- CX racing everywhere over weekend… IL, WI, PA, etc, etc, etc…
- CCC series racing kicks off this coming weekend at Caldwell Woods. More info on Thursday in the course preview, but in the meantime, please review the #CaldwellCX preview page… and while you’re at it, take another look at the CCC series rules. Remember you are NOT allowed to race outside your USAC CX category, and yes we check… everyone, so please don’t make us have to write that email.
- But before our local racing starts up, top riders from around the world (okay, really just the US and Europe) descend on Fabulous Las Vegas for Cross Vegas on Wednesday night, which is the first ever CX World Cup event to take place on US soil.
- Back closer to home, and in a few weeks… The Cuttin’ Crew is at it again and organizing a Junior Girls and Women’s Cat 3/4 CX clinic at the Trek CX Cup just outside Madison, WI on Friday 10/9/2015. Details are here and registration is free, but limited to 20 riders.
- One more series sponsor (re)joined the circle of trust this week. The CCC is happy to welcome back Nuun (pronounced Noon) the first company to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates. Before Nuun, if you wanted electrolytes, the result was a bottle full of sugar. With Nuun’s simple, self-dissolving, sugar-free electrolyte tab, sports drinks are revolutionized forever.
- Tomorrow!!! Looks for Rob Kelley and Training Bible Coaching back with another season of Coach’s Corner.
- And finally… it seems we have to remind at least a few of people every year at this time the difference between heckling and just being a jerk. Let’s be clear… don’t be a jerk. If you need a refresher, see the CCC’s guidelines, Psimet’s post, or Ryan Kelly’s words of wisdom. Its totally cool if you and your friends call each other POS’s in private, but when you’re out in public, where young kids and people not familiar with CX are present, doing so makes you look obnoxious at best and the rest of us like fools at worst. We’re not saying don’t heckle. But when the best you can do is “You suck!” or some variant, do us all a favor and just don’t say anything at all. Instead, ring your cowbell haarder and come back next week when you have something more creative, funny, supportive, funny, crowd pleasing, or yes… actually funny to say. So in short, more cheer and less jeer. K? great… let’s have a lot of fun and race our faces off this season!
- The Illinois Cycling Association is holding Board Elections, developing a new ICA Website, and making a call for officials! Amateur cycling races in Illinois don’t just happen by themselves and the ICA and USAC need help to make them happen. Please seriously consider getting involved if you want to see cycling races continue to flourish and grow here in Illinois.
- This coming weekend is the last weekend before CCC series racing starts up, so make all those last minute adjustments, dial in your nutrition, and get ready for another great season.
- If you’re looking to get started early and in for a road trip, this coming weekend, former Chicago resident Brian Parker checks in to let us know… “The KISS Cross series opener is this Saturday 9/12/15 at Lakeside Park in Caledonia, MI. Sponsored by Gap30 Cycles and Founders Racing. $20 old school Cyclocross racing, no license required, $10 second race if you want to double up. A, B, and, C categories, with Masters and kids races. Races start at 11:00am (10:00 CST) so you don’t even have to wake up super early to make it. A keg of Founders (beer) will be on hand for thirsty racers, and the grill will be cooking up some brats and dogs for after the race. Course design by former Jackson Park race director and The Bonebell rider, now full time Michigander, Brian Parker.”
- A little closer to Chicago, race promoter and ICA Member at Large Karl Crapse tells us… “There is a great Cx race this Sunday (9/13/15), only 1.5 hours south of Chicago at Patriot CX. The course is nothing like you might expect in the downstate corn fields. The course goes around a good size pond in Heritage Lake Park, Rantoul. We have steep hill repeats on the dam, a lot of off camber turns, a long straight with logs to bunny hop, barriers, sand pit, a DJ and more. Also beer is allowed. Grab a friend or 2, car pool down, gas is cheaper than it has been for a long time. We also have enough categories that most should be able to do 2 or more races. All profits go to a local Rails to Trails project.” https://www.bikereg.com/patriot-cx
- CX racing also begins this weekend in Wisconsin. Note the WCA has split their schedule into 2 categories; Super Cup and BRO (Bragging Rights Only).
- And finally… Just in under the wire the CCC has another new series sponsor in Mark Niemiec – State Farm Agent – Mark shares a similar view in that he wants to be there for his customers not only NOW but into the FUTURE. He goes the extra mile to make his customers’ experience with State Farm an exceptional one and one that can last a lifetime.
- Hey everyone, its September… so series CX racing is right around the corner. As of right now pre-reg for all CCC series events is open on BikeReg. Remember to have your USAC annual license number in your rider profile or you will be automatically charged $15 for a One Day license. Also, if you are trying to reg for a category you aren’t allowed to race in you’ll need to write in a reason before pre-reg’ing.
- If you’re reading this on the Internet and not through an RSS reader, you’ve probably noticed the CCC site has a new look. We have lots of fantastic photographers and figured since everyone is riding carbon bikes with disc brakes, one-by drivetrains, and electronic shifting that it was time for a site upgrade as well. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Don’t worry, you can still leave all the comments you want and all the historical content is still available. At the very bottom of the page either click the ‘Older posts’ link, use the ‘Search’ box, or use the ‘Archives’ drop down.
- Calling all sponsors, if you want to be a 2015 CCC Series Sponsor we need to know by 5pm today, at least if you want your logo or name on the t-shirts. Contact us at ChicagoCrossCup@gmail.com
- Speaking of sponsors, we had a few companies officially join the CCC family this year.
– Ultimate Pro Bikes is a full service shop located in Countryside, nearby Palos Forest Preserve where most of us have spent at least a few hours climbing hills or shredding trails.
- And for those of you keeping track at home, nearly all of last year’s sponsors have returned in one form or another.
- And finally… for all you
slackerpatient riders who have been holding off to purchase or renew your USAC annual license, USAC has a special offer for the 2015 and 2016 season. So now you really have no excuse not to own an annual license.
- Looks like everyone had a great time at the CX Relay. Thanks to xXx Racing-Atheltico for hosting another fun event. Results are here, but fear not, these results will NOT count towards your CrossResults.com ranking.
- Speaking of CrossResults (CXR) since move people are now looking at this website, please review the updated staging protocol we posted back in July. Lots of other good details in that post as well. We’ll have the Series Rules and FAQ page updated soon, but one important thing to remember is you must pre-reg to be staged by CXR ranking, otherwise you’re in the back.
- Speaking of pre-reg’ing… all 11 events in the 2015 CCC schedule are now up on BikeReg.com. Take a look any and bookmark the page, pre-reg will open at 9am CST on Tuesday 9/1/15.
- The crew at BikeReg has been busy adding new feature to their site, many of which are transparent to you as riders, but are very helpful to us as event organizers. Three of which are:
- Category Restrictions – All CCC races are USAC sanctioned which means you are not allowed to ride outside your CX category. If you try reg’ing for a category you’re not supposed to BikeReg will warn you and you’ll have to supply a reason before being allowed to reg. If you ave a legitimate reason (upgrading, license is messed up) that’s cool. But remember we also double-check all the reg data before each race so let’s be reasonable adults. Also, BikeReg matches your annual license to the USAC database, so make sure you have renewed (do it now!) before attempting to reg.
- One Day Licenses – Speaking of licenses, if you are reg’ing for a Category where you can actually race on a One Day license (any Cat 5 men or Cat 4 women race) and if you do NOT have an annual USAC license, BikeReg will automatically charge you $15 to be applied to a USAC One Day license. So if you have an annual license… get it in your BikeReg rider profile now!
- And finally… the CCC wants to wrap up our 2015 series sponsor drive so we can get to racing. If you still want to be a 2015 series sponsor, please review our 2015 sponsor proposal and email us ASAP at email@example.com. We are closing the sponsorship window, at least if you want your name on the 2015 Series t-shirts, on Tuesday 9/1/15.
– Some people already got their season off to a start at Half Acre’s CX Eliminator.
– Next up, the always fun, always hard, always inclusive, always nutty, always almost tossing cookies… xXx Racing CX Relay. The Junior and Coed fields are already filled and there are a few spots left in all other fields. The team names are some of the best we’ve ever seen.
– If you haven’t heard (are you under a rock?) Chicago is getting its own bike park… Big Marsh. But, since there is no such thing as a free lunch… “An anonymous donor has offered up to $1,000,000 toward building Chicago’s first urban bike park in a 2- for-1 challenge grant, says Chicago-based non-profit Friends of Big Marsh. Friends of Big Marsh has launched a crowdfunding campaign at bigmarsh.org/build to leverage the grant that could provide much of the funding needed to open the first phase of the park in Spring 2016.” So contribute if you can.
– And since the CX is nothing without its riders and courses, the CCC has decided to switch gears this season and keep our focus local. So instead of collecting money for World Bicycle Relief (still a very worthy cause) we will forward all donations to Big Marsh AND West Town Bikes & Blackstone Bikes at the end of the season.
– And finally… The nice folks on the other side of the pond are getting ready for the season as well… “On Saturday, September 12, the Michigan ‘cx season once again kicks off with the Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross p/b Velocity USA, which is the first race in the new Michigan Bicycle Racing Association Cyclocross Series of events. There are a handful of hotel options in the area and this year there is also camping available at the race venue for Friday night. Also, please join us for the early number pick up and “meet the pros” at the Alma Brewing Company on Friday night (September 11). Pros, you ask? Yes! This year we’re excited to have four professionals from Australia in attendance. Joining us from the Focus Australia ‘CX Team are Chris Aitken, Tom Chapman, and Jack Hogan. On the women’s side, Josie Simpson from the Flanders Nemesis race team will be leading the charge. More information, including the race tech guide and spy photos of the course, is available on the website: www.AlmaGP.blogspot.com. The race Facebook page is:www.Facebook.com/AlmaGrandPrixOfCyclocross, and on Twitter @TheAlmaGP. If you have ANY questions please don’t hesitate to e-mail Brian Hancock (race promoter /at/ gmail.com) or find him on Facebook on the race page.”
– It looks and sounds like everyone had a good time at MWRCXC and a few Chicagoland CCC’ers even hit the podium (of course) before hitting the beer garden (of course). Congratulations to everyone who traveled and raced. Results are not yet online.
– We’re not done racing here in Chicago though… Afterglow – A Cyclocross Race is this Saturday in Douglas Park hosted by the cool kids at the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew. Prepare yourselves for the INSANEDEMONIUM 2014! Online pre-reg closes Thursday night on BikeReg.com.
– Then on Sunday we wrap it all up (quite literally) at the 2014 CCC Awards Party at EJ’s place in Skokie. Everyone is invited to attend but please purchase your tickets ahead of time so we know how many people to expect. And given the prize donations that have been coming in from The Pony Shop, SRAM, Sheila Moon, ABUS, Yojimbo’s, SmartBikeParts, Spin Doctors, Spy, Main Street Bikes, and Red Writing we’re pretty sure everyone will go home with something.
– And finally… Waaay back in August we announced Junior racers would have to pay entry fees but (if they qualified) could request an entry fee reimbursement at the end of the season. We will obviously still honor those requests but a very generous and
forward thinking “cutting” edge parent asked if they could donate their child’s reimbursement to the West Town and Blackstone youth programs, which we are more than happy to do. Then the Pony Shop caught wind of the idea and their entire junior team donated their reimbursements to West Town and Blackstone… even before winning the Afterglow awesomeness award. So juniors and your parents, please contact us at ChicagoCrossCup at gmail this week to let us know how you would like your reimbursement handled. Thanks and Happy Holidays!
– Thanks again to Ten27 Cycling Club, Spidermonkey Cycling, and all the volunteers who made the 2014 Illinois State Cyclocross Championship at Montrose Harbor a success. The Schneider sisters Skylar and Samantha came down from Wisconsin to lift the pace in the Women Cat 1/2/3 race with Skylar leading Samantha across the line at the finish. Sydney Guagliardo (Verdigris-Village CX) wasn’t far behind in 3rd to round out the podium and also claim the state championship jersey and seal up the CCC series overall title. In the Men’s Cat 1/2/3 race David Lombardo (Verdigris-Village CX) road a smart and fast race to a solo win and also his first state championship jersey. Ian Haupt from WI was 2nd and David Reyes rounded out the podium adding to his lead in the CCC series overall which he had already locked up 2 weeks prior at Melas CX. Possibly the most dramatic race of the day was the Single Speed category in which the top 3 men in the CCC overall battled it out the entire race and then came down to a 3-up sprint at the finish line with Lucas Seibel getting the best of Mike Conroy and Peter Chrapkowski (who sewed up the CCC overall). All three riders then jumped into the Cat 1/2/3 race later in the day.
– Congratulations to all competitors on some great, spicy racing. Full results are posted here and here and lap times provided by One2Go Event Services are here.
– Final CCC series overall standings are here. We’ll be cleaning up a few data points (like missing team names, etc) later this week.
– Next week the only CX action near to Chicagoland is the Miller Chill race in Bloomington, IL and the warm up race on Saturday and the MWRCXC on Sunday outside Grand Rapids, MI. Good luck to all CCC folks heading South and/or East.
– The following week on Saturday 12/20/14 Chicagoland CX racing concludes with Afterglow – A Cyclocross Race at Douglas Park.
– And then finally the CCC Awards Party (its a party, NOT a banquet) wraps it all up on Sunday 12/21/14 at EJ’s Place in Skokie. We’ll be awarding the series overall cowbells and prizes but everyone is invited, not just overall winners. Come hang out and nab yourself a sweet door prize.
– And finally… the CCC site will wind down on the next few weeks. We’ll continue to post Tuesday updates through USA CX Nationals and they sporadically as need. We here at the CCC would again like to thank everyone for being a part of the 2015 series. We had a ton of fun and we hope you did too!
– 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.