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Lots of news from USA Cycling here, covering races, development programs, schedules, officials news and job postings…hit “more” to scroll through it all.

2009 USA Cycling election process set to begin

The 2009 election process is nearly underway and you will soon have the opportunity to elect representatives to the various Boards of Trustees that comprise the political structure of USA Cycling. Nomination notices are now posted and are available on the USA Cycling website, here.

The following positions are up for re-election this year: USCF – Eastern Trustee (1), Central Trustee (1), Western Trustee (1) NORBA – Industry Trustee (1), Organizer Trustee (1) NCCA – At Large Trustee (2)

To vote, visit your My USA Cycling account between July 15 and Aug. 15 and follow the online instructions.

Click here for more information on the 2009 election.

High School and Collegiate Manager needed

USA Cycling is currently in search of a qualified individual to fill the role of High School and Collegiate Cycling Programs Manager. This is a full-time salaried position within the USA Cycling Membership Department. The main objective of this position is to grow the number of members, sanctioned events and clubs in regards to high school and collegiate cycling. In addition, this position is also responsible for creating more awareness of the USA Cycling High School and Collegiate Cycling Program. This position is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For more information on the position, please click here.

Member Benefits and Partners

Flex-Power – USA Cycling members are eligible for a free training beanie with a discounted purchase of Flex-Power Performance Cream! Visit-flexpower.com and punch in promotional Key code – USAC1.
Wheeltags – Get ready to rock your rims with our new Series TWO designs AND a newly added 25mm size. Order up Series ONE designs and get 50% off*! Click here for more information. 
*limited time only, applies to in-stock items only, cannot be combined with your USA Cycling membership discount.

BicycleGifts.com – USA Cycling members can receive a 10% discount on distinctive gifts perfect for cyclists and cycling enthusiasts. Enter coupon code “USACMBR” when checking out to access the discount. A portion of the sales helps to support USA Cycling. For more information visit BicycleGifts.com.
Liberty Mutual – As a USA Cycling member, you’re eligible for special discounts on insurance through Liberty Mutual’s Group Auto and Home Program. Liberty Mutual provides outstanding service and online tools to help you manage your policy, claims and also conserve resources. Smart for you and smart for the environment. Liberty Mutual is now giving away a smart for two car! Just complete an online entry form at www.libertymutualsmart.com (please choose USA Cycling when prompted) – no purchase or quote necessary. Ends August 31, 2009.
Vision Screen Printing – USA Cycling members and affiliates can now receive a 10% discount on banners, course signage, vehicle decals and magnets, number plates and other screen printing and graphic services. Enter your active USA Cycling license number when checking out to activate the discount. Visit visionscreenprinting.com for more information. A portion of the sale helps to support USA Cycling.
Marty Jemison Cycling Tours – Members can now save 5% on all international and national cycling tours with Marty Jemison. Call 1-800-492-9159 for more information and be sure to mention the USA Cycling code MJUSA08 to receive your discount. Visit martyjemison.com for more information.
USA Cycling members will receive a 10% discount off 53×11 Coffee by clicking here.

Play the Tour To Tour de Fance fantasy pool free on-line at tourtoto.net.

The USA Cycling Membership Benefits page offers discounts on awesome cycling related apparel and merchandise. Click on the member benefits tab here for more information on all the shopping deals for USA Cycling members only.

USA Cycling Preferred Dealers

To search for Preferred Dealers near you, click here.

Check My Page for upcoming local races

All USA Cycling members are reminded to check the Upcoming Events tab on your My USA Cyclingpage for a complete list of upcoming races in your area.

The nation’s top Masters prepare to compete for Stars-and-Stripes in Louisville, June 28-July 4

The USA Cycling Master Road National Championships are about to take off. Competition is set to begin on Sunday, June 28 with road racing at Cherokee Park in Louisville. Racing will run through Sunday, July 4 when hundreds of the country’s best will contest the criterium inside the infamous Churchill Downs.

There is still time to register via Sportsbaseonline.com and all competitors are encouraged to register as soon as possible as a limited number of start spots are available in some categories. Visit the event webpage, here for detailed information including schedules, couse maps, rules and information on travel and lodging in the Louisville area.

Registration now open for Junior/U23/Elite Road Nationals set for July 28-August 2 in Bend, Ore.

Online registration for the 2009 USA Cycling Junior/U23/Elite Road National Championships is now open on SportsBaseOnline. Slated for July 28-August 2, this year’s edition is the first of two that will be held in the cycling-friendly community of Bend, Ore. The six-day event will crown 22 national champions in the individual time trial, criterium, and road race. Click here for more information on how to register or visit the event’s webpage here.

Qualify for MTB Nationals through July 13

Racers can qualify for the 2009 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, set for July 16-19 in Granby, Colo., through July 13. Qualification can be accomplished by posting top results at any of the following event series: USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendar, American Mountain Bike Challenge, USA Cycling-MTB State Championships, USA Cycling-MTB Regional Championships, Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships, Alison Dunlap Junior Mountain Bike Series and USA Cycling Junior Development Camps. For more information on qualification and to check out detailed information on the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, including schedule, venue and travel information, visit the event’s webpage here.

Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals July 4

The USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships are set to go off as a part of the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, Colo. on July 4. To check out detailed information on the event, including schedule, venue and travel information, visit the event’s webpage here.

Junior Track Nationals set for July 2-5 in LA

The USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships and the U.S. Paralympic Track National Championships will take off July 2-5 at the ADT Event Center Velodrome in Carson, California. For complete information, including schedule, lodging and more, visit the event’s webpage, here.

2009 National Championship schedule

A total of 16 events will provide amateur and professional cyclists with an opportunity to claim a coveted Stars-and-Stripes national champion’s jersey across all five disciplines of competitive cycling.

2009 USA Cycling National Championships

March 21: USA Cycling BMX National Championships – Desoto, TX 
May 8-10: USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships – Fort Collins, CO 
June 28 – July 4: USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships – Louisville, KY 
July 2-5: USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships – Carson, CA 
July 4: USA Cycling Marathon MTB National Championships – Breckenridge, CO 
July 28 – Aug 2: USA Cycling Junior, U23 & Elite Road National Championships – Bend, OR 
July 31: USA Cycling Tandem Sprint Championships – Trexlertown, PA 
July 16-19: USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships – Granby, CO 
Aug. 15-16: USA Cycling Elite & Professional Criterium Championships – Downers Grove. IL 
Aug. 18-23: USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships – Indianapolis, IN 
Aug. 29-30: USA Cycling Professional Road and TT National Championships-Greenville, SC 
Sept. 24-26: USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships – Trexlertown, PA 
Sept. 30 – Oct 4: USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships – Carson, CA 
Oct. 10-11: USA Cycling 24 Hour Mountain Bike National Championships – Moab, UT 
Oct. 16-18: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships – Truckee, CA 
Dec. 10-13: USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships – Bend, OR 

National Championship information & registration

Registration for all USA Cycling National Championships will open approximately 60 days prior to the start of the event. Riders can check the individual event page, found on the USA Cycling National Championship schedule, for a link to registration and more information on each event.

Promoters: UCI MTB inscription period has begun

The UCI 2010 inscription period is now open with a deadline fo July 3, 2009 (as indicated on the event information forms). All inscriptions are submitted to the UCI through national federations, therefore the completed forms need to be submitted to USA Cycling by Monday, June 22, 2009.

The 2010 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendar (MBNC) application period has also been bumped up to an earlier date this year to coincide with the UCI inscription period. The MBNC application will be released and posted on the USA Cycling website within the next week and the deadline for the MBNC will be late-July.

UCI Mountain Bike Event Organizers Handbook

UCI General Financial Obligations/International Calendar

UCI Mountain Bike Calendar Fees (all in Euros)

UCI 2009 Financial Obligations (currency conversions)

2009 Athlete Development Camps begin

USA Cycling is offering a full complement of Junior and Collegiate age group Regional Athlete Development Camps in 2009. Camps will take place in a variety of locations across the country and are open to all athletes between the ages of 14 and 22. Registration remains open for more camps.Click here for a more information including dates, locations and number of spots remaining.

This month’s featured camp will take place June 14-19 in Center Valley, Pa. The camp is for junior (14-18 yr old) and espoir (19-22 yr old) athletes and will be hosted by DeSales University. Now in its fifth year, the camp offers a full complement of skills development and educational sessions, group rides, and some race experience all led by USA Cycling certified, professional coaches. Cost for the camp is $750.00 for the week, which includes room, board and all instructional fees. The early-bird registration date has passed, but riders can still take advantage of a discount ($75.00/each) for “teammates” of three or more…which would bring the individual registration cost down to $675.00/athlete. To find a camp in your area, click here. 

Six riders to be selected from MTB development camps to compete with full support at Pro XCT #5

USA Cycling is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for six junior riders to compete with full support in a U.S. Cup Mountain Bike Race Series event as part of the USA Cycling Development Camp “All Star Team.” Four males and two females will be hand-picked from USA Cycling’s Regional Mountain Bike Development Camps to compete at the USA Cycling Pro XCT presented by Sho-air #5 in Mount Snow, Vermont this August. Click here for more information.

Kristin Armstrong Academy offers JR development

2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong and USA Cycling have launched the Kristin Armstrong Cycling Academy, a junior women’s development camp. The camp will offer junior women age 15-18 an opportunity to discover what it means to be a professional cyclist. Sponsored by USA Cycling, the innovative camp will be held in Boise, Idaho from July 14–19, 2009, and will provide licensed riders with the additional opportunity to race alongside Armstrong before a crowd of thousands at the 23rd Annual Twilight Criterium in downtown Boise. Click here for more information or visit kristinarmstrongacademy.com.

USA Cycling webinars open to public

USA Cycling will be continuing its series of educational web-based seminars (webinars) on a variety of topics. Organized by the USA Cycling Coaching Program, the webinars are open to all USA Cycling members and the public at-large.

Webinars cost $25 for USA Cycling Certified Coaches, $35 for USA Cycling members and $50 for all others, except those designated as free webinars. Participants must pay before registering for the webinar via the MYUSACYCLING function on the USA Cycling website. When you log in to MYUSACYCLING, you will see a heading for “USA Cycling Coaching Clinics.” Click there and proceed to “View Available Clinics.” Free webinars will have a link directly to the registration page, by passing the payment process.

The following webinars are scheduled for the upcoming month:

Strength and Conditioning for Cycling Performance presented by Jeb Stewart
June 23 at 5:00 p.m. PDT 
Learn how to effectively design and implement a sport-specific, off-bike, performance conditioning program for your cycling athletes. Participants will receive tools and information that can be used to help athletes improve immediately regardless of stage. This webinar will help coaches better equip athletes to perform optimally throughout the year and enjoy longer, healthier cycling careers.

Check out the webinar link on USA Cycling’s Coaching Program page for the latest available webinars.

*Several free webinars dealing with USA Cycling’s athlete development pipeline, development camps and information for juniors racing in Europe are also available for download on USA Cycling’s webinar page.

View development program riders in action

The USA Cycling Development Foundation was created with the primary purpose of raising money to drive American athlete development programs in cycling. Of the major industrialized countries, only the United States does not maintain a socialized sport development system. This means we do not receive government support, ie. your tax dollars. Our donors fund the athlete development programs for juniors, U23 and other future Olympic athletes with their annual gifts. Our mission is to assist USA Cycling with the implementation of consistent and sustained development programs for young American bike racers – We support the future of American cycling. To see current and past participants of USA Cycling development programs in action, check out our latest video on-line here.

Marin Classic host hotel offers early registration special

The Marin Classic host hotel, The Casa Madrona in downtown Sausalito, is offering an outstanding room rate for this year’s Marin Classic event on October 11th. Guests may book a two night stay at the hotel with options of $149 or $199 if booked before August 31 (A savings of almost 50%!). See the Marin Classic homepage at www.usacdf.org for more details.

Paralympic events added to national championship slate

In 2009 USA Cycling and the U.S. Paralympics will team up to incorporate the Paralympic National Championships into certain USA Cycling National Championship events this summer. Paralympic elements will be added to both the JR/U23/Elite Road National Championships in Bend, Ore., July 28 – Aug. 2 and the Junior Track National Championships in Carson, Calif., July 2-5. For more information please visit each event’s website, here.

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