Archive for the ‘USA Cycling’ Category

Final Week To Vote! — GamJams Interview

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The USA Cycling Trustee election ends on Saturday August 15.  If you’ve voted, thanks for being part of the process. 

If you haven’t voted yet, now is the time to cast your vote.  Go to and click on My USA Cycling — the same process you use to renew your license, but this time you won’t need a credit card :). 

GamJams published an interview with me last week.  If you didn’t catch the interview, you can still read it at .

As always, questions are welcome —

If you were running the show, where would Road Nationals be? — Vote for JIM!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

I’ve heard lots of complaints about the locations selected for Road National Championships.  Now YOU are in charge.  You need to remember that your selection must service ALL the riders; even those “left coast folks”.  How would you make the selection? 

Send me e-mail ( or comment directly.

Thanks for your sharing your views, and don’t forget to VOTE!

How much should your bicycle weigh? – Vote for Jim!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

The current rules use UCI rules for National Championships. This includes bike measurements. How much should your bicycle weigh? Does the minimum weight imposed by UCI impact YOU? Let me know by comment or direct e-mail to

And if you haven’t voted, time is running out. I care about your opinions – VOTE of Jim!

Got Money! Keep the money flowing — Vote for JIM!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

You have MORE money for Grass Roots programs than ever before in the history of bicycle racing!

I’ve been your Eastern Regional Trustee since 2003, the same year that USA Cycling adopted the Local Association Rebate Program. Since 2003, USA Cycling has refunded $1.7 Million to the Local Associations to support local, grass roots programs. The Eastern Region has received more than $622K including more than $123K last year; we consistently receive more than 1/3 of the rebate distribution. This is the first time in history that any organization has provided this much money for local programs including the development of our Junior riders.

BTW, USA Cycling does NOT fund professional riders in Europe!

Keep the money flowing, support grass roots development — VOTE for JIM!

Altarum Lost River Classic p/b GamJams Video

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

I tooks some video clips during the Altarum Lost River Classic p/b GamJams road race.  The clips show you some of the course features.  Enjoy,

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Got Rules? – Time to Vote!!!

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

I sent out an appeal for help identifying rules that need to be improved last week; the response has been FANTASTIC!  My initial appeal was to e-mail lists on the East Coast. This is all part of my normal Trustee summer tasking – listen to the riders and officials; identify what needs to be changed; work with the USCF Trustees to form the draft rule changes for our fall meeting. You can be part of the process. Send me the rules that YOU think should be changed and I’ll include them in my submittal to the Rules Committee. We need YOUR help to improve the rules of racing.

And don’t forget to VOTE in the Trustee Election. If you have voted, thanks for being part of the process. If you haven’t voted, this would be a great time to log onto click on My_USA_Cycling and vote. You may want to prepare for the election by reading the formal candidate statements at

My goal is to continue to represent you; I can’t represent you if you don’t vote. I’d appreciate you considering voting for me to continue serving your needs.

As always, your questions are welcome (

The USCF Rule Changing Process — Time to VOTE!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Do you have a USCF rule that bothers you?  This is the time of the year that the USCF Trustees examine the rules that YOU think should be changed during our Fall USCF Trustee meeting.  We need your help to identify where YOU would like to see the rules of racing improved.  Send me an e-mail or give me a call,

 While your thinking about rules, the USA Cycling Trustee election is about half over.  If you haven’t voted, this would be a great time to log onto  click on My_USA_Cycling and vote.  I’d appreciate you considering voting for me to continue serving your needs.

Jim Patton
Candidate for Re-election, USCF Trustee, Eastern Region

What does a trustee do?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

E-mail from Michael in New Jersey:

What does a trustee do?

Is this {election} NJ specific?

What are your key message points for the coming election?

Thanks, Michael from New Jersey



 The country is broken into three regions. You are in the Eastern Region — Maine to Florida, including NJ.   So the position is not NJ specific, but I do cover the interests of riders in New Jersey.

Trustees are directly responsible for the Rules of Racing.   In my case, the USCF Trustee monitor and improve the Road, Track and Cyclocross Rules.   Our goal is to fix the rules that riders identify that are less than perfect :).

In addition to the formal rules responsibility, we have influence through the USAC Board of Directors to solve other policy issues and improve the sport of cycling.

Details on my plans for the next three years on the Trustee Board are contained in earlier posts and my candidate statement at

Thanks for your questions and interest, Jim

USA Cycling Election Opens — Vote for Jim!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

See election details and how to vote by clicking here:

I appreciate your support and vote in the Eastern Region, Jim

Vote for Jim — USCF Trustee, Eastern Region

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The USCF Trustee election opens on Wednesday, July 15.  Vote for Jim in the Eastern Region.

Vote for EXPERIENCE — 30+ years in Cycling

  • Racer
  • Promoter
  • Team Manger (founder US Naval Academy Cycling Team – 1981)
  • USA Cycling Official
    • Motor Referee
    • Cyclocross Official
    • Track Secretary

Positions in Cycling:

  • USCF Trustee 2003-2009
  • USAC Board of Directors 2004-2009

Goals — working with Boards of Trustees and Directors

  • Focus on solving racing rules issues identified by Eastern Region riders and officials
  • Improving quality of USA Cycling Championships
  • Continued emphasis on improving communications with members
  • Simplifying USA Cycling permit and licenses processes
  • Continued improvements in USA Cycling license value

Thanks for considering voting for Jim to continue representing you in the Eastern Region.

Voting instructions will be posted Tuesday.