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  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!