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Cycling announces 2007 'Club of the Year' recipients
Springs, Colo. (December 14, 2007)USA Cycling announced
today the recipients of its annual Club of the Year awards. Ten
USA Cycling-sanctioned clubs received recognition for outstanding
programs throughout the 2007 season and will receive complimentary
registration fees for the 2008 racing season.
were judged on several key areas including race promotion, membership
composition, instructional clinics and seminars, club activities
and charitable contributions and racing performance.
USA Cyclings 2,139 member clubs, approximately 60 applied
for consideration in 10 separate categories.
primary clubs were recognized based on membership size (Division
I = 76+ members, Division II = 30-75 members and Division III
= 1-29 members), while seven additional clubs were awarded with
the Club of the Year designation based on specific categories
mountain bike, collegiate, track, new club, womens,
masters, and junior/high school.
Division I Club of the Year honors was the Velo Club La Grange
Westwood program (Santa Monica, Calif.). Velo Club LaGrange
Westwood exemplified a model cycling club across several categories
including bicycle race promotion, the hosting of clinics and seminars,
community service, programs dedicated to junior, women and master
riders and much more. The club promotes the West Los Angeles Grand
Prix which features a challenging course and a wide range of race
categories including a full range of juniors.
an educational perspective, Velo Club La Grange Westwood conducted
multiple clinics and seminars that focused on several key areas
including development, skills, competition, nutrition and fitness.
The club also held introductory track classes at the Encino Velodrome.
Club La Grange Westwood also held regular weekly training rides
five days a week and hosted several annual club rides some
of which doubled as charitable fundraisers. Community benefits
included the Meals on Wheels Annual Thanksgiving Day Ride, the
Start to Finish MS Bike Tour and the Annual Volvo City of Angels
Fun Ride benefiting the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.
Velo Club La Grange Westwood also administers the Scott Bleifer
Scholarship Fund and regularly provides volunteers for major events
at the nearby ADT Event Center Velodrome. Additionally, the club
donates clothing to needy cycling communities and supplies the
Bicycle Kitchen with unused bike parts in order to make bicycles
more accessible to all people.
Club La Grange Westwood boasts 458 members including Coryn Rivera
(Tustin, Calif.) a six-time national champion in 2007 alone. Members
of the club captured a total of 37 victories this season, including
11 state championships as well as 94 podium finishes and 244 top-ten
Tri-Power Cycling Club (Virginia Beach, Va.) received the
Division II Club of the Year. The promoter of the Contes
Cycling Classic, the Amphibious Assault Criterium and the Mt.
Trashmore Cyclo-cross Race also received high marks for its contribution
to the sport of cycling through educational clinics and seminars.
Tri-Power was also extremely active in charitable causes, sponsoring
its members participation in the MS 150 and Bike for the
Cure fundraisers as well as contributing to various organizations
such as Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross and Bikes for the
Homeless. The club also features strong initiatives on behalf
of juniors, women and masters cyclists.
Cross Creek Cycling Club (Fayetteville, N.C.) was named Division
III Club of the Year. No stranger to awards, the club also earned
the Best New Club of the Year in 2004 and Masters Club of
the Year in 2005. Also this season, the Cross Creek Cycling Club
was named the 2007 USA Cycling Masters Club of the Year
for its contributions to programs that cater to riders aged 30
Creek promoted the Dragons Challenge Omnium and the North
Carolina State Criterium Championships and featured 36 educational
clinics and seminars that focused on cyclo-cross instruction,
bike fit, winter riding, bike safety and maintenance, beginner
development and nutrition. Cross Creek also prides itself on its
contributions to several charitable organizations including the
Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Special Olympics, Bike to Iraq,
Habitat for Humanity, Ride Without Limits and Operation One Voice.
Cycling also chose the Cross Creek Cycling Club as its Masters
Club of the Year this season because of its master-related programs
and initiatives. Cross Creek features a masters program
that places juniors under the watchful mentorship of several masters
riders. Following the completion of each race, the clubs
master members provide valuable feedback to the developing riders.
The club also conducted three master-specific racing clinics.
Bear Cycling (Sussex, N.J.) earned USA Cyclings Mountain
Bike Club of the Year distinction. The promoter of the Wawayanda
Spring Cleaning mountain bike race in Hewitt, N.J., Black Bear
Cycling featured four clinics throughout the season that focused
on bike safety, maintenance and technology. The clubs members
enjoyed several competitive successes throughout the season with
podium finishes at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships,
the 24 Hours of Allamuchy and the Campmor H2H MTB Race Series.
Most notably however, the Black Bear Cycling Club scored bonus
points for its high-level of trail advocacy. Club members completed
203 hours of volunteer trail maintenance in 2007 while the club
emphasizes responsible mountain biking through promoting exercise,
stewardship of resources and volunteer activities.
State University (Fort Collins, Colo.) was named USA Cycling
Collegiate Club of the Year. The school hosted the Rivalry Race
Weekend and the Beaver Meadows Mountain Bike Festival in addition
to a bicycle tune-up and maintenance clinic that was attended
by 200+ riders, a bike handling clinic that attracted 100+ attendees
and weekly presentations on nutrition, physical therapy and training
techniques. Colorado State also featured the Fifth-Annual Horsetooth
Double Dip ride, an event that benefited the Rist Canyon Fire
Department. Additionally, the club oversaw 400 volunteer hours
of trail maintenance at Beaver Meadows. From a competitive standpoint,
CSU captured one national title courtesy of Phil Mann in the criterium
at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. The
squad also earned a bronze medal in the team time trial and a
silver medal in the womens cross country race by Amanda
Miller at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.
the fourth consecutive year, the Track Club of the Year award
went to the Hammer Racing Team (Littleton, Colo.). The
club annually promotes its Hammer Time Trial Day at the Track
an opportunity for beginners to expose themselves to track
racing without the intimidation factor of mass-start racing. Hammer
Racing also works with the Colorado Velodrome Association to conduct
beginners and womens clinics. At the 2007 USA Cycling
Master Track National Championships, Hammer Racing Team members
came home with eight national titles, a pair of Best All-Around
Rider awards and its sixth-consecutive team championship. The
squad also earned a silver medal at the UCI Master Track World
Championships in Sydney, Australia. Hammer Racing also donated
its time to assist with regional bike races for the Special Olympics
and the Wheelchair division of the Colfax Marathon.
Velo Racing (Troy, Ohio) was recognized as USA Cyclings
Best New Club of the Year for 2007. The club promoted three races
this season and conducted a series of bike skills, safety, nutrition
and mechanics clinics throughout the summer. Project Velo Racing
athletes also collected over 100 top-ten finishes in local and
regional races including several state championship medals.
USA Cycling Womens Club of the Year went to the Northeast
Bicycle Club (Billerica, Mass.). The club boasts 100 women
members nearly a third of its total membership and
supports the NEBC/CycleLoft Elite and Category 3-4 Womens
Teams. The NEBC also has a successful junior womens contingent
and a strong corps of masters riders, including the 2001
masters world time trial champion in the 60-64 age group.
In 2007, women competitors also claimed seven USA Cycling national
the National Capital Velo Club (Washington, D.C.) was named
the USA Cycling Junior/High School Club of the Year. The club
claims 40 junior members and hosts a series of junior-based training
clinics and seminars including the Tucson U19 Training Camp, the
Lost River U19 Training Camp, Pre-National Championship Training
Camps and a pair of cyclo-cross clinics. As part of the National
Capital Velo Club, juniors participate alongside their senior
counterparts to support several charitable causes including the
Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Inova
Fairfax Hospital and the Chris Sander College Scholarship Fund.
In competition this season, the National Capital Velo Club boasted
several victories and top-ten finishes in local, regional and
Cycling would like to thank the 2007 Clubs of the Year for their
exemplary conduct in areas of race promotion, membership composition,
clinics and seminars, club activities, racing performance and
USA Cycling Club of the Year Recipients
Division I Club of the Year: Velo Club
La Grange Santa Monica, CA www.lagrange.org
Division II Club of the Year: Tri-Power Cycling Club
Virginia Beach, VAwww.teamtripower.com
Division III Club of the Year: Cross Creek Cycling
Fayetteville, NC www.crosscreekcyclingclub.org
Mountain Bike Club of the Year: Black Bear Cycling
Sussex, NJ www.blackbearcycling.com
Collegiate Club of the Year: Colorado State University
Fort Collins, COwww.ramscycling.com
Track Club of the Year: Hammer Racing Team Littleton,
Best New Club of the Year: Project Velo Racing Troy,
Womens Club of the Year: Northeast Bicycle Club
Billerica, MA www.northeastbicycleclub.org
Masters Club of the Year: Cross Creek Cycling
Fayetteville, NC www.crosscreekcyclingclub.org
Junior/High School Club of the Year: National Capital Velo
Club Washington, DC www.ncvc.net
About USA Cycling
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Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through
its 60,000 members and 2,500 annual events. USA Cycling associations
include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association
(mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National
Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing
Organization (professional mens road). For more information,
visit www.usacycling.org or contact USA Cycling Director of Communications,
Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.