Aug 07, 2008 09:29 PDT
Many of you may not be aware, but we are currently in the middle of
elections for many positions among the USA Cycling leadership. In
particular, both a general and the athlete trustee position on the NCCA
board are currently being voted on.
More information about the election is at . You can vote simply by
logging into your usacycling.org account, you'll see a link to cast your
ballot. The election will run until August 15th, but you should just
get it out of the way ASAP as it's very painless to do.
For the general slot, the contest is between Mark Abramson, recently
deposed ECCC dictator, and Anne Spalding, co-director of the Rocky
Mountain Conference. Hopefully everyone in the ECCC knows Mark, but in
short I can easily say that there is no one anywhere putting more and
better thought into cycling than Mark Abramson. Anne has also done a
lot for collegiate cycling since becoming more involved in the past few
years. You can read her statement at . For those unfortunate enough
to have not met Anne yet, I will simply note that with her and Spencer
Powlison at the helm, the Rocky Mountain Conference has become one of
the most innovative and energetic of the ten collegiate cycling
For the athlete trustee slot, we have two titans of the ECCC dueling it
out! This year's candidates are Emma Bast (Mt Holyoke) and Jason Sears
(MIT). You can read their respective statements at  and .
Fortunately, I can say that whichever of these two wins the election,
the position will be in good hands.
Jason is probably one of the most clever racers out there, applying
smart tactics to grab several notable national results, and is well
equipped to apply those smarts to analyzing and guiding collegiate
cycling. Doubters should check out his spreadsheets deconstructing
nationals results (basic lesson: experience trumps strength).
Emma is newer to the scene, but particularly well positioned to
represent smaller teams and women racers. The Mt Holyoke ladies have
accomplished a lot over the past few years to really build that team up
in both size and results, and that kind of team building experience and
knowledge will apply equally well at the national level.
Again, to place your vote just sign into your account on usacycling.org
and fill out the ballot form; it'll only take a moment.
If you're still wondering what this is about, the NCCA Board of Trustees
guides collegiate cycling across the country. They write the rulebook
each year, help define policies such as categorization, do research to
determine the shape and status of collegiate cycling in the US, develop
new ideas like Intro Categories, and build on existing work, such as
continually improving the national events. All of these activities have
a huge effect on all of us, so it's well worth everyone's time to spend
a minute or two to file your vote!
- joseph kopena
right here and now