Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

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Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby AUbicycles » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:28 pm

In this thread you have to say one thing that you like about Cycling Australia or feel that they are doing well and one thing which they are not doing well. Fairly simple, but the intention is to bring in some balance and recognise that it is easier to criticise, but valuable to praise.


Flop:
Lack of Transparency. For example the membership fees and why it is significantly higher compared with USA Cycling and British Cycling.


Top:
Sending a full women's team to Norway for the UCI Road World Championship. Initially only five from seven of places in the women's elite road race were allocated. Following discontent on many sides, Cycling Australia changed and announced a complete team. The ability to make this change rather than maintaining course is a positive.

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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby RonK » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:18 pm

Flop: Revising the womens team selections by order of the court is a flop, not a top.

Top: Announcing that disc brakes will be permitted at all competition levels is a top.
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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby g-boaf » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:38 pm

Top: disc brake announcement.

Flop: expensive racing licenses, apparent lack of ability to push state governments to enforce better driver behaviour around riders.

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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:35 pm

FLOP It's a "Boys Club" and they are not interested in encouraging and nuturing up and coming riders or funnelling anything to the Clubs. :evil:

The screw the revenue from the Clubs without any transparency of where the money goes. :evil:

They don't allow freedom of speech when it come to criticism of their operation, even when it is truthful and not defamatory in anyway. :roll:

Tops. Ummm................................................. :?:

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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby macca33 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:19 pm

Foo nailed it. CA is a disgrace and owing to their exclusive 'institute-only' recognition of riders, have fielded a 4 of 5 U23 team for the Worlds.

In doing so, they left a VERY good U23 bloke (8th Aus Nats 2017, 5th Oceanias 2017 and currently Stagiairing with Cannondale-Drapac) completely out of the equation and when he made the inquiry with the CA CEO, was told that it was too late and that the window for an appeal was also closed.

So, he'll be sitting in Girona this week, off the back of a strong Tour of Alberta, twiddling his thumbs and putting in another training block.....
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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby duncanm » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:51 am

I suspect cycling suffers from the same disease many other olympic sports organisations do.

If you look at their annual report, approx $2.5M comes from memberships in a total annual revenue of > $20M.

~ $9M comes from direct government (taxpayer) funds for olympic programs.

Members are just window dressing to justify 'community involvement' and allow them to go for the main game, Olympic dosh.

Sailing suffers the same fate.

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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby andrewjcw » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:56 am

Tops: Being slightly pro-active with disc-brakes (still 2 years late but faster than I expected).

Flops: Backwards licensing system in pricing/admin/timing discouraging anyone wanting to get involved with membership.

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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby jules21 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:08 pm

I don't really know.

It's history that they screwed up their finances, partly by trying to vertically integrate operating their own NRS events. This has hamstrung their ongoing operations - so it's unfair to blame current administrators for problems they've inherited.

They have new people on board. I don't know them all, but 1 person they got I know is regarded as a good operator.

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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby trailgumby » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:04 pm

A reflective critique of CA's focus here: http://www.ridemedia.com.au/features/wh ... eal-quest/

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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby duncanm » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:50 pm

trailgumby wrote:A reflective critique of CA's focus here: http://www.ridemedia.com.au/features/wh ... eal-quest/



yup - basically priorities at these sporting organisations are driven by the taxpayer's Olympic funding. medals / $.

Grassroots sporting organisations are better off staying as far away from the Olympics as possible if they want to serve their members.

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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby DaSchmooze » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:38 am

Tops - Trying to keep a litany of shoulda/woulda/couldas at bay who know zero about what it takes to run a sports body and offer no ideas on how to improve things. I seriously don't know how Nick Green and his crew don't lose it completely with the long list of naysayers who do nothing other than criticise.

Flops - The length of time the report into the NRS has taken.
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Re: Cycling Australia: Tops and Flops

Postby Thoglette » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:30 pm

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