Seventh annual Local Association Summit a success


LA representatives got to meet USA Cycling's new Managing Director of Memberhsip Services, Gordon Weldon.
LA representatives got to meet USA Cycling's new Managing Director of Memberhsip Services, Gordon Weldon.
USA Cycling recently wrapped up its seventh annual Local Association (LA) Summit at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The three day event, held Nov. 4-6, saw 37 individuals from 23 LAs come together to discuss the growth of cycling at the grassroots level.
Participants spent the three days sharing best practices with each other while discussing the opportunities and obstacles faced at cycling’s local level.
“Perhaps the discussion that was the most beneficial to me was the group roundtable meeting on Sunday,” said Keith Creeden of the Florida Road Cycling Association (FRCA). “It allowed us as LAs to air our concerns and see what other LAs around the country are doing to address the same issues that we all face. I was interested in learning how other LAs are managing the BAR competitions and what funding they allocate to these competitions. It was interesting to see the varying opinions on how post event reporting and payment of fees should be handled.”
“The biggest benefit in meeting the various LA representatives was getting to know the people behind some of the ideas,” commented Steve Thordarson of the Illinois Cycling Association. “Reading a story can be a rewarding experience, but getting to meet the author and find out what prompted the story is even better. Meeting the representatives filled in the blanks on the programs and projects they offer their members.”
In addition to the networking activity, LA representatives heard from various USA Cycling staff members. Gordon Weldon, the organization’s new Managing Director of Membership Services, addressed the group about some membership program enhancements. They also got an update from Managing Director of National Events Micah Rice, along with an overview of the pending Race Director Certification Program set to be implemented in coming months by USA Cycling’s new Race Director Certification Manager, Tara McCarthy. Additionally, attendees heard about Insurance and Risk Management, High School Cycling, and how to foster talent through upgrade clinics.
“This was my second year attending the LA Summit and I feel it is important to get to know those that do so much work at the Colorado Springs office to handle the needs of our riders, officials, coaches and promoters,” Creeden continued. “It allows us as LAs to understand the complexities of all that goes into managing the organization at the national level.”
“This was the best LA Summit yet,” said USA Cycling’s Local Association Manager, Frederike Blattspieler. “The representatives thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the opportunities to share ideas, discuss process enhancement, and interact with USA Cycling staff.”
The weekend came to a close with the inaugural Fall Back Cross Race at USA Cycling headquarters on Sunday. USA Cycling will now continue its “summit season” with the fifth annual Race Directors Summit in Salt Lake City this weekend, Nov. 11-12. National calendar and UCI-level race directors, as well as representatives from UCI teams, will gather to network and brainstorm on topics such as sponsorship and new media.  To learn more, visit USA Cycling’s Race Director webpage.

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