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 ( 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:

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.

Things you need to know!

Last night the January MOBRA meeting was held!

A quick recap on attendees, Momentum Racing was present as well was Mercy from Springfield via teleconference. Race Director and USAC Official, Aaro Froase was also on the phone call. All board members were present.

Voting members were the MOBRA Board of Bj Keane, Nick Hand, Reid Cranmer, Sean Thurman, Mike Weiss, Sara Rodney, Kayce Shelton and Mark Ewers. Momentum Racing’s voting member was Jeff Maassen.

The Mercy team was primarily on the phone to discuss MOBRA buying officiating equipment for the southwestern region of the state so there wasn’t a reliance upon someone from St. Louis driving equipment down there. They have a Chief USAC Official residing there as well as two Level B officials who will be using and managing the equipment. They have an estimated 12-15 races in that area that the equipment will be used for. Those include main races as well two different summer series. MOBRA approved a starting budget of $1000 to start getting equipment. See more details in the minutes from meeting.

The State Championship Application process deadline was November 30. We received by the deadline applications for the State Crit and State TT. Both were approved for the same venues as last year at the December meeting. MOBRA still hadn’t received an application for the State RR. In the final hours of last nights meeting, MOBRA received an application from Rolla’s course and from Aaro Froese, for a State RR on the Froze Toes course held on July 18 and possibly in conjunction with the Show Me State Games. After much deliberation among the present members and members on the phone, MOBRA voted on both venues with a tie. Mercy members and Aaro were not present on the phone at the time of voting. They decided to disconnect.

A roll call vote was taken. Voting Members for Rolla were: Mark Ewers, Kayce Shelton, Jeff Maassen, Mike Weiss and Sara Rodney. Voting members for Columbia were Reid Cranmer, Bj Keane, Nick Hand and Sean Thurman.  With a vote of 5 to 4 the 2015 MO State Road Race Championship will be held in Rolla, MO. These votes are important. Only ONE racing team outside of the board members voted on the State RR. See more details in the minutes from the meeting.

We try to express at length the importance of YOUR voice and for every team that has a stake in MO Bike Racing to be present at these meetings. The board wasn’t designed to be THE VOICE. It was designed to make sure all of the things that are important to growing cycling in MO were on point and being carried out. There are certain things that the Board is responsible for like voting on budgets and approving applications. But when it comes down to what IMPACTS racers and teams, YOU ARE THE VOICE. We just haven’t heard much from you despite trying to get you involved. That makes the Board’s job a little more difficult. The Board representation is as follows: 2 members affiliated with Big Shark Bicycle Co., 1 Track Committee Member, 2 USAC Officials and 3 members affiliated with Quantum Racing. Two MO racing teams, 1 Track Committee Member and 2 USAC Officials. That isn’t exactly the biggest representation of the whole State. We do it though because no one else would step up and I think we all love this sport of cycling so much. In important meetings such as this one, it VITALLY important that more teams and individuals SHARE THEIR VOICE!

The calendar is approved, the State Championships decided, the BAR Series set and with that Froze Toes is just a month away. Best of luck to all of you in 2015.


Race Directors:

2015 BAR applications are due tomorrow! The list we’ve collected thus far is a short one. Please go to the Applications tab and fill out a BAR application if you want your race to be considered for 2015’s competition.

These applications will be discussed and voted on at the January 12th, MOBRA meeting. See Meetings tab for details.

List of 2015 races that have submitted an application thus far:

Tour of St Louis – Wildwood Time Trial
Tour of St Louis – Carondelicious Criterium
Tour of St Louis – Great Forest Park Bicycle Race
Tilles Park Criterium
MO State TT
MO State Criterium
TSG Gateway Cup
Tour of Nevada
Tour of KC Cliff Drive Classic Circuit
Truman Cup

Next MOBRA meeting – December 8

8:00 PM

Concordia Seminary

801 Seminary Place

Seick Hall – Floor 2

St. Louis, MO 63105

For teleconferencing please email for the conference # and passcode.

Meeting Topics

Approving State Championship Races – Races wanting to be considered must submit there application to Board by November 30 and need to present (in person or via phone) and present their case to the membership  at the meeting to be considered for approval.

MO Crit Series competition discussion



November Meeting Recap-THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

There were 4 Board nomination forms submitted in October for a vote from the 4 incumbent board members. All were elected to another term. This leaves the MOBRA Board members at 8 members. There is one spot available. If interested, please submit a Board Nomination form to the board contact listed on form under the Applications section.

The 2015 race calendar was approved and ratified. Those that submitted race dates received their specific date at a first come first serve basis and new race dates after the incumbent dates were set were also added for 2015. There will be more racer days in 2015. This is very exciting! The MOBRA calendar has been updated to reflect these new dates.

If you are a Race Director and want to apply to have your race considered for a State Championship Race (Road, Time Trial or Criterium) in 2015, applications must be submitted by the end of November! The State Championship Race Application is under the Applications section. Please submit those back to by November 30. These will be considered and ratified at the December meeting.

Likewise, if you want your race to be put on the BAR race schedule for 2015 you need to submit your race BAR application listed under the Application section by December 31 for consideration. These events will be considered and ratified into the calendar at the January meeting.

Due to calendar printing, there can not be any exceptions after these deadlines!

See meeting minutes for more details about the Nov 10 meeting.