Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Details on the Cone-Azalia After Party

After the event on Sunday - racers, family and friends should plan to go to Original Gravity Brewing Company for some great food, beer, and prizes. We have tons of swag to unload and in addition to the spectacular pub menu - The Mother Loaf Breads will be there to offer up some delicious homemade brats featuring OG's County Street Amber, with horseradish mustard, Brussel-Kraut, Potato Salad and homemade bun! Also, Brad is installing an additional bar on the patio just for us and I've just received word that this year's Cone-Azalia IRA (O.G. = 1.049 - 4.5%) is now on tap! You need to try this smooth, citrusy and refreshing session style India Red Ale! It's brewed entirely with Mosaic hops and a unique German base malt to give it a rich red color. It's the perfect beer following a long and arduous bike ride! ;) 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Course Change for 2015

For 2015, the Cone-Azalia Classic is returning to its roots on Cone Road in Azalia, MI.  The course is 90% dirt - hard pack for the most part - and is remarkably scenic for a 6.7 mile square.  As you can see from the elevation profile - the only hills you have to worry about are the railroad grades.  If you liked the Cone-Azalia before, you're going to like this course a whole lot more.  Welcome to the farm roads of Monroe County!

What's it like to race Cone-Azalia?

Thanks to the indefatigable Joe Lekovish for this description:

This race is SERIOUS. Billed as Michigan’s "Paris-Roubaix", the Cone-Azalia lives up to the billing. 

*beep* - Monroe County IS WESTERN FLANDERS!

Heed my advice, anything you have that is carbon fiber on your road bike, if you can, LEAVE IT AT HOME! Seriously! It may BREAK! Bike manufacturers love to sell you carbon fiber. It's tough and light, but it's made to break under tuff conditions and if it's anything, Cone is TUFF. 

I remember the year the top team in Ohio rolled in with their beautiful carbon aero wheels. Those wheels were made for people who race in states like Arizona, Georgia or Florida, where the asphalt is smooth and potholes are an unknown entity. Ohio - no, Indiana - no, Illinois - i'd pass. Michigan - DEFINITELY NOT. The whole team was DNF’d by the first lap and they laid out their punctured and torn tubulars next to their van like it was a body-count! I almost cried seeing that. 

The course is a 6.7 mile circuit on unpaved roads. It’s pancake flat and if the wind is blowing, THERE WILL BE PAIN. Now these roads will range from sun-caked, hard packed dirt, ala the Bonneville Salt Flats, to loose gravel with razor sharp stones. Ask the promoter what the course will be like this year and his response will be “depends what the Monroe County Road Commission wants to do that week”. 

I’ve raced eight consecutive Cones and I’ve only flatted ONCE. I have a wheelset I use especially for Cone. It's heavy and slow and Iove riding it on Hines Drive where potholes are a-plenty. WHEELS: Sun MA-14 rims, 32 hole, 3x, 14g spokes laced to Shimano 105 hubs.TIRES: Continental Sport 1000’s, 700x28. TUBES: Thick, cyclocross tubes meant for 700x35 tires, which will move inside your tires and avoid pinch-flatting.

Despite all the hardships Cone throws at a bike racer, or maybe because of all the hardships, Cone is a beautifully surreal race. The horizon stretches for miles across freshly plowed farm fields. The wind sweeing across the landscape takes on an orchestral quality that mixes nicely with the whir of your bike gears, the beating of your heart and the gasping of your accompanying participants. 


If you can, before the race mount a set up like the one described above on your bike then go out and hammer down every dirt road you can find. Intentionally run into curbs and do everything you can to force a pinch flat or to knock the wheels out of true. If you avoid flats, broken spokes and taco’d wheels….. you’re ready for Cone!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Some details for 2015!

This year we'll be doing a two day race weekend with the Milan Circuit Race on Saturday - May 30 - and the Cone-Azalia Classic on Sunday - May 31.  Checkout the preliminary race schedule below.  

Another thing that's new this year is the "Fun Ride" a single lap of the race course which is intended for everyone - kids, families, everyone! You don’t need to have a special kind of bike or a racing license. Just show up and we'll get your time! Immediately following the fun ride there will be a pancake breakfast provided by the Milan Rotary Club.  Proceeds of both the Fun Ride and the pancake breakfast will support Aid In Milan - a local non-profit serving the Milan community.  If you'd like to do more to support Aid in Milan, please bring a canned or dry food donation with you on race day!

Milan Circuit Race – May 30, 2015
Length Laps/Miles
08:00 AM
Fun Ride: Kids & Families
1 Lap
08:30 AM
Cat. 1/2/3 Men
45 Minutes
09:30 AM
Cat. 1/2/3/4 Women
30 Minutes
10:15 AM
Cat 4/5 Men
30 Minutes
Cone-Azalia Classic – May 31, 2015
Length Laps/Miles
09:45 AM
10:00 AM
Cat. 1/2 Men
12/81 mi
10:03 AM
Masters 35+ (Cat. 1-4 Men)
8/54 mi
10:06 AM
Cat. 3 Men
8/54 mi
10:09 AM
Masters 45+ (Cat. 1-4 Men)
8/54 mi
10:12 AM
Cat. 4 Men
6/40 mi
10:15 AM
Masters 55+ (Cat. 1-4 Men)
8/54 mi
10:18 AM
Cat. 5 Men (Age 18-34)
4/27 mi
10:21 AM
Cat. 5 Men (Age 35+)
4/27 mi
10:24 AM
Cat. 1, 2, 3 Women
8/54 mi
10:27 AM
Cat. 4 Women
4/27 mi
10:30 AM
Juniors 9-14
2/13 mi
10:30 AM
Juniors 15-18
4/27 mi

Monday, May 12, 2014

Race Photos

Markus Nee
Markus Nee took a lot of good pictures from all of the categories during the race. Check them out here.

Also, Roxanne King has a great gallery of shots from the races. Check them out!