Jack Simes – CEO
Jack considers the Championship Cycling formula of arena cycling and the inaugural New York 6-Day Championship Cycling event as the premier endeavor he has undertaken in a substantial career of successful projects.
Previously, Jack was the key developer of the US Professional Cycling Federation (USPRO), the organization for which he created and implemented the strategy that secured the exclusive USA pro cycling governing rights from the International Cycling Union (UCI), the world governing body of cycling. During the twelve years he served as executive director of USPRO, he was instrumental in growing USPRO cycling from its one registered pro team and one sanctioned event, both of which he helped create, to a season long point series of over fifty events, a dozen registered pro teams and establishing the United States as the country with the most licensed professional racers in the world at that time.
Additionally, Jack was a founder and, for ten years, race director of the US PRO Road Championship in Philadelphia, one of the world’s richest and best-attended single day cycling events. And, as the first director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in PA, he created programs there that included hosting and securing sponsorships for a world championship. The standards he established enabled that facility to become recognized as one of the world’s most successful outdoor velodromes.
Jack served for 16 years as one of only two non-European members of the UCI Professional Executive Committee and Council. During this time he proposed and lobbied for policy changes that resulted in the opening of the UCI calendar to new events worldwide, the establishment of separate continental race calendars, the acceptance of women’s international trade teams, and the eligibility of professional cyclists to compete in the Olympic Games beginning in 1996. In his capacity with the UCI, Jack also spent time in Japan as a guest of the Japan Professional Cycling Federation observing the cycling pari-mutuel system known as Keirin.
More recently, Jack has provided consulting services regarding racing program development for planned indoor velodromes in New York, Pennsylvania and Portugal (now built) as well as the existing outdoor Valley Preferred Cycling Center. He is the founder of Veloplex Arenas, a system to construct indoor velodrome facilities in a cost effective way. He was also the first Executive Director (2007 – 08) for the Cadence Cycling Foundation, a non profit organization formed to introduce American youth, especially those from inner cities, to competitive cycling.
Before becoming a developer of professional cycling activity, as a competitor, Jack was a three time Olympic cyclist, multi-time US National Champion and a World Championship medalist. He was a USA Olympic and Pan American Team coach as well as the coach of seven USA World Championship Track Cycling Teams and the GM of fourteen USA Pro World Road and Track Teams.
In 1992 Jack became the first North American recipient of the UCI Merit Award for distinguished service to the UCI. He was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1995 as well as the Lehigh Valley Velodrome Hall of Fame in 2003. From 1999 – 2005 Jack served on the NYC2012 Board of Directors and Venue Advisory Committee. NYC2012 was a not-for-profit organization created to bring the Olympic Games to New York in 2012.