Winter Training Camp Ride, 2014
OverviewFounded in 1968, the New Orleans Bicycle Club (NOBC) is dedicated to promoting the sport of bicycle racing in the greater New Orleans area. As such, the NOBC is strongly committed to rider development and local race promotion. Through these activities, the club seeks to provide an environment that encourages new riders to become involved in the exciting sport of bicycle racing and to develop the skills and fitness needed for successful competition at regional and national levels. The club welcomes riders interested in racing at all levels of competition, from the recreational sport rider to the dedicated USA Cycling Category 1 and 2 racer. The NOBC rider development program includes both citizen and USAC teams covering all age groups. Members are encouraged to join these teams at the appropriate levels and to benefit from training and racing with more experienced riders. The club encourages rider participation in regular weekend training rides and weekday training races, and organizes group training rides throughout the year in order to provide the integrated program necessary for the development of well-rounded riding skills. Through this mechanism, the club provides informal coaching and instills a sense of team spirit. Through the involvement of sponsoring bicycle shops, the club assists riders in maintaining and selecting appropriate equipment for training and racing. The NOBC is an active member club of USA Cycling. Members are kept aware of upcoming USACt events, and are encouraged to participate frequently in races throughout the region. Team riders are strongly encouraged to join USAC. NOBC riders are regulars at races in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida, and Arkansas. The club uses its funds for assistance with team expenses, race promotion, rider development and social events. The club regularly sends teams to important regional events including the Tour de Louisiane, State Championship Road, Time Trial, and Track events, National Championships, and key regional races.
MembershipNOBC members come from throughout the greater New Orleans area, including Metairie, Kenner, Chalmette, Slidell, Mandeville, Abita Springs and Hammond. The continuing growth of the club is attributable to its stability, organization, and wealth of combined racing experience. This is a mature, responsible club that fields focused teams composed of riders from all walks of life. Although most members race regularly, many riders belong to the club primarily to enhance their enjoyment of sport riding, maintain their general fitness, or to improve their cycling skills for triathalon or duathalon competition. Members pay annual dues and those who belong to USAC also pay annual license fees to the those organizations. Among the NOBC membership are USAC certified Race Directors, Officials and Coaches.
The NOBC unquestionably possesses the greatest combined race promotion experience in the state. Since 1969, the club has annually promoted the Tour de Louisiane, a two-day stage race that is now the oldest continuous stage race in the country. During its history, the Tour has attracted National and Olympic champions, but also remains accessible to the beginning riders who form the basis of U.S. cycling. The Tour regularly attracts 120-200 riders. The NOBC welcomes the opportunity to work with potential race sponsors to promote quality events for riders in the greater New Orleans area. As part of its training program, the club also organizes weekend group training rides throughout the year.
SponsorshipCentral to the club's success in meeting its goals is its sponsorship. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the club actively seeks to secure adequate and reliable sponsorship to help defray expenses such as team jerseys, newsletters, travel expenses to major races, USAC membership fees, and club and race promotion costs. The NOBC is eager to work with sponsors to maximize the impact of their investment in the club. For example,
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