2013 Jackson Park – Pix and Vids and Race Reports

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72 thoughts on “2013 Jackson Park – Pix and Vids and Race Reports

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  2. Thanks, everyone, for coming out! We know it was an unusual and challenging course, but we’re glad so many of you were so supporting of our efforts to accommodate so many riders in such a small area.

    Thanks also for everyone who showed patience as we sorted out wait lists.

    Here’s to a great season, and we’ll see everyone next week at Hopkins Park.

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  3. Oh, and the racing was awesome. Some really impressive battles in all the fields, and some really hard efforts being put in from front to back. It was fun to watch.

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  4. As much as I hate a ton of corners I actually enjoyed it — the 1st 1/2 not so much but the last 1/2 had some nice flow to it. The section going into the start finish was alot of fun. Thanks for everything. Every course is not going to suit 1’s style, but a race is a race.

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  5. CAT4. Someone tried to squeeze by on the runup in last lap…. I blocked the effort with my rear wheel then heard the awful hissing sound of his newly punctured tire. Sorry about that (if I caused it, I didn’t mean to)

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    • Yep, that was me. The collision snapped off my valve stem, hence the rapid loss of pressure. Part of me wonders if it’s necessary to be so aggressive over 30-somethingth place in the Cat 4 race, but that part is probably just bitter about having to run half a lap. I’ll get over it.

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  6. Hey what happened to the +60 division? These guys rock and I want to grow up to be like them some day. Please bring their podium spots back and let them run 30 seconds back from the start of the +50 plus group. I’m not sure why they were merged with the +50 but it certainly doesn’t help in recognizing that these guys are fast and have the skills to kick some ass. Let them battle it out amongst themselves each weekend. They certainly have earned the right to. Who do we need to contact, beg or pay to get their division back?

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    • Apologies as the 60+ should have had their own podium. However, due to scoring issues the 60+ will be started with the 50+ this season and broken out for overall placings.

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      • Thanks, so will the +60 be staged together or how do Crossresults.com figure out where they get staged based on all the +50’s they are with? Will their results be broken out in the USA Cycling results as the +60 division or is it completely gone, only to be merged with the +50 group?

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        • As mentioned early in the summer, 60+ and 50+ will be staged together based on CCC points and CXR points. 60+ results will not be separated on USAC.

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          • Thank you for the clarification…..one more question and then I promise to stop. How about the payouts for the +60? Do they still get them? I hope so because at the end of they day I hope that I’m still riding as fast as they are when I’m that age.

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  7. left a black Craft hoodie near the Iron Cycles and Heritage tents; was a lot cooler temperature when i got there as opposed to when i left, so didn’t think about it until i got back home. if you grabbed it, holler!

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  8. What a day. Ton of racers in a tight footprint, and everything seemed to be on point from organizers. Better run than some 100 rider crits I’ve been to. Well done as always.

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  9. With all due respect to the folks at XXX for all of the hard work it takes to put on a race, this course was a joke. I realize the venue has limitations, but if the square footage of JP doesn’t allow for an appropriate CX course, then please consider another location. We have a great series with solid and diverse cousres. JP is not one of them. The combination of the city location and warm weather gets JP the best numbers in the series every year and it’s too bad. Because for those fair weather cyclists and newbies wanting to experience cross, this is a really poor representation of the sport.

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    • I will have to agree with Mike. Being more of an “old-timer”, I’ve seen the style of courses and the style of CX racing change over the years. However, this course gave us more of a parade than a race yesterday. Results were based more on starting position than strength and fitness.

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      • I have to disagree. I started in the 5th row in the m123 race and ended up in 6th. I loved the course and it tested handling skills and ability to start and stop over and over. Fitness played a huge role in where you placed.
        Also being aggressive to pass people was crucial. Just my 2 cents.

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  10. My sigma 1609 fell off my bike again, I assumed it happened when I went down on a hairpin turn. If anyone found it that would be amazing. The language setting is espanol.

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  11. What happened to the +60 Division? Why elliminate it and roll them in in with the +50 group. If anyone has the right to stand on a podium, earn some money and battle each week it’s these guys. They’ve earned it! So who do we need to talk to, contact, beg or bribe to get their division back?

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    • Thank you for picking up the merona hoodie! I’m pretty sure it is mine. If you leave it with a Chicago Cuttin’ Crew or a Robots <3 I should be able to recover it. Thank you!

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  12. Mike Scalise :
    With all due respect to the folks at XXX for all of the hard work it takes to put on a race, this course was a joke. I realize the venue has limitations, but if the square footage of JP doesn’t allow for an appropriate CX course, then please consider another location. We have a great series with solid and diverse cousres. JP is not one of them. The combination of the city location and warm weather gets JP the best numbers in the series every year and it’s too bad. Because for those fair weather cyclists and newbies wanting to experience cross, this is a really poor representation of the sport.

    As a team and as president of xXxRacing, and in response, I’ll say we thrive on constructive criticism. Also, we are proud of our racing history and our historic role in contributing to the CCC. Many people from xXx and from various teams work throughout the year to improve cyclocross courses and locations in the city. To all who had anything to do with making yesterday a success, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you. The race course and your efforts were NO JOKE, unless you happened to be one of many taking a spray cheese hand-up by mouth.

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  13. Again, no disrepect William. My team puts on race #4, so I know how much goes into pulling these things off. All of the hard work from the CCC and promoters is greatly appreciated. 4,578 turns in a race is just too many.

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  14. I’m with Mike on this. Typically, I don’t bat an eye at a 2 1/2-3 hour drive for a decent course with great numbers. But even sold out fields couldn’t make up for this course. Branches in the face, racers routinely in the other lane of traffic pushing the tape out into oncoming lanes of traffic in the 180s due to the corners being too tight, lack of open sections. I appreciate all the efforts put in by xXx crew to organize and host the race, but a change in venue is definitely needed. I, like Mike, put three races on locally and understand city / village government concerns / woes about bike racing, cost of repairs and public gripes, so no disrespect; I hope a new venue is being sought for 2014.

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  15. Just wanted to share the photos we posted of yesterday’s races from Master’s 40+ to the 4/5s.

    http://www.snowymountainphotography.com/Sports/Cyclocross/CCC01-Jackson-Park/

    Some of these photos have also been posted to Facebook for sharing and tagging. If you’d like to see your photo on the FB, let us know and we will put it there as well. If you’d like a copy for personal use, please consider purchasing a print or digital license.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.627737153915214.1073741847.418860321469566&type=3

    Special thanks to Morleigh as she spent the bulk of the day behind the camera so I could double up and race twice.

    -Morleigh and Nathan
    SnowyMountain Photography

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  16. I just would like to thank all photographers who stick around to shoot the Cat 4/5’s. We appreciate seeing our pictures taken during the race. As the season wears on, it seems less images of our group are being taken. A big THANK YOU for who stay late.

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  17. fwiw. looks like the winners of both 30+ and 40+ masters races were on MTBs. Run what you brung – smart choice for the early races before the track is smoothed out. Didn’t hold them back.

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  18. With all due respect to xXx racing, I don’t think there were enough turns. I really think you could have squeezed at least a few more turns in there. Eff the haters.

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  19. Complaining about the course is bad form. Everyone from WTB that raced enjoyed it. I, again, didn’t get a lot of pictures but this one makes me smile. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=522368097842252&set=a.260502370695494.62172.127313844014348&type=3&theater We have had a steady increase of family attendance over the last 4 years and it’s very rewarding. Much love from the West Town Bikes Cyclocross program to the ChiCrooCup community and the many people that put in a lot of volunteer hours to make it all happen. See everyone at Dan Ryan.

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  20. I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to Rachel Gatto ( i think it was you) and the 50+ dude I also pissed off. This was my first 50+ race :) starting behind another field…
    It would be nice if the officials established proper etiquette for sharing the road… Does the overtaker have a right to the race line,etc… Sorry to cut you off girl, lack of oxygen was surely a contributing factor… I would like to invite the two of you over to the Verdigris tent post race Dekalb for an exciting beverage.
    And for the rest of this season, I pledge:
    1. to play nice.
    2. No swearing on the course.
    3. Give fellow racers plenty of room.
    4. to not assume everyone can read my mind…
    5. Emphasize participation as much as competing.
    6. Have more fun, less stress.

    Group hug? Peace.

    In Sven We Trust.

    P.S.: That was NOT a CX course…

    P.S.2: Power to the Unicorn.

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    • It was me and the apology is really appreciated. Typically, as quoted by my favorite 50+ racer who typically finishes well into the top 10; “The line belongs to the rider on it. It’s the responsibility of the overtaking rider to find safe passage, or ask politely.” 90% of the time a rider overtaking calls out his presence and we work out how the pass takes place smoothly. On a turn, we call outside/inside and I usually will give that rider plenty of space if things are tight. If its straight, they usually just call out what side and charge ahead without a sideswipe. The funny thing about “racelines” is that there are typically more than one. And the obvious one isn’t always the fastest one.

      Its really fun racing with the 50+men for the most part because many of the competitors have been racing for a while and you get to watch how they ride and learn their tactics and tricks. But it is also a time slot where happenings in one field can and do affect results in the other. Everyone wants to get to the line as fast as possible, we women don’t want to be in your way just don’t plow is over. Thanks!

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  21. Thanks to xxx for putting on the race. You guys did a great job. I’m very grateful to have this cx race in Chicago. That being said, I don’t think we should be dismissive of the comments made by Mike and others about the nature of the course. There’s nothing wrong with respectful criticism that is made with the aim of improving the ccc. You can disagree with the criticism but dismissing people as haters simply isn’t helpful and is completely irrelevant to the merit/demerit of their claims.

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  22. I’ve been sick for three weeks, i’m glad the course catered to my cornering ability rather then my fitness…..hahaha!!!!! cross is more then just fitness, it’s how one handles a bike!!!!

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