O’Fallon Grand Prix to Host the 2016 MO State Championship Road Race

Brian Dziewa, Chairman of the Board at MOBRA, made the following announcement yesterday:

Today, the MOBRA Board officially approved the O’Fallon Grand Prix as the 2016 Missouri State Road Race.

MOBRA bylaws require applications for State Championship events to be submitted by the end of November and that the Board vote and approve the Championship events at the December meeting. Unfortunately, the Board did not timely receive any applications for the 2016 road race championship.

The Board provided notice to the riders that it was still seeking applications for the road race championship. Subsequently, the Board received an application from the OGP to be the state championship road race. Although in Illinois, the OGP has been a regular event on the BARR calendar for several years and the road course is a worthy championship course. At the time the Board received the OGP application nearly two months had passed since the application deadline. Based on the timing, the Board decided to vote on the application and approved it.

Less than ten days later the Board received another application for the Championship to be held in Augusta. Upon receipt of the second application, the bylaws were reviewed and it was determined that for procedural reasons the Board needed to vote again. The Board regrets the confusion that this caused and decided to do what was best for the Board and the riders it serves.

As such, we re-voted today taking both applications into consideration. Both races are very strong candidates based on the qualifications–precedent of race, course, and promoting experience. Ultimately, the Board reaffirmed its earlier decision to grant the state road race championship to the OGP.

The Board wants to express that it is willing to work with and support all Missouri Race Directors in their efforts to create new and grow existing road races in Missouri. Furthermore, the Board hopes that every year it will have more applications to choose from.

As stated, the Board regrets any confusion that was caused

Congratulations to the O’Fallon Grand Prix race director and team. Their race, now in its 8th year, is regarded as one of the best in the region. The O’Fallon Grand Prix has also been designated the Illinois State Championship Road Race on 5 previous occasions.

MOBRA racer Lauryn Humphrey has posted a blog of her experience at USACycling National Championships last September.

I never could have imagined that by riding a bike I would have found a community of people and a group of friends like I have, but that is exactly what happened. Racing has opened doors for me that I was unaware of. I have traveled and met amazing people. I have pushed myself in ways I never thought possible. Ultimately it has transformed my life.

Lauryn’s post 

FINAL HOUSE CLEANING ITEM OF 2015!!!!

Race Directors!!!!!!!!!!

BAR Participation Applications are DUE by the END OF DECEMBER 31. The Board will approve those and ratify the BAR Calendar as well as prepare to print the BAR Calendar mailer at the January MOBRA meeting. YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE IN BY THE END OF DECEMBER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR BAR IN 2016!

Thank you!

End of the Year!

MOBRA wants to say THANK YOU to all of you for your participation in racing as well in officiating the races in 2015. It has been a great year. We plan to have an EOY Banquet tentatively scheduled for February 20, 2016. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing each of you on the race courses in 2016.

BOARD ELECTIONS! Nov 9

Only 2 days left to submit your nomination forms for 1 of the 5 board positions up for re-election.

The Board Positions up for re-election Nov 2015 are:
Reid Cranmer
Sean Thurman
Nick Hand
Kayce Shelton
B.j. Keane

Positions up for re-election in Nov 2016
Mike Weiss
Jennifer Schook
Brian Dziewa
Mark Ewers

No forms will be accepted after 10/31. Elections will take place at the MOBRA meeting Nov 9. See by-laws for voting rights.

  1. MO Lic. Rider
  2. Only 1 MO Lic. Rider votes as team Rep for entire team
  3. Un-attached MO Lic. Riders collectively get 1 vote.
  4. Each Board member get 1 vote

Nov 1 forms will be posted on the website for your reveiw.

DEADLINES!!!!

October

by last day of month – all race and event dates (established races get priority on their usual weekend)

>Dates for new events and races will be put on calendar of open weekends based on a first come first serve basis.

>>Dates will be ratified at the November meeting

by last day of month – nomination forms submitted to reid.cranmer@charter.net for the 5 board members up for re-election. Anyone can be nominated for position and the vote for each board member position will take place at the November membership meeting. (see applications)

November

Race Directors vying for State Championship Races (TT, Road, Crit, Cross, and Track) MUST submit your state application by the last day of November to a board member. (see applications)

>State Championship venues are ratified at the December meeting

December

Race Directors wanting their events to be a part of BAR based on meeting all BAR criteria the year prior MUST submit their BAR application by last day of December.

>>BAR events will be ratified at the January meeting.