COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The National Association of Professional Race Directors (NAPRD) kicked off the inaugural American Bike Racing Stakeholders Summit in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, November 6th at the USA Cycling headquarters. During the three-day conference, U.S.-based Pro and Domestic Elite road teams and key staff members from USA Cycling are joining the NAPRD to discuss the future of the sport.
“The objective of the summit is to collaborate and work towards a plan of action among key top tier U.S. bike racing stakeholders to help find more success in the business of bike racing,” said Robert Laybourn, President, NAPRD “The Summit offers educational presentations, panels and engaging action-oriented discussions facilitated guest speakers.”
On Thursday, November 7th, Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote presentation on finding success in sponsorship in the current digital age. Lisa is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sports Management Programs at the George Washington University School of Business. Her presentation will be complimented by an industry panel who will discuss sponsorships and partnerships from their perspectives. This panel will include Seth Fishbein, Head of Global Media & Partnerships, Cigna, and Chris Hill, Senior Manager for Entertainment, Sponsorships and Brand Communications at Mazda North America.
Additional facilitated discussions will be led by Buie Seawell, JD, Professor in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Some of the anticipated areas of discussion will include: how to create greater value in sport properties, supporting fellow races’ sponsorship outreach, and ways to grow participation.
“NAPRDs’ goal is to strengthen the vibrant racing scene in the U.S. and established new ways to engage with sports participants, fans and followers. We’re looking forward to working with our race directors to build upon the tradition of our sport, adapt to attract more racers, and welcome a broader range of fans,” said Chuck Hodge, USA Cycling’s Chief of Racing and Events.
The summit is a collaborative effort between representatives from NAPRD, Pro and Domestic Elite road teams and USA Cycling.
About National Association of Professional Race Directors
NAPRD represents over two-dozen of the longest running and most successful events in the U.S. Combined, the members represent over 300 years of bike race promotion and production. For more information, visit NAPRD.org.
About USA Cycling (usacycling.org)
USA Cycling is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Within the United States, USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. With a mission to develop the sport of cycling in the United States and to achieve sustained international racing success, USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to seasoned professionals. The organization not only identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, but also supports amateur bike racing through grassroots development programs and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing.
USA Cycling is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. In 1920, the organization began as The Amateur Bicycle League of America and evolved to become the United States Cycling Federation in 1975 and ultimately USA Cycling, Inc. in 1995. USA Cycling’s 100,000+ members are comprised of racers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, coaches, officials, mechanics, and race directors.