal process can be directed to membership@usacycling.org.
 
When individual racing licenses go on sale on Dec. 1, club members will be able to select their club's name for their individual licenses ONLY if that club has renewed for 2014. So renew your club membership now and make sure your club name is available to your members!
 
In 2014, USA Cycling clubs may continue to permit events without a certified race director
 
USA Cycling previously announced that starting in 2014, clubs must have a certified race director in order to permit events. However, based on feedback from race directors and discussions at USA Cycling's recent Local Association Summit and sport committee meetings, that requirement has been reconsidered. In 2014, USA Cycling clubs may continue to permit events without a certified race director. The overall goal for the program is to continue to provide educational resources to race directors and increase the amount of certified race directors. As USA Cycling continues to add value to the certified race director program, we will also continue to look at future event permitting requirements.  The certification process ensures that race directors will have the tools and knowledge to run safe and successful events and improve the member experience at races of all sizes. The certification is good for two years and USA Cycling will continue to provide every club a complimentary race director license.

As you’re planning ahead for 2014, make sure your club will take advantage of the great benefits that USA Cycling club membership offers:
 
  • General liability insurance for your club’s cycling-related activities like events conducted under a USA Cycling permit, award banquets, meetings, approved fundraisers, and club training rides that are not sanctioned by USA Cycling. Read more about USA Cycling club insurance.
  • Inclusion in USA Cycling’s online “Find a Club” function, as well as access to a listing of riders in your area.
  • Reduced rates on club and rider mailing lists.
  • Access to USA Cycling Local Associations and Race Directors who can help your club with events, officials assignments, and many other things.
  • The right to use USA Cycling’s logos on club stationery, USA Cycling-permitted race announcements, and other materials. (All logo usage must receive prior written permission from USA Cycling)
"Club of the Year" award applications are due on Nov. 30!

Winners of the annual "Club of the Year" awards will be announced on Dec. 16. Three overall awards (in three divisions) and eight special awards will be bestowed upon the winning cycling clubs.

New for this year, the application process is electronic.  Any club contact can submit the application through their personal USA Cycling account by selecting "Tools" and then "Manage USA Cycling Clubs."

Each club may only apply for ONE award and once the application is submitted, the club contact CANNOT go back and open another application. There will be a "save" button so that you may begin the application and opt to complete it at a later time.
An application will not be considered unless the "submit" link has been selected before the deadline of Nov. 30, 2013.
For more information on the "Club of the Year" awards, click here.

Does your club plan to have a Domestic Elite Road Team in 2014?

The deadline to register your team as a Domestic Elite Road Team for the 2014 season is Dec. 15, 2013. Domestic Elite Road Team registration is required for all teams wishing to accrue team points in the NRC and NCC rankings.  The detailed guidelines and application forms are available on the UCI and Domestic Elite Teams page of the USA Cycling website. If you have questions during the registration process, please contact USA Cycling's Technical Programs Manager Tom Mahoney.


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