Last reminder for the Tour De Frankenmuth

Online Registration closes Thursday May 22nd, at 11:59pm! Packet Pickup is located at the Zehnder's Training Center, adjacent to Zehnder's Restaurant.


The weather's going to be great! Make it a family day with hot air balloons or the dog show/competition!


After the race, relax, unwind and take in the local flavor!



USA Cycling Talent ID Camp

USA Cycling is hosting a Regional Talent ID Camp in Minneapolis, June 23-28, 2014.  The mission of the camps is two-fold: to provide USA Cycling with evaluations of juniors’ talent and give juniors a pathway to develop their cycling ability. The camps are open to athletes racing age 14-21 and not limited to athletes living in the region.


The Midwest Talent ID Camp will take place at The Fix Studio and the University of Minnesota.  The Fix Studio is a performance training center designed to provide cyclists with professional-level tools and coaching, including power-based testing and training, motorpacing, and data file analysis via Training Peaks WKO Software.  Campers will take advantage of these tools and power meters; athletes who do not own power meters will be able to borrow one thanks to the generous support of PowerTap and Stages Power.

Athletes will be housed in dormitories and take advantage of the meal plan at the University of Minnesota. The U of M is located less than three miles from The Fix Studio, and dedicated bike routes connect the two.  


Camp Director Larry Foss is a USA Cycling Level 1 certified coach, who worked as a soigneur for the US Cycling Team at international events including the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, as well as for professional teams, including Jelly Belly, Prime Alliance, Kodak Sierra Nevada, and Kelly Benefit Strategies.  Because of his background, Larry is able to give camp participants a glimpse into what professional racing is really like.  Foss says, “It’s our goal to support the racers at this camp just like it is a professional training camp.  Of course, there will be less total volume, but we will teach riders how to train, race, and recover like professionals.”    

Larry will be assisted in coaching by three USA Cycling certified coaches, including his wife Sophie St. Jacques.  Sophie is a former professional rider who, after retiring from racing, utilized her degree in Athletic Therapy to support teams in international and professional competitions, including the Olympics.  A USA Cycling licensed mechanic will be on hand to address any mechanicals that take place at the camp.  Additionally, current U23 rider and former junior national champion Jordan Cullen (Hagens Berman U-23 Development Team) will be joining athletes for some of the camp rides.  


The chief purpose of the USA cycling regional camps is talent identification.  All participants will complete power testing using a protocol designed by USA Cycling and replicated at each of the regional camps.  USA Cycling will use this information, as well as evaluations of the athletes by camp director and staff, to select athletes for the fall 2014 National Talent ID Camp. Last year the vast majority (80%) of the national camp participants were selected based on their performance at regional camps, showing that USA Cycling has great faith in the information it receives from training camp.  Relatively few will receive an invite to the national camp based only on racing results.


The regional talent ID camps are just the first step on the USA Cycling development pathway, which includes national development camps, junior international racing camps, and European residence programs.  Recognizing that cycling is traditionally a Eurocentric sport, the program has a base in the Netherlands where selected athletes can stay, train, and race in the aggressive and demanding races that are commonplace in Europe.  While an invitation to race in Europe is only available to a select few, it’s important to recognize that USA Cycling views the regional camp as an important first step on the pathway.

While talent identification is a significant part of camp, increasing athlete fitness and skills is the greater goal.  Athletes can expect to learn lots and make significant performance gains, whether they are preparing for the remainder of their local road season or nationals.  In fact, the camp dates were carefully planned to support riders in the lead up to nationals.  Since USA Cycling Amateur and Para-Cycling Road National Championships (includes championships for all age groups: age 9 to under 23), are July 2–6 in Madison, WI, regional camp makes a good final training block prior to the championships.


Unique to the Minneapolis camp is that Function Movement Screening (FMS) will be provided for all athletes.  The screening is a short movement test that identifies functional limitations and asymmetries.  Based on the results of the test, coaches will provide each athlete with a set of corrective exercises built specifically to address the athlete’s limitations.  The idea is to correct problems before they become injuries and address any movements leading to inefficiencies on the bike.  


Besides structured training and testing, some on the bike time will be devoted to higher-level skills training and teaching racing tactics.  As part of its mission, the camp teaches juniors skills that are not often addressed in U.S. junior cycling.  This includes stage race skills, such as receiving hand-ups of water bottles and musette bags from the side of the road, as well as feeding from a car, and using the caravan to get back to the peloton.

Evenings promise further learning off the bike with seminars.  Highlights include a visit from Park Tool’s Calvin Jones (who wrote the renowned Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair), a session on recovery modalities, including the opportunity to utilize Podiumlegs, and an information session with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – USADA.


Part of the regional camp mission is to provide young athletes with exposure to top USA Cycling athletes.  Two such athletes, Mike Creed and Jade Wilcoxson, will be joining the athletes one of the evenings for a Skype session including Q and A.  Creed is a former pro tour rider and multi-time national champion whose history includes racing for U.S. Postal, Discovery Channel, Rock Racing, and Optum Pro Cycling, among others.  Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling) is the reigning USA Cycling road national champion and also represented the US at cyclocross and road World Championships in 2013.


Athletes who are interested in the Midwest Regional Camp can find further qualifying information here:  http://www.USA  Note that athletes who do not meet the automatic qualification standards may petition the camp manager for admittance.  Financial aid for the camp may be available from the USA Cycling Development Foundation’s Edmund R. Burke Travel and Training grant.  Grant recipients are selected based on demonstrated cycling potential and financial need.  Additionally, the Minnesota Cycling Foundation (MCF) has provided four total scholarships (two for young men and two for young women women) for MCF athletes.  For further information on the MCF-provided scholarship, contact Board President Chris Smith: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Save the Date for the Herman Miller Brickyard Classic and MSU Gran Fondo on June 28th.

Fast paced professional bicycle action returns to Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 28.  Racers will compete in front of thousands spectators attending the MSU Gran Fondo after-party at the B.O.B. the midwests largest winners purse ($13,500), cash primes ($4,500 worth) and luxurious Herman Miller Aeron chairs.


Race action will begin at 11:00 am on an all new course that will start and finish directly in front of the Van Andel Arena. 


Whether enjoying the MSU Gran Fondo after-party or bringing the family out for the day, the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium offers many local restaurants right on the course for you and yours to relax and soak up the action as professional and amateur cyclists streak down the streets of Grand Rapids.


With one of the largest purses in the Midwest, thousands in cash and prize primes, the racing promises to be fast and exciting for both racers and spectators alike.  Register today at, or visit for more information.  

Sodus River TT Update

MBRA received the following update on the Sodus River Time Trial:


Registration for the Sodus RR  TT will close this evening.  We have decided due to a moderate number of racers and the weather forecast that we will start our first racer at 9:00am and packet pick-up at 8:00am.  This will be well indicated on the posted start list tonight.   We thought it would be more comfortable and safer for the racers to start with the sun well up and warming…


That said, Please alert your people of the change of time…  We still should wrap up everything plenty early as well.


Thanks and we look forward to seeing you Sunday!




Tom Eversole / Chris Pawielski

RunUp Events – Sodus RR Time Trial

Annual Zehnder’s Tour de Frankenmuth is less than 2 weeks away!

In conjunction with the Revolution Racing Club and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, the 8th annual Tour de Frankenmuth will be the first paved road cycling race of the MBRA season! It has been the Largest Race in Michigan for the past 2 years! The "Bavarian" bike race has a new 20 mile course, highest cash purse ever, and even have larger women's category payouts. We redesigned the course to make it more challenging and tactical, all while making it safer and more spectator-friendly.
Visit the Official Site ( for more information on Sponsorship and Volunteer opportunities, news, and events.


Friday Events:
Packet Pick-up: 6-9pm New location! Zehnder’s Training Center,
Small building next to the restaurant, across from the park, where the horses line up!


8:00am -Tour de Frankenmuth Bike Race. Race start and finish will be located on Main Street near the north driveway of Zehnders Restaurant. Zehnders Park will host the main staging of the event. The awards ceremony will follow the finish of the Pro, Cat 1/2 Race. Raffles and prizes for those in attendance.

Returning This Year: Team Row! – The row will be located within Zehnders Park. We ask that you reserve your spot with Steve Weckle, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Bring your canopy, coolers, rollers, chairs and supporters. We already have 6 teams and have room for more!


KIDS RACE, Saturday May 25, 2013
Boys and girls 13 years and under. Parents signature is required on a waiver. Helmet is required. Distance is approximately .5 mile.
9-10:30 a.m. – Free kids race Registration at Zehnders Park on Main street
10:45 a.m. – Kids Race begins


Gran Fondo di Thumb:
Racers in the Tour de Frankenmuth get a 10$ discount into the Fondo!
Sunday, May 25 there is a bike tour between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm. This “ Gran Fondo di thumb” is a non-competitive bike event which leads riders out into the country and brings them back in their choice of of 30, 60, or 100 mile out and back routes. No roads will be closed for this tour. No special road blocks or policing of corners will be required. Zehnder’s Park will host the main staging of the event. Registration is FREE for those who have a volunteer during the Saturday race! Free World Famous Chicken Dinner for riders when they finish from Zehnder’s Cafe!

Do you have time for a time trial?

The Sodus River TT is a 20k bicycle time trial taking place on May 18th,
2014. This event is held under USA Cycling Permit 2014-1300.

An out and back 20km course that is primarily flat. Our route is smooth,
get ready for a fast ride! The road will be open for vehicle traffic but is
in a very rural area with low volume. We have police support at
intersections and the turn-around. 

Start Location:
Parking, check-in, and the start are in close proximity to one another.
Naomi Road between the 
Sodus Fire Department and Sodus Township Hall. 4056 King Drive Sodus, MI
49126 - See 
map for directions. Maps available on our website:

There will be parking provided at the Sodus Township Park and Fire
Department. There will be 
a $3.00 parking fee benefiting the Sodus Township Parks.

Start Times:
A start times list will be posted to our website by 8PM on Friday, May

Check In:
Check-in will be open from 7AM-10AM at the race Start/Finish area.

All racers will pre-register for this event on the USAC website. There
will be NO day of 
registrations. Online registration will close on May 15th. 
Link to register:

Awards / Prizes:
The award ceremony will follow after the last rider is finished and a 15
minute period for 
contesting the results. After that all results will be final. Prizes
awarded will be medals three 
deep for all categories AND the fastest person in each category will
receive their entry fee back. 
All riders who finish will receive a one of a kind “finisher award” to
commemorate your individual 

K'zoo Weekend


 The two main events during Kalamazoo Race Weekend are now open for registration!  Register now and save!  We can't wait to see you in July!  Click the links below to go to the USA cycling registration page:

Sat 7/12/14 - Miller Energy Criterium 

Sun 7/13/14 - Maple Hill Race For Wishes

Hosted by Team OAM NOW / Athletic Mentors and run by Elite Men and Women racers, this clinic is for racers of all abilities.  Get an introduction to the basics of racing, practice some race drills on our skills course and ride the race course with pro's while getting tips and practicing race techniques.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A throughout.
FREE if you pre-register. $10 day of registration.
For more information visit:

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014 


The ninth annual BTR Park Bike Race is a 1.1 mile circuit around Western Michigan University's engineering college in the Business Technology and Research Park. The course has three 90-degree and multiple sweeping turns. Strong winds coming across U.S. 131 on the back side of the course ensure the strongest make the race.

Join us for our second annual Saturday night Race Party.  This year racers will meet between 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Arcardia Brewing Company's newest venue - located in downtown Kalamazoo at 701 E. Michigan Ave.  Bring in your pint glass from the Miller Energy Criterium and receive a discount on Arcadia Ales.

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014 
In it's 4th year, the Maple Hill Race for Wishes will once again host the MBRA State Championship Road Race.  In 2014, look out for a few exciting changes to the course that will make for a beautiful winding and hilly 14.8 mile loop around the vineyards of Lawton, MI. RfW donates its proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, so lets go Race for Wishes!

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014 
After the final race of the weekend, what better way to unwind then cash in your prize winnings and head over to Big T's for dinner and a pint.  Located in downtown Lawton, you won't believe the selection of micro and imported brews.  All racers will receive a $3 voucher.

Cone, Baby, Cone

The Cone-Azalia Classic
Sunday, May 4th 
Location: Start/finish and registration at Milan High School, 200 Big Red Drive, Milan, MI 
Course: 10.1 mile loop with 4 miles of gravel/dirt surface
Registration: Pre-register online through Friday May 2nd at
Day of race registration and check-in will open at 8:00 a.m. All rider registration and check-in closes at 9:30 a.m.
Juniors - $7, $10 day-of;
Men’s races - $45, $55 day-of;
Women’s races - $25, $35 day-of 
  • $3500 prize purse, equal payouts to Men and Women
  • Races will be held, rain or shine
  • Start times and field combinations are subject to change on race day. 
  • Field limit of 75 for Cat. 5 Men and Cat. 4 Women. 100 for all other fields. 
  • No mixing of fields unless starting together.
  • Neutral support vehicles only, no team vehicles. Wheels-in, wheels-out.Questions? Contact Race Director: David Palan,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information, visit:
Held under USAC permit #2014-762
Additional notes from MBRA:
- Your follow vehicles are staffed by loyal volunteers. They are only responsible for transporting your wheels. You must change your wheel on you own. 
- Please retrieve your wheels immediately after the race. 
- Mark your wheels well so that you can find them easily in the scrum.
- Make sure your bottle cages are snug. Loose cages eject bottles easily.
- As always, we encourage our athletes to patronize the sponsors of this event and patronize businesses near the course.
- Use discretion when changing clothes.
- Please use common sense when taking "nature breaks". Local laws apply. 

Last call to register for the willow TT

The 2014 Willow Time Trial will be held on Saturday April 26th at Willow Metropark. This is the first event and in effect the prologue for the Michigan Challenge Series! 
There is less than 24 hours remaining to register on-line.  Remember, there is NO DAY OF EVENT REGISTRATION !!
====> On-line registration closes Thursday April 24th at 5pm

Welcome to the 2014 Season!

Hello Michigan Racers!

Let me welcome you to the 2014 Michigan race season and say how great it feels to finally have this winter behind us. In yet another year as executive director of the Michigan Bicycle Racing Association, I am excited about seeing some of the classic Michigan races joined by new events on the calendar.

The MBRA is proud to rollout the Michigan Challenge Point Series, which kicks off again this year with the King’s Day Criterium and Willow Time Trial on the first official weekend of racing. This year sees the return many of the events that made for an exciting series in years past and adds the King’s Day Criterium, an exciting race in its second year. In all the series consists of 13 different races covering the disciplines of time trialing, criteriums, and road races. The series champion will be crowned based on the top 8 finishes in Michigan Challenge races throughout the season. Head over to to check out the race calendar comprised of these great events and many more.

As part of the Michigan Challenge, the series leader will be awarded a red number one to wear at each Michigan Challenge race throughout the season. Series leaders will be easy to identify with their red number bib pinned on their lower back to show their consistency during the season. At the end of the season the series champion will be awarded one of these red bib numbers framed in honor of their achievements along, an exciting award made in Michigan and free entry into all 2015 series events!

Even bigger news is Michigan’s participation in USAC’s RaceClean program. The RaceClean program brings testing from USADA to local and regional events and is built around the core concepts of increased testing at national events, increased out of competition testing, grassroots testing, donations to increase test frequency, and education on UCI, USADA, and WADA’s anti-doping education programs.

With only a few weeks till the first races of the season we on the MBRA board can’t wait to get things underway and hope to see fast and furious racing from April into September. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to any of the board members or of course me.

Vice President – Mark Bush
Director of Women’s Racing – Laura Melendez
Director of Junior Development – Geoff Kuyper
Director of Officials – John Sammut
Treasurer – Alan Zoltowski

Adrian Fear
MBRA, executive director
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