We had a productive and positive weekend here at the ACA!
On Saturday, we hosted 40 racing officials at the 2012 Officials Meeting to orient our people with new rules and policies. The morning's new-official presentation was delivered by Shawn Farrell, USAC's Technical Director. 7 officials took the USAC Level C officials test - we hope they all pass! The afternoon session was conducted by Tim Madden (ACA Technical Committee Chair and USAC Level A Official), Lynn Taylor (ACA Technical Committee and Regional Level A Official) and Yvonne van Gent (ACA Membership Manager and all-around awesome person), and helped our officials understand differences in racing rules between the 2011 ACA Rulebook and the 2012 USAC Rulebook. Yvonne also coordinated the 2012 officials' race assignments.
Special Note: we awarded Bob 'Dog' Maddocks with the 2011 Official of the Year Award. Bob is a top drawer motor official (he worked the USA Pro Cycling Challenge! and was a key member of our Technical Committee for the past couple years. Thank you Bob for all your work for Colorado racing!
Special thanks to Yvonne van Gent, Tim Madden, Lynn Taylor, Shawn Farrell, Rocky Mountain PBS (for the use of the conference room) and Basil Docs Pizza for lunch.
On Sunday, 25 ACA members joined together at the 2012 Women's Summit to discuss the opportunities, challenges and direction for women's competitive cycling in Colorado. We talked about how women's racing differs from men's, and what we can do to better support our female athletes. The theme of the summit was the importance of clubs/teams, and the way in which clubs can collaborate and work together, and the way in which club leadership can communicate with their members and new racers to help with equipment, skills, camaraderie, safety, fitness and fun.
The ACA will work to coordinate documents for beginners, clinics, mentoring races, and (potentially) a women's only event or series this year. Please watch the ACA website for more information on these initiatives. Many ACA women's teams use Facebook to communicate, so please check out their pages. Another great resource for women's cycling is www.girlbikelove.com , which is run by Boulder's own Sarai Snyder.
Special thanks to Rachel Scott (Tribella and ACA Board), Susan Adamokovics (Tribella and ACA Board), Peg Hollberg (PsiMet Zilla) and Angela des Cognets (Primal/MacDonald Audi) and the American Mountaineering Center in Golden for their work to organize the Summit.
The following is list of Front Range Colorado Women?s Teams (no guarantee that this list is complete!) -
Blue Sky Velo
Boulder Chaos ? Rocky/Mts Izze
Boulder Cycle Sport
Boulder Orthopedic Specialists/Boulder Masters
Denver 38 Racing
Naked Women?s Racing p/b Tribella
New Hope-360 GS Boulder
Peak to Peak Training/Westside
Team Body Sync
Twin Peaks Cycling