A Brief History
The club was founded on February 12, 1965, at the Cadieux Cafe. Founding members
were Robert "Bob" Devos, proprietor of the Cadieux Cafe, Frank Van Laeken (Bob's
brother-in-law) and Al Roels, a former bicycle racer. Being of Belgian descent and
residing in a predominantly Belgian neighborhood on Detroit's east side, their goal
was to stimulate interest in bicycling (especially racing) among the local population.
A license was obtained from the Amateur Bicycle League of America and an organization
was formed to promote a local race and to train young racers. The first race was run
on Belle Isle in 1965, directed by Adolph Linclau, a former bicycle racer and bicycle
shop owner. The race was dedicated to the memory of Gerard Debaets, a former world-class
bicycle racer who won a variety of major races in Belgium, and also was victorious in
6-day races in the United States and Canada. Gerard's brother Michel had a glorious
career in racing as well, and was active in the Cadieux Bicycle Club for many years.
In the years that followed, the Debaets Race was held at Chandler Park in Detroit,
except in 1983 and 1984 when the race was held on Washington Boulevard in downtown Detroit.
The race is currently run on the streets surrounding the Cadieux Cafe, and is one of the
oldest races in the United States.
After Bob Devos passed away on February 24, 1978, the race was renamed the
"Debaets-Devos Memorial Race." In the years prior to his death, Bob was tirelessly involved
in the promotion of bicycling and Belgian culture. With a racing background on the roads
in Belgium, he was a frontrunner in the advancement of bicycling in the United States.
PRIZE LIST $7000
Trophies / Medals
Labor Day - September 4th, 2006
|Races run under USCF Rules - Permit # pending
||25 Min. + 2 Laps
||30 Min. + 2 Laps
||20 Min. + 2 laps
||20 Min. + 2 laps
||45 Min. + 2 laps
||30 Min. + 2 laps
||45 Min. + 2 Laps
||Women Cat. 1-3/ 4
||30 Min.+ 2 Laps
||Pro Cat 1-2-3
||90 Min. + 2 laps
This race is part of the Metro Detroit-Windsor Labor Day Race Series.
Standard entry money (U.S.Currency). Checks payable to: Cadieux Bicycle Club.
Please send checks to: Sue Strebendt, Treasurer, 52975 Fox Point Drive, New Baltimore, MI 48047. (strebent at comcast dot net).
Insurance fee included in entry fee. USCF Rules apply. Helmets mandatory for all races. Free lap
rule USCF only. Public field limit 60. USCF field limit 100. Race organizer reserves the right to
combine fields and prize lists, adjust starting times and distances or cancel the race due to
dangerous conditions or hazardous weather. You can pre-register online at www.active.com
Register now at www.active.com or on race day. Registration opens at 7:00 am - On race day, entries are $5.00 extra. Entries are
non-refundable. Unattached rider fee is $5.00. $5.00 discount on entry fee for second
Labor Day Race.
Spectators are certainly welcome, and admitted free.
4300 Cadieux Rd.
< between Mack
and Warren >
Detroit MI 48224
Phone: 313 882 8560
Fax: 313 882 6832
Sun-Thu: 4 pm - 11 pm
Fri & Sat: 4 pm - mid
the bar is open until
2 am every night
served until 1:30 am
All you can eat $14.95
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