Bob Stapleton elected chairman of USA Cycling board

Stapleton, Nieroth bring extensive experience in business and marketing to the USA Cycling board

The USA Cycling Board of Directors elected Bob Stapleton as chairman and Alex Nieroth as vice chairman at its meetings this week in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Stapleton begins his two-year term immediately, replacing Bill Peterson, who served as board chairman since March of 2010. Nieroth replaces Mark Abrahamson as vice chair.

Stapleton, a director of Ironman and an adviser to private equity firms, was among the cofounders of Western Wireless Corporation (now Alltel) and later Voicestream Wireless (now T-Mobile).

In 2005, he founded High Road Sports, Inc., a sports management company that owned and operated Team HTC-Highroad.

“I look forward to working with USA Cycling and its stakeholders to enhance the sport for the benefit of our athletes, event organizers and members,” Stapleton said.

Nieroth, a co-founder of the sports and entertainment marketing company Team Epic/Velocity, has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and brand management.

“Bob and Alex bring extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to the leadership positions of the USA Cycling Board of Directors,” said USA Cycling CEO and president Steve Johnson.

“Their extensive understanding of business, and particularly the business of our sport, adds an important dimension to our governance, and I, along with our entire executive staff, am looking forward to working closely with them as we continue to develop this great sport.”