More USA Cycling News…

MEMBERSHIP:

2009 racing licenses are now on sale! As memberships are renewed, notice that the fee structure for 2009 is mostly unchanged and the price of an annual license is still the same as it was five years ago! However, a significant increase in insurance claims and premiums has forced a $1.00 increase in the insurance surcharge. Also, mountain bike members are reminded of the new category structure for 2009. Click here for more on purchasing a 2009 USA Cycling racing license.

MOUNTAIN BIKE:

The Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships will be held in Santiago, Chile, March 17-22. USA Cycling will be offering start positions for both cross-country and gravity riders. A petition process will be used to select all discretionary members of the squad which includes a majority of the gravity competitors. UCI points will be offered to the event’s top finishers. Riders should note that team sizes will be limited. Click here to view the complete selection document and to learn more on contesting the Pan American Continental Championships. Elite gravity athletes interested in being considered for a spot on the 2009 Continental Championships Team must submit a petition to Marc Gullickson at mgullickson@usacycling.org on or before Wednesday, February 11.

Click “more” for BMX, Mechanics and Coaches info…

BMX:

The first U.S.-based UCI-sanctioned BMX competition of the 2009 calendar year is rapidly approaching as the BMX community gears up for the ABA Sooner Nationals in suburban Oklahoma City on Jan. 24. Held in nearby Guthrie, the event will welcome elite and amateur riders with four UCI categories featured – junior men, junior women, elite men and elite women. Participants in the UCI categories are reminded that a UCI International BMX license is required to compete. Click here for more on the UCI BMX calendar and how to acquire an international BMC license.

MECHANICS:

USA Cycling has announced that the 2009 Bill Woodul Race Mechanic Clinic is scheduled for March 12-15 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The clinic is open to all mechanics who wish to become USA Cycling-licensed mechanics. Space will be limited to ensure one-one-one interaction between instructors and students. All participants must register before February 13. Click here for more information.

COACHES:

USA Cycling’s Coaching Program will be offering a series of seminars designed for the self-coached racer. The first course, Training Plan Design for the Competitive Endurance Cyclist, will take place February 7-8 in Munster, Indiana. Each seminar will offer sections on sport physiology, periodization and training plan design, as well as some basic nutrition and a “wild card” section based on the presenters’ speciality area. The seminar will include a group activity to design an annual plan for an upcoming event such as a time trial or one-day race. The Chicago-area clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday and will be presented by Al Gandolfi and Sam Callan. The seminar is open to any USA Cycling member on a first-come-first-serve basis. Non-members will also be allowed to participate pending availability. The cost for USA Cycling members will be $249, while non-members will pay $299. Click here or contact Sam Callan for more information.

A seminar entitled Enhancing Women’s Leadership and Performance in Endurance Sports will take place in Atlanta, Ga. on February 7, 2009. Following the lead of USA Cycling’s Enhancing Women’s Leadership in Cycling is a new seminar presented by USA Cycling, USA Triathlon, Georgia State University and 55nine Performance. Enhancing Women’s Leadership and Performance in Endurance Sports aims to educate and empower women and those that work with women on how best to enhance participation, leadership, and performance in endurance sports (running, cycling, triathlon). Topics will include Sport Physiology and Training Female Endurance Athletes, Sports Nutrition and its Current Issues in Female Athletes, Sport Psychology and an elite athlete discussion panel with leaders such as Donna Garcia, Tina Pic, and Stephanie Herbst-Lucke. The seminar will also count for continuing education hours (CEUs) for both USA Cycling and USA Tr iathlon coaches. Registration is available online at www.bikereg.com

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