USA Cycling will simplify its licensing for riders in 2014, combining all disciplines aside from BMX into a single card. CEO Steve Johnson announced this change and others in a letter to members on Tuesday.
“The future is indeed looking bright for USA Cycling as we pursue our vision of making the U.S. the most successful country in the world of competitive cycling and our mission of achieving sustained success in international cycling competition while growing competitive cycling in America,” wrote Johnson. “In the past year we have launched two very important and innovative programs: the USA Cycling RaceClean and SafeSport programs will help ensure a level playing field across all racing categories, while also fostering a safe training and racing environment for all of our members. I hope you will join me in embracing and supporting these critical programs that will help shape the future of cycling in the United States.”
Johnson also highlighted a number of corporate partners, including Volkswagen, Strava, and Bonk Breaker, but the focus of the letter was on the new license structure.
“The move to a one-license model replaces the discipline-specific licenses for road, track, cyclocross, and mountain bike, and will simplify and streamline the licensing process as well as the on-site event registration and check-in process,” wrote Johnson. “The new license model also means that you will no longer need to purchase an additional license or a one-day license in order to compete across disciplines (a one-day trial membership is still required for non-members).”
The price for the new license will be $70 and it represents, according to Johnson, the first fee change in a decade. Johnson cited feedback from members as a driver for the combined license.
“As a result, this move to one license better reflects the makeup of our current cycling community that is multi-disciplined and not as compartmentalized as in the past,” he wrote. “We also believe this change will encourage more of you to try new events and enjoy the thrill of racing even more.”