SATURDAY MAY 24, 2014
SUNDAY MAY 25, 2014
Gran Fondo di Thumb @ 8 a.m.
TDF offers racing for everyone!
If this is your first time participating in a USA Cycling sanctioned competitive event let us fill you in on how things work. If you are an adult over the age of 18 and you have never raced competitively or have never held a USA Cycling annual license then you will need to register as a Men’s Category 5 (Citizen) rider or a Women’s Category 4 (Citizen) rider. This is the starting point for all racers as they attempt to climb their way up the categorical rankings to the Pro Category 1 level. To give you an idea of what this means…picture yourself new to this sport as a Category 4 or 5 (Citizen) cyclist. Now picture Lance Armstrong as a Pro cyclist. It takes quite a bit of effort to achieve that level of success but hopefully this helps clear up any confusion. Riders can be bumped up to the next level based on the number of races participated in and the number of races won or finished with a high standing.
The event title sponsor is Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. With a purse of up to $5000 (the largest we have ever had!) on offer, participants travel from across Michigan, the Midwest and Canada to compete in the fifth annual road race. In addition to the feature event, youngsters between the ages of 4-12 raced for medals cheered on by fans, family and the Zehnder’s mascot –Drumstick.
Participants rated the weekend a great success.
“Great Race! We traveled from Missouri, and will be back next year. It is a really well run race! Thanks”
“Thanks to you and everyone involved for putting together this race. Truly an enjoyable event.”
“Thanks for another great race. TDF was my first race ever last year, and I was glad to return this year.”
“This race has had the most participants of any Michigan Road Race in the last 10 years!”
Former Race Director Steve Weckle noted “this event is a great success because of all the support we receive from the community, the volunteers and of course the participants. I hope everyone tells their friends and marks their calendar for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.”
If you are interested in being a volunteer for this event, contact race coordinator Ben Rolenhagen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Race volunteers get to ride the Gran Fondo for free! For more information on the Tour de Frankenmuth cycling events, and to see the results of this years race, go to www.tourdefrankenmuth.com. For pictures visit our Facebook page.
Revolution Racing http://revolutionracing.jimdo.com/ is a non-profit 501c3 supported bicycling club comprised of bicycling enthusiasts from the State of Michigan and Ohio. Our purpose is to promote bike racing . We hold rides that provide an opportunity for bicyclists of all ages and abilities to ride together and to enjoy a wide range of cycling experiences. We welcome new club members.
The TDF Race is included in the Point challenge series of the Michigan Bicycle Race Association (MBRA) for more info see http://www.mbra.org