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The West End Health Foundation (WEHF) is excited to partner with Start The Cycle bike group to bring you something WEIRD!
The West End *Indoor Race Day, better known as The WEIRD, is cyclists racing bikes mounted on trainers! The event will be on May 8th, 2021, with the youth race from 9-11 am and the adult race from 12-4 pm. All events will take place *outdoors at Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in Ishpeming, MI. As we plan for this upcoming event, we are proud to announce ALL of the funds raised will return to the community, getting at-risk kids involved in a healthier lifestyle through biking.
Start The Cycle is in its 9th year of leading at-risk youth to a healthier lifestyle through mentoring and mountain biking. The group is a 501(c)3 non-profit, staffed entirely by volunteers. Applicants are referred to their program by counselors, physicians, and Marquette County Juvenile Court. As a group, they fundraise and purchase all of the equipment the riders will need to train and race in the Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Epic in August.
With our inaugural event in 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19, we are very excited to offer an in-person, *outdoor event this year. This is an inaugural event with food trucks, prizes for winning race teams, Best Weird team name, Best Weird costume/outfit and raffles, including a brand new Surly Big Easy E-bike! All racers will be given a $5 coupon for the food trucks. T-shirts are included with racer registration if registered before April 28th, 2021.
*Due to COVID-19, the race will be held outdoors, under a tent.
Anyone may form a team of 4-8 members (4 for Open, 4-8 for Sport and Youth). Your team of cyclists will ride bikes mounted on trainers for a total of 2 hours for youth and 3 hours for adults, and compete for team prizes. Each team member must ride for a minimum of 20 minutes. Prizes are awarded for various categories, ranging from most mileage ridden to the best-dressed team. Teams may be sponsored by businesses or organizations of their choice but it is not required.
Whether you are a serious cyclist or a casual biker, W.E.I.R.D. has a spot for you and your team. All participants will receive a $5 lunch voucher to the food trucks on-site, race shirt, and entry into the door prize drawing!
FOR ALL CATEGORIES, YOU MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE ON EACH TEAM!
The entry fee for adults is $50 per rider.
There will be 2 classes for the adults: Sport and Open. Open will more of a competitive or pro category, but you do not need to be a pro to compete.
The entry fee for a Youth Team is $25 per rider. Youth team participants are anyone 16 and under. There will be handicaps for the different ages as followed (per participant of that age):
<8 years old: 1 mile handicap
8-11 years old: 0.5 mile handicap
12-14 years old: 0.25 mile handicap
15-16 years old: no handicap
NOTE: Teams must provide one bike to be mounted on a trainer. The trainer will be provided. The seat may be adjusted per rider, but the bike MUST stay the same throughout your ride.
This is the trainer we will be using: https://www.saris.com/product/mag The allows for 650b, 700c, 26", 27" and 29" wheel sizes – up to a 2.0 tire. This trainer is designed to fit common road and mountain bike frames with included steel quick release skewer and has three settings for rear dropout spacing: 120mm, 130mm and 135mm. Road, commuter, smooth or trainer tires are recommended.
DURING THE RACE
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Remember: This is a FUNdraiser, the prizes are not worth attracting bad karma! Get WEIRD!
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