Feb 2018 Meeting Minutes

 

Topics and discussion from MOBRA mtg – 11-Feb-2018

Race Categories & BAR

There is a difference between field winners, BAR category points awarding, and champions at championship races. In a race such as the MO State Road Race (Froze Toes this year), all Masters championship categories may race together in a single field. How are awards/points/jerseys handled? The following guidelines apply:

  1. Any field comprised of multiple BAR categories will need to be scored according to those categories for the purpose of awarding BAR points. The results of this scoring exercise would be used solely for BAR. These results have no bearing on payouts, championship jersey or medals awards.
  2. Payouts are determined according to the method set out by the Race Director (RD). This method is described on the race flyer. All competitors in each field designation are eligible for payouts.
  3. Jerseys will be determined and awarded according to championship categories and classes. For fields where there are insufficient competitors (e.g. A Masters 45-49 field with only 2 riders), the RD and and head official may decide (typically with rider discussion/involvement in the decision) to combine championship fields in order to meet the 3 rider minimum required to award a jersey. In such a case only 1 championship jersey would be awarded to the champion of the combined category/class. Certainly the decision may be to race categories as-is. For example, if the above-mentioned 45-49 field with only 2 riders could only be combined with much larger 40-44 or 50-54 fields, this could be seen as unfair to the 2 riders. In such a case the decision may be to not combine fields. However, because the field has only 2 competitors no jersey would be awarded. In this case the winner in such a competition would have the option of purchasing the jersey.
  4. Medals awarding determination is exactly the same as that of jerseys above. The only exception is that medals are always awarded, regardless of competitor account.
  5. Out-of-state competitors are not eligible for jersey or medals awards. Further, a maximum of 1 out-of-state competitors will count as the number of competitors contesting a jersey. For example, our Masters 45-49 field with 2 MO resident riders and 1 out-of-state rider could compete for a jersey (which could only be awarded to a MO resident). If the same field contained only 1 MO rider and 2 or more out-of-state riders, no jersey would be awarded.
  • Note: The above are not new rules or guidelines. No changes were discussed, and no changes have been proposed.

New race series in Forest Park

St. Louis Alderman and bike racer Scott Ogilvie announced he will be promoting a series of 3 events on Thursdays in late April and early May. The race format will be distance-based on a circuit in Forest Park.

Penrose renovation

Scott Ogilvie reported the City of St. Louis has accumulated funds for the renovation of the Penrose Park Velodrome. The funds committed are within $80k of the minimum required to renovate the track. Scott is optimistic the additional funds can be allocated and the project green-lit. The plan as proposed would provide for a new concrete surface which would be anchored by a foundation, giving the renovation a life-span of up to 20 years. Plans also include installation of a drainage system in the track infield.

BAR scoring

Josh Carter and Amy Strahan will discuss transitioning BAR scoring responsibilities to Amy.

Board Elections

Elections for the MOBRA board were to have taken place in November but did not. This means MOBRA is currently operating with only 4 current-term board members: Brady Kiss, Marijn Braadbaart, Mark Ewers, and Mike Weiss. Mark Ewers proposed holding a special election at the March meeting where the unfilled seats would be elected. The positions which expired in November were held by B.J. Keane, Jen Schook, Josh Carter, and Nick Hand.

Nominations for open board positions are currently open. Anyone wishing to nominate or be nominated should contact Mark Ewers with qualifications and a brief statement about the nominee what he/she will bring to the board.

Race Director and Club Involvement

Marijn proposed to lead an initiative to bring RDs and clubs into closer contact with MOBRA with an objective to grow bike racing and participation in the sport. If you head a club or promote one or more races, look for Marijn to reach out to you for input and involvement. Better yet, reach out to Marijn with any ideas or input you might already have.

State Championship Jerseys on order

State jerseys are on order and will be available for distribution on receipt.

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December Mtg Minutes

MOBRA MEETING MINUTES

LA Agreement discussion
– How will changes to the license rebate program impact MOBRA?
– We are still waiting on Q1-3 checks from USAC
– 2018 agreement MOBRA will be purchasing insurance from USAC for $300

USACycling Summits should be announced (Jan 2018) Brady Kiss to attend

BARR discussion
– Race manager has the ability to create a promotion to track totals. Race directors must use a BARR standard promotion in order for it to work
– Cost $400/ month
– Mike to look into renegotiate cost
– Officials get great start lists for officials from race manager
– USAC database does not currently work with race formats
– Host a “how to use race manager” training session

General discussion
– How do you attract more racers?
– State Championships Jersey To be handed out at Banquet
– Otherwise can be picked up at Big Shark- Big Bend
– If out of town, can be mailed.

2016 MOBRA Championship Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 MOBRA Championship winners.

All who won a championship will be recognized  at the 2016 awards banquet to be held on 18-Feb. Each will receive a MOBRA championship jersey. Please plan to attend and celebrate their accomplishments.

Updated (2x): The original and replacement documents contained errors. The attached document corrects them. Please let us know of any others you find.

Updated (2-Feb): New and improved version now includes MTB champions

USACycling 2 year license offer

If you’re a previously licensed rider who hasn’t renewed your license this year watch your inbox for an email from USACycling. The offer will get you a license for the remainder of this year and all of next year for $25 less than the cost of both licenses combined.

This is an especially attractive deal for CX racers who have not renewed yet this year because they didn’t race road or MTB. With this program you’ll be able to get 2 seasons of CX at a really good price.

Details coming soon