Tim Johnson’s Wachusett Fondo was HOT HOT HOT but so was the fun!

Minuteman Road Club, MassBike, and Tim Johnson would like to take a moment to thank all of the riders that braved the heat and humidity on Saturday. While the excessive heat warning led to some riders deciding to stay home, those of you that came out made the day incredibly special. Thankfully both routes provided ample shade from the direct sun and everyone made it back safely.

Tim Johnsonn's Wachusett Grand Fondo getting underway.
The Fondo gets under way!

The Tim Johnson Wachusett Fondo would not be possible without the support of our partners. The continued support that Wachusett Brewery provides Minuteman Road Club is immeasurable. As our organization has continued to grow and evolve so has Wachusett Brewing. This years addition of the new Brew Woods was a true game changer for the event. Following the incredible effort of the day riders had plenty of space and shade while being treated to amazing beer, food, and live music. It will be exciting so see Wachusett’s next expansions in the coming months. Please visit Wachusett Brewing’s website for more details about upcoming events and performances. https://www.wachusettbrewingcompany.com/

Once again we got rave reviews for the post ride meal provided by The Farmacy Cafe. Often times following a hot and steamy ride the last thing we want is a heavy meal. The organic rice bowls with an array of pickled vegetables and flavors not only refueled but also satisfied many depleted bodies. Please consider stopping by The Farmacy Cafe at their shipping container in the Seaport district of Boston and make sure to check out their upcoming expansion on High Street Place in the Financial District. https://farmacyboston.com/

Also new for this year was live music provided by InClover out of Keene, New Hampshire. Their upbeat energy and fun lively covers made the post ride party in the Brew Woods that much more exciting and relaxing. Many of you were asking about booking InClover for gigs and private parties. Please visit their Facebook page for booking information and upcoming dates. https://www.facebook.com/InClover-73967517792/

Kenny Ambach and that sweet Volvo from NRS and Events for mid ride mechanical support www.nrsandevents.com/

Once again Katie Busick Photography made all of us look good even when we were all cracking in the heat. In the Mount Rushmore of New England cycling Katie definitely has a space on that wall. Her contributions to the sport alone are impressive. It isn’t until you get a chance to speak with Katie that you discover her true passion for supporting cyclists. Please visit Katie’s SmugMug page to view all of her pictures from Saturday. Please consider buying a print to commemorate the good times and sweaty memories from the Fondo. https://katiebusick.smugmug.com/

Obviously this event would not be possible without a tremendous amount of volunteer support. Whether it was marking the course Friday, helping at registration, manning rest stations, working as parking marshals, or acting as ride leaders and sweepers, this ride would not happen without a small army of help. The riders and families of Minuteman Road Club riders in addition to our friends and family at MassBike made this into such an incredibly special day. It is also important to thank the towns that allowed us to access their roads and infrastructure to put on this event. A particular shout out needs to go to Brian Tanguay at the Templeton Historic Society. Not only did the Historic Society provide us with a shady spot but the antique bikes brought the stop to the next level.

Finally we need to thank YOU the riders! Saturday was not an easy day to get out for a ride. Days like Saturday galvanize our community and make us stronger as a whole. Moving forward please remember those positive messages throughout the day of community and togetherness. The roads can be a daunting and at times scary place for riders. Look after one and other and continue to work for bicycle advocacy with community leaders. Please consider getting involved with our partners at MassBike to help make the roads not only safer for us, but for future generations. https://www.massbike.org/

Thank you! We look forward to seeing all of you, and hopefully a couple of hundred new friends next July at the third annual Tim Johnson Wachusett Fondo.

2018 Ski Ward Cyclocross Practice P/B Minuteman Road Club

Photo: ©Katie Busick Photography

August 29th – September 26th will be a five week training series held at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury to help bust that rust off your CX skills and to introduce new CX racers to some of the techniques.

Starting at 5:15pm there will be at least 3 – 20 minute practice races with about 10-15 minutes in between and will run until dark.  So if you can’t make the first one don’t stress, you can hop in the next one. Winners of each heat wins a $10 ski ward gift card, good for a Wednesday night burger and beer special after the racing is done.  Limit one gift card per night per person

There will be barriers, run ups, tight turns and race scenarios – Starts – Clipping in your pedals straight to sprinting for the holeshot.

If you are new to cyclocross this will be a good way to get use to racing in a relaxed training atmosphere before jumping in to your first race.

If you already have experience in racing cross this will be a good way to brush up on skills and have a mid week training race.

After the races stay for french fries, burgers, and beers ( 21+) at the Ski Ward lodge.

Photo: ©Katie Busick Photography

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Registration – $10 per rider at BikeReg.com


Onsite registration will be available for $10 per rider.

4/3/2018 Directeur’s Chair

We’re back for 2018 with a whole new look and new leadership for our club and race team. Jeremy Cratty who was our previous race team directeur has stepped it up a notch and is now our club president, congrats Jeremy! Now that Jeremy is navigating the ever changing political scene we had an opening as Race Team Directeur and one of our top racers has decided to give back to the club a little by playing team boss. Congrats and welcome to our new Directeur Sportif, Thomas Coleman! To kick things off we’re going to try a new segment called “Tuesdays with Tom” were we try to have a regular chat with DS Tome Coleman.

MRC: Hi Tom, welcome and congrats on the new role.

Tom Coleman: Thanks.

MRC: I see you’re a man of few words…

Tom Coleman

New MRC Directeur Sportif, Tom Coleman

TC: …

MRC: Being the new DS of MRC, you have some big shoes to fill. What are you bringing to the table now that Mr. Cratty has moved up a rung on the MRC hierarchy?

TC: Jeremy Cratty came to me and said “Hey, you’d be good at this!” And I thought what the heck, I’ll give it a shot! What do I got to do……lol. Honestly it’s a bigger job than I once thought, we have a very large and impressive group of racers that span all categories. That’s why I’ve really like having the team captains! I can work with them to do all the dirty work! But seriously I’m happy to be giving back to the club.

MRC: Tell me a little about your cycling background.

TC: My cycling background actually started in BMX and MTB. I was trying out some mountain bike racing and needed more legs under me, road riding is a great way to find them. But then I got sucked into the never ending vortex of Road Racing. (And there’s a hundred stories in between all that).

MRC: HA! We’ll save those for next time… I know your a busy guy, so I’ll keep this short. Any closing thoughts for the folks on the interwebs?

TC: In this early 2018 season I’m excited to see all these cat 4s and 3s coming out hard and getting results. But that may be a bit selfish because I’m hopeful that this guys will eventually upgrade to Cat 2’s and give me a team to work with in races. Personally I’m also excited to work on my own Cat 1 upgrade this year. Last year was a good year for me to learn the ropes of the P/1/2’s and this year I’m ready to apply it.

MRC Membership Elects new President, VP

On Wednesday 11/1 at our monthly all club meeting the Minuteman Road Club held elections for officer positions to be held for the 2017/18 season.

Incoming MRC President, Jeremy Cratty (L) and Vice President, Bill Turner (R)

Returning Officers were re-elected to their positions by a show of hands from the members present at the meeting:

Treasurer – Ken Chadwick
Secretary – Fintan Duffy
Membership – Mark Bernard

For non-returning officers President John Smith and Vice President PJ McQuade the following nominees were elected by a show of hands from the members present at the meeting:

President – Jeremy Cratty
Vice President – Bill Turner

From John Smith:
As outgoing President I would like to thank all the club members for your support over the last 4 years. We have experienced significant transformation in the club over these years whilst continuing to focus on our goal of developing and promoting the sport of bike racing in New England. We have seen the level of active race participating members increase substantially over this period and have also seen our uniforms on the podiums in every category and discipline ( Road, Cross, MTB ) with incredible regularity. We have been able to create a racing team program that is without equal and we have had the honour of helping some new and younger member of the team realize their full potential and move on to professional racing. I am especially happy to be passing over the presidency to Jeremy Cratty. His creativity and drive for excellence in everything we do has been at the heart of most of these developments and I know he will continue to push MRC to be the absolute best. Thanks again to everyone for 4 great years. – J.S.

From Jeremy Cratty:
It’s an honor and a privilege to be the next President of the Minuteman Road Club. I’ve been a member for about 10 years and the club seems to get better every year.

On behalf of the club, let me send a huge THANK YOU to John “Smudger” Smith for a job well done over the last 4 years. During his term we accomplished some unprecedented things. We stepped up our membership and sponsorship efforts which has allowed us to fund the success of our Road Racing and Elite CX teams. We’ve also been able to maintain our stable of cycling events while donating money to fine charitable causes like The Ken Harrod Memorial Fund, NEHSCA, and the Boys and Girls Club.

I look forward to working with the rest of the BOD and all MRC club members to keep building on all the successes we’ve had over the last number of years. – J.C.

CX Training Races at Ski Ward, Shrewsbury, MA

Landry’s Bicycles and The Minuteman Road Club are putting on training races at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury for all abilities.  Weather you are a seasoned pro or a newbie, this course will help you tune up your cyclocross skills!  Next practice races will be September 6th, 13th and the 20th.

Patrick Collins to join Team CCB International

MRC member Patrick Collins will join Team CCB International for the 2017 racing season. This move will allow Patrick the opportunity to progress to the next level in our sport whilst continuing his college education.


photo: Katie Busick Photography

Team CCB International is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity funded by donations that focuses exclusively on developing U23 talent for individuals who are pursuing a full time college or graduate-level education. Patrick will have the opportunity to race at major one-day events and stage races on the East Coast, such as the Philadelphia International Classic, the Winston-Salem Classic, and the Reading 120. The team will also compete in events in Europe and Asia.

The Minuteman Road Club extends our congratulations and well wishes to Patrick for the season ahead, we can’t wait to see what he can do as part of this team in 2017!

Read more about the full Team CCB International roster on VeloNews: http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/11/news/nonprofit-ccb-team-releases-roster_424479

Presenting the MRC 2016/17 Elite CX Racing Team

The Minuteman Road Club in partnership with Wachusett Brewing Company and Fast Splits are excited to announce the creation of an Elite Cyclocross Racing team for the 2016/17 season.


The team will consist of Patrick Collins, Mark Miller, Chris Pare, and Brian Hughes who will focus on the Regional Elite and UCI level races culminating in the National championships. You’ll be able to see them race in their newly designed Minuteman-inspired race kits by Mr. White Design this weekend at the KMC Cross Fest in Thompson CT. We are looking forward to cheering them on at the races. Good luck guys!!




Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross Reg is Now Open!

Registration is now live for the 2016 Minuteman CX on Oct 9, 2016 p/b MRC, Wachusett Brewing, Landry’s Bicycles, and Yasso Yogurt!


(photo: Katie Busick Photography)

You know the CX season is in full swing when you get to the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster, breathe in the crisp fall air, marvel at the terrific fall foliage, and shred the woodchipped turns as you pass through the stables!

Equal cash payout to the men’s and women’s elite fields! Landry’s Bicycles has stepped up to the plate and is providing GENEROUS gift cards to the podium toppers in the non-elite races.

EVERY winner in each category will also get a fresh baked apple pie from Bolton Orchards!

More about payouts and other details of the race in our race flyer.

MRC CX is also part of the NEBRA CX BAR (Best All-Around Rider) Series, tracking points for multiple categories over 14 races.

Single speed racers: Harpoon Brewery is the beer sponsor for the Zanconato SSCX Series. Podium finishers will receive some of Harpoon’s delicious brew and winners of the SS races will also receive an apple pie!

You’ll be competing on grass, pavement, with the addition of some hoppable logs!

Don’t hesitate, get to BikeReg now – https://www.bikereg.com/2016-minuteman-road-club-cyclocross

CX Practice Races p/b Landry’s Bicycles and Minuteman Road Club

It’s back! Wednesday night cyclocross training in September!!


September 7, 2016 @ 5:15 P.M.
September 14, 2016 @ 5:15 P.M.
September 21, 2016 @ 5:15 P.M.
September 28, 2016 @ 5:15 P.M.  — CANCELED!

Where: SKI WARD, 1000 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA 01545

The course will be challenging, allowing you to hone your skills before the real racing begins! Features in- clude barriers, downhill off- camber 180’s, fast S-turns, and lots of twisties.

From Boston and Points East
Mass Tpk. to route 495 north to route 20 west. Follow route 20 through Northborough center one mile. Just past St. Rose of Lima church bear right at light on to West Main Street. Travel 1.5 miles to Ski Ward on left.

From Points West
Route I-290 east to exit 23 south onto route 140 south. At first light turn left onto Main Street. Travel 1.5 miles to Ski Ward on right.

From Points South
Route 495 north to route 20 west. Follow route 20 through Northborough center one mile. Just past St. Rose of Lima church bear right at light on to West Main Street. Travel 1.5 miles to Ski Ward on left.

How Much: $15 entry fee. Must have a valid USAC license though one-day licenses will be available. Held under USA Cycling event permit. All USAC rules apply.

There will be at least 3 – 20 minute races with about 10-15 minutes in between and will run until dark so if you can’t make the first one don’t stress you can hop in the next one. We’ll have barriers, run ups, tight turns, and race scenarios. Starts – Clipping in your pedals straight to sprinting for the hole shot!

If you are new to cyclocross this will be a good way to get use to racing in a relaxed training atmosphere be jumping in to your first race.

If you already have expierence in racing cross this will be a good way to brush up on skills and have a mid-week training race.

The Ski Ward lodge will be open afterwards with fine offerings such as burgers, fries, and beer – so bring more $ than just your entry fee with you!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Short Track MTB/CX Training Series at Ski Ward!

Do you like racing bikes?  Planning on racing CX this year?  Want to school some shaved-legged roadies?  Like beer?  Own a mountain bike built in the last 20 years?  Want to show some hairy-legged mountain biker how to climb?  Interested in dropping the hammer on a bike-snob from MRC?  Do you have enough upper-body strength to play beach volleyball (optional)?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, come out to Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, MA on 3 consecutive Wednesday nights starting on August 17th 2016.

Landry’s and Minuteman Road Club will be hosting a 3-week Short Track MTB series that will eventually transition into a Cyclocross (CX) training series in September (stay tuned for dates).  We’ll be racing MTB’s in 3 heats:
  • 5:26pm – A Race (Really fast people)
  • 6:10pm – B Race (Mildly fast people)
  • 6:50pm – C Race (Soon to be fast people)
$17 entry, same price pre-reg or day-of! Reg page here: https://www.bikereg.com/landrys-bicycles-stxc-presented-by-minuteman-road-club
We have a fun and challenging 1 mile course up and around the ski hill, and yes the bar will be open (and so will the beach volleyball court).
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