The deadline to submit an application to host the Michigan State Cycling Championships in either the Road, Criterium and Time Trial disciplines in 2015 and 2016 is less than a week away.  If interested, please download the Application and submit it by 10/15/14.  Thank you.

2015-2016 Michigan State Cycling Championships


The MBRA Board will be accepting applications through October 15, 2014, for those who are interested in hosting the Michigan State Cycling Championships in either the Road, Criterium and Time Trial disciplines in 2015 and 2016.  If interested, please download the Application and submit it by 10/15/14.    

ALMA GRAND PRIX OF CYCLOCROSS set to start the Michigan ‘Cross Season!

On Saturday, September 6, the Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross p/b Eclipse Cycling will kick off the Michigan cyclocross season as well as the Tailwind Racing series of cyclocross races. Pre-registration is open until Sunday, August 31, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Day of registration is also available. Early number pick up on Friday, September 5 is at the Alma Brewing Company from 6-8 p.m. They are also providing racers $1 off all pints on race day if you show your bib number!
Be sure to check out the race technical guide HERE. One preview lap of the course is on YouTube HERE.
Online registration through USA Cycling is available HERE.
If you’re into Facebook:
Thanks for supporting the FIRST Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross p/b Eclipse Cycling! Hope to see you on Saturday, September 6!

Finish of the 2014

Finish off the Michigan
Challenge at the 50th Annual Debaets-Devos Pro-Am Bicycle
Race in Auburn Hills on Labor Day, Monday September 1st. 
Since 1965, Debaets-Devos has been a Midwest Bike Racing
tradition; be part of bike racing history!

$7500 in Prizes, plus
Premes, Jr’s race for free, Same great course in as

A portion of the
proceeds will be donated to JDRF. JDRF is the leading global
organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. 

Get all the Race info at

Register now at


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See you at the races,
Team O2 / Cadieux Bicycle Club
Essex Brass Cycling Team

Waterford World's Series Podium

2014 Waterford Wednesday Night Series A-race podium
Blaine Benson (3rd), Cory Stange (1st), Scott Hoffner (2nd)
Further details are available at


3 Road Events Remain

These are the last three road events on the 2014 calendar:
- Gaslight in East Grand Rapids
- Birmingham Bike Festival
- 50th Debaets-DeVos Memorial Pro-Am Bike Race

Now, certainly, 'cross racers everywhere are celebrating this fact as it means that the beginning of 'cross season is just around the off-camber corner. But a lot of work has gone into these events, and your participation will be appreciated.
1. Gaslight
It's a last one on the west side. Great course. Beach nearby. 

2. BBF
This is the State Championships for the Elite categories. Another great course in a cool town. 

3. The Cadieux Race
This is their 50th anniversary. Most races don't make it to their 5th. 

Come January, when the cold winter winds are howling and you're staring at the trainer,  you'll look back on your 2014 season and wonder: did I ride every race I could possibly ride?
Well, here come your last opportunities. Make the most of it. 

Kick off the 'cross season with the Alma Grand Prix

On Saturday, September 6 the Michigan 'cross season kicks off with the Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross p/b Eclipse Cycling, which is the first race of the Tailwind series of USAC races. The venue is the site of a former airport (closed in the early 1960’s) which was converted into a yard waste dump site until the late 1990’s. Since then, absolutely nothing (productive…) has happened on the 70 +/- acres of city-owned land. The Alma GP course has been carved out of some pretty awesome surface features left behind by both of the previous tenants, with a few man-made obstacles set in for good measure. 
Registration is now open through USA Cycling and closes on Sunday, August 31, at 11:59 p.m. EST:
Early number pick up on Friday night is at the Alma Brewing Company in downtown Alma. Spy photos of the course (and a history of the venue) are available on the Facebook page.
More information is available at the race website:
Or on the Facebook page:
Any questions please e-mail Brian:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adjustments to the CCCC

Please note the following updates to the CCCC race schedule for Saturday August 2nd.  Go review the new flyer on the USA Cycling site for full details. 
1.  The women's race has been combined to 1/2/3 
2.  The men's 1/2/3 race has been lengthened to 75 minutes 
3.  A separate payout for Cat 4 riders has been added to the men's 3/4 race 
4.  Additional payout and places has been added to the Masters55 race

Register now. Race Saturday. 

Racing Tip: Ride in the Drops

The more time you spend riding the indoor trainer, the more likely you are to develop the habit of riding on the hoods. It's much more comfortable. You can see the TV better.

But there are several reasons why you need to ride in the drops while riding in a pack. Riding in the drops will improve your aerodynamics and allow you to get more benefit from drafting. But the bigger reason to ride low is to lower your center of gravity. This will make you MUCH more stable and give you much better control of your bike. You will negotiate corners better. Riding in the drops will also put your fingers closer to the brake levers, and give you better leverage when braking and allow you to push the bike forward when braking hard. Riding here will also prevent you from getting your bars hooked with the rider next to you.

Riding on the hoods is certainly more comfortable. You can breathe better. You can see the road better. It doesn't hurt your neck and back. But it's not giving you optimum control. 

And if the riders around you want you to have anything, it's optimum control of your bike. 

Last Call: 2014 HinesTT - Reg ends Thurs July 24

The 2014 Hines Park Time Trial will be held on Sunday July 27th at Hines Park (Helms Haven Picnic Shelter this year). This is an event in the Michigan Challenge Series! Mail in registration is now closed. On-line registration ends Tuesday July 22nd. On-line late registration ends Thursday July 24th. There is no possibility to sign up after that time and there will be NO DAY OF EVENT REGISTRATION. Please sign up now, THIS IS IT!! 

A link is at to take you to where on-line registration is available.

This event is open to all racers and tourists. This is the Race of Truth, yourself against the clock; give it a try!