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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 10-11 am and the adult races 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 kids involved in a healthier lifestyle through biking with Start The Cycle.
Start The Cycle is a cycling team program that introduces youth to a life full of success through winter fat tire and summer mountain biking. The volunteers and mentors provide the structure for participants to achieve goals and have a sense of belonging 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 moved to virtual due to COVID-19, we are very excited to offer an in-person, *outdoor event this year. The 2021 WEIRD will have prizes for winning race teams, Best Weird team name, Best Weird costume/outfit, and raffles, including a brand new Surly Big Easy E-bike! Race swag is included with racer registration if registered before April 28th, 2021.
**Due to COVID-19, the race will be held outdoors under tents. We will be following all State and local Covid safety guidelines. Participants, volunteers, and spectators will be required to wear a mask until they are on the trainer biking. Teams will be spread out under tents to observe social distancing guidelines. Sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be provided. Please do not attend if you or someone in your household is sick or has been around someone sick.
Anyone may form a team of 4 members (Youth and Adult). Your team of cyclists will ride bikes mounted on trainers for a total of 1 hour for youth and 2 hours for adults, and compete for team prizes. Each Youth team member will ride for 10 minutes with a 5-minute break for sanitizing and bike set-up between riders. Each Adult team member will ride for 20 minutes with a 5-minute break for sanitizing and bike set-up between riders. 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 food voucher for a meal on-site, race swag, 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.
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. Teams are responsible for sanitizing their own bikes and changing pedals (if necessary) between riders.
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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