Hi Brian, et al.
Here are my responses to your questions.
> What are the advantages and disadvantages of placing an event on the UCI
> calendar? Do US events need this status to be a success?
The advantages for us are increased media attention, better field quality,
and better ability to attract sponsorship.
Whether we need this to be a success depends on the goal of the event. Our
event used to turn a profit each year until we became a UCI race, because we
get a huge rider turnout and good entry fee revenue. The event, in that
regard, was successful before it was UCI. However, our goal is to put on the
biggest race possible, so we've been putting any profits back into the
event, and in fact took a $3000 loss this year in Northampton. I have not
been able to turn the higher profile of the event into adequate sponsorship
revenue yet. However, I still view our event as a success, since we achieved
all our other goals.
In Worcester, we have a unique situation where a non-profit organization
hires us to create the event, and covers the event's budget, while we retain
the entry fees. Our profit there, after paying our staff, equaled our loss
The disadvantages are the additional administrative work, rule compliance,
and need for riders to have a UCI license in addition to their USCF license.
> Are there any UCI requirements that are particularly difficult to meet? Are
> they strictly enforced in your races?
Showers/changing rooms are impossible for many venues, since most US towns
and cities don't have the traditional European "sporthalle". Often, if the
event is at a school, locker rooms and showers can be used. This is
typically not strictly enforced for that reason, of if showers are provided,
they're often not utilized by the riders, who opt to drive home before
Finding a water source is often a problem as well.
I also think our biggest issue is the limit of one artificial barrier per
lap. In the Northeast, our courses are typically fast and dry grass, where
it's difficult to create unforced runs.
> Is the need for a UCSF licence a disincentive to participation in these
Not in New England, which is a strong USCF region. However, needing an
addition UCI license is a disincentive and additional expense.
> How crucial is the bike trade in supporting your events, or are your key
> sponsors/supporters from outside the trade?
Most of our sponsors are endemic.
> Will you be in Pontchateau for the World Cyclo-Cross Championships, or
> possibly Les Gets for the MTB, and able to attend one of our meetings?
I will be at Pont Chateau, and plan to attend the AIOC meeting.
Adam F. Hodges Myerson
Solutions for Cycling
PO Box 1482
Northampton, MA 01061
617.776.1833 Home Office
413.587.3133 Northampton Office