Calling all Sub-teams: Initial Rosters Due Friday, Jan. 19th

Calling all CRCA new and returning Sub-teams:

CRCA Sub-team applications for new teams, and initial rosters for returning sub-teams, are due this Friday, January 19th.

New CRCA Sub-team: If you're forming a new team, simply fill out a Sub-team application and submit to Director of Teams

Returning CRCA Sub-teams: please e-mail Director of Teams with your initial 2018 roster (including all racing/associate/donor members), and if any other changes are needed (i.e., Team name change, new Team Manager, etc.).

Changes and new Sub-team applications can always be submitted throughout the season, but we need to have your initial roster by Jan. 19th to ensure you are included in the first round of the team duty selection process. The longer you wait, the less choice you'll have in selecting your desired team duty.

Please also notify Director of Teams if your team is returning even if no changes are needed.

All teams should review the updated Sub-team Rules so that you can stay up to date on the Team requirements and Club expectations - note changes to Marshaling/Team Suspension rules. Also check out our new Meet the Teams page to see all of our many existing CRCA Sub-teams, and notify Director of Teams if you'd like to change anything in your team profile.

We are looking forward to another great year of Team competition, and working with each of our Sub-teams to make CRCA the best run club around!

 

Interested in becoming a USAC Official? We need you!

The New York City area is facing a severe shortage of USAC officials. USAC officials play a critical role in every race in the area and without officials those races simply cannot happen. To read more on the background for this issue you can read "The NYC Official Shortage."

Want to be part of the solution? The NY/NJ/PA region is looking for motivated individuals interested in joining the ranks of this elite corp and will be hosting a clinic in Bethlehem, PA on Feb 18, 2018 @ 9am - 3pm ET. 

Officiating is a great way to give back to the cycling community...and it's fun!  There is no minimum number of races an official is required to work, so even if you only have time to work a handful, it's still worth it. 

If you would like to join, have questions, are curious but aren't sure if you want to join, or want to come but can't make it,...or any combination of these, send an email to Liz Marcello at NYSBRAOfficials[at]gmail.com

Details, registration and contact information are below:

NJ Introductory Officials Clinic - Category C Northeast - Feb 18, 2018 - 9am to 3pm:

LVH Muhlenberg Hospital
2545 Schoenersville Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Registration closes:
Feb 13th, 2018 1:00AM

The Category C class involves training in Road, Track, Cyclocross and Mountain Bike, as well as the basic organizational structure of cycling and principles of officiating. The class is taught in a live classroom environment and is the entry level class for new officials.

At the end of the class, there is an open-book exam which will test your knowledge of basic rules and concepts. Please bring laptop and or electronic  device to download the rule book.  Passing score is 70%.

Review of new and changed rules for 2018. This class will count for the returning official’s for their necessary CEU credit. 

Registration / Information:

Registration for this class will be handled directly through the Local Association - please contact Liz Marcello at NYSBRAOfficials[at]gmail.com for more information.

Board Meeting Agenda: 2018-01-05

The all-volunteer 2018 CRCA Board is hosting their first meeting of calendar year 2018 this coming Monday. Major topics on the agenda include:

  • Club racing - discussion of implementing professional outsourced results & USAC upgrade points for the club series
  • Membership - continued IT upgrades and timing for opening 2018 registration
  • Open racing - potential opportunities to further expand the club's open race calendar and the timing for the Zach Koop Memorial / Orchard Beach Criterium
  • Teams - update on teams policies and sub-team penalties associated with missed marshaling obligations from 2017
  • Website - ongoing build-out of the revamped club website

If you would like to offer your thoughts on any of these agenda items please send an email to secretary@crca.net or any CRCA Board member ahead of the scheduled board meeting on January 15. 

Board meeting minutes will be distributed following the meeting.

Grant's Tomb Criterium to Serve as the 2018 NYS Criterium Championships

Century Road Club Association (CRCA) is pleased to announce that the upcoming Grant's Tomb Criterium will serve as the 2018 New York State Criterium Championship.  

Unfortunately no other races applied to serve as the State Criterium Championship so CRCA stepped forward to offer Grant's Tomb Criterium as an early season race option. NYSBRA recently accepted that offer.    

The CRCA Board is in the process of finalizing approvals for the 2018 edition of the Grant's Tomb Criterium with a planned date of March 10th. 

Stay tuned to the race page on CRCA.net for more information.   

2018 Club Race Series Dates

Save the Dates for your 2018 CRCA Club Race Series in Central Park! 

  • Saturday, March 3
  • Saturday, March 24
  • Saturday, April 7
  • Saturday, April 21
  • Saturday, May 19
  • Sunday, June 17
  • Saturday, July 7
  • Sunday, July 15
  • Saturday, August 4
  • Saturday, August 18
  • Saturday, August 25
  • Saturday, September 1

More details, including start times, confirmed Open Races, and an updated Club Events calendar will be coming shortly!

A Preview of 2018

Happy New Year! The 2018 CRCA road season is right around the corner, and the Club's Board of Directors has already hit the ground running. Here's what we've got in store for 2018:

  • Continuing Expanded Open Racing Calendar: CRCA's Open Racing calendar has dramatically expanded as CRCA took over Grant's Tomb Criterium, brought back Orchard Beach Criterium, reinvigorated Bear Mountain Classic, introduced the Dave Jordan Central Park Classic, and most recently revived the Fort Lee Criterium. The Board is working hard on securing all necessary approvals, while looking to produce the same high quality racing and raising thousands of dollars for local charities in the process. Stay tuned for 2018 race dates!
     
  • Improving the CRCA Club Series: Based on feedback from the member survey, we are implementing changes to improve registration and results for our Club Series. Our aim is to significantly improve racer experience while maintaining our Club's priority of providing the lowest cost racing in the region (12 races for just $100 with early bird Season Pass). Our Club Race schedule is nearly finalized, so stay tuned for series dates and info on improvements!
     
  • Revamping Club Communication: Member feedback also pointed to improved communication, so as noted earlier this week we have implemented a more user friendly website with this goal in mind, and expect to publish regular content and club news at CRCA.net throughout the year. 
     
  • Improved IT Systems: While not regularly front of mind CRCA's membership and marshaling IT platform hasn't changed significantly in many years. One of our priorities is to implement a multi-year plan to upgrade these systems to ease the membership sign-up and marshaling management process, and automate existing processes using the current platform in the interim.
     
  • Collaboration with key Central Park stakeholders:  In response to member feedback regarding greater-good opportunities, we'll be partnering with NYC Parks and the Central Park Conservancy on volunteer options promoting bike safety and providing greater CRCA presence throughout Central Park.  Stay tuned for more information!
     

In short, your all-volunteer Board is hard at work ensuring the coming season is one of the best yet. 2018 Membership registration will open in a few weeks featuring the same early registration discounts offered in the past. In the meantime, if you want to get involved with the Board's 2018 efforts please drop any board member an e-mail - we are always grateful for a helping hand!

New Year, New Website

Welcome to the new home of Century Road Club Association on the internet - CRCA.net.

Based on feedback from our 2017 membership survey we are aiming to create a site that is easier to navigate, particularly when it comes to key information like the race schedule, while also creating a community forum full of news about the club and our members.

Developing the new site will be a multi-week process, particularly when it comes to building out information about our 2018 race schedule including the upcoming CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium. the first big race of the looming road season. Stay tuned for continued updates and if you have any feedback along the way feel free to let the CRCA Board know via the Club's Facebook Page

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2018 CRCA Board Nominees and Personal Statements

Below is a list of the nominees for CRCA's 2018 Board and their personal statements:

PRESIDENT

Gabby Fisher

"This will be my second year running for CRCA President and the opportunity to continue to improve upon operational traction gained this past year.  Much of the Board's efforts in 2017 focused on looking under the hood at existing processes, an exercise which exposed gaps specifically around overall race procedures as well as alignment with external stakeholders.  

While we made strides in documentation and general approach to open + club racing, there is still room for improvement as evidenced by the main priorities from the 2017 CRCA member survey pain points: 

  • Registration
  • Scoring/results
  • Marshaling
  • CRCA site usability
  • Improved alignment and collaboration with CPC + NYC Parks
  • Increased engagement within the CRCA community

From a process perspective, my intention for 2018 is to bring the above to a scalable and sustainable fix so that future Board teams can continue to improve upon 2018 wins.

From a larger perspective, at the end of the day our goal is to deliver a product which will engage + encourage members in CRCA participation, CRCA community involvement, and continue provide excellent racing opportunities to our members.

If we can achieve our goals for 2018, I feel confident that we can build a solid platform which will allow us to scale overall delivery, product optimization, and continued iteration around what it means to be part of the CRCA."

VP OF RIDER DEVELOPMENT

Tara Parsons

"I have been a CRCA member since 1997 and a CRCA coach since 2011. I was an active racer between 1995-2005, and a few years later I began coaching. I love bike racing, and I love helping others to love bike racing.

As a veteran educator and cyclist, this is a role that I am well qualified for. I know what the coaching program entails, including the administrative work behind it. I hope to continue to improve our program to help keep our racers succeeding.

Over the last two years I have expanded the CRCA coaching staff, allowing a variety of diverse coaching viewpoints to help our membership. CRCA’s commitment to learning through its coaching program is an important one, and one that makes our club stand out from others. It is important to me that we uphold this tradition of having safe and skilled racers as well as strong racers."

VP OF RACING

Julius Quito

"Thrown in the fire in 2017. In 2018, now with less "learning" and will focus on more "doing". I want to continue streamlining the operations of the races and continue the CRCA's mission statement: to provide a safe and fun racing program in New York."

SECRETARY

Matt Vandivort

"Much to the chagrin of my wife I have decided to run for the CRCA Board again. What can I say, I love the CRCA."

TREASURER

Ken Edwards

[Personal statement to come.]

VP OF COMMUNICATIONS

Dan Goldberg

"Having served as the Communications Director in 2017, I've learned a lot about both the role and the club in general. There's certainly a learning curve when it comes to working effectively across the board and communicating with the community, and I'm now better equipped to handle these responsibilities going into 2018. But I've gained more than just experience this year. I've also heard feedback from the community regarding what does and doesn't work, and have begun planning ways to improve these areas. Some identified opportunities: weekly club activity emails that contain all upcoming events for that week so you're not left waiting until the day before a race or sorting through one off emails about individual topics; regular newsletters addressing larger topics in the community; better coordination with race directors to share race results as quickly as we can. Of course, there's always more we can do to improve our communication and I'm open to hearing from club members. I look forward to having the chance to be a part of the board again next year."

Jose Cortez

"As a proud member of the CRCA cycling community, I am your candidate for Communications Director, a role that intersects with my profession.  

I offer about 20 years of experience involving operations and communications, among other jurisdictions.  I am excited about taking a fresh look at CRCA's communications protocols and making sure that that members can easily obtain/digest relevant content pre-race and post-race.  In today's fast-moving world, communication is increasingly important, particularly to inspire existing members/teams and to motivate future members.

I am prepared to manage CRCA communications and will leverage my sub-team along the way, Fire Cycling Team.  My team has been riding together for about 10 years and we participate in local events where we have witnessed the need for clear and consistent communication."

PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR

Jeff Young

"After a great 2017, I'm excited for the opportunity to return to the board in 2018.  I plan to focus on continuing to develop relationships with our sponsors, donors, members and other stakeholders.  I look forward to continuing to preserve and further develop the club's reputation in 2018."

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Randy Locklair

""Hey everyone!  My name is Randy Locklair, and I am the owner of hatchmap and Two Seconds Ahead (long live the Womens Development Series!) and your former membership director from 2015 and 2016.  Not only do I missing helping you all with everything membership related in our NYC racing community, but, there was a lot I wanted to improve on with the membership signin/check-in system back in '16 but being a new dad got in the way.  I'm ready to get back to work, and I hope you'll have me!  Lets have fun together in 2018, and also make signup, checkin, upgrades, and number pickup even easier."

MARSHAL DIRECTOR

Tony Pletcher

"I am a cat 2 road and cx racer and have been racing since 2009. Originally from Seattle, I moved to NYC in 2015 and have been a member of the CRCA since then. I hope to bring my love of Cycling into my running of my position on the board and strive to improve the working of the CRCA to enhance operations and make racing better for everyone in the club.

TEAMS

Lucia Deng

"Having served as Communications Director of CRCA for 3 years from 2013-2015, and as a board member of the New York State Bicycle Racing Association from 2014 to the present, as Women’s Rep and NYC rep, I bring a lot of relevant experience to the role of Director of Teams. I also have several years of experience, both as a member of a CRCA subteam, and as co-captain. Knowing what goes into running CRCA races and events, in combination with what goes into running a team, allows me to understand the obligations of both roles, and the pain points that both team managers and the CRCA board face with regard to team duties.

My primary objectives as Director of Teams will be to improve and streamline the team duty assignment process, focusing on the following:

1.       Redistribute the current points system to make it as fair as possible among all teams, while still ensuring that CRCA events have adequate staffing to run successfully to relieve pressure from race staff and the CRCA board.

2.       Improve transparency/communication with regard to the scope of what each team duty entails, and accurately disclose how much time/effort each task will require of a team, so that teams can plan ahead before committing to a task.

3.       Explore the option of assigning certain team duty obligations to members of CRCA who are not affiliated with a subteam in order to more evenly distribute the volunteer effort and participation/inclusiveness among the broader CRCA community, and relieve some of the burden from teams.

4.       Working with the entire CRCA board elect, especially the Directors of Open Racing and Club Racing, Director of Marshalls and Membership to coordinate the efforts described above in a way that makes sense and improves the club’s events overall and member satisfaction.

5.       Representing and serving as liaison with the team managers both in terms of communicating important information from CRCA BoD to the Teams and communicating feedback back from the Teams to CRCA leadership.

With my prior experience on CRCA and in the broader racing community, I am uniquely qualified to make improvements to the club through this role, as well as serve as a resource to the Board more generally. I look forward to being able to serve the Club and its members again in this new capacity as Director of Teams."

OPEN RACING DIRECTOR

Ted Teyber

"Ted Teyber was CRCA's 2016 & 2017 Director of Open Racing and is excited to return for another year to continue to improve CRCA's open races and the experience of members.  Ted's enthusiasm for cycling at all levels, as well as his experience as a land use and commercial real estate attorney provide an excellent tool-set for municipal and USAC permit applications, as well as promoting registration among regional racers.  Growing up in Southern California, Ted’s entree to cycling was mountain biking, and he was on the University of California Santa Barbara’s MTB team as an undergraduate.  Ted moved East for law school, and with the free time that became available upon graduating, became interested in road racing as an adrenaline substitute for the elevation and features of mountain biking the western states.  In addition to being a member of CRCA, Ted is a contributing member of IMBA, Transportation Alternatives, and Rails to Trails."