Les Earnest may have triumphed in the courts, but he lost big at the ballot box as the reform initiative he championed was defeated by a margin of nearly 14-1 during the 2001 USA Cycling member elections.
Proposition A, which was supported by San Francisco investment banker Thomas Weisel, Lance Armstrong, the USA Cycling Development Foundation and others, garnered 6007 “yes” votes, easily defeating Earnest’s Proposition B, which drew only 432 positive votes. Indeed, Proposition B didn’t even fare as well as a couple other major reform and legislative measures on the ballot, including Proposition C, which received 455 votes; and Proposition E, which drew 549. Only Proposition D showed less support, with 310 “yes” votes.
Earnest could not be reached for comment. However, USAC CEO Lisa Voight who applauded the membership’s decision, was quoted as saying in a press release: “The vote clearly demonstrates that members are in favor of what Proposition A stands for: member voting rights, the continued involvement of the USA Cycling Development Foundation, full representation of all cycling disciplines and a simpler governance structure.”
In other election news:
* Roy Knickman, director of the Prime Alliance team, won the USPRO Team Manager Trustee seat over Tom Schuler (Saturn) and John Wordin (Mercury).
* Incumbent David Miller of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, retained his position as Eastern USCF trustee, as did Western Trustee David Iltis of Salt Lake City.
* John Tarbert, the former technical director of USCF, claimed victory in the Central Trustee voting.