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.
You will receive a fine for presenting your bib number incorrectly (that is, pinning it on upside down or in an incorrect position) during the Tour de France, but the number 13 is actually exempted from this rule?
Not exactly sure where the tradition of pinning #13 upside down started, but it also applies to team cars in the caravan which are numbered according to their riders' position on GC.
Tony Martin, during the recent Tour de Suisse, wore #13 right-side up and lost that race on the last day to Rui Costa.
Here are your 2014 Michigan Road Race Champions
as decided at the Maple Hills Race for Wishes
in Lawton, MI on 12 July 2014
Pro-1-2 Men Nate Williams - Bissell - ABG - Giant
Cat. 1-2 Women Dori Leib - Wolverine Sports Club
Cat. III Women Marie Dershem - OAM NOW / Athletic Mentors
Cat. III Men Alex Huyghe - Team O2
Cat. IV Men Eric McBride - Wolverine Sports Club
Cat. IV Women Andrea Merlotti - Ann Arbor Velo Club
Jr. Men 9-10 Gavin Wilmoth
Jr. Men 11-12 Pieter Boer - Louis Benton Racing p/b Verify Valid
Jr. Women 11-12 Kiersen Korienek - LeadOut Racing
Jr. Men 13-14 Alex Morton - West Michigan Coast Riders
Jr. Women 13-14 Claire Reeves - Speed Merchants
Jr. Men 15-16 Andrew McBride - Wolverine Sports Club
Jr. Men 17-18 Kyle Bonsack - Wheels in Motion
Jr. Women 17-18 Heidi Schwab - Hagerty Racing
Masters 65+ Mike Krywanski - OAM NOW / Athletic Mentors
Masters 60+ Bill Gilboe
Masters 55+ Fred Anderson - CFT Cycling Team/TNR Cycling Club
Masters 50+ Houston Peterson - NorthStar Development
Masters 45+ Rob Daksiewics - Lathrup Industries Cycling Team
Masters 40+ Bruce Rivera - Lathrup Industries Cycling Team
Masters 35+ Aaron Vande Wege - Speed Merchants
Cat. V Men U34 Charlie Eaton
Cat. V Men 35+ Andy Louwaert
Congratulations to all of the podium winners! And a huge thank you to all of the racers and families, promoters and sponsors that made this one of the largest State Championship events we've seen in a long time.
Please forgive any mistakes. Contact us privately, and we'll fix them.