January Board Meeting Minutes

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Bicycle Racing Association met Jan. 25 to elect officers, establish a budget and conduct general business.
  • Meeting held in conjunction with Iowa Bike Expo at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in room 302.
  • While waiting for the meeting to begin.  Randy Catron reminded those in attendance that through IBRA there is a $100.00 grant available for each licensed Iowa Developmental racer that completes in 10 races.  Each U-23 racer will receive a $100.00 gift certificate to their favorite bike shop. In addition to IBRA funds, the Iowa Junior Development Foundation has money available for junior development programs and race reimbursement assistance, such as a trip to Nationals.
  • Board members present, Jeff Mertz, Larry Howe, Paul Jensen, Greg Harper, and Dan Rekemeyer. Mark Guthart listened in on the proceedings via telephone until the election of officers. Landon Beachy was absent.
  • In Mark Guthart’s absence, Larry Howe called the meeting to order at approximately 10:35am. Larry presented the Treasure’s Report. While in 2013 there were 3 less races than 2012 the overall number of racer participants had increased. Bicycle Racing appears to be healthy and growing in Iowa. At this point the IBRA 2013 balance sheet and income /expense numbers were discussed. The Iowa City Cycling Club put on the most races and had the highest attendance in 2013 and was declared the Club of the Year. There was no discussion of the report.  A vote was taken to accept the Treasurer’s Report and it passed unanimously.
  • Election of Officers. There was a brief explanation of the absence of Mark Guthart on the slate of candidates. Mark may be moving and will not be able to continue on the IBRA Board. The Slate of Candidates was presented; Landon Beachy, Jacob Oyen, Rick Hopson, Greg Harper, Paul Jensen, Larry Howe, Jeff Mertz, and Dan Rekemeyer.
  • Election results. The members selected for the IBRA Board are Landon Beachy, Rick Hopson, Greg Harper, Paul Jensen, Larry Howe, Jeff Mertz, and Dan Rekemeyer. Once the Members of the board were established, voting and confirming of the officers took place.
    • Jeff Mertz, President.
    • Larry Howe, Treasurer.
    • Dan Rekemeyer, Secretary.
  • Creation of Ad Hoc IBRA Website IT Coordinator position. There was discussion of IBRA website and its need of constant updating. Jacob Oyen was nominated and confirmed to the new position of Ad Hoc Web Site IT Coordinator. Website updates were suggested. Race results need to be coordinated through the IBRA website to the USA Cycling website to increase website traffic. Announce $100.00 IBRA junior development grant on the website with qualification instructions and contact information. Revival of the IBRA Hall of Fame.
  • Randy Catron asked, “Why the IBRA did not sign on to the Race Clean Program?” Discussion followed. Paul Jensen summed up the IBRA Board’s position.  “We support clean drug free racing in Iowa. However, the Cost of the program was too high for our small local association.”  Jeff Mertz followed up with reading the changes to the 2014 Race Clean program. (Due to the vast amount of discussion I was not able to keep up with my note taking. – Dan.) Randy recommended that we add the Race Clean Statement to the IBRA website. Discussion then switched to USADA testing fees and the financial impact that it would have on the race promoters. Jeff Mertz reiterated that “if random testing does happen in Iowa that the IBRA would step up and help with the associated costs.”
  • Randy Catron said that, “I understand that the IBRA focuses mainly on road racing, I would like to see more Mountain Bike Racing inclusion.” Paul Jensen explained that, “We are already taking steps toward this. During our race scheduling meeting we tried to minimize or eliminate road / cross and MTB race conflicts.”
  • Jeff Mertz suggested that we create Race Schedule Coordinator position to take the burden off the president. This position would work with race promoters and the Race Permit Coordinator, Randy Catron, to help get the races on the calendar for the upcoming race season. Paul Jensen volunteered to expand his Cyclocross Race Coordinator position to Race Schedule Coordinator.
  • Jeff Mertz volunteered to remain the Officials Coordinator.
  • This is the current list of Coordinators.
    • Officials Coordinator, Jeff Mertz.
    • Race Schedule Coordinator, Paul Jensen.
    • License Upgrade Coordinator, Landon Beachy.
    • Race Permit Coordinator, Randy Catron.
    • IBRA Website IT Coordinator, Jacob Oyen.
    • MTB Race Permit Coordinator, Larry Martin.
  • Jeff Mertz and Brett Griggs were recognized for their outstanding service and advancement within the ranks of USA Cycling officials. Jeff Mertz praised the service of Deisha Reynolds as a new USA Cycling Official. (Thank you to all the officials for your service and support of Cycling!)
  • 2014 Budget Discussion. First Aid kits need to get purchased so that each Official can have one at a race. Jeff Mertz explained Officials’ reimbursement policy changes. The Safe Sport program requires officials to pass back round checks.  Go ahead and pay for multiple year web hosting services to take advantage of discounting. Club of the Year budget reduced to zero, cost so small it can be Misc expense. Continue Stste Championship Jerseys for 2014. Jeff Mertz recommended Changes to the Officials’ budget lines for 2014. Motion to accept Budget changes for 2014. 2014 Budget passed unanimously.
  • Further discussion of Safe Sport Program.  Two LA Board members must pass back round checks. Since Jeff Mertz and Larry Howe are Officials and are already subject to the checks, we are covered.
  • Meeting adjourned at approximately 12:15p.