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! 

The Yellow Line Rule started in Michigan . . . sort of.

We can credit K.I.Sawyer with creating the highway center line and, by extension, the yellow line rule that we all must observe during our road races.


(As you can see on the sign, Sawyer basically took credit for the idea of his underling. Isn't that always the case?)
The yellow line rule is just one of many rules in the rulebook designed to keep riders safe on the roadway. It's one of the easiest to violate accidentally and probably the most dangerous. It's also one of the harder ones to enforce for an official who is riding in the passenger seat of a follow vehicle. Sight lines are limited. Depth perception is challenging. And distractions with other aspects of the job make it difficult, which is why they rely on the collective eyeballs of the peloton to self-police itself.
Don't be that rider who takes advantage of this hard-to-enforce rule. Never cross the yellow line to advance your position. And always keep in mind the danger of oncoming traffic for yourself and your fellow competitors. Even if you don't cross the line, your riding may force others out into the opposing lane. 

Making it to the finish safely should be your ultimate goal. 

In the meantime, be proud of the fact that the YLR has its roots in Marquette County, Michigan in 1917. 

Challenge Series Points Leaders

Points updated through Hines Drive Time Trial (2014-07-27)