New Website

The MBRA is moving to a new website. In the future, this site will automatically forward you to the new site, but for the moment, not all the information has been moved to the new site.

 

The new site is at http://www.michigan-cycling.org/ 

Midwest Cyclocross Regional Championship - Dec 17, 2016

Just a heads up that the Midwest Cyclocross Regional Championship will be held on Dec 17 in Sun Prairie, WI. There will be USAC medals to the top 3 in each category. Find out more and register at: https://www.usacycling.org/register/2016-2073

2016/2017 Annual Meeting

Save the date for our annual race promoters meeting on December 10, 2016!

 

Planning to host a USA Cycling race in 2016?  Please plan to attend the annual Michigan race promoters meeting on Saturday, December 10 in Ann Arbor, MI.  We will begin at 10AM with the live meeting at:

 

University of Michigan Duderstadt Center 

2281 Bonisteel Boulevard, Room #1180

 

If you are unable to attend in person, we will be live streaming with Join.Me at: 

https://join.me/MichiganCycling

 

Proposed Agenda:

  • USAC fee structure for 2017
  • Discussion of potential changes to Michigan Challenge Series 
  • Approval of the 2017 Road Series/Calendar
  • Approval of the 2017 CX Series/Calendar
  • Creation of several new positions on the MBRA Executive Board, elections for open positions.  

 

Detailed agenda to be released next week.  

 

Harvey Elliott

MBRA, Executive Director

www.mbra.org

MI Senate Committee Hearing on Vulnerable Roadway User Legislation

As some of you may be aware, on Tuesday September 20th at 3 pm in room 110 of the Billie Farnum Building (corner of Capitol & Allegan) the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is planning on taking testimony on 5 bills dealing with vulnerable roadway users. 

Two of the bills stiffen penalties for injuring a roadway user (Senate Bills 1029-1030), two of them establish a 5 foot passing rule (one for passing on the right and one for on the left (SBs 1076-1077)) and one to require a minimum of three hours of vulnerable roadway user instruction in the Michigan Driver Education Program (SB 1078).

 

I told you that to tell you this: If you're schedule allows, COME TO THIS HEARING. You don't need to speak -you can if you like and if there's time- but a strong showing by whom the bill affects will only help drive home the point to legislators that this bill is important to us and we are paying attention to it. 

 

Ever heard the phrase, "decisions are made by those who show up"? I can tell you firsthand this is true. 

 

The board of directors will be submitting a letter of support on behalf of CFT/SDL. A draft of the letter is attached; please consider personalizing this draft and submitting a letter of your own, and share it with others who have a stake in this with encouragement to do the same. Going on record is documentation of showing up.  

 

For those of you that don't know, for the last 10 years I've worked in the Michigan House of Reps. and I can tell you it is noticed and remembered when a large number of people come to a hearing to support or oppose the bills being considered.

 

If you'd like to take a look at the bills that are being considered next week, to go http://legislature.mi.gov and in the box that says "Bill Number" search for 1076, 1077, 1078, 1029, 1030. One at a time.

The League of MI Bicyclists has extended an invitation to the team to a coffee hour hosted by LMB and Senator O'Brien (she’s a main sponsor of the bills and is from the Kalamazoo area) office ahead of the hearing. The reception will be held in the conference room on the 8th floor of the Farnum building at 2 pm. If you are able to make it, please let me know so I can let the LMB know who to expect.

 

Thanks to Mark Lawrence and Steve Smith for compiling this information.  

2016 State Champion Jerseys

Now Available for order from ATAC!

 

StateChampJersey Website

Order Deadline: Septermber 1st

Delivery Date: October 14th

 

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2016 State Championship Events

Below is a list of the USA Cycling road and mountain bike championship events for the State of Michigan.  In this list you will find links to each race as well as the category/age group breakdown for medals.  The top three riders in each category will recieve a commemorative medal. The first rider in each category will have the option to buy a commemorative jersey, t-shirt, or cycling cap.  Please, mark your calendars and plan to attend! 

Read more: 2016 State Championship Events

Project J Youth Cycling Grant

For all you juniors out there, Project J is offering five grants of $300 to help cover costs associated with travel to Nationals and/or Worlds. Check it out!  Or if you know a Michigan Youth who could use this.... pass it on!

 

Please note that this is only open to Michigan residents.  A big thank you to Project J for providing this opportunity!!! Project J is a community organization founded to develop the skills of amateur athletes, while creating an opportunity for personal growth, mentoring, and developing citizenship behaviors. By participating in local, regional and national races, we believe juniors will increase their skills and self-confidence.

 

 

Project J Grant Application (PDF)

 

 

Interview: Allie Dragoo

As part of our series of exclusive interviews of Michigan riders who have reached the major leagues, we are happy to introduce you to Allie Dragoo: Allie is one of the fresh faces in cycling today. At first glance, you may think she came out of nowhere since she didn’t race much on the road in Michigan, but she’s paid many dues unseen by road cycling fans. The 26-year-old Grand Rapids native is currently racing for Team Twenty16 RideBiker p/b ShoAir Women’s Professional Cycling Team. She graciously took the time to speak to us recently. 

Read more: Interview: Allie Dragoo

Waterford Memorial Weekend Races

Team O2/Cadieux Bicycle Club is pleased to bring a new race to the Michigan calendar!  Save time this Memorial Day weekend to join us at the Waterford Memorial Weekend Races and help start a new racing tradition in Michigan.  The races will be held on the closed loop Waterford Hills race track in Clarkston, Michigan.   Over $2,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at this great new event.  For those not familiar with the course, it is a fast and winding track with a few curves and a short incline to keep everyone challenged.  It's also a fan friendly venue with plenty of seating for friends and family to come out and enjoy a fun day of bike racing.  See the flier for all the race details and register online now!
 
SEE YOU AT THE RACES MAY 28th!!!!

RACE CALENDAR CHANGE: 2016 Tour de Frankenmuth is Cancelled

The race director, Revolution Racing Cycling team, and the many volunteers and sponsors, would like to thank everyone involved with this event for the past 9 years. The race will not occur in 2016.  There are many reasons, and we are not sure what the future holds.  It was a difficult decision, but one that ultimately had to be made.  Check these sites for more info on our other races. As of now we plan to still put on the Big Bad Wolf.  And we are currently seeking alternate events for upcoming years.

Special thanks goes out to Sheila Stamiris from the City of Frankenmuth and Linda Kelly from Zehnder's. These two amazing people made this race possible and were integral to the success. Without them, their organizations, and their staff, it wouldn't have been one of the most successful races in Michigan history.

More thanks to long time race organizers and volunteers Steve Weckle and Paul Rytlewski, and many of the long term volunteers who gave countless hours toward the event. These guys and many others deserve the best for their roles and contributions. The list of volunteers goes on, and there is only so much time to thank you all. So, THANK YOU!

Ride on,
Ben Rollenhagen