Welcome to the new USA Cycling Colorado web site!
This is being sent to USA Cycling's Colorado clubs and licensees.
All Colorado USA Cycling event information will be available here. This includes USCF road, track, and cyclocross as well as NORBA races. USCF National Collegiate Cycling Association collegiate races
will also be featured. Remember that many collegiate races also have regular USCF road and criterium races along with their regular collegiate events.
Direct links to all of these races will be provided. Results as provided by the race organizers will be posted as soon as they are received. Club contact information and many other CO resources are available in the "Links" section. Resources for Colorado race organizers, clubs and our riders has never been easier.
This fall is an exciting time for USCF races here in Colorado. The USCF final race of the National Race Calendar series is in Parker September 15-17. There are three UCI cyclocross races and one UCI track event coming up. We hope you can attend as many as possible, even as a spectator.
Next year will be an exciting year for USA Cycling in Colorado. In 2007 we may see the addition of a BAR/BAT series with details just now being worked on. We may see a UCI road event as well. A statewide series is also in the works and sponsorship is pending.
And speaking of politics, the following concerns legislation:
Dear Local Associations and Members,
As you know, we are in the middle of an election cycle. The election of the trustees to the USCF Board of Trustees is just one part in the bigger picture of managing the sport of bicycle racing. As the trustees are your representatives to this process, they need your input. After discussions with the trustees and the members that attended the "Town Hall" meetings during the National Championships in 2005 and 2006, we are committed to facilitating the open exchange of ideas between our members and their trustees.
One of the ways is for the LA's and the members to become involved in the legislation process. For the USCF, legislation happens normally once per year. The board meets in October and votes on legislation proposals. This year's meeting is October 28th and 29th. Any USCF member is able to submit legislation through their sectional trustees. If you have legislation that you are interested in submitting, please follow the steps below:
1) identify the trustees from your section (see the list below)
2) write up your legislation idea and submit it electronically to the trustee for submission
Note that items are voted on based on rule number in the USCF rulebook.
We use a standard format for indicating changes you wish to see (see examples below)
3) These submissions should be made by September 15th to your sectional trustee of choice.
The trustees will then turn them over to the chair of the rules committee who will then distribute the complete package to the board.
We will also post the complete legislation package online so that everyone has a chance to see the rules being considered. You should check out the rules package so that you can give your input to your trustees. That way they are in a position to carry your wishes into the trustee meeting in October.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact Shawn Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-229-0732 Thanks.
Current USCF Trustees
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia.
Tracy Lea, MD (email@example.com)
Jim Patton, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mike Fraysse, NJ (email@example.com)
Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Gary Stephenson, TX (firstname.lastname@example.org)
James Karthauser, TX (email@example.com)
Frank Mackzum, TN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Tom Simonson, CA (email@example.com)
Wayne Stetina, CA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jim Allen, CA (email@example.com)
Example rule change submission
We have a rule that says you cannot use radios in cyclocross races. The rule is in section 5 of the USCF racing rules:
5H1.The use of radios is forbidden.
If you wanted to see that rule thrown away, here is an example of how you should write it:
Rules proposal for consideration of USCF Board of Trustees - Radios in Cyclocross Races
Submitted by John H. Smith (USAC #000000), Geburstagvilletown, PA
I, and many of my club members, do not feel it is right to ban radios for cyclocross. Therefore I am submitting the following legislation change:
5H1. The use of radios is forbidden.
If, on the other hand, you wanted to make the use of radios illegal except for masters races, you would write is something like this:
Rules proposal for consideration of USCF Board of Trustees - Radios for masters in Cyclocross Races
Submitted by John H. Smith (USAC #000000), Geburstagvilletown, PA
I, and many of my club members, do not feel it is right to ban radios for masters riders in cyclocross. Therefore I am submitting the following legislation change:
5H1. The use of radios is forbidden, except for cyclocross races exclusively for masters riders.
Please be careful to avoid making too many changes in one rule. For example, let's say you wanted to change the free lap rule in a points race as below:
2M5. Free Laps.
(a) In case of mishap, the rider(s) involved must proceed to the official repair pit (if one is established) and
those involved shall be given one or more free laps totaling nearest to 1300 1600 meters per mishap.
Riders returning to the race must may join at the back of the group they were with, or may be put back in
anywhere per the instructions of the pit referee.
This rule would likely be voted down by the trustees because it tries to do too much. For example, the trustees might like the part about extending the free laps to 1600 meters but they would undoubtedly dislike the part about going back in anywhere the pit referee decides. Therefore the whole rule change would fail.
Thanks for participating in the legislative process of our sport.
USA Cycling Technical Director
And last, here is a note about "Road Rage" and what you can do about it:
From: "McCauley, Steve" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: August 18, 2006 4:54:16 PM MDT
To: "USAC Staff" (USACStaff@usacycling.org)
Subject: FW: Hotline OK'd for Bicyclists in Colorado
Road Rage Hotline OK'd for Bicyclists to Report Aggressive Drivers
Bicycle Colorado recently gained approval for bicyclists to use the Road Rage Hotline to report aggressive drivers who put bicyclists at risk. The phone number for the Road Rage Hotline is simply Star CSP (*277) when dialed from a mobile phone.
The most important thing for bicyclists to communicate when dialing this hotline is the license plate number. The State Patrol has told us that some bicyclists have dialed this hotline without the license plate number, but no action will be taken without this information.
Bicyclists should also be prepared to describe the aggressive driving behavior, location & direction of travel, and the vehicle & driver description, if possible.
If a vehicle is identified three times through the hotline, the vehicle's registered owner receives a warning letter, and any additional complaints result in a personal visit from a uniformed officer.
Bicyclists can report aggressive driving from any road in Colorado, not just a state highway.
The Road Rage Hotline is an important tool for bicycling safety and helping to ensure aggressive drivers are held accountable for their actions. Please share this information with other bicyclists so we can all work together to build a bicycle-friendly Colorado.
To learn about this type of bicycling news faster, you can subscribe to Bicycle Colorado's free email newsletter at: www.BicycleColorado.org/for/eNews
Thank you and welcome to this website.
August 20, 2006