MBRA News

Road Race Series Results

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Thanks to everyone for your participation in Michigan races this year.  It was a great season of road racing and based on the final results of the Road Race Series presented by KOMZ, there was lots of close finishes.  The winners in each division will be receiving a free jersey from VIE 13!  We are also happy to announce the men's and women's Category 1/2/3 winners who will be splitting $500 each!!  The podiums for each are:

 

     Women's 1/2/3                               Men's 1/2/3

1 - Elaine Sheikh                                  Alex Tenelshof

2 - Melissa Seymour                            Sam Junge

3 - Emily Elrich                                     Cory Stange 

 

Congrats to Cory Stange who also made to every series race!

 

Send your address to mbrapres@gmail.com and we will get your prize money in the mail.  

For Jersey winners, please send us your preferred size and we will get the order going.  Thanks and congrats to all!

Check out the full results on the race series page!

STATE ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE

Michigan racers, below are the updated results for the state championship road race. We have updated the results to show the Michigan specific results as the state championship placings are open to Michigan residents only. Thanks for your understanding on this and if you need the correct medal for your result, please contact me at mbrapres@gmail.com. Thanks for your support of Michigan racing and enjoy the rest of the season.

For the race winners, we will have jersey ordering open after cyclocross season.

State Road Race Championship Results Update

Birch Run Speedway Yahoo Rides

Thursday May 31st @ 6:15pm - 8:30pm at Birch Run Speedway and Event Center

It's a fun ride for all adult level riders.  On-site registration only.

Birch Run Speedway and Event Center
10945 Dixie Hwy.
Birch Run, MI 48415

Revolution Racing is hoping to build this event up into a bigger cycling opportunity at the location.  Later in the summer possibly coordinating with a pre-existing "party on the patio" with local band playing music.  In order for that to happen, they need to spread the word and get more riders in for the event.

For more about the track layout, see this drone footage of the race track on YouTube.

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it, our March Racing Digest is out now.  It went out to those of you on our mailing list last week.  It includes details about upcoming races and assorted other information about events ahead.

If you aren't already, you can subscribe here or from the racing digest itself.

Level "C" Officials Clinic Coming Up

On Sunday, March 11th, our Director of Officials John Sammut along with official Bryan Garfoot will be putting on a Level "C" Officials clinic at the Lexus Velodrome.  Instructions will be around 4 hours. Note: There's been an update to the curriculum and there will be no formal, written test.

  • Location - Lexus Velodrome (601 Mack Ave., Detroit MI 48201)
  • Date - Sunday, March 11th
  • Time - 10:00am
  • Fee - Free
  • Supplies needed - Pen/Pencil and notebook or pad of paper.
  • Lunch - Supplied by MBRA

To join, email our Head Official, John Sammut at mbraofficial@gmail.com.

The Season Ahead

The road schedule is coming together nicely.  The calendars have been updated with the latest information.  We've got some big weekends set up this year throughout the summer.

  • Return of the June weekend for Race for Wishes and CyclingLawyer.com Crit.
  • July has a Detroit weekend for the Corktown Crit and Detroit Cycling Championship
  • The all new Midwest Road Race Championship

Stay tuned for more announcements:

  • New Race Series
  • State Championship Events
  • Pre-registration incentives!

We'll keep on top of the calendar and lock down those last few tentative details in the next couple weeks.

Annual Meeting Notes

The annual meeting is a wrap.  Thanks everyone who was able to attend.  We did a little bit of a live feed over facebook that may have had some alright sound.  Also, the we also have the presentation available as a download.  We will get any other, more detailed documents up as we get them organized.  The plan is to have many of these (by-laws and budget) available on the website in a permanent location soon.

The calendar will be seeing updates.  There are already events well out into 2018 being filled in the Google Calendars, and a new calendar for Track is up now. Other updates will be appearing soon.

2017 ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, November 19th at Noon.

Location:  Lansing Brewing Company

518 E. Shiawassee St, Lansing MI 48912

 

New Board of Directors -

The transition to the new board is complete!  On behalf of everyone I want to thank Harvey Elliot for his past service and we wish him well on his new adventure out west.  The new board consists of a great mix of Michigan cycling veterans.  I look forward to being part of this team.  We want to hear your input as we begin the task of improving bike racing in Michigan.  Please reach out to us through the Contacts page.  Near term we will be working on new bylaws and getting prepared for the 2018 racing season.  An annual meeting will be held before the end of the year, stay tuned here for more details regarding dates and times.  

MBRA Board Members

Chris Donnelly - MBRA President

Melissa Werkman - MBRA Vice President

Don Lee - MBRA Treasurer and Secretary

John Sammut - MBRA Head of Officials

Sandra Morton - Juniors Lead

Laura Melendez - Women's Racing Lead

Roadie

   Roadie  is a light-hearted exploration of the world of road cycling, bike racing, and the people who love it.

Roadie is a light-hearted exploration of the world of road cycling, bike racing, and the people who love it.

While perusing VeloPress I dug up this gem from of a book from two Michigan natives - Jamie Smith and Jef Mallett (Frazz) - Jamie sets out to explain the sport he loves and the roadies who live for it in this lighthearted treatise on bike racing. Roadie reveals what’s to love about dressing in technicolored Lycra at the crack of dawn on Saturday and returning at sundown with a glow of satisfaction—and more prominent tan lines.

Perfect for those who are puzzled by road cyclists, have considered riding a road bike, or walked away from a bike race completely baffled, Roadie addresses all of the curiosities that accompany the sport of cycling, from shaved legs to colorful jerseys and unbelievably expensive bicycles, shoes, and components. Every seemingly neurotic tendency is explained and celebrated with humorous illustrations from nationally syndicated cartoonist Jef Mallett (also rumored to log thousands of miles of riding per year).

Explaining strategy and races from the famous Tour de France stage race to the local criterium, Roadie brings the excitement of bike racing alive for anyone with an appetite for adrenaline. And for the thousands who purchase a shiny new road bike each spring, it’s a much-needed primer on the politics of a group ride. Pacelines, drafting, sprinting, climbing, and breakaways are turned into everyday commonsense with colorful anecdotes.

Whether interested onlooker or cycling aficionado, readers will find themselves laughing out loud as they revel in the roadie’s world.

Enjoy some quick excerpts from Roadie on the VeloPress Culture & Etiquette page or buy the book!  

MBRA Elections

The MBRA Executive Board is seeking officers for the 2018 & 2019 seasons. Each position will be elected to a two-year term. You must be a Michigan resident and hold a USA Cycling License to run for a position.  All executive board members are required to call in to MBRA executive board meetings (approximately 1 per month) and in some cases to attend special events.  

Please be sure that the contact information for your club or team is up to date on USACycling.org and listed correctly on our voter roll.  For corrections or to assign a proxy please email Larry Martin (lmartin@usacycling.org) by August 1, 2017.  

Positions up for election are as follows:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary-Treasurer

Nominations will be accepted via email. The deadline to self-nominate or nominate candidates is August 1, 2017. Submissions for nominations should be emailed to Larry Martin (lmartin@usacycling.org).

Candidates must accept the nomination and provide the following information:

  • Position You're Running For
  • Name
  • City of Residence
  • Experience (Event Promoter, Racer, Official, etc.)
  • Platform/Why You’re Running (Please limit to 500 words or less)

Voting members include the following:

  • President or designated club member of a MBRA cycling club/team who has/or will host or co-host at least one MBRA-approved race event in the past or upcoming calendar year.
  • Race promoter or designated MBRA member who has/or will host or co-host at least one MBRA-approved race event in the past or upcoming calendar year.
  • USAC Licensed Official who has/or will officiate at least one MBRA-approved race event in the past or upcoming calendar year.

There is a limit of one (1) vote per person, per member class, with the maximum allowable number of votes of three (3) from any individual who is a qualified member under the aforementioned criteria.

Electronic elections will open the week of August 1st, all ballots must be cast before September 1, 2017.  Results will be announced by USA Cycling the following week.  

This nomination and election process was revised following public input at the MBRA Special Election Meeting at CyclingLawyer.com Crit on July 8th, 2017.  Minutes from the meeting are available online.  

The Yellow Line Rule started in Michigan . . . (Sort Of)

The highway center line and, by extension, the yellow line rule that we all must observe during our road races originated in Michigan.  While there's some confusion as whether we should credit Edward Hines (1911) or Kenneth Sawyer (1917) as the first man to paint lines on the road, both helped to shape the roadway standards of Michigan and our nation.  

The yellow line rule is just one of many rules in the rulebook designed to keep riders safe on the roadway. It's one of the easiest to violate accidentally and probably the most dangerous. It's also one of the harder ones to enforce for an official who is riding in the passenger seat of a follow vehicle. Sight lines are limited. Depth perception is challenging. And distractions with other aspects of the job make it difficult, which is why they rely on the collective eyeballs of the peloton to self-police itself.

Don't be that rider who takes advantage of this hard-to-enforce rule. Never cross the yellow line to advance your position. And always keep in mind the danger of oncoming traffic for yourself and your fellow competitors. Even if you don't cross the line, your riding may force others out into the opposing lane. 

Making it to the finish safely should be your ultimate goal. 

Two Easy Things to Make the Sport Better

1. Work on your bike handling skills.

2. Recruit young riders. 

Our hats off to those clubs who actively keep their skills sharp. No matter how long you've been riding, you can always get better at handling the bike. Thanks go out to the Team OAM-NOW riders who conducted the clinic in Kalamazoo last Friday. Good bike skills will help you avoid the crashes that scare people away from this wonderful sport.

Our hats are also off to those teams who are cultivating future racers. The sport appreciates anyone who helps attract new riders, teach skills, teach rules, and teach the etiquette that will ensure the growth of the sport. Big thanks to Andrie Junior Development, Ann Arbor Velo Club, Wolverines Sports Club, and a few other families who took all those Junior riders to Madison last year to gave them the Nationals Experience.

If your Club/Team is doing things to improve skills and recruit young riders, send us your pictures. We'll give YOU a shout out, too!

Special Meeting/Save the Date

MBRA will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the CyclingLawyer.com Crit to discuss and plan elections for the MBRA Executive Board.  The purpose of this meeting is to set the rules and date of the officer elections.  Members of the community are invited to attend and provide public comment.  Clubs, race promoters and members of the community who are eligible to vote on these matters should have already received this message via email as well.  The meeting will be delayed 1 hour since our last email so that it starts after the juniors race - we want everyone that wants to participate to be able to voice their concerns.  

Agenda:
5:30 PM - Introduction and Sign-in  
5:45 PM - Review of Voter Roll
   We will review and determine which clubs, race directors, and officials are eligible to vote.
6:00 PM - Discussion and Voting to Approve Bylaws
   Two concurrent sets of bylaws exist - we need to choose one set by which the organization will abide. 
6:15 PM - Discussion and Voting to set date for Officer Elections
    After consultation with USA Cycling and the MBRA Board the final Officer Elections will take place online.
6:30 PM - Close of Meeting

Minutes:
Meeting minutes are available for download here.   

Location:
WMed Innovation Center
4717 Campus Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008

 

Reading the Race

 Race announcer Jamie Smith and veteran road captain Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in bike racing strategies and tactics.

Race announcer Jamie Smith and veteran road captain Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in bike racing strategies and tactics.

In Reading the Race, michigander Jamie Smith and veteran road captain Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in bike racing strategies and tactics. Armed with strategies and tactics learned over thousands of bike races, cyclists and cycling fans will learn how to read a race—and see how to win it.

Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if you’re in it to win it, you need race smarts. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up a sprint—on every page, Horner and Smith reveal new secrets to faster racing and better results. 

Smith and Horner dissect common mistakes, guiding riders with lessons learned from decades of racing experience. Reading the Race reveals the veteran’s eye view on:

  • Assembling the best possible team
  • Crafting strategies around the team, course, and rivals
  • Reacting instantly to common scenarios 
  • Making deals and combines
  • Breaks, echelons, blocking
  • Pack protocol and etiquette
  • Finishing in the prize money or on the podium
  • Winning the group ride

Whether you’re a new racer, an aspiring pro, a coach, or even a roadside fan, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ!

Available now from VeloPress