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.