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The Active Knowledge cycling club out of Albuquerque, New Mexico is USA Cycling’s 2009 Mountain Bike Club of the Year.
USAC announced the recipients of its annual Club of the Year awards on Friday. Nine USAC-sanctioned clubs received recognition for outstanding programs throughout the 2009 season and will receive complimentary registration fees for the 2010 racing season.
Active Knowledge picked up its award for offering children the opportunity to be involved with mountain biking. Active Knowledge not only conducted training rides, road rides, and weekly running sessions, but also hosted the New Mexico School Practice Race Series to introduce new racers to the sport. The series was attended by 10 to 25 riders per week. The group also established and promoted the five-race New Mexico Schools Mountain Bike Series and the eight-race New Mexico Cyclo-cross Series, in addition to promoting the New Mexico State Cyclo-cross Championships.
In 2009, the club’s 24 members were involved with the American Lung Association fundraiser, a local fundraising tour called Day of the Tread, as well as Trips for Kids Rio Grande.
Overall, clubs were judged on several areas including race promotion, membership composition, instructional clinics and seminars, club activities, charitable contributions, and racing performance. Of the more than 2,200 USA Cycling member clubs, 70 applied for the awards program. Three primary clubs were recognized based on membership size (Division I = 76+ members, Division II = 30-75 members and Division III = 1-29 members), while six more were awarded Club of the Year designations in specific categories – Collegiate, Mountain Bike, Track, Best New Club, Women’s, and Junior/High School.