Nearly 100 attend the 5th annual Race Director Summit in Colorado


Nearly 100 individuals gathered for the summit.
Nearly 100 individuals gathered for the summit.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 15, 2012) --
The fifth annual USA Cycling Race Director Summit took place Nov. 7-10 in Colorado Springs. With 91 industry leaders in attendance, it was the largest race director summit to date, and it was also the first to offer national and international race director certification.
Held at USA Cycling’s brand new conference center, the summit drew road and mountain bike race directors as well as 23 team directors from Pro Continental, Continental, and Domestic Elite Teams, to discuss the 2013 season and growth of cycling domestically.
“We were honored to host a record number of participants at this year’s summit,” commented USA Cycling’s President & CEO Steve Johnson. “Bringing key stakeholders together is critical for our sport because it allows everyone to share best practices for improving race quality and promoting cycling’s growth.  This year’s summit was a resounding success and we’re already looking forward to continued dialogue and growth in the coming year.”

Tom Mahoney discussed USA Cycling's Results & Rankings program.
Tom Mahoney discussed USA Cycling's Results & Rankings program.
The group discussed a variety of topics over the three days, including points and classification, pro calendars, insurance programs, anti-doping, volunteer recruitment and retention, and results and rankings. In addition, attendees heard from expert presenters on topics such as IMBA advocacy, medical support and planning, economic impact of events, team cars, pro athlete community engagement, and women in cycling.
In addition to the presentations, participants had ample opportunities to network with each other, during group breakout discussions and at the dinners on Thursday and Friday night. According to Mike Hecker, who is both a road and mountain bike race director, “This was huge.
“Being able to learn how other race directors think, the actions they take to implement their ideas, and how m
Tara McCarthy heads up USA Cycling's Race Director Certification Program
Tara McCarthy heads up USA Cycling's Race Director Certification Program
any of us have the same ideas, and that thinking out of the box is what it’s going to take to grow our sport amongst the smaller demographics like women and juniors –these were all huge positives to me,” the California race director said.  “Making contact with race directors of events I’d only heard about in other parts of the country was really a great part of this experience. I think many of us connected and will bounce questions and suggestions off one another for years to come.”
On Friday, race directors had the opportunity to attend USA Cycling’s very first national and international race director certification class. The invitation-only class prepared these individuals for the national/international race director certification exam which will award them with the highest possible level of race director certification. Read more about this program on USA Cycling’s race director webpage
“We are excited that after taking part in the race director summit here in Colorado, 60 of the top race directors in the country will become certified at the highest level, national/international, through our new Race Director Certification Program,” commented USA Cycling’s Tara McCarthy, race director certification manager. “This group truly sets a benchmark for event directing, and we look forward to offering them even more opportunities to expand their expertise through continuing education and to carry on the conversations through the online race director association.”

 “This (race director certification program) will mandate that our race directors become the best in the world and will continue to learn annually which will only in the end benefit our sport immensely,” Hecker said about the race director education. “You're never too old to stop learning.”

With the conclusion of the Race Director Summit, USA Cycling’s annual “Summit Season” has concluded. It also included the Coaching Summit, Local Association Summit, and the Sport Committee and Board meetings.

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