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Tuesday CCC Updates

The Pony Shop - We are pleased to announce The Pony Shop will be the 2014 Chicago Cyclocross Cup Title Sponsor. After 5 great years Iron Cycles is handing the reigns to the gang at the Pony Shop. Shop owner and CX team manager Lou Kuhn is no stranger to the Chicago CX scene and has been a mainstay in the CCC series since its inception 11 years ago. The team has had multiple series overall winners and state CX champions over the years in nearly every category from masters to men to women from Cat 1 to Cat 4. Swing by one of the multiple Pony Shop tents this season and say hello to the guys and gals who call The Pony Shop home. From Lou, “The Pony Shop is honored to be a part of the CCC and help it continue to grow as one of the premier cyclocross series in the United States.  The Pony Shop has been in Evanston since 1969 and is proud to be recognized as one of the many Chicago area shops that truly specialize in and love cyclocross.  Our team has continued to grow for 2014 especially in the junior ranks, and we look forward to seeing these kids develop the same love we all have for cyclocross!”

- Saturday September 6th Spidermonkey Cycling and SRAM are bringing Pete Webber & Meredith Miller to Chicago for the latest installment of Cracking the Code, a CX mini camp and clinic. Leave your pledge pin at home and come learn CX from 2 of the best in the business. Register here.

- Also on 9/6/14, the Michigan CX season kicks off with the Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross p/b Eclipse Cycling, which is the first race of the Tailwind series.  As a special offer for Chicago racers the race promoter has again created a coupon on the USAC registration page good for $5 off your pre-registration ($25 pre-registration, $30 day-of).  This coupon code expires on Sunday, August 31 at midnight EST and is limited to the first TWENTY uses.  E-mail Brian (racepromoter@gmail.com) for the coupon! There are a handful of hotels in the area in Alma and Grand Rapids (80 minute drive…) and double up with a Kiss Cross race on Sunday(September 7) in downtown G.R. on your way back home. Early number pick up on Friday night is at the Alma Brewing Company in downtown Alma. Spy photos of the course (and a history of the venue) are available on the Facebook page. More information is available at www.AlmaGP.blogspot.com or www.Facebook.com/AlmaGrandPrixOfCyclocross. Any questions please e-mail Brian: racepromoter@gmail.com.

- The CCC 2014 minimum payout schedule is here.

- Just a reminder the xXx Racing CX Relay race is less than 3 weeks away. Online pre-registration opened on BikeReg yesterday and the team name competition is just getting started.

- Speaking of xXx Racing-Athletico, if you hadn’t already noticed on the Schedule page, the Jackson Park CCC series race is moving venues this year to Caldwell Woods. Since xXx Racing had no other options for using other parts of Jackson Park they up and found a newer, bigger, better, location just North West of the city, still easily rideable to via Milwaukee or Elston Aves. However, even though we’re sure you all can’t wait to hit the dirt in the new location, xXx Racing urges all racers and teams to refrain from practicing at Caldwell Woods between now and race day.  By avoiding Caldwell Woods until late September we are assisting the Cook County Forest Preserve District in their land use management plans. Thank you for your understanding.

- For all you newbies out there, CX National Champion Jeremy Powers explains “What is Cyclocross“.

- And finally…  the organizers of Illinois Women Cyclists in collaboration with the Illinois Cycling Association and xXx-Racing are hosting the first ever Women’s Team Open House at Relay Cross! The group would like to offer a bridge for women navigating through the rush of finding a team that they can call family and Relay CX is the perfect setting! If your team would like to participate, please fill out this survey by Saturday August 8.

 

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Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: C. Norris

- Thanks to Robots <3 and the Cuttin’ Crew for another wonderfully muddy Afterglow. Results are on USAC.org here. Special congratulations to Mike Kelley for winning our hearts and minds, and taking Sweet Justice home again for another year.

- If you missed the CCC Awards Party at EJ’s Place on Sunday, well then you missed a good one. Cowbells, schwag, and good cheer. Thanks to everyone who attended and thanks again to everyone for making 2014 yet another memorable year of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup.

- One last thank you to all of the CCC’s 2013 Series Sponsors and in particular our Title Sponsor Iron Cycles for another great season. For those that don’t know, Iron Cycles has recently teamed up with Embrocation Cycling Journal to bring you not only great content but also great products. Check out their website and stay tuned for how ECJ is helping to bring you even more great CX coverage.

- And finally… a letter from Lindsay Knight who not only races fast but is also the Youth Program Coordinator for Blackstone Bicycle Works:

Dear Chicago Cyclocross Community:
As I’m sure many of you have seen, particularly for the past few seasons, the youth racing scene in Chicago is growing by leaps and bounds. Many of those kids that have been racing in the Chicago Cyclocross Cup are active participants at Blackstone Bicycle Works. For those of you that don’t know, Blackstone is a non-profit located on the South Side of Chicago. For those of you already familiar with Blackstone because you’ve seen them tearing it up on the courses these past two years, what you might not be aware of what other services and opportunities Blackstone offers to its participants. Yes, some are our kids race — but more importantly, this organization provides for academic, vocational, and social resources that help set up our participants for lifelong success. In 2013, through our summer and after-school programs, Blackstone Bicycle Works taught almost 200 youths from Woodlawn and the broader South Side to work in a real business, giving them a productive and positive alternative to the streets, and teaching them mechanics and business skills as they participate in the civic life of the bike shop and Experimental StationMany of our kids have now been with the bike shop for 3-6 years. As they look forward to graduating from high school, we are now helping them choose career paths and apply to college and vocational schools.
We are facing a monetary shortfall this year because a few of the grants we had been depending on recently fell through. If any of you would like to help support Blackstone please visit our website experimentalstation.org/donate or contact me directly (Lindsay Knight lindsay@experimentalstation.org).
Thanks for all the cheering and support that as community you’ve already provided for these kids!
Happy Holidays to you and yours,
Lindsay Knight
Youth Program Coordinator, Blackstone Bicycle Works
Heritage Race Club

Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: Lou Kuhn

- Thanks again to Robots <3 Love, Beverly Bike-VeePak, and The Pony Shop for hosting the MidWest Regional CX Championships p/b Intelligentsia. Lap times are here.

- Up next, your last chance to officially race CX in Chicagoland in 2013 on Saturday. Robots <3 Love and The Chicago Cuttin’ Crew host Afterglow another year at Douglas Park Golf Course! When registering, please consider donating to our friends at Blackstone Bicycle Works and West Town Bikes right from the registration page. Look for all the Blackstone kids (along with our friends West Town Bikes!) in the Juniors and Cat 4s, and cheer them on! Registration closes Wednesday at Midnight! More details here and look for all the Sweet Jucy Justice details on Thursday Wednesday.

- The CCC Awards Party is Sunday 12/22/13 at EJ’s Place in Skokie. Won’t you join us? Tickets are for sale on BikeRegOverall series cowbells, beer, food, fun, beer, door prizes, and did we mention beer?

USAC CX Nationals are 1/7/14 – 1/12/14 in Boulder, CO. Check out Pro Bike Express to help with the logistics.

- And finally… having met Anthony Clark several years ago and having him race at the first CCC New Year’s Resolution, we’re more than excited to see Behind THE Barrier TV featured him in not 1, but 2 recent episodes. Congratulation on all of your successes Anthony, and keep livin’ the #SWL!

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Tuesday CCC Updates

- Thanks again to Rob Curtis and his PSIMET crew for another great NORGE Ski Jump CX. We hope you all enjoyed the race and had a great Thanksgiving beforehand.

- Up next, the last race of the series at Montrose Harbor in downtown Chicago hosted by Ten27 Cycling Club and Spidermonkey Cycling. Course preview at the normal time on Thursday, but a bunch of info is already over here on the preview page. Also, on Sunday leave your beers at home… Goose Island will be on site to sell 312 beer and E.J.’s Place will be selling Italian sausages. All beer must be consumed inside the Beer Garden, which will be set up between the finish and the sand pits in a large heated tent, so you can see all the action.

- A few other events on the horizon…

- The Bonebell crew is hosting the CCC 10th Anniversary Party this Friday night. Buy tickets now over here and RSVP via FB.

- The Midwest Regional CX Champs p/b Intelligentsia (@MWRCXC) will be held Sunday 12/15/13 at Dan Ryan Woods.

- And lastly the Afterglow is Saturday 12/21/13 at Douglas Park, as is Sweet Justice.

- The CCC Awards Party is Sunday 12/22/13 again at EJ’s Place in Skokie. Tickets are for sale on BikeReg. Overall series cowbells, food, fun, beer, & door prizes.

- USAC CX Nationals are 1/7/14 – 1/12/14 in Boulder, CO. Check out Snyder Cycling Services and Pro Bike Express to get your gear there and back again.

Tipping Point Photo

- Looking to deck your walls with the perfect gift? Consider purchasing a print from long time CCC series sponsor Tipping Point Photography! Tipping Point’s travel and art photography–including a few cyclocross landscapes–will be on sale at the Peterson Garden Project Holiday Market beginning this Friday, Dec. 6 and running through Saturday, Dec. 14. The market is being held at the PGP Learning Center, 4642 N. Francisco, just off the Francisco Brown Line stop in Ravenswood Manor–not far from Montrose Harbor, which means you can stop in before or after your race! 15% of all market proceeds go to support PGP’s educational community gardening programs. More info, including a full market schedule: http://tinyurl.com/PGPHolidayMarket.

- There are still a few 2013 CCC Series t-shirt available. We’ll call it PlainOleInternetTuesday.

- As of this past Sunday (12/1/13) you can start renewing your annual USAC license. Annual licenses purchased on or after 12/1/13 are good until 12/31/2014. We highly suggest renewing/purchasing your license online at USACycling.org as this is the easiest (for everyone) and most efficient method.

- And finally… This Saturday evening, all Montrose racers and spectators are invited to a Montrose Cyclo-Cross Celebration at 4:30 pm at Holiday Club Chicago, on the corner of Sheridan Rd. and Irving Park Road, a half mile south of the race venue.  Everyone attending will get a free Goose Island beer.   Sign up to attend on the Facebook; search for Montrose Cyclo-Cross Celebration.

Tuesday CCC Updates

AOWC4V011 - Thanks to Chris Henning and his crew for another great Melas CX Basin Racin’.

- This coming weekend the CCC stays at home to eat Pumpkin’ Pie, but Rob Curtis and the PSIMET crew host NORGE Ski Jump CX on SATURDAY 11/30/13. We usually don’t like to claim the first or the one and only, but as far as we know there isn’t another CX race anywhere held at a ski jump. If you’re in town for the holidays don’t miss out on all of the fun.

- The weekend after the CCC returns for the final race of the series held over two days at Montrose Harbor. Lots of great details are in the work so stay tuned.

- Need more Championship racing? The Midwest Regional CX Champs p/b Intelligentsia will be held Sunday 12/15/13 at Dan Ryan Woods. Follow @MWRCXC for more.

- And to finish off the Chicagoland CX season in style, don’t forget Afterglow, back for another year at Douglas Park. You can expect some Sweet Justice!

- The CCC end of year Awards Party will be held Sunday 12/22/13 again at EJ’s Place in Skokie. Tickets are now on sale on BikeReg. We’ll award the overall series cowbells and prizes but, you can expect a few new additions to the event.

- Going or even thinking about going to USAC CX Nationals in Boulder? You have two options to get your gear there. Snyder Cycling Services and Pro Bike Express are one option. Hear about it here from Chandler himself. Also Verdigris-Village CX is sending a trailer to CX Nats. Contact Ken Johnson for details.

- Looking for a holiday gift for that special CX someone? How about a stylish 2013 CCC Series t-shirt? Quantities are limited.

- Thanks to all of those riders who donated their ILR prize payouts back to charity. The SCW, CCC, and certainly the recipients of that money very much appreciate your generosity.

- And finally… this weekend as we all give thanks for family, friends, turkey, cranberry, quinoa, gluten free biscuits, pie, and everything else around the table… we at the CCC want to thank all of YOU… the riders, mechanics, supporters, sponsors, fans, and yes even the hecklers for making the Chicago Cyclocross Cup the great community that it is. Have a great extended holiday weekend and we’ll see all of you at Montrose Harbor!

Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: Tipping Point Photography

- Well, that was another electrifyingly, weather-filled fun weekend at the Indian Lakes Resort. Thanks to the entire South Chicago Wheelmen crew for another great weekend. While no race promoter ever wants to cancel their race, safety is always the first priority. So cancelling racing from the Cat 3′s onward due to Sunday’s dangerous weather was a no brainer. It was the first time any of us can remember we actually had to cancel a CCC race ever… much less due to inclement weather. But, as a wise man once told us, “You can’t win if you don’t finish,” and the SCW, USAC Officials, and CCC would always rather play it safe than sorry. We hope everyone enjoyed the racing that did take place Saturday and Sunday morning and we thank you for their understanding in the matter.

- Next up, the CCC heads to the 11th and penultimate race in the series at Melas CX Basin’ Racin’. Course preview on Thursday at the usual time or see here.

- After that the CCC takes a well deserved weekend off to eat toferky. But fear not, Rob Curtis and his PSIMET crew will be hosting NORGE CX at the ski jump with all the trimmings!

- Then its back to the city for the 12th and final race of the series spread out over 2 days at Montrose Harbor.  Ten27 Cycling Club and Spidermonkey Cycling will also be handing out a few Illinois State CX Championship jerseys.

- Before the Montrose racing starts the The Bonebell crew is throwing a CCC 10th Anniversary Party. That’s right, the CCC turned 10 this year and a few of the founding members are getting together to relive the magic, or at least drink a few beers together. Buy tickets now over here.

- Speaking of Montrose, the Chicago Women’s CX Fund will cover Sunday registration fees at the 2013 Illinois State Championships for any Women Category 4 who races Saturday, upgrades, and then races Women Category 1/2/3 on Sunday. Details on how to double-up are here.

- Main Street Bicycles is celebrating their 10th anniversary too by giving an additional 10% off on all in stock bicycles, parts, accessories and service. This discount can be taken on top of already discounted year end bikes in stock, a savings of 20-40%! Sale is good through February, but take advantage of a good selection now!

- Getting ready for the holiday season? Why not support some of the great CCC series sponsors that support our little weekend parties all season long? Nearly all of our 2013 series sponsors are local businesses where you can stop in, drop a few duckets, and say high to the people who care enough about CX and the CCC to help make it happen.

- And finally… for those of you wondering about refunds of your entry fees from Sunday’s cancelled races, a message from Steve Feehery from the South Chicago Wheelmen; “On behalf of the South Chicago Wheelmen, we would like to thank everyone who supported our race weekend. Unfortunately due to the weather we had to cancel some of Sunday’s races. We still incurred costs. Therefore all unpaid prize money and some entry fee money will be donated to West Town Bikes, St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, World Bike Relief and the Red Cross (to help the Washington, IL victims of Sunday’s tornadoes). Thanks for your understanding and we’ll see you next year at ILR.”

Photo: Michael Kelley

Photo: NIkki Nation

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Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: Rob Whittier

- Thanks to Rob Curtis and his entire PSIMET crew for another hilly and fun PSI-clocross for Life event.

- Up next, the CCC heads to the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort (ILR) hosted by the South Chicago Wheelmen for the 2nd of two double weekends in the series. Online pre-reg is split between two events on BikeReg and closes tomorrow night (Wednesday) for both events, so do it now. Details are forthcoming concerning any festivities at the Cave Bar Saturday night.

- Just a reminder for everyone (looking at you Cat 4′s & 5′s) that if your bib # is high up on your back the officials can’t see it from the scoring tent. The officials want to score you in the race just as much as you want to see your result, so please help them out and pin your bib # to the side panel of your jersey/skinsuit.

- Chris Henning and Melas CX are looking for a few volunteers to help out with their race on 11/24/13. Volunteers race for free & lunch is provided. If you are interested please sign-up on this page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B45ACA6292-melas2

- Online pre-reg is now open for the two days of Montrose Harbor. Looking to make a weekend out of the State Championship event? Ten27 Cycling Club and Spidermonkey Cycling have secured some hotel deals for everyone:

  1. City Suites Hotel at 933 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, 60657. Call 773.404.3400 and mention the group code “CYCLO” for a rate of $109 per night, plus tax, for a room with a queen size bed. A room with two double beds or a king bed will be $139. The City Suites hotel offers complimentary continental breakfast, wireless internet, and many other amenities. Nearby parking is $22 per night with 24-hour in and out privileges. Check-in at 3:00, check-out at 11:00, early check-in or late check-out can be arranged for an additional $30. 48 hour cancellation. More at chicagocitysuites.com. Hotel is 2.5 miles south of the race venue.
  2. Heart O’ Chicago Motel at 5990 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, 60660. Call 773.271.9181, please mention that you’re attending the Illinois State Cyclocross Championships at Montrose Harbor. Rates are $79 per night, plus tax, for a double bed, $87 per night for two double beds or a king bed. This motel is a more basic alternative for the more budget minded, but still includes complimentary continental breakfast, wireless internet, and parking. More at heartochicago.com. Motel is 3 miles north of the race venue.

- 2013 Series sponsor NovaCare Rehabilitation is a physical therapy provider with clinics throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Our therapists specialize in treating sports injuries and orthopedic conditions. In addition to our physical therapy services, our Andersonville clinic offers bike fits by a physical therapist (and CCC participant.) All of our clinics offer complimentary injury screens to help you figure out what to do about your aches and pains. Look for us at an upcoming race offering complimentary injury screens on site. Visit www.novacare.com/chicagoland to find the clinic nearest you.

- And finally… another request from our USAC officials… most CX courses are 1.5 to 2 miles in length. There’s plenty of room for you out on course to spit, blow snot-rockets, etc. Please don’t do it right in front of the officials tent where high winds can blow your spray… or better yet, save it for later.

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