First USADA testing performed at NYSBRA event


Thanks to Matt Vandivort (RD) for pulling together the necessary arrangements as USADA completed their first test of NY riders as part of the NYSBRA “RaceClean” program.  The tests took place immediately following the Lou Maltese Memorial in Central park this morning.


We kept the testing a secret until the podium ceremony whereupon the top three men Cat 1-2-3 where asked to do their duty.   Matt reports that the testing and presence of USADA at a NY race is already generating a lot of buzz on the NY egroups.  Very well done to Matt!


We can expect testing at a minimum of one more race this season under the NYSBRA RaceClean contract,  maybe more if USADA can optimize travel costs.  Stay tuned!

NYSBRA First LA to Implement Race Clean Program

The New York State Bicycle Racing Association (NYSBRA) recently became the first Local Association to formalize the implementation of USA Cycling’s (USAC) Race Clean Program. The new program is designed to help eradicate the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods in cycling through increased testing for road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike events sanctioned by USA Cycling.

NYSBRA will fund the new program and receive matching funds from USAC to help subsidize the costs of testing at local and regional events. USADA will implement the independent anti-doping program in accordance with the World-Anti-Doping Code.

NYSBRA President Jeffrey Poulin sees the new program as a positive step forward for the sport of cycling in the region: “This grew from a grass-roots desire from NY racers to have a clean sport and so it makes NYSBRA proud to lead the way by joining USA Cycling’s RaceClean program,” Poulin stated.

USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson executed the contract between NYSBRA and USAC and expects many other Local Associations to follow suit.

“The RaceClean program sends a strong statement about anti-doping and ensures a level playing field at all levels of racing,” said Johnson. “It is gratifying to see that race directors, teams, riders and our Local Associations such as the New York State Bicycle Racing Association are eager to get behind this initiative to help further our sport.”

The New York State Bicycle Racing Association was founded in 2007 under USAC’s Local Association Program in order to directly serve the needs of the bicycle racing community in the state of New York through the administration of USAC permits, rider upgrades, and official assignments. There were 3458 licensed racers and 125 sanctioned cycling events in New York State in 2012.

2013 Q2 Minutes

Minutes from 2013 Q2 Meeting posted here.

  • Looking at USADA notifying promoter so they can be prepared.
  • Clarifying requirements and payouts for Clinic grants
  • Differentiating Crits and RRs
  • Trying to make Facebook page more useful with content.
  • CX Championships canceled, seeking new venue
  • Insuring “Training Races”, currently not covered by USAC

Junior Talent ID Camp

Located in Canandaigua this July


What is included?

The camp will base from Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY and will feature:

• all room and board for the week

• skills development sessions

• Overview of bike fitting philosophy followed by an hour professional fitting session

• Field Tests for the athletes with results submitted to USA Cycling for selections for further development opportunities

• Supported group rides with certified coaches and support vehicle

• Sessions on race strategy and tacticstraining methods, equipment options

• Guest speaker Dr. Craig Mattern on nutrition

• Guest Presenter Harvey Newton (former U.S. National Weight Lifting Coach)

• Guest Presenter Leslee Trzcinski (former Professional racer and World Championship Silver medalist) talking about yoga and cycling

• Special guest speaker, Gordon Singleton (multiple National Champion, Olympian and World Champion) to discuss the path from local cyclist to world class athlete.


Sign up here:

Register early and save $$!

Number Pinning

Rule of the month –


1J7. Racing numbers.

 (b) Riders shall place their numbers as prescribed by the Race Director or officials and in such a way that they are visible when the rider is in a racing position. When shoulder numbers are provided for cyclo-cross, they are worn on the upper arm to be visible from the front. Hip numbers shall be attached securely at least at the four corners and no accessory or hair may obstruct a clear view of the number. If shoulder or frame numbers are provided, they too shall be placed as prescribed. Numbers may not be folded, trimmed, or otherwise defaced.


Many riders that I have discussed number placement or defacing are not aware that there is a rule about how and what you do with that number after it’s handed to you at registration. First, do NOT crumple it into a little ball – any aerodynamic advantage is highly debatable, and it makes the number very difficult to read both by eye and by photofinish equipment. Also DON’T fold or cut it smaller – there may be a sponsor name on the number, which the sponsor has paid for to be visible on every competitor, and that white space around the numerals makes it easier to read. Pin the number on EXACTLY where the promoter or officials have requested it, usually with signs at registration or in the race technical guide. The most common placement in the US is on the left or right side – this does not mean up on the shoulder blade or the middle of the back. Finally, don’t obscure the number with vests, jackets or waterpacks. And for (not necessarily just) the women, pin up or tie your long hair so it doesn’t fall across the number.

All of this will help to prevent you from being an “X” in the results and losing a paying place or upgrade points. And, from the penalty section of the rules below, there are possible penalties for not properly displaying your number even at small one day races.




A & B




8A1(j) Number invisible, badly positioned or covered at finish Warning, Relegation or $20 fine $30 fine 1st- warning and/or $30 fine

2nd – $50 fine

3rd – DSQ