Although the National Bike to Work Week is drawing to a close, the week will be celebrated in Michiana in mid-June when the weather for bikers is often better. The event includes bike rides, delicious foods, and even a movie.
Here is a chance for local bikers to help put Michiana in the cycling news.
The Notre Dame Cycling team is hosting the 2015 MWCCC Regional Championships on the weekend of April 25-26. Collegiate cyclists from across the Midwest will be coming to Niles, MI on Saturday for the Team Time Trial and Road Race on Saturday and to the Eddy St Commons just south of campus for the Criterium on Sunday. In order to have a successful and safe event, race organizers are looking for several volunteers on Saturday, April 25 to help with various duties to put on the race. If you are interested, please take a look at the sign up sheet below, which includes the locations and brief descriptions of the different volunteer duties. Breakfast and/or lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Jim Snitzer who is helping organize the race said “Please consider volunteering for the event and thank you for your support of the team!”
You can sign up for a shift here: 2015 Race Volunteer Signup
Congratulations to Jamie Smith of South Bend and Katie Michalczyk of Goshen. Each of them has won a $30 gift certificate at Fiddler’s Hearth in downtown South Bend.
The winners were randomly selected from the top 10 finishers of each gender. In the women’s drawing, Judy Lee was randomly chosen, but she had declared herself ineligible since she is an official with the local host, Bike Michiana. This was to Katie’s advantage, since she was then chosen randomly.
John Boughton of South Bend was the top male rider, while Bonnie Yoder of Granger was the top female. John was ranked 117th nationally (98th percentile), out of 5,602 riders. Bonnie was 2,694th (52nd percentile). Communities were ranked based on the number of NBC Points per 10,000 residents. The top community was Lively, VA: South Bend was 426th out of 4,267 communities (90th percentile). The top state was Wisconsin, while Indiana was ranked 8th (84th percentile).
The BMC congratulates all contestants
The City of South Bend has invited the public to an open house to view and comment on plans for Lincolnway West improvements. The open house will be Thursday, October 9 at the LaSalle Branch Library, 3232 W. Ardmore Trail. The library is just a few hundred yards west of Bendix Drive on the City’s west side.
The improvements are wide ranging, but cyclist will be most interested in two Lincolnway West proposals:
The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. Users compete on a local, state and national level.
Prizes are offered at all levels. At the local level, two lunches-for-two at Fiddler’s Hearth will be awarded at the end of the competition on September 30: one lunch-for-two will be awarded at random to one of the top-10 female riders, and one for one of the top-10 male riders. Only 4 weeks of competition remain, but if it were ending today, the following people would be entered into the drawings for the lunch.