Here’s your chance to get the inside scoop on life as a race mechanic while expanding a few of your skills.
Each year some of the top race mechanics gather to teach courses on tubular gluing, race equipment preparation, caravan positioning, event support and more. This year the Bill Woodul Mechanics’ Clinic will occur November 13-17th at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. While that date is still far out, this clinic tends to fill quickly. With that in mind, get in contact and register soon.
More details are in this pdf document: Flier 13 Clinic Final
UCI recently released their list of registered 2013 mountain bike teams and we used that information to update our list of teams. Are you working with a mountain bike team this season? If so, let us know using the form at the bottom of this page.
We could use some help with our road and bmx teams as well.
The list can be found here: Team Mechanics.
This year’s schedule for national level track racing kicks off in May in Texas and runs into September where it finishes off at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, CA. For more information on this seven event schedule, check out USA Cycling.
USA Cycling is also making team announcements today providing the list of the eight US Continental and three Women’s teams.
Continuing Continental teams are:
SmartStop presented by Mountain Khakis
Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies
Bontrager Cycling Team
Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
Jamis Hagens Berman
Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
The three women’s teams are:
Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
Team TIBCO-To the Top
For more detailed information see USA Cycling.
As a reminder, please send us your team employment updates. There are fewer professional teams and we would like to keep track of you.
Earlier today the UCI released the final* list of 2013 Professional Continental teams, the second division in ranking below the Pro Tour teams. Included are two North American teams:
Team Novo Nordisk (previously Team Type 1)
United HealthCare Professional Cycling Team
That’s one less team due to the loss of Spidertech.
For the full list, see Union Cycliste Internationale.
Mechanics: As a reminder, please let us know of any changes in your team employment based on these updates.
* almost refers to the fact that there are still three teams who potentially may appear in this division
It’s been a busy start to the week with notice of a shorter offseason for those who ride in the dirt and announcements of who is in or out of the Pro Tour.
First off, the UCI released their final list of Pro Tour teams earlier today. According to the list on their website Katusha is out, Argos-Shimano are in and questions regarding both SaxoBank and RadioShackNissan are answered.
The UCI also issued a statement that they have been talking to the owner of Omega Pharma-QuickStep regarding the development of new professional road racing calendar. Their statement can be seen here and stay tuned for more information to come this spring.
Not to be left out of the news, USA Cycling announced 2013 professional mountain bike schedule. They’ve announced a start date of March 2nd in Texas followed by three events in California …
A great opportunity exists for someone ready to take the helm of an existing neutral support program. Chris Zigmont has taken on a new task and is seeking a buyer for this seasoned program.
Per Chris on Facebook:“Système-D Neutral Racing Service Friends, our wonderful little NRS outfit may well be shutting its doors. We’ve got gear, we’ve got races, and we’ve got more and more interest. The trouble is, I’ve taken a new day job that will keep me from running Système-D. Do you want to run it? Do you want to buy the gear? Chime in.”
For more details, see these sites:
USA Cycling Race Mechanics Facebook page
System-D’s company page
System-D’s Facebook page
It’s been a while since the topic of health insurance has popped up on ProMechanics. With the recent passing of Swiss mechanic Erwin Wildhaber we are putting out the reminder for the need for both health and liability coverage.
Consider the following:
* the coverage provided by USA Cycling is only secondary insurance and only covers you during activities supported by USA Cycling.
* USA Cycling’s insurance does not cover your personal vehicles and might not cover your equipment.
* with many teams your employment as a contractor might not provide you with coverage for health or liability for yourself or your equipment
* part time work with a team or neutral program will most likely not provide you with coverage
* some home-ownership insurance plans will cover your personal equipment. Check with your insurance rep to clarify.
There are many plans available and numerous websites capable …
According to an article on Velonews.com Cal Giant-Specialized’s team van was broken into in Santa Cruz and a few items were stolen. Listed were some wheels and Jordi Cortes’ personal tools. Luckily he had locked up the bikes which may have prevented them from being stolen.
Some points for all of us:
always consider backup security for the items in your team vehicles
make sure your team’s equipment is insured
make sure your personal items are insured
I’ve had my toolbox stolen, twice. In both cases I was covered by insurance allowing me to acquire new tools. However, I was not able to recover the tools I created myself, the tools handcrafted by others or the older models that were no longer in production. I learned from the second theft to not place my personal box near the door in the trailer. Theives tend …
Just three days after announcing a professional category for women with matching professional titles to be awarded, USA Cycling releases their event schedule for championship events.
2013 USA Cycling National Championship Events Calendar
January 9, Cyclocross Championships (Madison, WI)
May 3-5, Collegiate Road Championships (Ogden, UT)
May 18, Elite BMX Championships (Chula Vista, CA)
May 25-27, Professional Road & Time Trial Championships (Chattanooga, TN)
June 1, Amateur BMX Championships (Nashville, TN)
June 15-16, 24-Hour Mountain Bike Championships (Gallup, NM)
July 3-7, Amateur & Para-cycling Road Championships (Madison, WI)
July 6, Marathon Mountain Bike Championships (Sun Valley, ID)
July 18-21, Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships (Bear Creek Resort, PA)
July 25-28, Junior Track Championships (Trexlertown, PA)
July 27, Professional Criterium Championships (High Point, NC)
July 30–August 4, Masters Track Championships (Indianapolis, IN)
August 2-4, Gravity Mountain Bike Championships (Angel Fire, NM)
August 9-11, Elite Timed Track Championships (Carson, CA)
August 22-24, Elite Mass Start Track Championships …
A major step for women’s cycling occurred today as USA Cycling announced the creation of a professional women’s category. Along with this new level of cycling will come a championship and title for both road and time trial.
“There has been a tremendous increase in awareness and interest in women’s professional road racing over the past decade,” said USA Cycling CEO and President Steve Johnson. “We were very excited to add women’s representation to the Professional Road Committee as part of last year’s governance reform; and I think bringing the two championships together and equalizing the prize lists are important steps in the continuing development of women’s cycling in the U.S.”
For more details, see USA Cycling’s announcement here:
USA Cycling announces creation of women’s pro team structure – USA Cycling.
According to VeloNews, Julien Carron, UCI’s technical coordinator, is stepping down. Julien spearheaded the program for frame and fork approval and has been pushing to have other product categories added. According to this update a successor has already been named and will take over at the start of 2013.
What does this mean for you, the race mechanic? We aren’t sure yet. We suggest you continue to work with your frame and wheel suppliers to make sure your equipment is both approved and properly labeled.
The VeloNews article: http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/11/news/julien-carron-leaving-post-as-uci-technical-coordinator-press-reports_264511
For those who are not familiar with the program, UCI’s protocall for frames, forks wheels and some apparel can be found here: http://www.uci.ch/templates/UCI/UCI2/layout.asp?MenuId=MTYwNzQ&LangId=1