Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tour de Louisiane Registration Now Open On BikeReg

Tour de Louisiane registration is now open on BikeReg:


Event details are at:


Come race the oldest, continuously running stage race in the country.

For this year, the prize list has been increased to $6000. We have also
added Cat 3 and Master 55+ bonuses.

NOBC Members - please send you registration information to Randy so that
he can register you.

Hope to see everyone there!



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Questions about the closure of River Rd by Farr Park

There have been questions about the closure of River Rd by Farr Park. I spoke to the levee police yesterday and River Rd is only closed to vehicles, not cyclist. They are using highly sensitive equipment to monitor vibrations in the levee and vehicles interfere with this. They have been made aware of the tues/thurs training race and they said that is not a problem. That said, stay off the levee, no one is allowed on the levee

So, come out out and enjoy a ride without all of the threatening traffic while it last!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Racing Rapides Saturday Results


Randall Legeai
President, Louisiana-Mississippi Bicycle Racing Assn.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mt Driskill omnium Race

Ok guys and galls!

We are have the second annual Mt Driskill omnium this year but a bit earlier in the season and this time with an 8 am start rather than noon for the road race. Courses will be the same as last year. Cone join us for a great racing opportunity. Last year many people said it was the best lambra courses just really hot so we moved the dates up and started the races earlier. This year we have also added a 55+ cat that will start with the 40+ guys but be scored separately. So cone on out and bring your teammates!

I understand that the calendar says June and flyer says august. The race is the last weekend in June like the calendar states. Registration will be opening soon. Hope to see you guys there! Let's get this thing big!

Stephen Mire

Red Bug Hill Challenge

We would like to thank everyone who supported this year's Red Bug Hill Challenge. We had almost 200 riders and over 80 runners. We raised almost $25,000.00 for Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans. The challenge results can be found on www.redbughill.com.

Thanks again for your support!
The family of Jordy Rourke: Mike, Marie, Kelley, Brian, and Melissa

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mississippi Senior Olympics
Thursday May 12, 2011
The day started out a little cool with some cloud cover and little sun. The 20K and 40K road races were set to roll first, with the 10K, 5K and 1 mile timed trials to follow. After a good warm up, all of the contestants headed to the start line to begin the races. The course is a 10K loop with 3 right hand turns, a few rolling hills and good pavement. We started out in a double pace line with myself and the other 50-54 year old rider, Fred McLaughlin from Florida, on the front. About 2 miles into the race, we went single file with Fred taking the first pull. After we made the first turn we picked up the speed a little as I settled into a long pull. When I rolled off the front the group was still together but starting to gap a little on the back so I slipped in about 4 wheels back to keep an eye on Fred. When Fred took his turn pulling again he opened a little gap so I had to move around a couple of riders to get his wheel again. After the second turn and several riders taking their turn on the front, I moved to the front as we approached the largest hill on the course. I kept the speed up around 20 mph and split the field up. Now it was just 4 of us in the lead group, Fred, Robert, James and I. We continued to work together and slowly pick the pace up as we motored through the second loop. As we rounded the last turn headed to the finish line of the 20K, we spotted a pickup truck parked in out lane. I was leading and began to pick up speed when Fred stood up to sprint and pulled around me. We had to move to the left lane to avoid the truck then the truck started to move, we checked up a bit then continued the sprint. Fred was slightly ahead of me as we crossed the line at 35 mph, then the truck started to turn left in front of us. We were yelling for him to stop and I made the decision that I couldn’t stop in time so I gunned it again and slipped right in front of the truck with only inches to spare, I thought for sure I was going to get hit but we all made it by safely. Fred took the gold and I the silver for the 20K. We continued for 2 more loops to complete the 40K, this time I let Fred lead out in the sprint and passed him at the line for the Gold medal.
After a 30 minute break we were up to the line again for the 10K timed trial, which would be one lap on the 10K loop. I went off first and never looked back; I completed the loop in a little over 17 minutes for the second gold medal of the day, about a minute and a half over second place. Next up was the 5K timed trial; this race was a straight line on good road with a slight wind at our back so the times were going to be fast. I again went off first and dropped the hammer for a personal best time of 7.42 minutes, which was good enough for my third gold medal. Finally the last race was here, a one mile timed trial on a section of the 5K course. I again was first off and did my best but Fred was able to beat me by 3 seconds for the gold so I picked up my second silver medal of the day.
The event was a success, I had 3 gold medals and 2 silvers and everyone finished safely. I also want to mention that everyone was asking where Mr. Alvarez was, as Jairo signed up but didn’t make the trip. I phoned Scott at Pedal Play to check on him and found out all was fine; he couldn’t make the trip for personal reasons. It is good to know that Jairo is so liked on the Senior Olympic circuit; he has defiantly made an impact on me as well as the other competitors. Now I’m looking forward to the National Senior Olympics in Houston, Tx. in June, wish me luck!

2nd annual Ride of Silence, Baton Rouge May 18th

Many of us know someone who has been injured or killed by an inattentive driver while riding their bicycle . Please come out Wednesday, May 18th to honor the fallen and raise awareness for bicycle safety.

We will meet at 6:30 PM in the parking lot across from the vet school on the corner of Skip Bertman and River Road. The event will begin with a presentation to honor Rob Moorhead and others and then ride from 7-8. The ride will be completely silent and no more than 10 mph to accommodate all bicyclists. Helmets are required and we will give away helmets while supplies last. There will be no corking or running of intersections; either we will have a police escort or riders are expected to obey all traffic laws. Riders are asked to wear black or red armband to honor those who have died or been injured respectively. Armbands will be provided.

If for some reason you cannot make it to the ROS, please consider riding from 7-8 on Wednesday wherever you can.

Please bring the kids, encourage neighbors, and get the word out to the 'non-cycling' community; bicycle safety is something everyone should know.

If you have any questions or want to help do not hesitate to contact me.

See you Wednesday,

Chris Clark


Thursday, May 12, 2011

This just in - Hahn pleads guilty!

This just in from Mark Upton:

I spoke to Will Morris, the Assistant District Attorney today regarding the progress of the Hahn case. Mr. Hahn pled guilty as charged to felony hit and run. The sentencing has been set for August 9, 2011 at 9:00 in Judge Donald R. Johnson's court. You may write to the Judge at the following address:

Hon. Donald Johnson
Judge, 19th JDC Div. B
300 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

The case is: State of Louisiana v. Marshall Hahn
Docket # 06-10-0342

It would be a good thing to show up for the sentence hearing.

Please put this info out on other message boards you are members of.

Mark Upton

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CRPC Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting, Thursday 12 May

You are cordially invited to attend the next CRPC Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting, 4-6 PM Thursday 12 May at the CRPC office in Baton Rouge. (333 N. 19th St.)

Topics include corrections to "official" bike facilities plan map, latest on Bike Pedestrian Safety Education campaign, reports from the agencies on progress, and any topic you wish to bring up.

Time has been pulled forward from 5:30 to 4 PM in hopes that more government agency personnel can participate. We will discuss this potential permanent change as part of the meeting.

Agenda is attached. If you have additions or corrections for the agenda, please send them to me blwickert@cox.net.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Red Bug Hill Challenge for Spina Bifida is Thursday, May 14, 2011

The Red Bug Hill Challenge for Spina Bifida is Thursday, May 14, 2011.

The event includes cycling routes of 5, 20, 40, and 60 miles, a 5K trail run, and a 1-mile fun run. There is also an optional time trial on West Feliciana's famous
"Red Bug Hill."

Pre registration on www.active.com/running/saint-francisville-la/red-bug-hill-challenge-2011 ends at midnight, Thursday, May 12, 2011. Registriation is available on the day of the event, but it will be an extra $10.00 for cycing and $5.00 for running.

Hope to see you there!

Marie and Mike Rourke

P.S. We've had several inquiries about the Mississippi River flooding that is occuring. There is no danger that our location or routes will be affected by the rising of the river.

Mr. Rourke,

I wish to participate in the 5K trail run plus the Red Bug Hill Challenge. If I pay the registration fee for the 5K, do I also have to pay an additional registration fee to be eligible for the Red Bud Hill Challenge. Also, how long and steep is this Hill?
Do you not have some on-line photos of it?

Roy H.

Hi, Roy,

There is NO EXTRA CHARGE to participate in the Red Bug Hill Challenge.

I'm going to quote for you what an experienced cyclist commented about Red Bug Hill:

Red Bug is at least .311mi. start to finish line-- or about 560yds ( I think IF I did the math correct??) with shorts sections of 3-6-8% (just my judging here) the first 200-260 ft. are some "what" flat & the last 200-260ft. /past/over the top are flat-- finish line is NOT at the summit (close but another 200ft or so I think.

An average senior citizen recreation rider from a "standing start"--- will take about 1min 12sec to 1min 15sec.(some better) depending on how high there fitness level is at the time.

For an event like this (RED BUG) 560yards & a "standing start "will favor those with high neuromuscular force/power one of the very FEW times that raw strength could have a impact on race results & those with a very high anaerobic capacity & then being able to transition (little drop off in power ) smoothly to Vo-2 max until the finish.

Which one are YOU?

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Marie and Mike Rourke

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Red Bug Hill Challenge for Spina bifida on May 14, 2011

We would like to invite you to the Red Bug Hill Challenge for Spina bifida on May 14, 2011. This event is held in memory of our son Jordy.

The events include bike rides of 55, 40, and 22 miles; a 5K trail run, and a 1-mile fun fun. In addition, everyone has the option of entering the "Red Bug Hill Challenge," a timed event from the bottom to the top of Red Bug Hill.

Like last year, we will have good food, music, and a raffle with many nice items, including a bicycle. In 2010 we raised over $15,000.00 for children in Louisiana with Spina Bifida.

Please join us for a fun day in the beautiful hills of the Felicianas.

Marie and Mike Rourke

P.S. Here is the website for registration or donations: http://www.active.com/running/saint-francisville-la/red-bug-hill-challenge-2011


The Baton Rouge Bike Club is one of the co-sponsors for this ride, and we ask that you participate in it as you have our past Spring rides. The club has pledged our usual SAG and Support at this event in lieu of our regular Spring Century, and I hope to see you there.