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3-For-3 Triathlon: August 26

Posted by Henry Scott on June 5, 2012

Three local organizations, The Center for the Homeless, The YMCA of Michiana, and the Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center, are hosting a triathlon on Sunday, August 26th, at the Michiana YMCA in South Bend.

Notably, this event will have an interesting twist: for those interested, the swim leg may be substituted with a kayaking leg on the St. Joseph River!

Please visit the official event site for full details.


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MWCCC Road Championship: April 21-22

Posted by Henry Scott on March 30, 2012

Based on the success of last year’s ND Cycling Classic, The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the 2012 Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships.

The race series will again include Team Time Trial (TTT), Road Race (RR) and Criterium (crit) events, but it will be even bigger this year with over 300 collegiate cyclists from about forty schools.

As was the case last year, many volunteers will be needed. If you’re free that weekend and can lend a hand, please see below for details on how to get involved.

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Amazing Bike Event in Downtown Goshen

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 8, 2011

On the First Friday of every month – throughout the year – businesses, artists, and entertainers throw a party in downtown Goshen. On May 6, Goshen’s First Fridays event will be all about bikes with several special events. Organizers encourage event-goers to “bike to First Fridays”.

  • The first annual I Goshen Bicycle Criterium: There will be three races for riders of various skill levels.
  • Bicycle Safety & Info booth: Learn helpful hints about bicycle safety: from how to properly fit a helmet to pumping up tires. Free bicycle registration available. They will also have information on the endless bicycle trails in Elkhart County.
  • Bike Decorating Contest: Participants will, deck out their bikes, Pedal, and Participate!
  • A  Family Bicycle Parade will follow the decorating contest.
  • Girl Scouts Pedal Car Derby: Human powered and eco-friendly transportation for the little tykes.

On May 6, the emphasis is on bicycling because May is National Bike Month, and May 16-20 is National Bike to Work Week.

For more information visit The First Fridays Website

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ND Cycling Classic: Race Details and Volunteer Request

Posted by Henry Scott on March 16, 2011

The Notre Dame Cycling Classic weekend will be Saturday, 3/26, and Sunday, 3/27.

This two-day collegiate race series will feature a Team Time Trial (TTT) and Road Race (RR) on Saturday, and a criterium race (crit) on Sunday. Saturday’s TTT and RR will be on county roads just north of Potato Creek State Park, but Sunday’s spectator-friendly crits will involve many high-speed laps around a short course in downtown South Bend.

Volunteers are particularly needed for Saturday’s TTT and RR. If you can spare a few hours helping out it would make a big difference and be greatly appreciated by the ND cycling team. No experience or equipment is necessary to volunteer. If you can volunteer, please add your name by a time slot on their online volunteer spreadsheet and contact Joe Magro ( for further instructions.

Spectators are also welcome for the Saturday’s TTT and RR, but the courses are long enough that racers will only go by every forty minutes or so. Sunday’s crits, however, are ideal for spectators. Racers will go north on Michigan St and south on Main St between Washington and Wayne Streets, and anywhere along the course will be great for fans. Races start at 8:00 a.m., with the Division A Women’s and Men’s races starting at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., respectively.

For more information about the race weekend, including detailed listings of start times and course maps, please see the official event invitation at USA Cycling.

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2nd Annual Eco Fest Criterium: Saturday, June 12

Posted by Henry Scott on June 1, 2010

For the second year in a row, there will be a criterium road race held in the Howard Park neighborhood on Saturday, June 12. This will be part of the Green Weekend celebration and is sponsored by WNIT Public Television and Pro Form Bike Shop. Please view the official press release on the Downtown South Bend website for more details.

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Michiana Mountain Bike Time Trials

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 15, 2010

Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA) will be hosting a 6 race Mountain Bike Time Trial Series. The first race in the Series is at TK Lawless Park in Cassopolis, Michigan on June 6th, 2010. Start time is 10:00 AM with registration opening at 8:30 AM. Riders may pre-register at They may register for any individual race or the whole series. If they register for the entire series at or before the TK Lawless race, the 6th race is free. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Get more information about the race series at NIMBA’s race website They medal the top 3 finishers in each of the 11 categories. Points are totaled over the series by finish time and the top 3 in each category at the end of the series get a plaque for a series award.

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Pictures from the Safetytown Criterium

Posted by Henry Scott on March 24, 2009

img_6074jpgMy brother Sam visited this past weekend, and on Sunday we made our way over to Rum Village to see some of the Safetytown Criterium and practice photographing moving objects. Unfortunately for us we didn’t make it until the last race, but we had a great time watching the Men’s Category A riders. Click the image at right if you’d like to see some of our pictures.

The Rum Village course is great for spectators! The loop is only 0.9 miles, and based on the time stamps from my photos the riders came by just about every two minutes — apparently averaging upwards of 28 mph for over an hour! I very much hope this becomes an annual event; the Notre Dame cycling team did a great job with this!

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Notre Dame’s “Safetytown Criterium”: Sunday in Rum Village

Posted by Henry Scott on March 21, 2009

This is a followup to Adam’s previous post about the Notre Dame race weekend (this weekend!). As he mentioned, Sunday’s criterium at Rum Village will be conducive for spectators: the loop is only 0.9 miles, so from any spot you’ll see the riders fly past many times.

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Notre Dame Race Weekend: March 21-22

Posted by Adam Bee on March 2, 2009

The Notre Dame Cycling Team is hosting its first-ever weekend of collegiate racing on March 21st and 22nd.  Scholar-athletes from across the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference will fly around the roads south of Buchanan on Saturday and Rum Village Park on Sunday for glory and points toward a conference championship.

Spectators are welcome at both events, but the criterium at Rum Village (March 22) is the more spectator friendly of the two, as the peloton flies by every two minutes or so.

We still need a few more volunteers; if you’re interested you can sign up here.  Email me at cbee (at) if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a half- or quarter-shift.

Preliminary race flyers can be viewed here.  Mark the weekend for a thrilling spectacle of speed and power!

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Snowball Bike Race: Sunday, March 1st

Posted by Henry Scott on February 23, 2009

snowballThe first-ever “Snowball Bike Race” will take place on Sunday, March 1st at Swiss Valley Ski Resort. Weather permitting, this race will be on snow and utilize a gated course. Sounds like a blast!

Please see below for additional details or follow the link above for Swiss Valley’s race-specific page.

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