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Between travel and registration the USGP is already one of the most expensive races I do every year. Not to mention the start times in frigid temperatures. It is already on the chopping block for next year. An additional more expensive license would probably break the camel's back. I'd rather spectate and drink some Dechutes.

Unless I start doing a few more Washington or other races outside Oregon and have a need for it I don't see a big reason to drop USAC 60 bucks. I've paid it before when I lived on the east coast, and after racing with both USAC seems like a bulky and impersonal organization. I'd rather spend my money with OBRA. I've never thought of OBRA as a product, but I agree with Kenji that USAC just can't compete. Their best bet if to keep working with OBRA for elite level events, otherwise I'm sure they'll it in their numbers in everything but elite cats (which you need a UCI license for anyways) will suffer.

2 years, 9 months ago on USA Cycling Pressures OBRA, Independent Organizations and Events

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@SteveMcCrory I think most Oregon riders won't get a USAC license, with the exception of the elite riders. OBRA has really bred a great cycling scene based off participation. The license and events are cheaper than anything USAC can show. And we have a plethora of events and more every year that most of us will simply find another event and not pay the higher fees. Maybe we are spoiled. Or maybe we just believe you don't need a manager's income to moonlight as a bike racer. I believe the latter. And it is among the reasons I moved back from the east coast to Oregon.

2 years, 9 months ago on USA Cycling Pressures OBRA, Independent Organizations and Events

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I remember college, it was a lot of hours. But. At least with college you have more flexible hours and can build your own schedule essentially, it sounds like that is your problem. Depending on your industry working life is often less forgiving. Clients don't seem to want to let me push a deadline out or skip a meeting for a workout. I know, what is their problem, right? Don't they know this is important stuff?

3 years ago on Collegiate Chronicles: Cyclocross versus the Semester

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