USA Cycling wraps up productive meetings in Colorado Springs
The sport committees, representing road, mountain bike, professional, BMX, collegiate, track and cyclo-cross, spent two productive days with USA Cycling staff discussing the current issues within their respective disciplines before presenting a summary of their discussions to the board of directors on the final day.
In addressing the current climate of the sport, the board of directors agreed that that it will be desirable to work even more closely with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to develop a broad-based program that includes more extensive education and testing, as well as more targeted and unannounced tests at all levels of the sport.
“As you can imagine, we spent a great deal of time discussing the past, present and future of the sport during both the Sport Committee and Board meetings,” said USA President & CEO Steve Johnson. “Frankly, I thought the dialogue at all levels and across all of the disciplines was some of the most productive ever for our sport. As we look toward the future, it is clear that we are going to have to work smarter as well as harder to maintain a clean and fair playing field for our competitors at every level of the sport. While testing and education will continue to be an important part of our efforts toward this end, additional tools such as better targeting and the development and expansion of new tools like the biological passport will be critical.”
Participants of the three-day meetings were struck by the enthusiasm and dedication that committee members brought to the discussions and the overwhelming commitment to keep moving the sport of cycling forward during this difficult time.
“These are extraordinary times for competitive cycling in the United States,” stated Board Chairman Bill Peterson. “We continue to see incredible growth in the number of people racing bicycles, top results around the world by Americans; and yet we are dealing with an unfortunate set of circumstances mainly from the past. We are committing, as an organization, to maintain a focus on the racers of today and tomorrow while pledging to ensure any wrongdoings of the past never return to our sport. The USA Cycling Board of Directors, sport committees, and members are dedicated to being the best in the world among a global field of clean athletes.”
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