Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Bike race to celebrate North Campus community

Posted: September 25, 2015

Bike race to celebrate North Campus community

By: Elyse Maniaci, University of Michigan

Cyclists of all ages will soon be circling North Campus in an event designed to celebrate the area’s community and landscape.

The North Campus colleges and schools are inviting bicycle riders of all skill levels to join the new North Campus Criterium, featuring four different bike races on Sunday, Oct. 4. Registration is still open. The event is organized by Doug Kelbaugh, emeritus dean and professor of architecture and urban planning.

"As someone who bikes to work and recreationally, I thought this would be a good way to add to the vitality of North Campus, whose terrain is perfectly suited for a circuit bicycle race," Kelbaugh said.

Four different races will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. They are: 

  • A Juniors Race for children and young teens.
  • A Citizen’s Race open to anyone from the public or the U-M community ages 15 or older.
  • A USA Cycling-sanctioned pro-am race for riders in categories 1 through 4.
  • A Team Relay open to all U-M students, faculty and staff.

“This race is structured to appeal to everyone—whether they have a road bike or not—they can just come out and be active,” said race director Harvey Elliott, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering.

Kelbaugh said he's aiming to have participation by at least one relay team from every school and college. Teams can consist of faculty, staff or students. Organizers say they hope the criterium will become an annual event and build a friendly, competitive spirit.

“I think this is great way to show some school and department pride!” Elliott said. “The North Campus is gorgeous with the fall colors and I enjoy just getting out for a ride as it is.” 

Races will take place on a closed 1.1-mile circuit through North Campus, with police and barricades at every intersection during the event. The event is underwritten primarily by the College of Engineering, with help from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

The Stamps School is striking five dozen bronze medallions to be awarded to winners in many categories. Additionally, local commercial sponsors will be providing gift certificate prizes. Free mechanics also will be on hand. 

Free food and music also are planned. Participants should bring their own bike, water bottle and helmet. Spectators are welcome.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to sign up at to help run the event. Go to to register for a race and learn more.

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