Stuart Thorne Election Statement


Stuart Throne
Cyclo-cross Committee- At-Large

Over the past few decades, cyclocross has transformed from an obscure, off-season element of cycling, in which few people participated, to a large sport that draws often-enormous crowds to many events. The growth has been steady. Racer participation has risen greatly across the country; and more races, both at an international level and a grassroots level, are being added to an already packed schedule. Cyclocross is on the cusp of becoming a prominent discipline of cycling. It is very apparent that this intriguing sport is currently in somewhat of a transitional phase. The unfortunate loss of the USGP of Cyclocross was a major blow that eliminated a primary player from the sport. However, hosting the World Championships this past winter was a monumental step forward for the cyclocross in the United States. I believe cyclocross is ready to undergo major advancement in order to carry forward with its growth. We need to keep the momentum going.  A structured plan and diligent organization is the best approach to continuing the necessary progression of the sport.
As an at-large member of the USAC Cyclocross Commission, I think it is important to have a voice from someone who has been a part of the US cross scene in various aspects for the past 25 years. That person should be someone who has witnessed the growth and success of cyclocross in the US, and can help shape and guide the continued growth and success in the years to come.
I have been involved in many ways with the sport since I first raced in 1988. I raced all over New England in the early years learning a lot about myself and what it takes to compete. I was a racer and understand what it is to be a racer.
During those early years of racing, I founded and was president of the local cycling club. I was instrumental in getting one of the local cross races in the area on its feet. That race today continues to be one of the best races on the east coast with approximately 600 racers from the US, Canada and Europe.
In 1999 I started, an online retailer dedicated to the sport of cross. We sponsored the USGP, GP Gloucester, So Cal cross and even the fledgling Alaskan Cyclocross series. Big and small, far and near, we supported all types of cross racing. We also supported top-level pro teams, grassroots teams and individual riders with cross products. Cyclocrossworld has been a supporter of riders who have collectively won over 20 National Championships.
I have been to every World Championships since 1998 in various capacities; seven as a mechanic of the US National Team and another seven as the team manager for the Cyclocrossworld sponsored riders.
I have seen cross from a variety of perspectives. I feel that I have good outlook on the US cross scene. I would be honored to have an active role in the decision making process of the sport that I make my livelihood from and that is so much a part of my life. 

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