It appears that USA Cycling
has alienated the biggest supporter of mountain bike racing in America with news today from the US Cup promoters that they are no longer looking for USA Cycling to sanction their events. Our only surprise to the announcement is that this move by The US Cup
did not come sooner. Although The US Cup beat us to the punch, the September issue of Mountain Bike Action
(on sale August 8th) features a Mac Attack editorial that addresses the rule 1.2.019 issue and comes to a similar conclusion to the actions taken by The US Cup.
The following is the official news from The US Cup promoter:
R. Scott Tedro, owner of Sho-Air International
and The US Cup, announces that effective immediately, the US Cup will withdraw any USAC sanctioning for all future events. In addition, the US Cup will no longer sponsor or subsidize other promoters whose events are sanctioned with USAC. Over the last eight years, the US Cup has promoted and or subsidized over 110 USAC-sanctioned mountain biking events, by far more than any other promoter in the US.
The move comes on the heels of USAC’s ambiguous stance and continued blame of the UCI for the possible enforcement of rule 1.2.019, which prohibits licensed pro and amateur riders from racing in non-USAC sanctioned events starting in 2014. Tedro believes that this is nothing more than an attempt to force promoters to sanction with the USAC, enabling them to increase revenues and bolster their power over the sport while continuing to deliver an inferior product. Tedro also states that the numerous and continued inconsistencies and ever-changing priorities over the years in USAC policy and procedure, including their lack of support and management for their own series, the PRO XCT and PRO UET, while placing the sole cost on the promoter, has become counterproductive to the product which the US Cup wishes to endorse.
“We would rather concentrate our investment and our partners’ sponsorship dollars on the event itself without the burden of USAC priorities or needs, which quite often have nothing to do with the paying customer, the riders and their families,” explained Scott of his decision.
The Sho-Air/Cannondale team
members will not boycott USAC-sanctioned races, but are free to choose the racing calendar most beneficial to them.
"We want to provide tangible benefits back to the riders rather than subsidizing USAC’s aim to qualify the maximum number of riders to the Olympics at the sole expense of the promoters and the paying participants," explains Scott. "We don’t feel compelled to support the USAC for its two series, the PRO XCT and PRO UET, when they refuse to mitigate costs, promote the series or enforce proper course set up and on-site management. In fact, they don’t even send a full USAC officiating crew to ensure a consistent management and feel for the events. It’s time to talk about these problems and demand a wholesale change at USAC."
Team Sho-Air/Cannondale, owned by The US Cup promoters, will not boycott USA Cycling events but its riders will be free to choose whatever events they want to enter.