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 MBRA.org 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
MBRA, executive director
Throwback Thursday presents...
Olympic Trials selection race at Camp Dearborn in 1984.