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Extra charge for "unattached" racers???(6 posts)

Extra charge for "unattached" racers???biknben
Jun 12, 2002 7:15 AM
The MTB team I race for has never applied for USCF Team status since I'm the only one who races on the road. That leaves me officially "Unattached". While registering for an event recently, I heard the officials talking about how another local organizer was charging unattached riders an extra fee.

Can someone please explain why some organizers charge an unattached racer an extra $5? I find it to be discouraging, if not not insulting, to charge extra just because you're not on a team. Shouldn't they be encouraging new racers?

Someone enlighten me, please.
help with a race?DougSloan
Jun 12, 2002 7:22 AM
Teams are required to assist with a race at least once a year. This helps the organization. They assume unattached riders are not doing this.

I think that's the rationale -- to encourage you to join a team and help with a race.

Club/team duesBipedZed
Jun 12, 2002 7:43 AM
Clubs/Teams pay annual dues to the licensing organization. Unattached racers are charged a small fee to recoup some of the dues and to encourage membership in a club/team. And as Doug mentioned, most organizations require clubs to either promote a race or at least work a race during the season.
Correct! Correct!allervite
Jun 12, 2002 9:35 AM
The road racing scene was set up as a club system. This is the way it is in europe, but they do a much better job. The rationale is that clubs will have more power than a bunch of loosely associated individuals. Clubs are required to put on a race which gives all you unattached riders an event in which to participate. Clubs also go after sponsorship which gets the local cummunity involved in cycling. Also, you develop meaningful relationships with other cyclists as a result of organizing events, club administration, and racing together.

You can be a member of more than one club. I have belonged to three at one time: Road racing, MTB racing, and a touring club. Join a club and support the cycling community? So why not join two or three?
re: Extra charge for "unattached" racers???No_sprint
Jun 12, 2002 1:51 PM
On your governing body's website, there should be a list of dues paying or recognized clubs/teams. Go join one. They're probably as little as $15. If you get some jersey guff, just mention to them you're brand new to the club. I doubt you would though unless you win or place.
re: Extra charge for "unattached" racers???kaiser
Jun 13, 2002 1:27 PM
Yes, the reason is that over the years, the sport's organizers have realized that bike racers are not very good (as a whole) at volunteering for things.

In order to actually have races for us to race in, the USCF has put the main burden of race promotion on the clubs themselves. Wanna have a USCF club? Then you'll be required to create at least one race per year.

So how should we, as club members, inevitably doing at least SOME time working the registration table, feel when we encounter yet another "independant" showing up wanting to race in our race? Many of them seem to think races are organized by the "Bike Race Fairy".

Trust me, it's not because we despise non-conforming people (bike racers are already fairly non-conformist, right?). If everyone were unattached, there'd be no racing.....And I even feel that the increase in unattached riders has already altered the amount of available races on the road.

I think unattached riders fees should be mandated actually.