To start our 2nd century as a club, cycling found us evolving and expanding as we continue to organize and provide opportunities for members to go on the next ride. As with any organization the ability to adapt and reinvent is essential and USI has followed suit.
Drawing on the expertise and enthusiasm of our members and their long standing relationships with other sporting events in Westchester County, NY, we have been able to add race consulting to our resume. In 2009, Tim Compton, our USI president continued his vision started in 2007 when he was vice-president, for USI to capitalize on the club’s diversity and history by branching out to the triathlon community. Tim worked closely with the ‘Jarden/Westchester’ triathlon’s race committee, to ensure the bike course complied with the United States of America Triathlon (USAT) guidelines to keep the athletes safe. Each year USI is asked to provide volunteers for the bike ‘leg’ of the race since cycling on these roads occurs regularly for the club. USI quickly became the key to keeping the bike course safe for the competitors.
In 2009 two additional triathlons, the ‘Sleepy Hollow Sprint’ held in Sleepy Hollow, NY and the ‘Toughman ½’ held in Croton Point Park, NY were added to the USI volunteer event calendar. Tim worked with these race committee members and was instrumental in helping design, advocate and manage the bike course for these events.
As in the early part of the first century of our club’s existence when we extended club members to California, we continue to show the USI jersey cycling and racing in many states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, North Carolina as well as the home club house, New York.
In 2011 the USI volunteer event calendar added support to local charity rides in New York and in North Carolina. These rides raise needed funds and awareness for the different local community organizations.
Our vision continues as we extend our membership to everyone interested in cycling. Past, current and future members now have the opportunity to take a website tour through USI history and stay updated on cycling events to keep the momentum going. Please consider joining USI.