USA Cycling Board approves governance changes; Elections begin

  
  


The USA Cycling Board of Directors approved the revised bylaws and final governance structure during its July 13 meeting with the changes being effective immediately. As previously announced in May of 2011, the USA Cycling Board of Directors approved a revised organizational governance structure with the goal of ensuring the bylaws and operating principles of the company accurately reflect the current business models of the sport today and for the foreseeable future. The new governance structure is designed to clarify roles and responsibilities and eliminate ambiguity in the original documents when USA Cycling, Inc. was created in 1995.

“We started down this path nearly four years ago,” said Steve Johnson, CEO of USA Cycling.  “During that time we have engaged in countless hours of dialogue that, quite frankly, has produced some of the most interesting and productive discussions of my tenure with USA Cycling.  I think the board of directors and the trustees have done an absolutely remarkable job of reshaping the company to be more reflective of the current business trends in our sport as well as one that will be much more responsive to the needs of our various membership categories.”

More information, including a complete list of committees and vacant positions, the Amended and Restated Bylaws of USA Cycling, Inc. and the Second Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, can be found on USA Cycling’s Governance webpage.

2011 ELECTION TIMELINE

  • August 1 — Nomination period begins
  • August 31 — Nomination period ends
  • September 1 — Voting opens to all members
  • September 15 — Voting ends

Members are able to vote in the election beginning September 1 through their My USA Cycling account.

How to Submit Nominations

Potential candidates must fill out the respective nomination form (see below) and include the section on how they are qualified, per the table at the bottom of each nomination form. Candidates must also acquire five signatures from USA Cycling licensees. While the forms have spaces for five signatures, individuals may submit separate signature pages.

Sport Committee Nomination Forms

Nomination forms are due by midnight on Wednesday, August 31 at the latest, and forms must be mailed, faxed, or scanned to:

USA Cycling Technical Director Shawn Farrell
210 USA Cycling Point, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
sfarrell@usacycling.org
Fax: 719-434-4364

Under the revised governance structure, which was developed by the USA Cycling board and staff over the past 16 months, the current five associations (USCF, NORBA, USPRO, BMXA and NCCA) will be replaced by seven sport specific committees: BMX, Pro, Collegiate, Cyclo-cross, Mountain Bike, Road, and Track.

“Giving each stakeholder group, including team managers and masters, a dedicated position should increase the interest in governance participation for all these groups,” explained Wayne Stetina, USCF representative and vice-president of the USA Cycling board of directors. “The further decision to split USCF into separate Road, Track and Cyclocross Sport Committees charged to work directly with USA Cycling staff to develop programs and rules for their specific disciplines provides greater opportunity than ever for future event and membership growth.”

“The new structure will allow each discipline’s stakeholders to have a stronger voice in how things are structured and regulated within the governing body of cycling in our country,” stated John Bucksbaum, USA Cycling Development Foundation representative to the Board of Directors. “These positive changes in governance will well serve the membership of USA Cycling for years to come."

The new sport committees’ role will be to serve in an advisory capacity and work with USA Cycling staff to develop competition rules and consider issues relevant to their respective discipline. Each sport committee will also nominate and elect representatives to the USA Cycling Board of Directors. Under the new model, representation on all sport committees will be based on membership categories rather than by region. This structure will allow all of the stakeholders in our sport to have a more relevant and consistent role in the development and growth of each specific discipline.

Due to the recently approved governance changes by the USA Cycling board of directors, the previous election calendar was delayed and a transition plan developed to ensure the implementation of the new structure can begin with the 2011 election cycle. The USA Cycling board approved a transition plan guided by the fundamental philosophy of attempting to respect the remaining terms for all current association trustees. Based on input from affected associations, each trustee has been placed in a sport committee position for which they should otherwise be qualified for the remainder of their term, with the exception of those trustees whose terms expire in 2011. All vacant positions were then assigned a “term” designed to create a reasonable staggering of the committee members so that, in the future, only a few are being elected in any one year. The vacant positions will be filled in the 2011 election.

In all, 30 sport committee seats are available in the 2011 election. Open positions may be filled only by members of the respective qualified candidate pool and voted upon by the appropriate electorate group as outlined below.

Road Committee                                Positions to be elected in 2011: 5
 
Open Position Qualified Candidate Pool Electorate
Commissaire Any National or International Road Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category "B" or higher officials)
Race Director Licensed Race Director named on USAC (non-UCI/non-NRC) road event permit within 12 months prior to start of election period.  Race must have been successfully executed prior to start of elections. Licensed Race Director named on USAC Road event permit within 12 months prior to start of election period.  Race must have been successfully executed prior to start of elections.
Coach Any licensed level "2" or higher road coach All USAC licensed coaches
Masters Athlete Any licensed amateur athlete age 30 and over who meets "USOC Eligible Athlete Standards"  based on any Olympic discipline in Masters National Road Championships Any licensed amateur athlete age 30 and over who meets "USOC Eligible Athlete Standards"  based on any Olympic discipline in Masters National Road Championships
Eligible Athlete (M) Any licensed amateur male athlete who meets "USOC Eligible Athlete Standards"  based on any Olympic road discipline All licensed amateur athletes who meet "USOC Eligible Athlete Standards"  based on any Olympic road discipline
     
 
 
 
Mountain Bike Committee               Positions to be elected in 2011: 5
 
Open Position Qualified Candidate Pool Electorate
Commissaire Any National or International Mountain Bike Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category "B" or higher officials)
At-large (elected) Any licensed member at the start of election period Any MTB member of USA Cycling
Gravity Race Director USAC licensed Race Director named on USAC ProGRT permit within 12 months prior to start of election period.  Race must have been successfully executed prior to start of elections. Licensed Race Director named on USAC or UCI MTB XC or gravity permit within 12 months prior to start of election period
Coach Any licensed level "2" or higher coach All USAC licensed coaches
XC Eligible Athlete (F) Any USAC licensed female athlete who meets the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in the Cross Country discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” based on any Olympic MTB discipline
 

 
Professional Committee       Positions to be elected in 2011: 3
 
Open Position Qualified Candidate Pool Electorate
International Commissaire Any International Road Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category "B" or higher officials)
Women's Team Director USAC licensed director or general manager of domestic UCI or USAC Domestic Elite women’s team All USAC licensed UCI or USAC Domestic Elite road team directors; one vote per team
Eligible Athlete (F) A USAC licensed female athlete who is a member of a UCI or Domestic Elite Team that meets the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in the Olympic road disciplines All Professional (men & women) licensed athletes who meet the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in any of the Olympic road disciplines
 
 
BMX Committee                Positions to be elected in 2011: 3*
 
Open Position Qualified Candidate Pool Electorate
Commissaire Any National or International BMX Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category "B" or higher officials)
Coach Any licensed level "2" or higher coach All USAC licensed coaches
Eligible Athlete (F) Any USAC licensed female athlete who meets the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in the BMX discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in the BMX discipline
     
*indicates additional Industry position will be nominated and elected by the committee
 
 
Collegiate Committee                      Positions to be elected in 2011: 3
 
Open Position Qualified Candidate Pool Electorate
Commissaire Any National or International Road, Track or MTB Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category "B" or higher officials)
Club President USAC licensed President of a licensed, non-varsity collegiate club All USAC licensed Presidents of licensed collegiate clubs
Varsity Team Director USAC licensee who holds a paid position as director of varsity team at time of election Licensed varsity team directors; one vote per team
 
 

 
 
Track Committee                               Positions to be elected in 2011: 4
 
Open Position Qualified Candidate Pool Electorate
Race/Venue Director/Manager
 
USAC licensee who holds a paid position as the program director/manager of an “active” ( one or more USAC events) velodrome with USAC Club license USAC licensee who holds a paid position as the program director/manager of an “active” ( one or more USAC events) velodrome with USAC Club license
Team Director USAC licensed director or general manager of UCI Track team USAC licensed director or general manager of UCI Track team
Coach Any licensed level "2" or higher coach All USAC licensed coaches
Local Assoc. (LA) Representative Any licensed, current president of the corporation of a current Local Association with an “active” velodrome All current presidents of the corporation of current Local Associations
 
 
CX Committee                    Positions to be elected in 2011: 7*
 
Open Position Qualified Candidate Pool Electorate
At-Large (elected) Any licensed member of USA Cycling All licensed road or mtb members
UCI Race Director USAC licensed Race Director of a UCI cyclo-cross event within 12 months of the start of the election USAC licensed Race Director of a UCI cyclo-cross event within 12 months of the start of the election
Coach Any licensed level "2" or higher coach All USAC licensed coaches
Local Assoc. (LA) Representative Any licensed, current president of the corporation of a current Local Association All licensed, current presidents of the corporation of current Local Associations
Eligible Athlete (M) Any USAC licensed male athlete who meets the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in the Cyclo-cross discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in the Cyclo-cross discipline
Eligible Athlete (F) Any USAC licensed female athlete who meets the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in the Cyclo-cross discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the USOC eligibility requirements for an “Eligible Athlete” in the Cyclo-cross discipline
Masters Athlete Any licensed athlete age 30 and over who meets "USOC Eligible Athlete Standards"  based on Masters event at Cyclo-cross National Championships All licensed athletes age 30 and over who meet "USOC Eligible Athlete Standards"  based on Masters events at Cyclo-cross National Championships
*indicates additional Industry position will be nominated and elected by the committee
 
 
Following the sport committee elections, each committee will then elect representatives to the USA Cycling Board of Directors at a committee gathering in Colorado Springs in mid-October. Already elected directly from a pool of eligible athlete representatives, current athlete directors will retain their seat on the USA Cycling Board of Directors. Representative seats for the sport committees will be elected at the meeting in October.
 


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