There are of course many Central New York bicycle accident lawyers. Some good, some not so good. But do any of them, besides us, have a bicycle team named after them? I think not!
Meet the Michaels & Smolak Racing team. Yes, the eponymous (look it up!) team in this photo proudly displays its “MSR” (Michaels & Smolak Racing) team jerseys. Michaels & Smolak is the lead sponsor for this team. The other sponsors are Syracuse Bicycle, Asmaster, Aspen Athletic Club, Dr. Jude Burke and Gold & Treasures. The race shirts also honor the daughter of one of our members who is a breast cancer survivor.
The MSR team is now 35 to 40 members strong. And its members hail from all over Central New York, including Baldwinsville, Skaneateles, Syracuse, Sylvan Beach, Cato, Geneva and Syracuse
The team is really more of a club. They compete in bike races and triathlons all over Central and upstate New York State, not as a team, but as individuals. When they win awards, they hope to be identified as MSR members. Many of them train together. Paul Ashbarry and Tim Walczyk, both great cyclists, organized and continue to assist the members in obtaining uniforms and in securing sponsors.
The team is not elite or exclusive. That’s not our style, and we wouldn’t want to sponsor a team like that. The goal is to train hard, race hard, but above all, have a good time. MSR does, however, include star racers in open and age group categories, such as Fred Bulkin (cyclist) , Gaetane Perrault (cyclist) Bret Ryan (triathlon), Bob Burton (triathlon), Ginny Burton (triathlon), Anne Marie Lozito (triathlon and open water swimming), Mark Gummer (open water swimming), Steve Corsello (triathon), Mike Wall (Cyclist) and Sue Michaels (triathlon, ranked number 1 for her age group in the northeastern USAT region, and 6th in the USAT in the USA). But anyone who loves bicycling and triathlons can join.
Next time you see a “peloton” of cyclers whizzing by with this jersey, think of us. And if you are interested in joining the team, just let us know!
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from you!
Michael G. Bersani, Esq.
michaels-smolak.com Central and Syracuse NY Bicycle Accident Lawyers Michaels & Smolak, P.C.