- Thanks again to Chris Henning, Ted Berger, the entire Northbrook Garner Cycling Club and Flatlandia crews, and volunteers for anther great Melas CX Basin Racin’ event. We had unseasonably (but thankfully) warm temperatures and some rain to give the CCC it’s first sloppy race of the season. It was no surprise that experienced racers Emma Swartz (Wheel & Sprocket) and Joseph Maloney (KS Energy Service/Team Wisconsin) won the elite races. Sydney Guadliardo (Verdigris-Village CX) and Sarah Szefi (PSIMET Racing) rounded out the women’s podium with Swartz while Alexander Martin (Revolution Cycles) and Michael Dutczak (South Chicago Wheelmen) joined Maloney on the men’s podium. Full results are here and CCC Overall standings are here.
- The following weekend the CCC heads into the city of Chicago to finish up where is always does at Montrose Harbor at the 2014 Illinois Cyclocross Championships hosted by the Ten27 Cycling Club and Spidermonky Cycling. We’ll have more details next week but expect all the greatness you’ve come to know that happens at Montrose.
- Get your 2014 CCC Series t-shirts and beer coozies here.
- This year 10 of the 16 CCC Series Overall titles will be decided at Montrose. That’s more fields than any other in the past which just goes to show the level of competition you all have brought to the series this year. That’s not to take anything away from the 6 racers who have already locked up their series overall titles though. So please join us in congratulating the following:
– Masters 55+ – Gregory Anderson (Spin Doctor Cyclewerks CX Team)
– Masters 65+ – Albert Weigel (Verdigris-Village CX)
– Junior 15-18 Boys – Juan Gonzalez (Bloomington Cycle Racing Team)
– Women Cat 4 – Mary Randall (ROBOTS <3)
– Women Cat 3 – Kae Takeshita (Verdigris-Village CX)
– Cat 1/2/3 – David Reyes (Heritage Race Club)
- And finally… as we all pause to give thanks this coming Thursday and eat ourselves into collective food comas, the CCC would like to say we are especially thankful for a great many things… you the riders, our race promoters, USAC officials, First Aid medics, volunteers, press officers, race announcers, mechanics, parents, children, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, significant others, hecklers, and many, many more we know we are forgetting. But when you hear the words “anytime between now and the next 30 seconds” outside BestBuy at 4am on Friday morning… remember the CCC has 35 series sponsors that help to make our little weekend parties happen. Almost all of our series sponsors are local, many of whom are out there racing with us, including bike shop owners, wheel builders, mobile security manufacturers, clothing manufacturers, sunglass manufacturers, car dealerships, hydration/nutrition suppliers, lawyers, real estate brokers, personal trainers, coaches, IT consultants, automobile insurance agents, creative designers, and lest we forget photographers. So when you are thinking about purchasing gifts this coming holiday season or planning out personal/business expenses for 2015, please consider spending some of your hard earned cash dollars with these businesses. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
- Thanks again to Robots pb <3 and Axeltree for hosting yet another great Hopkins Park cx event. Full results are here and here, CCC overall standings are updated here, and lap time reports courtesy of One2Go Event Services are here.
- Up next, the CCC heads to the South side of Chicago with our hosts Beverly Bike-Vee Pak for Dan Ryan Woods with the added bonus of the Beverly HILLS CX race the day before on Saturday (which also includes a 5K trail run). One2Go Event Services will be out again providing results and lap times for both races, including the 5K. The Saturday race is not part of the CCC series but should be a bunch as fun. Remember the Chicago Marathon is on Sunday so please adjust your travel times accordingly. Online pre-reg for both CX races closes Thursday evening. Looks for the course preview on Thursday morning.
- From our friends up North… “Grafton PumpkinCross, sponsored by BelgianWerkx, is offering Chicago Cross Cup racers a chance for two FREE entries to our race in addition to the previously mentioned $5 off tollway discount (“IL”) for all other CCC racers that aren’t lucky enough to nab the free spots. Simply be the first two people to register at: https://www.usacycling.org/register/2014-2846, enter code “CHI”, race for free, take our prize money (!!!) and have a great time on this rad, technical course. You won’t be disappointed!”
- They keep rolling in…
Say hello the CCC’s newest 2014 series sponsor, SPY Optic who is furnishing some rad specs for overall prizes.
- And finally… are you #WookieApproved? Local wrench extraordinaire Chandler Snyder who is half of Pro Bike Express will be offering their “Pro Not Bro Service” at Cyclocross Nationals for the 3rd year in a row in Austin this January. If you haven’t heard of what it is they offer, you can hear it straight from clients’ mouths from Nationals in Boulder here. This year PBE has simplified their pricing and limited the number of riders they will support, so space is limited. Register Early and “Travel Like You Train…” You will have your “Home Away From Home” right among the other Teams and Vendors so no worrying about lugging anything with you. Trainers will be provided and onsite coffee service too. For more information please contact Wesley Smith/Pro Bike Express: firstname.lastname@example.org Registration is up on the website: www.probikeexpress.com
- Today is the Autumnal Equinox, so we guess CX really is here!
- Congrats to everyone who raced, spectated, cliniced, and generally had a bunch of fun at the Trek CXC Cup this past weekend. Full results are here.
- Up this weekend the 2014 Chicago Cyclocross Cup kicks off at Caldwell Woods with our hosts xXx Racing-Athletico. Look for the course preview on Thursday morning and more info here on the preview page. Several categories are already filled but you can still get on the online waitlist which is used first on race day.
- Before the race make sure your USAC annual license is renewed. Remember, only Men Cat 5 and Women Cat 4‘s (all age groups) can race on a One Day license. Plastic license are also sooo 2011 so install the USAC app on your mobile device.
- Speaking of USAC licenses… we’ve asked many times in the past so this is the last time we’ll mention it. Please make sure your BikeReg.com rider profile is up to date and correct with your USAC license number. No, “Pending” is not a valid license number. We will not be cleaning up license numbers before races as we have in the past so if you want to be scored properly please update those rider profiles. Thanks!
- Next week the CCC heads West to Dekalb, IL for Hopkins Park. A few quick notes:
- Kid’s race at 2PM!
- Dave’s Slow Foods will be back, with veg offerings. More menu info soon.
- One2Go Services will be there and recording times, so check that your email address is correct in BikeReg
- Hopkins Park is a Single Speed Cyclocross World Championship 2014 “Golden Ticket” race! First man and woman in the SS category win a free entry into the race! More details at http://sscxwc14ky.com/raceinfo
- From our friends up North… “Once again, BelgianWerkx is proud to hosting the Grafton PumpkinCross race held on Saturday October 11, 2014 at Lime Kiln Park in Grafton, Wisconsin. Last year we had a number of Chicago area racers join us and provide fierce competition throughout all categories. We would like to extend a $5 “tollway” discount to all Illinois riders who pre-register using the link https://www.usacycling.org/register/2014-2846 and enter “IL” in the coupon code area. So signup, climb the sledding hill, slalom your way back down, grab a slice from the food truck and slam your podium beer! We’ve got it all at PumpkinCross!”
- And finally… Lagunitas and Village-Verdigris Cycling have partnered up for 2014. VVCycling and Lagunitas will be providing beer (typically larger growlers) for the adult podiums throughout the season. They started with the xXx Relay CX and will continue the donations through the end of the season. VVC’s way of bringing a little more cheer to the CCC. Based in Petaluma, California, Lagunitas opened a new state of the art brewery in Chicago, making it the largest craft brewer in town (1.6 million barrel, 300,000 square feet). This new facility includes the TapRoom, which offers a great view of the brewery while sipping craft beers and enjoying some good food.
- Looks like everyone had a great time at CrossVegas... some people a little too much fun. More on that below.
- Patriot CX results will be posted to USAC here soon.
- Good luck to everyone heading up to Waterloo this weekend for the Trek CXC Cup. Staging is by USAC ranking, so slightly different than CCC races, but it should still be close. We highly encourage everyone who can to attend this event as it is the closest UCI race to the Chicagoland area and the best chance (with the best weather) to see all the top pros. Have fun, take your cowbells and heckle-cannons, and represent the CCC well.
- Less than 2 weeks to go until the first race of the CCC series kicks off at Caldwell Woods hosted by xXx Racing-Athletico. The Cat 4/5 race has already filled but you can get yourself on the waitlist. All other categories still have a few spots open, but don’t wait until the last minute. Please pre-reg. Also, look for new blog posts on race day to post your pictures, videos, and race reports so everyone can see them.
- A few final new series sponsors are joining the CCC. Prairie Path Cycles is the latest, but they are no stranger to the CCC as the sponsoring supporting shop of the Athletes By Design (ABD) team who has hosted the ABD Sunrise Park event for many years.
Prairie Path Cycles – Just off the Illinois Prairie Path in Winfield and the Fox River Trail in Batavia, Prairie Path Cycles is your full-service stop for all your cycling needs. PPC first opened their doors in 1992 to provide quality bicycles, accessories and expert repairs. They will make sure that your bike purchase will be one that you will enjoy for many years to come. Their experienced staff will help you find the bike that is perfect for your style of riding AND your budget.
- And finally… For those of you that missed the photos from CrossVegas there were a few unruly spectators spraying beer on pro racers as they race. Who wastes beer like that… even if it was PBR? People are hungry and starving around the world everyday and you’re wasting beer? Drink that stuff (if you are over 21 of course)! Now, we’re not saying we can’t have a little fun and we know we walk a fine like at CCC races during the Cat 4/5 races, but everyone should respect all riders during all races. See those guys and gals in the Cat 1/2/3 races with the wicked expensive bikes, shiny legs, with nothing by concentration and a look of determination on their face while going supah fast? Yeah, we can pretty much guarantee they aren’t interested in a Twinkie handup or a dollar bill sticking out of the front of your jeans. However, the rider in the Cat 4/5 race dressed in a costume… on a mountain bike… with a huge smile on their face and a bottle of Malort in their back pocket asking if you want a Twizzler wrapped in bacon… yeah, they might be a little more interested in the spectator participation aspect of CX. We’re pretty sure you all can tell the difference and nearly everyone at all CCC races over the past few years has done a great job of respecting that difference. We expect nothing less of the CCC family this season and hope you all will show the rest of the country how to properly spectate a CX race no matter who is on course and why the CCC is the best amateur CX series in the country.
- A few more series sponsors have joined in for 2014. Please welcome the following:
Nuun, pronounced “Noon” was the first company to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates. Before Nuun, if you wanted electrolytes, the result was a bottle full of sugar. With our simple, self-dissolving, sugar-free electrolyte tab, we revolutionized the sports drink forever.
roll: – We started by asking people a very simple question; why they ride not what they ride. Armed with much more revealing insights, we organized our stores around the core ideas of roll:sport, roll:active and roll:family to make it easier for people to find their own path. We developed our exclusive roll:perfect fit body scanning system to make sure that everybody was comfortable and fit correctly on every bike we sell. We created an approach to ride wear that added an element of style for after the ride as well as performance for during the ride. From there we added an absolutely unique collection of the best bikes, the best brands, the best accessories and the best apparel into the mix and roll: came to life.
- Paul Swinand is at it again with CX practices for Juniors at the Northbrook velodrome. Meet at the fields east of velodrome on Fridays at 6pm. Show up early to set up at 5:45pm. The details… Ages 6-16, all levels (mom’s and dad’s can ride/help too), FREE, but everyone must sign a release, bring a cyclocross or moutain bike, skills and bike handling practice. The first practice is next Friday September 19th and goes until early December. There are lights from the soccer fields from 6pm-7pm after DST ends. The Northbrook bicycle club and Northbrook park district are sponsors along with the Pony Shop Junior dads coaching.
- News from Patriot CX; Ladies get your boy friends, husbands to pre-reg and you get to race for 1/2 price. Pre -reg and the race director will refund you at the race. Great fun course, lots of prizes, less than 1 1/2 hours from I80 at I57 to Rantoul.
- And finally… The CCC hopes everyone heading out to Interbike and CrossVegas this coming weekend has a grand time. Have fun but come back and race with us on Sunday September 28th at Caldwell Park. CrossVegas can be seen live online at BehindTheBarriers.tv
- Looks like everyone had a great time again at the Relay CX on Sunday. Thanks again to everyone at xXx Racing-Athletico for getting the CX season started on the right foot. Results are online, but please note results from Relay CX will NOT be used for calculating CrossResult.com rankings. The next Chicagoland race is also hosted by xXx Racing and takes place at the new Caldwell Woods venue on Sunday 9/28/14.
- Just 5 spots left for Cracking the Code mini-camp with Pete Webber & Meredith Miller. Saturday, September 6th, presented by Spidermonkey Cycling and SRAM. Details are at petewebber.com/cracking-the-code/
- Just down the road in Rantoul the Heartland of Illinois CX (HICX) series kicks off with Patriot CX on Sunday 9/14/14.
- Online Pre-Reg for just about all events is opening on BikeReg next Tuesday 9/2/14 at 9am. So enjoy the last unofficial long weekend of summer and then rev up your Mosaic and Netscape browsers early Tuesday morning. This year all CCC events are utilizing BikeReg’s new category restriction feature. So if you attempt to register for a category you are not eligible for based on your BikeReg rider profile you’ll get a warning and have to write a note justifying why you are eligible for that category. Sooo… save yourself some time next week and update your BikeReg rider profile now with your USAC license number, CX category, team name, etc.
- Last call for Series Sponsors and Series Volunteers. Contact us ASAP at ChicagoCrossCup at gmail if you want to be involved.
- And finally… this holiday weekend if you are out and about spending your hard-earned cash dollars, please remember our great family of series sponsors who help make our little weekend parties happen. If you have a choice and the means, please give them your business!
– New this season the CCC website will feature a Coach’s Corner post every Wednesday from ROK Coaching with articles on training, racing, recovery, etc. Coach Rob Kelley has been in and around cyclocross for a long time and has developed a 16 week CX training plan here which starts this week. Take a look to get stronger and faster for the CCC.
- The xXx Racing-Athletico CX Relay race is coming up this Sunday in Jackson Park. Even if you can’t or don’t want to race, the venue is so close to the city you should swing down and check it out. Pre-reg has filled for Juniors and the Coed Open fields, but there are still a few spots open in the other categories. Please pre-reg on BikeReg.com for this event before it closes tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11:45pm CST. Good luck to all the teams racing, especially those named ‘Hurt Ponies’ and ‘Kevin/Tom’.
- Speaking of BikeReg, right after the CX Relay please make sure to update your BikeReg.com rider profile with, at the very least, your USAC license number (we use these to score the regular season CCC races) and all other relevant info. Even if you had a USAC license number in the past but are racing on a One Day license this year, keep your USAC license number in your profile. If your info is not correct in BikeReg we can’t score the series correctly. The reg pages for regular season CCC races will be online soon.
- Speaking of pre-registration and specifically entry fees for Junior races, all CCC races will charge entry fees for Junior races during the 2014 season. As much as we didn’t want to have to do this, last year we found a large number of Juniors (way more than any other category) pre-registered and then did not start (DNS) their races. In some cases 50% of Juniors DNS’d. With the Women Cat 4/Junior field selling out at many venues this led not only to some women not being able to pre-reg, but also large lines at the reg desk as waitlisted riders who showed up to race had to wait again to get in the race. However, since we do not want to penalize the Juniors who actually do show up to race, the CCC is instituting a reimbursement policy. If a Junior (racing in the Junior races) pre-reg’s for >= 4 races and actually shows up to race at least 75% of those races, at the end of the season they can request a reimbursement from the CCC for the full amount of the reg fees of the races they actually raced. We’ll have more details spelled out on the Series Rules and FAQs page soon.
- Also speaking of BikeReg, Half Acre Cycling is hosting a Women’s & Tran’s Beginner CX Clinic. If you have never raced or have one or two under your belt and want to brush up on your skills, join the Half Acre women’s cx squad for a fun morning in the park! Raffle prizes and snacks included!! Mmmm, snacks.
- Even more concerning BikeReg, as promised last week, here is more information about Beverly Bike/Vee Pak’s Saturday 10/11/14 schedule. The Beverly HILLS 5K trail run will begin at 10am on the same course as their cross race. You can register on RunReg here. At 12:00 the fun gets real with the half day cyclocross schedule. The course will be a slight variation of Sunday’s and will include a bunny hop competition! Think of a reverse limbo on a bike. Let’s see who can really fly! Registration for Saturday’s cross race will be open when Sunday’s CCC race goes live, sometime in the next few weeks.
- And finally… we hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Cross will be here soon enough so by all means practice your remounts, and turns, and starts, and heckles… but before you have to explain to both your non-cycling friends what cyclocross is every weekend and why you have so many bruises on your legs and are walking a little funny… please enjoy the summer weather before it is gone all too quickly.