Tour of KC Announcement!

The Tour of KC is open for registration in the Omnium. Great things are planned for this racing weekend May 29-31! One of the biggest cycling festivals in the Midwest this year. The Cliff Dr. circuit race is also a featured MOBRA BAR series race! Check out what they have planned for the womens’ fields!

http://www.tourofkc.com/tour-of-kc-more-than-doubles-womens-payout/

New Racing Gallery! Check it out!

BAR events are required to take Podium pictures of all the categories at their race and email them to Reid Cranmer @ rmcranmer@yahoo.com as post-race wrap up. The pictures must include the following to be posted. Picture, Names of podium placers and if not an actual podium the place of each person in the race by their name. Top 3 is all we need. Consideration to BAR the following year (2016) is contingent upon meeting all criteria explained in the BAR Checklist under the BAR tab on the homepage. Congrats to all the winners.

Winter Meeting for Missouri Officials

The Annual Winter Meeting for Missouri Officials is this weekend.  All Missouri Officials are invited as well as anyone who is interested in becoming an official or learning more about it.  Email Sara Rodney (s.l.braadbaart@gmail.com) with any questions.  Date, time, location, and agenda are below.
Sunday, February 15
2:00 PM
Intellectual Commons at Whitfield School
Whitfield School
175 South Mason Rd
St. Louis, MO 63119
The agenda is as follows:
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEU)
GOALS FOR THE SEASON
B MODULES & POSSIBLE C CLINIC
ASSIGNMENTS & EARLY SEASON RACES
NEW RULES
RACES, RACE DIRECTORS & RISK MANAGEMENT
LIABILITY & INSURANCE
MISSOURI OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

MOBRA Meeting Monday Feb. 9

Hello MOBRA Ridership!

Hard to believe the first race of 2015 is 16 days away. By now, you should have all received the BAR calendar in your mailboxes.

Monday, Feb. 9 @ 8:00 (see meeting logistics tab) is MOBRA’s monthly meeting. On the agenda for Monday will be the following:

1. New Board Nominations – Jennifer Schook and Brian Dziewa have submitted applications to be board members.

***Board members are elected by the majority of the MOBRA voting members (see Article 7.1)

***See Article 8 on voting) Each Club/Team has 1 vote, Board members have 1 vote regardless of team affiliation, and 1 rider representing the unattached racers demographic also gets a vote.

2. Continued BAR program discussion for 2016. Spring meetings are a great time to get next year’s programs lined up. Not so much bylaws or change in category structure or tracking, rather than the program itself. i.e number of events that should be considered for BAR and so on.

3. MO State Championship proposal

4. If time, possible MO Crit Series discussion. Ideas on other programs that would get more racers racing more days. (junior incentive program, BAR, Crit Series and so on)

Conference call will be set up for the outliers. Meeting will start promptly at 8:00 pm. Hope many of you can come out and participate in the meeting.

MOBRA Race Director Meeting Recap

Last evening MOBRA played host to approximately 2 dozen Race Directors from Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. The meeting was organized to be an opportunity for race directors to learn and share best practices and to understand risk management and the legal environment in which they operate.

Presenters included Saint Louis University Law Professor Yvette Joy Liebesman, who spoke about Fair Labor Standards and whether or not they play a role in organizing local races.

The Big Shark himself, Mike Weiss, MOBRA board member, followed up with best practices for planning and promoting bike races. Mike went step-by-step through the process from creating a flyer, to setting a budget, recruiting sponsors, and executing the actual race. His Tilles Park Criterium served as his case study, providing real-world look at how a professional organizes and hosts a bike race.

The final presentation of the evening was a recap of the recent Race Directors summit in Bend Oregon, attended by Jerry Bruce. Jerry then rounded out the agenda with an enlightening discussion on risk management as it pertains to operating a bicycle race.

Meeting attendees, per a pre-arranged agreement with USACycling. earned 2 Continuing Education Units toward recertification as Race Directors.

The meeting was organized by MOBRA board member Mark Ewers

Update: As promised, here is the presentation on Risk Management given by Jerry Bruce.