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USA Cycling names top clubs

USA Cycling named the winners of the first-annual Center of Excellence Awards on Friday. The new program is designed to recognize outstanding cycling clubs around the country with cash awards to assist in their structural development. Nine clubs across the country were selected for this honor, and each will receive a cash award of up to $2000.The Center of Excellence winners met certain criteria with respect toorganization, business management and athlete development programs forjuniors and under-23 athletes. The clubs provided evidence of long-termbusiness plans and solid structures for

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By USA Cycling, Press Release

USA Cycling named the winners of the first-annual Center of Excellence Awards on Friday. The new program is designed to recognize outstanding cycling clubs around the country with cash awards to assist in their structural development. Nine clubs across the country were selected for this honor, and each will receive a cash award of up to $2000.The Center of Excellence winners met certain criteria with respect toorganization, business management and athlete development programs forjuniors and under-23 athletes. The clubs provided evidence of long-termbusiness plans and solid structures for athletic development.The programs honored this year have produced an impressive cadre ofinternational cycling talent, such as 2000 Olympic gold medallist MartyNothstein (American Cycling Academy), 2002 World Track Cycling Championshipssilver medallist Andy Lakatosh (American Cycling Academy) and 2002 WorldMountain Bike Championships team members Ryan Iddings and Aaron Bradford(Rad Racing).Recipients of the 2002 Center of Excellence Award include:
The American Cycling Academy (Alburtis, Pa.) – track and road
Rad Racing (Olympia, Wash.) – mountain bike, cyclo-cross androad
Orlando Road Club (Orlando, Fla.) – road
Team Swift (Fulton, Calif.) – road
Bliss Racing (Burlington, Vt.) – mountain bike
Training Wheels (Atlanta, Ga.) – road, mountain bike and track
Nova Youth Cycling (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – mountain bike
New Hampshire Junior Cycling Academy (Bradford, N.H.) – road and mountainbike
Harvard University Cycling Association (Cambridge, Mass.) – road“These organizations exemplify the very best in USA Cycling club teams,”said Steve Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Athletics forUSA Cycling. “They have sound structural organizations with doors opento new riders. They professionally coach their athletes to achieve theirbest and ultimately compete at the national and international level. USACycling is excited to award the first Center of Excellence awards to thesegreat programs.”The USA Cycling Development Foundation funds the Center of Excellenceawards from annual contributions received from generous member/donors.For more information on how to support this and other American athletedevelopment programs funded by the Foundation, please visit www.usacdf.orgor call 719/866-4856.