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USA Cycling Appoints New Members



Press Release

1.7.14

USA Cycling has hired six new staff members in three departments, including Director of Track Programs Andy Sparks and Technical Director Mark Guthart. National Events Manager Laura Ryan, Race Director Certification Manager Cynthia Weisinger, Digital and Social Media Manager Steve Bitter and Sponsorship and Member Benefits Manager Daniel Gillespie also join the company.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Andy, Mark, Cynthia, Laura, Steve and Daniel to the USA Cycling Family,” said USA Cycling CEO and President Steve Johnson. “Each new staff member brings a unique set of skills that I expect will profoundly and positively affect their respective areas of responsibility.”
 
Sparks joins the Colorado Springs-based staff with deep USA Cycling roots. Formerly the USA Cycling Endurance Track Head Coach and USOC Para-Cycling Track Head Coach, Sparks twice coached the Olympic track cycling team. Sparks also directed the Performance-United Cycling Center in Mallorca, Spain, as well as the track cycling program at the UCI’s World Cycling Center in Switzerland, which was comprised of more than 100 athletes and coaches from the governing bodies of over 40 nations. With USA Cycling, Sparks will manage elite and development track programs.
 
An Elite National Commissaire, race director, Iowa Bicycle Racing Association Board President and cyclist, Guthart brings his years of diverse experience in the cycling world, along with his business acumen as owner of G4 Sports Marketing, to the Technical Director position. As Technical Director, Guthart will oversee referee development and education, direct national event officiating and manage technical advancement in the United States.
 
Ryan’s 20-plus years of Olympic and Paralympic experience will prove to be key as she oversees USA Cycling National Championships as a National Events Manager. A three-time Olympian in team handball, Ryan spent 10 years with U.S. Paralympics where she served as an associate events director. There, she developed and directed the implementation of events for military wounded, ill and injured service members, and planned and implemented a comprehensive annual sports calendar. Most recently, Ryan held the role of Senior Program Director for the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor Adaptive Athletics Program.
 
From developing the Austin Ridge Riders from scratch as Race Director in 2006 to her 20 years as the Director of Training and Certification for the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, Weisinger’s professional and cycling experience serves as a balanced blend of cycling knowledge and curriculum-based management. As the Race Director Certification Manager, Weisinger will administer the educational content and oversee the certification process for race directors in America.
 
Bitter joins USA Cycling as the Digital and Social Media Manager. He brings communications and marketing experience from both in-house and agency capacities, including time spent with two professional sports teams. He most recently came from a well-known content marketing agency, Vertical Measures, in Phoenix. As the new Digital and Social Media Manager, Bitter’s responsibilities will include full-time handling of USAC’s social media profiles and content development, and management of USA Cycling’s website and other online properties.
 
Gillespie spent the last 10 years with SRM PowerMeters, splitting time between the U.S. and Europe, providing Sponsorship and Technical Support for SRM-sponsored teams. Prior to his work with SRM, he spent four years with Carmichael Training Systems as an Events and Marketing Manager. The former professional mountain biker will work with communications and marketing to develop new and current corporate partnerships, and through those partnerships, provide excellent USA Cycling member benefits.


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