Late, but still feels hectic! Men’s cat 123 start with crash and traffic jam…
Cat 3 vid, “watching the World go by”
Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crA1kZjZWRg
Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TswhZd3yhvI
Podium shots and random stuff – see you tomorrow!
How about the CX Magazine write-up! http://www.cxmagazine.com/chicago-cup
Cat 3 photos http://bit.ly/YWriLe
Will have random shots and podiums finished up tomorrow to share!
Saw this on my feed today and reminded me of some of the comments out here:
“Love supporting the local races when I’m not on the road. Happy to take the win at MFG Cyclocross South Sound Super Prestige last weekend. Because I ended up lapping some riders in other fields, tried my hardest to say something nice to each racer I encountered. ”
That’s a post from Pro cross racer Jessica Cutler who was sharing the course with other fields on her way to a victory. Check out the picture in the post as well. …she rides nice wheels to *cough*
1. There was so much room available for passing at Caldwell that it’s near criminal. If you can’t figure out how to pass within seconds on that course then I suggest lots of practice and maybe some therapy.
2. This is cyclocross. For only a few of us it’s our actual jobs and out of those of us where it’s work very few are getting paid to actually ride it. So with that in mind, yes your training hours and family sacrifices needed to perform are serious business but…it’s a bike race. Nothing more. Always race to your limits but keep it in perspective and pass with grace and dignity. Long ago I used to pass and trade spots with David Lombardo when he was a 4 and much younger. I’m glad I apparently did it with respect.
Caldwell woods – fabulous venue and thank you much to my “city family” xXx Racing for all of the work that your club does so often throughout the year bringing us so many events. I hope I can be like you one day when I grow up.
Heckling – Every year we cover this. Every year it gets better. Every year there are some misguided efforts. True heckling is really just cheering through the use of backhanded compliments. See – cheering and compliments make up most of it. It’s just that they carry a little sting that should leave the racer with a smile on their face.
As mentioned – if in doubt then just don’t say it. When you know it’s right though then cram it through their ears.
Last pictures for Caldwell Woods from me. Here are some from the W1/2/3 race. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Cycling/160111240699619
Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all the photographers. Your work is tremendous and you help keep the stoke alive between Sundays.
Pics from Women’s Cat 4 and Juniors 8-14
Photos for JR15-18 and Single Speed.
Photos for Masters 45+ & 55+: http://bit.ly/1vwnThK
155 Cat 3 photos are now up at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Cycling/160111240699619
1,400ish photos. The same photos are in 2 places for convenience. All photos will be available by midnight Tuesday central time. The first 7/12 of the races are available right now.
On Facebook: Smaller size & watermarked to share, like, tag and such at https://www.facebook.com/jayloophotography/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums
On Jayloo: Full resolution/non-watermarked photos for free download and to purchase prints at http://www.jayloo.com/Sports-Photography/2014-Caldwell-Woods-Chicago-Cr
156 Masters 35+ photos. The same photos are in 2 places for convenience.
On Facebook: Smaller size & watermarked to share and like on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.304925743032822.1073741825.304841759707887&type=1
On Jayloo: Full resolution/non-watermarked photos for free download and to purchase prints at http://www.jayloo.com/Sports-Photography/2014-Caldwell-Woods-Chicago-Cr/Masters-35/
Pictures from the Juniors 9-14 and Women’s 4 race are now up at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Cycling/160111240699619 I’ll do more from other categories soon.
Race Report: http://www.psimetracing.com/news/2014/ccc1-caldwell-park/
Men’s 4 Race:
Men’s 4/5 Race
(4/5 race is still uploading – should be available by 8am or so)
I love that the still image preview of the 4/5 race is of me trying to get my chain back on…
I had no issues with the bib #’s and happy to have them. As long as they are pinned correctly they will stay on, just because there are spots for 4 pins doesn’t mean you can’t add more. Also, as a tip, pin up hours before your race, put on your jersey and stretch around. Make sure you can move more than you need to and if the # doesn’t tear then you are good to go. If you pin up 5 mins before your race or you’re “that guy” in line getting called up and pinned up at the same time, I’m sorry, but when your # falls off at lap 2 and you’re not scored correctly no one feels bad. Show up early, pin up early and practice pinning so your # stays put.
I pinned up about an hour before the race, so no rush (to counter your point). I also as a habit pin 3 extra pins along the 3 edges (not the bottom). I noticed that I have never had a pin tear through the number so easily. During the race I went down because someone crashed in front of me and the number almost completely tore off. It was literally hanging by just one pin at the end of the race (one of the 3 extras). I just don’t like the fact that I can’t rely on my number staying on, when this was NEVER an issue before. Just my 2 cents.
I forgot to mention, the course was challenging and awesome. I like the new XXX venue. Hope it stays!
Masters 35+ photos are posted: http://bit.ly/1rzRRkw
Feel free to share and comment!!
Working on the rest – will be done by week end…in time to shoot another race!!
Women 4 and Juniors, the first 7 minutes.
“Behind the Accent” Edition.
Alan, CCC, and the xXx crew – great event, great venue, great course!
Message sent to the FPD as well – hope its a keeper!
SS Photos? I need to laugh at how little I kept the rubber side down on that off-camber
Thanks to AlanT and the entire xXx Team for putting on a wonderful event, and starting the season out right.
We have photos of every race here:
And some highlights here:
If you’d like a photo added to our Facebook page, send us a note. If you’d like a photo to add to your own Facebook page, personal downloads are available for a nominal fee at snowymountainphotography.com
In closing, Caldwell Woods was awesome. We should do it again sometime. How’s your Sunday look?
Nathan and Morleigh
Kudos to Alan T and all at XXX for securing an awesome venue for CX and putting on a terrific day of racing! Love the course and the vibe.
Great mix of power and technical. How can you come away from that and not enjoy!
Here are some pics I took: some 1/2/3, 4, and 4/5. Next time I’ll try and bring a charged battery and take Women’s 1/2/3 as well.
To contact the Forest Preserve and say thanks…and pls let us all come back…
Masters 45+ first 5 minutes:
Great Day. Loved the park and the whole vibe… What a way to start the CX season. Nice job XXX.
First off I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who made the races yesterday possible. It was a great course at a great new venue and I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better day. With that being said, I feel like the issue of the Juniors starting just before SS needs to be addressed. Quickly we were upon a lot of Juniors and many of them didn’t know how to handle us passing them. This isn’t their fault. Many times my passes on a junior were sketchy at best due to them not being experienced enough to recognize when and where we needed to pass. The group I was with did our best to call out but we found ourselves upon Juniors in parts of the course where passing was dangerous. If it were a case of only passing 4-5 juniors throughout the course of our race I wouldn’t raise issue, but I passed at least 15 juniors (some of which held me up significantly). I’m not going to say that all these passes affected my result, but I did feel that it made for some unsafe situations. I hope that this is examined and adjusted. Thank you again.
Isn’t this the kind of thing for which there will always be an “issue”? Putting the Jrs behind single speed just means the fast kids will be all over the back of the ss field as quick as the fast ss guys are on top of the back of the juniors.
To me that sounds much safer than us rolling up on the slowest juniors during our first lap.
concur. the folks in the back of the SS race are more likely to be just messing around and know they are going to get passed quickly and will get out of the way. much rather have a 180-lbs adult get pushed out of the way by a 110-lbs junior than the other way around
Perhaps. But to play devil’s advocate, the front of the Jr’s field is trying to prep for nationals and one day race their way into the elite fields. Why should they have to weave around a bunch of old dudes who are intentionally riding on encumbered equipment and, as you say, “just messing around?”
The point I raised was one of safety. I’m not sure how many juniors were trying to prep for Nats yesterday. But I do know that the winner of the SS race yesterday is prepping for SSCXWC. I think that the best support for my argument is the fact that the organizers of the Hopkins Park race next week are starting the Juniors after SS in response to the safety concerns. I’m not sure if you were in our race or not, but I can tell you first hand that there were many dangerous situations and I don’t believe that would’ve taken place had the SS riders started first.
I wasn’t there. And it’s not like it makes much of a difference to me, as I’m 20+ years from being a Jr and don’t have a ss anymore.
The issue comes up every year on here, though. Last year Masters men were knocking around the elite women at one point. A few years back the 50+ guys were talking about how they should be starting first. Start order of mixed fields is a touchy subject, for sure.
As an FYI, we’ll be starting the SS race before the 15-18 race at Hopkins Park. We feel that this will improve the safety and quality of the race.
Strong Juniors hunting down and passing slow SS’ers in (an already congested) Lap 1 is a much better scenario than top/mid-pack SS’ers trying to STILL be dealing with Juniors on the Last Lap.
I don’t think there is a correct answer here. It is a trade off and the question is which way do the organizers feel is better. My daughter was in the jr’s and I saw a number of passes where the SS’s were passing like a car that hated the 3 foot rule. It appeared SS’s were mad at the Jr’s for being “in their way” when they are trying to race their own race.
On the other hand, will the top Jr’s with their maturing minds and bodies be any different when approaching slower SS’s?
My daughter won’t be racing for at least a few weeks and might be out of the season due to an injury unrelated to CX, so my opinion has no underlying motivation.
My suggestion would be to try the SS’s first and see how that goes and then make a determination from there. Chi Cross Cup has the final say. I wonder if a course like Dan Ryan would significantly change the SS’s coming up on some of the Jr’s. Also, as the season progresses, many of the less competitive Jr’s stop coming out so it becomes less of an issue.
As an old slow guy in the SS race I’m good either way. When the juniors start first I can encourage my son if he laps me and when they start behind i can encourage him when he passes me. Either way I think it’s great that I can do this with my son every week so thanks.
Some pics from yesterday…
Kudos to XXX for a great location and course setup. What an improvement from Jackson Park. Please tell us this is a permanant location.
A really great course and a really great race. Thank you!
Great course! Thanks to XXX for pulling it together. Really good mix of power/technical/dismount. Hope it stays on the schedule for next year…
Thank you to EVERYONE! xXx Racing wants to come back here again too! This venue offers even more than u saw yesterday. Woods, other off camber and hill sections. I urge each of you to take a minute and send a note/email to the Cook County Forest Preserve thanking them for allowing our use. We had a few issues with illegal parking that may jeopardize our reuse and a few other park users that complained about the path closures. Any and all positive comments from spectators and racers will help offset these bumps!! Please let the Forest Preserve District know how important it is for us to use this venue one day a year. Thanks!!!
Alan, is there a preferred forest preserve email that we should be sending our note of thanks/appreciation to?
Awesome race and venue BTW. Thank you XXX for all the effort.
Do you have contact info for the Cook County Forest Preserve so we can ensure our comments are going to the right place?
@FPDCC on Twitter
I couldn’t find a particular email address to leave feedback for the FPDCC, but you can leave a message at FPDCC.com/contact/
Otherwise, yes, use the Twitter handle @FPDCC, or post on https://www.facebook.com/FPDCC.
Thanks to EVERYONE who came out! I’ve still got a little post-race buzz going, thanks to everyone having such a great time at that great venue!
Fun course, big crowds, full races. I enjoyed this venue and hope it can stay in use!
Really great course. Might be my new favorite of the series. The flow on the backside was particularly nice. And having actual space to make moves, pass, and not get bottled up 75 yards from the start is a feature more than a few CCC course designers should take note of.
And while I only had one cup of coffee, it was so good to have coffee on site. So very good. I didn’t catch the name of the guy selling it, but I was sure glad he was there. Thank you, coffee man.
If only the 180s right after the first turn (less that 200m from start) could have been 90s (or less) instead. Course designers — looking at you Hopkins Park — make the first 300-500m flow so the race has a chance to string out properly. Otherwise, well-designed course xXx!
You can thank Tim from Other Brother coffee – I hope he makes it to more races this year. That coffee was REALLY good –
Found: Orange Crank Bro’s multi tool. Let me know what it looks like (besides it’s orange) and I’ll get it back to you.
LOST: Oakley sunglasses w blue lenses…left with young lady at registration table
before the mens 35+ Masters 4-5 (8:30 am)
Please contact [email protected] w/ any info. Thanks!
This is actually a better link for the Women Cat 4 & Jr. photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronitbez/sets/72157647760097798/
Awesome course! Thanks XXX. Pics of Women’s Cat 4 & some Juniors: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronitbez/
Masters 35+ midpack
I agree with John if you don’t have a good heckle. Don’t say anything and calling someone a Piece of Shit is not called for. We are all out to do are Best and have a good time no matter what place you finish. So stop.the rudeness is not necessary.
The so called environmentally safe bib numbers were terrible. They tore way too easily. Please go back to old ones!
regarding bib numbers, fold your corners in slightly so you can pin through double thickness. No issues holding
Ok kids, watch and learn: http://www.bicycling.com/garmin-insider/how-pin-race-number-0
thanks to xxx and all the volunteers for the great race and venue. i’m already looking forward to this race next year!
On a less than happy note, I have to say I was pretty disappointed to witness someone spectating the 4/5 race telling the guy in last place “stop smiling you piece of shit” as if he wasn’t allowed to have fun because he was in last place. I just don’t even know what else to say about that.
I think some confuse the good-natured culture of CX Heckling with mean-spirited criticism. This person needs a lesson in proper form…
I’m guessing that was Camelback Guy. I watched him struggle up the hills heroically for his 2 laps. He rode with passion to the limits of his current level of training; his suffering written all over his grimace. In the tradition of Flannel Mike, he’s my new 4B hero. I don’t know your name Camelback Guy, but don’t you dare miss a single race!!!!
The tone of the crowd seemed to change from “Last Guy, Last Guy” to one of genuine support when we saw the effort carved into his face, the exertion painted on his body….. But no one out there was a piece of $%^ excepting perhaps the guy to use that derisive language on a fellow cyclist.
Here is a 5 min excerpt from the 123 race when my pedal broke.
I’ll post more from my helmet cam later. G’nite!
Wonderful venue and racing! I’m uploading a few photos to: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3NoxHB
Good and bad…Awesome Course, thanks XXX. Hate to be the first, but adios the biodegradable bib numbers. They suck! Mine was all torn up and barely hanging by a pin at the end of the race. I know they are environmental, but we deserve something that will last the race.
Try moving the pins in a little bit from the corners and attaching them 45 degrees from the edge so that the pressure is evenly distributed.
I agree, these numbers were junk. It is impossible to pin them tightly without the number becoming completely destroyed.
#caldwellcx Tagboard here: https://tagboard.com/caldwellcx/191277
Awesome course! Great job, and I hope this venue stays around!
Great day – love Caldwell Park!! Will be posting pics starting tomorrow!