A friend of mine and I have thrown then idea around of starting a kind of cycling portal website for our state. News, results, races, teams, media, etc. I'm curious what you guys would like to see. Colorado has 2 (sort of 3 or more) road-racing calendars.
One goal of the site would be to compile all of that with one easy to use online calendar. In a lot of areas finding all of the races is pretty easy, but here it isn't really. We have both ACA and USCF, and in addition its sometimes difficult to find USCF races at all, and sometimes hard to find the flyers for any race (they aren't always linked from ACA). Of course I'd also include the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference schedule (most of them have USCF races...).
Of course, going along with that it would be cool to have all of the results able to compiled in one place.
Event coverage is something else I'd like to focus on. Bikeforums has made me realize that a lot of cyclists are very enthusiastic and very good at writing what the race was like from a first hand experience. While a "news" type article of the event would be required, I also think it would be neat to allow people to write in and have their perspectives published - possibly people who we decide are excellent, consistant and influential writers could be given a "blog" spot.
The site would focus on both amateur and professional cycling in my state, however I'd say it would be geared towards the amateur - since there are often times more major avenues of coverage for professional racing (Velonews, for example).
We're also hoping to take user-submitted / our own photos and video of races.
Links would be a must to try to make a one-stop portal. Hopefully links to all of the locally based pro and amateur teams, links to road-friendly bike shops, and of course the major governing bodies in the area.
Eventually it would be cool to have weekly training tips or what-have-you, although that would come later.
The idea would be to have the site be ad-free, non-profit kind of deal. If the site ever grew to the point where the couple-dollars a month I pay for hosting wouldn't cover it (I get 200GB space and 2TB of x-fer). It would mean the site is popular enough that finding ways to cover server-costs would be pretty easy.
I'd like to have a well-organized site that people find aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. I really dislike cyclingnews and pez for that very reason, and Velonews isn't a whole lot better.
If this was your area, what would you like to see to make a site like this your go-to for local cycling news, and the other things mentioned? I'm open to any suggestions...