USA Cycling Election Information

  
  


In 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 current governance structure is designed to clarify roles and responsibilities and eliminate ambiguity in the original documents when USA Cycling, Inc. was created in 1995.

 

Sport Committees


The role of the Sport Committees is 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 also nominates and elects a representative to the USA Cycling Board of Directors. Representation on the Sport Committees is based on membership categories rather than by region, allowing all of the stakeholders in our sport to have a more relevant and consistent role in the development and growth of each specific discipline.

The Sport Committees meet once a year face to face, usually at the fall meeting in late October or early November. They also conduct conference calls as needed.  Sport Committee terms are for two years for non-athletes and four years for athletes.  The positions are staggered such that there are elections for various positions held every year.
 

Board of Directors - Athlete Representatives


Every four years, USA Cycling elects four Athlete Representatives to its Board of Directors.  USA Cycling's Bylaws provide that four Directors shall be athletes - one from each of the following disciplines:  Track, Mountain, Professional Road and BMX.  Each Athlete Representative must be an "Eligible Athlete" as defined in USA Cycling's bylaws.  An Athlete Representative serves a four year term on the Board of Directors and also automatically becomes a member of his or her respective Sport Committee, thereby filling one of the athlete positions on that Sport Committee.
 

Eligible Athletes


The USA Cycling Bylaws generally define an "Eligible Athlete" as one who has  (1) within the ten years preceding election, represented the United States in the Olympic or Pan American Games or a USOC Operation Gold event, or a World Championship or (2) within the twenty-four months before election, demonstrated that they are actively engaged in amateur athletic competition by finishing in the top half of USA Cycling’s national championships.  The full definition can be found here in Article D, Section 3.


2016 Election Timeline

  • June 1 — Nomination Forms published online.
  • June 30 — Nominations due to USA Cycling.
  • July 15 — Voting opens online through membership accounts. Please contact Shane Garman if you require a paper ballot.
  • August 15 — Voting closes. Mailed or faxed ballots must be received by this date.
2016 Nomination Forms
Committees
Board of Directors
 

VIEW THE 2016 CANDIDATES


Eligibility Guidelines

  1. All nominations for elected positions require five signatures from USA Cycling members from the nominee's respective discipline.
  2. All qualifications for nominees and voters must be met at the beginning of any election period.
  3. All candidates and voters must be in good standing with USA Cycling.
  4. Voters may vote in their primary racing discipline and any other discipline in which they have a license category above the lowest category in those disciplines based on gender.  For the purposes of voting, such disciplines must be designated by the member upon purchase of a USA Cycling annual license.
  5. The nominating and voting electorate for race directors will be limited to members of the USA Cycling Race Directors Association.
  6. All coaches must demonstrate they are coaching elite or professional athletes in the respective discipline.
  7. With regard to the Road Committee, “amateur” shall include all male athletes who are NOT members of UCI registered teams and all female athletes who are NOT members of either UCI or USAC Domestic Elite teams.
  8. With regard to the Professional Road Committee, “professional” shall include all male athletes who are members of UCI registered teams and all female athletes who are members of either UCI or USAC Domestic Elite teams.
Listed below are all of the positions for each Sport Commitee. The open positions differ from year to year and the available positions are listed on the given Sport Commitee nomination form or candidates page posted above.
 
ROAD COMMITTEE    
Position Candidate Pool Electorate
Commissaire Any National or International Road Commissaire

All members of the USA cycling Officials Association (category "B" or higher officials)

At-large (elected) Any licensed member of USA Cycling Any domestic license holder with Road as their primary discipline designation or who is otherwise qualified under #4 above.
Race Director Licensed Race Director named on USAC (non UCI/non-PRT) 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 name on USAC Road event permit withint 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
LA Representative Any USAC licensed officer of a current Local Association All officers of current Local Associations
Masters Athletes Any licensed amateur athlete age 30 and over who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws based on any Olympic discipline in a Masters event at Road National Championships Same as candidate pool
Eligible Athlete (M) Any licensed amateur male athlete who meets th edefinition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws based on an Olympic road discipline All licensed amateur athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws based on an Olympic road discipline
Eligible Athlete (F) Any licensed amateur female athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws based on an Olympic road discipline All licensed amateur athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws based on an Olympic road discipline
Industry (appointed) Anyone who holds a major management or marketing position within the cycling industry Nominated and elected by the committee
MOUNTAIN BIKE COMMITTEE    
Position 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 domestic license holder with Mountain Bike as their primary discipline designation or who is otherwise qualfied under #4 above.
Pro Calendar Race Director USAC licensed Race Director of a ProXCT or ProGRT MTB event within 24 months of beginning of election period. Race must have been successfully executed prior to start of elections. Same as candidate pool
Endurance Race Director Licensed Race Director named on USAC ProXCT, AMBC, or XCO/XCM State/Regional Championship permit within 12 months prior to start of election period.  Race must have been successfully executed prior to start of elections. Same as candidate pool
Gravity Race Director USAC licensed Race Director named on USAC ProGRT or Gravity State/Regional Championship permit within 12 months prior to start of election period.  Race must have been successfully executed prior to start of elections. Same as candidate pool
Team Director Any USAC licensed director of a UCI or USA Cycling Domestic Elite MTB team All USAC licensed directors of a UCI or USA Cycling Doemstic Elite MTB team
Coach Any licensed level "2" or higher coach All USAC licensed coaches
XC Eligible Athlete (M) Any USAC licensed male athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the cross country discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the cross country discipline
XC Eligible Athlete (F) Any USAC licensed female athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the cross country discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the cross country discipline
Gravity athlete Any USAC licensed athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any of the gravity disciplines All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any of the gravity disciplines
Industry (appointed) Anyone who holds a major management or marketing position within the cycling industry Nominated and elected by the committee
PRO ROAD COMMITTEE    
Position Candidate Pool Electorate
International Commissaire Any International Road Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category "B" or higher officials)
At-large (elected) Any licensed member of USA Cycling All licensed members of UCI registered teams, including both riders and support personnel; and all female athletes who are members of a USAC Domestic Elite team.
At-large (appointed) Candidates will be nominated and elected by respective committee and need not hold a license at the time of election Nominated and elected by the committee
UCI Race Director USAC licensed Race Director of a UCI road event within 24 months of the start of the election All USAC licensed Race Directors of a UCI or PRT road event within 24 months of election
PRT Race Director USAC licensed Race Director of a PRT road event within 12 months of the start of the elections All USAC licensed Race Directors of a UCI or PRT road event within 24 months of election
UCI Pro Team Director (appointed) USAC licensed general manager or director of a U.S. registered UCI Pro team Nominated and elected by the committee
UCI Team Director USAC licensed director or general manager of domestic UCI Pro Continental or Continental Team All USAC licensed UCI Road Team directors, one vote per team
Women's Team Director USAC licensed director of 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 (M) A professional licensed male athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any of the Olympic road disciplines All professional licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any of the Olympic road disciplines
Eligible Athlete (M) A professional licensed male athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any the Olympic road disciplines All professional licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any of the Olympic road disciplines
Eligible Athlete (F) A professional licensed female athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Olympic road disciplines All professional licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any of the Olympic road disciplines
BMX COMMITTEE    
Commissaire Any National or International BMX Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category B or higher officials)
At-Large (elected) Any licensed member of USA Cycling All BMX licensed members
Coach Any licensed level 2 or higher coach All USAC licensed coaches
USABMX Representative Anyone employed by USABMX or ABA All USAC BMX licensed members
Eligible Athlete (M) Any USAC licensed male athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the BMX discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the BMX discipline
Eligible Athlete (F) Any USAC licensed female athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the BMX discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the BMX discipline
Industry (appointed) Anyone who holds a major management or marketing position within the cycling industry Nominated and elected by the committee
COLLEGIATE COMMITTEE    
Commissaire Any National or International Road, Track or MTB Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category B or higher officials)
At-Large (elected) Any licensed member of USA Cycling All Collegiate licensed members
At-Large (appointed) Candidates will be nominated and elected by respecitve committee and need not hold a license at the time of election Nominated and elected by the committee
Club President USAC licensed President of a licensed 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
Eligible Athlete (M) Any licensed male athlete age 19 and over who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any event in a Collegiate Nationals All licensed Collegiate athletes who meet definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any event in a Collegiate Nationals
Eligible Athlete (F) Any licensed female athlete age 19 and over who meets definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any event in a Collegiate Nationals All licensed Collegiate athletes who meet definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for any event in a Collegiate Nationals
TRACK COMMITTEE    
Commissaire Any National or International Track Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category B or higher officials)
At-Large (elected) Any licensed member of USA Cycling Any domestic license holder with Track as their primary discipline designation or who is otherwise qualified under #4 above.
Race/Venue Director/Manager *Note: based on recommendation of the Governance Committee, the Race Director and Venue Director/Manager positions have been combined into one USAC licensee who holds a paid position as the director/manager of an "active" (regular programs and USAC events) velodrome with USAC Club license Same
Team Director USA licensed director or general manager of UCI Track Team Same
Coach Any licensed level 2 or higher coach All USAC licensed coaches
LA Representative Any licensed officer of a current Local Association with an "active" velodrome All officers of current Local Associations
Eligible Athlete (M) Any USAC licensed male athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Olympic track disciplines All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Olympic Track disciplines
Eligible Athlete (F) Any USAC licensed female athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Olympic track disciplines All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Olympic track disciplines
CYCLO-CROSS COMMITTEE    
Commissiare Any National or International Cyclo-cross Commissaire All members of the USA Cycling Officials Association (category B or higher officials)
At-Large (elected) Any licensed member of USA Cycling Any domestic license holder with CX as their primary discipline designation or who is otherwise qualified under #4 above.
UCI Race Director USAC licensed Race Director of a UCI CX event within 12 months of the start of the election Same as candidate pool
Coach Any level 1 or 2 licensed USAC coach All USAC licensed coaches
LA Representative Any licesned officer of a current Local Association with an "active" velodrome All officers of current Local Associations
Eligible Athlete (M) Any USAC licensed male athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Cyclo-cross discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Cyclo-cross discipline
Eligible Athlete (F) Any USAC licensed female athlete who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Cyclo-cross discipline All USAC licensed athletes who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws for the Cyclo-cross discipline
Masters Athlete Any licensed athlete age 30 and over who meets the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws based on a Masters event at Cyclo-cross National Championships All licensed athletes age 30 and over who meet the definition of "Eligible Athlete" in USA Cycling's bylaws based on Masters events at Cyclo-cross National Championships
Industry (appointed) Anyone who holds a major management or marketing position within the cycling industry Nominated and elected by the committee
 

For more information on the USA Cycling elections, please contact Shane Garman, Legal Counsel, at sgarman@usacycling.org.



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