Second annual NRC and Mountain Bike Promoters Summits conclude
Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 19, 2009) —The second annual USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) and Mountain Bike Promoters Summits were conducted last weekend, Nov. 13-15, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where a total of 46 individuals gathered to exchange ideas and share best practices.
The NRC gathering brought together 14 people, who represented 13 events or professional teams, to share their thoughts regarding the nation’s premier Pro-Am road racing calendar. The mountain bike summit saw 32 industry stakeholders converge to discuss the advancement of mountain bike racing in the United States.
The two groups split up for the NRC- and mountain bike-specific portions of the conference on Saturday to encourage an exchange of ideas between race promoters, industry stakeholders, and the national governing body.
For Russ Ames, Executive Director of the Dana Point Grand Prix, this dialogue is the best part of the summit.
“With a reduced NRC schedule, we felt it important to attend the summit and reiterate our commitment to fostering the growth of competitive events regionally and nationally,” he explained. “Allowing each promoter or director equal footing within the NRC is key. We all should share in the rewards as part of a greater entity, but also help one another attain better traction for long term success.”
NRC-specific subjects that were covered in the break-off sessions included date selection and the bid process, while mountain bike industry members discussed topics ranging from sustainable race courses to athlete development and the UCI experience.
Throughout the three-day conference, USA Cycling staff presented overviews to both groups on various topics, including insurance, risk management, results submission, calendar rankings, doping control, USADA, officials, and media relations. A special feature for the 2009 summits was a media panel consisting of VeloNews.com, the Colorado Springs Gazette, SingleTrack.com, and CyclingNews.com. The panel was instrumental in fostering dialogue about how to better promote cycling events through the industry and mainstream media.
USA Cycling National Events Director Micah Rice believes that the face-to-face meetings provided an invaluable opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the overall direction of the sport.
“The summits brought together many different aspects of our sport, not just promoters, but also riders, sponsors, and teams,” Rice explained. “Both the NRC and the mountain biking community have a variety of stakeholders, and having all of these people from around the nation in one place really opened doors for a great exchange of ideas.”
Saturday afternoon featured a Summit expo where the attendees made their way around to the booths set up by different product and service providers like Times-7, My Laps, Liberty Mutual, Vision Screen Printing, Rocky Mountain Sports, Adventure Advocates/Nicholas Hill Health, Creative Designs, and Resource Revivals.
In addition to taking advantage of the educational and resource-building opportunities over the three days, the participants were also treated to a Friday night Welcome Mixer presented by Times 7 at the Patty Jewett Golf Course and to a Saturday night USA Cycling Promoters Summit Dinner presented by My Laps at Phantom Canyon Brewery.
Prior to the NRC and Mountain Bike Promoters Summit, USA Cycling held its fifth annual Local Association (LA) summit, Nov. 7-9, in Colorado Springs. Thirty of the national governing body’s 34 LA’s gathered at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame for the three-day event where they discussed the opportunities and obstacles faced while growing the sport at the grassroots level.
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source: Adrea Smith