THIS MONDAY! April 14, 2014, 8:00 pm

Unfortunately, due to an emergency meeting for our guest speaker this month regarding her junior road camp in CO, she will not be able to do her program for our April meeting. However, she has rescheduled her presentation for our next meeting on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 8:00 pm.

 

We will be having our regular business meeting this month (April 14 @ 8:00) at the same time and place as usual.

Concordia Seminary

Stein Hall, 2nd Floor

 

Sorry about the change. It will be exciting next month because she will have an update on how their junior road camp turned out!

May 12 MOBRA meeting – Guest Speaker

Save the date!

May 12, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Concordia Seminary, Stein Hall, 2nd Floor

MOBRA will have a special guest from Colorado calling in to give a great presentation on junior development racing programs. This presentation would be great for all that has a team, juniors wanting to get involved in racing, and anyone that has a passion to see the junior racing program grow in Missouri.

Deirdre Moynihan is currently working on the following projects that benefit junior racing and she is giving of her time to share with us on how we can all get involved in helping grow this demographic in bike racing right here in Missouri.

Current Projects:
Camp Director, BRAC Jr. Road Camp (4/25-4/27/14)
Coordinator, Ladies Night Out, Campus Cycles (5/1/14)
Ride Director, Denver Century Ride (6/14/14)
Race Director, Mt. Evans Hill Climb (7/26/2014)
Fundraising Consultant, Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder

2014 Tour of St. Louis Overall Winner of Men Cat 1-2 Omnium

Grant Erhard from Quantum Mesa Racing team won the overall Omnium for the Men Pro 1-2 category. Pictured here is Grant atop the podium.

It was a great weekend of racing in St. Louis,Missouri and MOBRA thanks Big Shark Bicycle Co. for putting on a well run weekend of racing.

Grant

 

Click here for the 2014 Final Omnium results for the Tour of St. Louis.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-aPTAIjrjwqYXhMLU9vdG5VZU0/edit?pli=1

March MOBRA Meeting Recap

Technology is a wonderful thing, until it fails to perform. Such was the case as the MOBRA board once gain tried to establish some sort of conference call/dial-in feature during its meetings. After all, If it’s too crappy out to ride, it’s likely to be too crappy to drive your car to a meeting. So how do we make sure we get the word out to the MOBRA membership when we have folks who don’t have time to attend in person? We really thought technology would be the answer. Alas, technology left us stranded like a new racer without a UCI Pro Team kit. As a result, much of our deliberations about important stuff, like the track grant application, was fragmented, unintelligible, and as clear as a CX bib number on a muddy day. If anyone knows of a convenient corporate conference room available at no-cost, please let us know.
 
The MOBRA board decided several months ago that it ought to support grass-roots efforts aimed at promoting ridership in Missouri. This led to the announcement several months ago that MOBRA would award up to three separate grants of up to $1,000 each. Awards would go to MOBRA members after they present a grant proposal of appropriate quality and merit. Exact criteria for the awards of the grants is still in process of being fine-tuned (hammered out?). On Monday, the MOBRA board and its membership discussed the application submitted by representatives of the track program. This program seeks to use the funds to increase ridership at the track by holding a number of junior track racing clinics. The 2014 season is to be used to start a pilot program, and a full-fledged program with strong outreach to local communities is expected to be implemented during the 2015 season. The track agreed to work with the MOBRA board to develop general guidelines for accountability. The track grant proposal was discussed at length, but probably far longer than would have been the case if all of those participating in the conference call could have heard the proceedings clearly.
 
During the remainder of the meeting, a number of cycling-related topics were identified for future discussion. A ranking system was developed to determine which topics will be covered at the next three upcoming meetings. Please see the meeting minutes for details.
 
After the exhaustive discussion on the track grant proposal, no time was spent on the mundane topics of running MOBRA. So if you’re itching to find out the status of the USA Cycling LA application, or the budget, it will have to wait until next month.
 
The above is an unofficial narrative of the proceedings that occurred at the 3/10/2014 MOBRA board and member meeting.

Want to become an Official?

1. Congratulate an official (read below – we have a new Level A official in Missouri).

2. Become an official (an entry level C Clinic being offered on March 29).

HERE IS THE SCOOP

Those of you who race may not realize this, but like racers, officials have categories too.  Someone who is interested in officiating can get started by taking a one-day C Clinic and passing an open-book test based on the rulebook.  There is a C Clinic being offered again this year on March 29, from 9 AM – 3 PM.  If you know someone who is interested, please have them contact Sara Rodney (saralrodney@gmail.com).

Last year we had eight new officials join our ranks, and you have seen them working at the races already.  Most of these new officials are having so much fun that they are working on their B Modules.  These modules are like taking an online course.  You have to work certain races with certain jobs, take pretests, fill out post evaluations and have the Chief Referee sign off on them.  This process takes at least two years, and once all 11 required modules are completed, an official is advanced to level B.  B level officials and above are those officials who work as the Chief Referee here locally.

The next level up from B is A (I know, the progression makes sense, right?).  Level A officials have the opportunity to earn assignments at National level events.  For example, the chief judge at Gateway Cup this year must be level A or higher, since it is now a National Criterium Calendar (NCC) event.  We have a brand-spanking-new, hot-off-the-press A Level official: Marijn Braadbaart (yes, that same guy who is Missouri Official of the Year for 2013). Marijn attended a three-day course this past weekend and passed the test, which is based on a written exam, an oral exam, and class participation.  Please offer Marijn congratulations when you see him next!

Marijn Braadbaart named Missouri Official of the Year for 2013

Marijn Braadbaart named Missouri Official of the Year for 2013

Congratulations to Marijn Braadbaart, Missouri’s 2013 Official of the Year. During the last year, Marijn was the Chief Referee for local events like the the Belleville Crit, O’Fallon Gold Cup, and the Great Egyptian Omnium. You’ve also seen him as a motor official at races like Hillsboro, Tour de Grove and Gateway Cup. Marijn was upgraded to the officiating rank of Moto B this fall.