Last year’s Division III Club of the Year, the Cross Creek Cycling Club (Fayetteville, N.C.), moved up to the Division II ranks this season and was promptly awarded that category’s highest honor. No stranger to awards, the club has also earned Best New Club of the Year in 2004 and Master’s Club of the Year in 2005. Also in 2007 and again this season, the Cross Creek Cycling Club was named USA Cycling’s Master’s Club of the Year for its contributions to programs that cater to riders aged 30 and up.
Cross Creek promotes the North Carolina State Criterium Championships and hosted 36 educational clinics and seminars focused on junior development, cyclo-cross, bike safety and more. The group also held a USA Cycling Officials Clinic where 13 members became certified class-three officials. Cross Creek also prides itself on its contributions to several charitable organizations including Operation Spin Cycle, the Wounded Warrior Project, Ride Without Limits, Special Olympics and many more.USA Cycling also chose the Cross Creek Cycling Club as its Master’s Club of the Year this season because of its master’s-related programs and initiatives. Cross Creek features a master’s program that places juniors under the watchful mentorship of several master’s riders. Following the completion of each race, the club’s master members provide valuable feedback to the developing riders. The club also conducted 10 mentorship rides in 2008.