Longtime USA Cycling executive Sean Petty is leaving his position with the national federation, effective April 15. USA Cycling management informed staff of the move Wednesday morning.
According to sources who asked not to be named due to a forthcoming official announcement, Petty is leaving the organization on his own terms.
UPDATE: Petty will assume a consulting role with USA Cycling while pursuing business interests “inside and outside the sport of cycling,” according to a press release distributed Wednesday afternoon by the federation.
“While I’m disappointed Sean is leaving us on a full-time basis, I am pleased that he will continue to be an engaged and valuable resource to our sport and to USA Cycling by continuing to work with us on a consultant basis going forward,” said USA Cycling president and CEO Steve Johnson. “Sean will also remain on the UCI Road Commission and will work closely with Mike Plant and me on our ambitious international relations initiatives.”
Petty rose to prominence in U.S. cycling as the manager of 7-Eleven’s ventures in the sport in the 1980s, including sponsorship of the first American team to compete in the Tour de France, and the 1986 UCI Road World Championships in Colorado Springs. He joined the national federation in 1994 and is a former managing director of the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (USPRO). Petty was appointed chief operating officer for USA Cycling in 2006 and most recently served as chief of domestic and international affairs.
Petty responded to a request for comment via email, writing, “It’s all good,” and claiming that he is “very excited,” but did not elaborate. An announcement from USA Cycling is expected soon.
Later Wednesday, Petty called his work with USA Cycling an “honor and a privilege.”
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the past two decades on behalf of the many riders, race directors, teams, coaches and officials who are part of the USA Cycling family,” Petty said in a press release. “I am very pleased that, among my new business endeavors, I will continue to work closely with USA Cycling as a consultant on a number of initiatives now and in the coming years. And I’m honored to continue serving the sport as a member of the UCI Road Commission.”