Category: Course Preview

2016 Afterglow Preview

December 8, 2016

Its not a CCC series race, but hey its our website so we can do what we want. From the race organizers…

  • Please use #AfterglowCX, very important to remember the “CX”.
  • The weather forecast looks like Montrose+. So dress appropriately, for a CX race that is.
  • Preliminary staging, as if you really care, will be posted here on Friday.
  • The Chicago Cuttin’ Crew has once again partnered with the Chicago Park District to bring the ‘Glow back to Humboldt Park!
  • When registering to race, please consider donating those extra dollars you’re saving on the cheaper reg to the wonderful and very important programs at Blackstone Bicycle Works and West Town Bikes. Not racing? Help cheer the youth in the Juniors, Single Speed, and Cat 4/5 races! We will also have a donation jar at registration for you to throw in your change.
  • If you’re coming in from somewhere that doesn’t have easy public transportation (hint), please leave the field house parking lot for volunteers and officials. There is plenty of parking on Luis Munoz Marin Drive in the park, just on the outside of the course.
  • Day-of registration and number pickup opens at 9am near the start/finish near the field house parking lot. 
  • The field house will be open from 11am-6pm, but since it is not officially part of the event, we ask that you respect the other park users who may be using the facility. DO NOT bring your bicycles inside. Leave no trace!
  • As with all CCC races and all proper CX races, bib numbers will go on your LEFT side.
  • Just like Chicago politics, call-ups and staging will be based on how much money you donate at pre-reg/reg. 😉
  • A wheel/equipment pit will be available, but we’re gonna let SRAM NRS have a break and party with us. Wheels/bike in, wheels/bikes out.
  • Our top men and women Single Speeders will win free entry to Barry Roubaix, courtesy of a very special OG race director!
  • GRUDGE MATCH/Fatbike/FIXED GEAR CX/Etc Open Category will allow any fun bike you want (BMX, tandem, cargobike, fixed gear cx, fatbike, unicycle, tricycle, et al). Registration fee is per bike, so both tandem riders will need to fill out USAC release forms and require USAC licenses. We will try to score categories separately, but no guarantees unless you race super fun/slowly. We will definitely figure out who wins each GRUDGE.
  • You thought the snow and mud at Montrose was challenging? InsaneDeOmnium is back to bring the toughest obstacle yet: race all day races. Scoring and details located here.
  • Podiums will be presented shortly after each race, and we will have limited edition 2016 Cuttin’ Crew gear for those victorious!
  • Not only is Humboldt Park full of delicious Puerto Rican food trucks, Doughnut Vault will once again pay us a visit! Clif Bar will also have fuel and recovery snax for riders who pre-reg.
  • As for the course, note the location of parking, the staging grid, and the equipment pit. Give yourself plenty of time to get your bib number, put your gear in the pit, and get to staging on time. The course runs CLOCKWISE.

2016 Montrose Harbor Preview

December 1, 2016
  • As usually, lots to go over for this coming weekend’s finale. We know there’s a lot to read below, but please read all the way to the bottom. We know what’s going on but post this information so everyone else knows as well.
  • Please make sure to use the hashtag #MontroseCX in all your social media accounts.
  • Ten27 Cycles and Spidermonkey Cycling jointly host the last stop of the 2016 CCC… the Illinois State CX Championships at Montrose Harbor… the 13th year at this location! We ask everyone to bundle up, bring your umbrellas, cowbells, photographic and video recording devices, etc and make a day out of Montrose.
  • Please thank the race sponsors for helping to make this event happen. They are:
    • The Autobarn of Chicago, Evanston and Oak Park – Richard Fisher Dealerships.  They will have Volvo and VW station wagons, ideal cars for cyclists, on site for you to check out.
    • E.J.’s Place Restaurant in Skokie has supported the race every one of the 13 years it has been held at Montrose Harbor, and
    • Wheel & Sprocket will have fat bikes on hand for you to test ride.
  • The weather usually makes Montrose the special event it is. Right now the forecast is for low to mid 30’s and probably snow! The wind can also change on a dime, especially next to the lake, so bundle up, dress appropriately before during and after you race(s), and come prepared with extra warm & dry gear.
  • Registration: We’ll be running reg the same way as every other CCC race. Please allow all 35+ racers to pick up their numbers first since they have to get ready first. Several fields are either already full or very close. Online waitlists are on BikeReg. After No-Shows are removed we put in the online waitlisted riders, then its first come, first served until we hit the field limits. Online pre-reg closes tonight… so if you’re not yet reg’d, do yourself a favor and reg now!
  • Staging: Staging will follow the same protocol we’ve been using all season long in the series. See the procedure here which we have found is the fairest and simplest system for everyone.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here. Email us at ChicagoCrossCup at gmail if you have problems.
  • State Champion Requirements: Ten27 Cycling, Spidermonkey Cycling, and the ICA will be presenting 20 Illinois State CX Champion Jerseys (on the podiums) to the first IL rider to cross the finish line in every category (excluding the 4/5’s). This means Junior 15-18, 15-16, 9-14, 9-12 Boys AND Girls, Women Cat 3, Masters 65+, and new this year Women Single Speed! Riders making it to the State Champion podium will be presented with gold, silver, and bronze medals.
  • To win the Illinois state championship you must be a permanent Illinois resident (we’ll be checking state/federal ID’s), a US citizen or permanent resident, and hold a valid and unsuspended 2016 USAC annual license before the start of the race (yes, we’re looking at you Cat 4’s). There must also be a full podium of IL riders (that means 3) to win the state jersey. This should not be a problem in any category.
  • In combined age groups, if a younger rider podiums in the overall category they take that place and are not replaced by any older riders finishing behind them. For instance, if a 16 year old wins the overall 15-18 race they win both the 15-16 sub age group and the 15-18 overall age group. This also applies to Women Cat 3 in the Women Cat 1/2/3 race and (in reverse) the Masters 65+ in the Masters 55+.
  • In addition we’ll also be presenting race podiums (before state champion podiums) for all categories, including Junior 9-10 Boys AND Girls and the Cat 4/5‘s. So that’s another 23 podiums. If you haven’t done so already this year, find Kenny Labbe and thank him profusely for organizing everything so well.
  • The Chicago Cuttin’ Crew and Pony Shop dads will be awarding Junior prizes and Junior sub age group and girls medals as they have been all season.
  • Podiums presentations for each will be presented immediately after each race finish. The exception being the Junior 15-18 at 11:45am and the Junior 9-14 at 12:15pm.
  • Speaking of results. While we, the USAC officials, and One2Go strive to produce results as quickly as possible, our first priority, especially since this is the state championship, is to produce accurate results and not have to revise and repost. We have to score everyone in each race, not just the top 3, and in order to do this we need your help with properly pinned bib numbers that are visible to the camera and officials at the finish line. Please read our explanation of what constitutes proper technique from our 11/15/16 post here.
  • Payouts remain 5 deep per the 2016 CCC minimum payout schedule. Payouts will be distributed in the Registration tent after results are final, starting around 10:45. Payouts will also be distributed to Single Speed Women and Category 3 Women in the same amount as the Men. Men & Women Cat 1/2/3 State Champions will also receive dining cards for E.J.’s Place, so they can celebrate their victory in style. There will also be 8 pairs of Oakley Flak Jacket sunglasses awarded to the Junior categories.
  • Wheel & Sprocket has also commissioned another poster by Jay Ryan for the event. cyclocross2016_digitalmockThe poster will be on sale at the race and all 3 riders on the podium of every state championship will receive a copy.
  • While 6 riders have already locked up their CCC overall titles (see riders in yellow), there are still 9 very, very, very close categories still to be decided on Sunday, some categories still only separated by a few points. Overall titles will be  posted Sunday, but all official overall series awards will be presented at the CCC Awards Party on Sunday December 18st at EJ’s Place. Details TBD and we look forward to celebrating with all of you.
  • The Big Star food truck will be serving their famous tacos and other food at the curb between 11am and 3:30pm.
  • A few series and race sponsor tents (SRAM, Mike Keating, and Nuun) will be gathered into an Town Square/Expo Area between registration, the finish area, and the podiums where the state champion jerseys will be awarded throughout the day of racing.
  • Team Tents: Given the ever present potential for strong winds, bring weights and stakes. Also, Ten27 will have an expo area near registration with designated tent spots for race sponsors, so please do not set up your tents in these spots or you will be asked to move.
  • Parking: As in years past tarking will be on the street only along Simonds Drive. That road will be closed to through traffic between the staging grid and finish line.  You may approach the race course on Simonds Drive from either Wilson Avenue or from Montrose Avenue, but you will have to turn around and leave the same way you came in.  Please do not park adjacent to the road closure barricades, as Ten27 is required to leave enough room for all cars to turn around at the barricades.  Only authorized vehicles (i.e. officials, CCC staff, event organizers, BigStarTruck, etc) will be allowed within the road closures. Please do not give the traffic marshals a hard time about this, they are just doing their job. No Parking at all on the grass, anywhere, period (except for the SRAM NRS car).
  • Team trailers: Plan to arrive early between 6:00-6:30am to park your trailer. The streets will be closed at 6:30am. Please drop your trailer and move the tow vehicle to the general parking area. We are trying to keep the barricade area as car free. It is possible to park your trailer Saturday evening by 5:00pm. Security watching the area overnight. Please contact the race directors through BikeReg to make any other special arrangements.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the park without permit, so please act appropriately and responsibly.
  • Pack out what you pack in. A large trash dumpster will be provided in the street for any refuse.
  • Another reminder about Bib Numbers: On your LEFT SIDE as always. All riders with longer hair are reminded that their hair MUST be pulled up and can not obstruct your bib # while racing. Riders are reminded to not sit up while coming across the finish line, this is especially noted for Juniors – wait to post up until AFTER you’ve safely finished and have been properly scored by officials. Numbers must also be clearly visible to the officials checking you in at staging. Failing to have numbers visible slows down and delays starting fields on time.
  • One2Go Event Services will again be providing camera timing and lap times. However if your bib number is on the wrong side, you will NOT be scored. So pin those numbers correctly. If you’re not at the event or just want to follow along from the warm of your team tent head over to LiveLynxResults.com for real time updates.
  • Since Montrose is the State Championship and the last race of the CCC series, the USAC officials will be pulling out-of-contention riders so the race leaders have a clear course. However, everyone will be placed, even if you are several laps down. The only way riders will be listed DNF (did not finish) is if they stop voluntarily. So keep racing until the chief referee tells you to stop. Riders will only be asked to exit the course at or after the finish line.
  • SRAM Neutral Service will be in the equipment pits helping throughout the day in the case of a mechanical.
  • The equipment pit is on the other side of the road from the start and finish lines. Please do NOT leave your spare bikes and wheels in the pit after your race. The next category needs to use the pit too.
  • The Hot Tub CX Machine will be back again this year. The BBVP has asked that anyone who wants to receive “priority boarding” for the hot tub bring a canned food item for donation.
  • Pay attention for a possible mannequin video before the start of the 4/5 race.
  • The Course: Ten27 Cycling and Spidermonkey Cycling has tweaked last year’s course again while retaining most if not all of Montrose’s classic features while managing to find even more sand. The course runs clockwise beginning at the staging grid which will now be on the North East side Simonds Dr. The start chute will be longer than last year, and wide, and mostly without sharp turns. The finish line and registration tent will be in nearly same location as years past, just off the road to the North and near the sand. The main sand section will of course be in play where the Hot Tub will be set up. As always the final course track will be determined Saturday afternoon and may be altered from the map below. If you’re getting a head start and going out to pre-ride the course, please give the folks out there setting up the course some room and maybe even give them a hand.
  • Please NO GROUP PRACTICES on the course. We want to leave the grass in as good of shape as we can after Sunday so we can come back and race next year and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that… Thanks!
  • Finally, if you are able to stay late and help tear down the course and pack everything away, please do so. The Cat 4/5 race finishes just as it gets dark and Ten27, the Spidermokeys, and the Cuttin’ Crew (all the equipment goes to Afterglow next) will very much appreciate your help.

2016 Melas CX Preview

November 17, 2016
  • Last minute event name change to “George Garner Sr Memorial Race @ Melas“. Read more about Mr. Garner here. Please continue to use the hashtag #MelasCX.
  • This marks the 13th year of the original Northbrook CX race, started by Mark Harris in 2003 to raise money to “Save the Drome” (that’s short for velodrome, as in track cycling for all the rookies out there).
  • First things first, there is NO snow in the forecast, but temps will be dipping quite a bit so please bundle up (especially the little ones) and bring appropriate clothing for before, during, and after your race(s)!
  • Chris Henning and Ted Berger (Northbrook Garner Bicycle Club and Flatlandia) take us racin’ through the basin.
  • Parking will be at Multi Pack Solutions @1804 W. Central Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL which is behind (to the North of) Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.  Registration and S/F are adjacent to the Multi Pack lot.  There is a pedestrian gate to access Melas Park from the Multi Pack lot.  The Multi Pack lot is located to the West of the Melas Park entrance, just east of S. Arthur Ave.
  • There is no parking at Melas ParkWe need to keep the lot clear for the locals using the dog park. You may drop off team tents in the park parking lot, but must move your vehicle to the Multi Pack lot.
  • Team Trailers.  Please e-mail Chris Henning if you’re planning on bringing out a trailer, he will try and coordinate a setup location for you.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here.
  • No alcohol, park rules. Please be respectful of the park and behave so we can come back again next year.
  • Warm Ups:  Please stay off the ball fields while warming up and if you do use the walking paths please making sure to yield to any pedestrians / other park users.
  • Speaking of cars, no parking on the grass – anywhere.  There is plenty of parking available.  This includes team vehicles intending on dropping off team tent and compound equipment.
  • Dog Park:  Unfortunately you must have a membership to get inside the fenced dog park which is available from either Mt. Prospect or Arlington Heights and unfortunately they don’t sell daily passes. Dog park membership
  • If you can, please help tearing down the course after the Cat 4/5 race. It will get dark and cold quickly.
  • Cleaning up: The race does not have access to a public water. There is a self-serve car wash (Z Auto Wash) just west of the Bosch lot @ 820 S Arthur Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 less than a half mile away.
  • Due to the cold temperature there will NOT be a kids race this weekend. Sorry, keep those kiddos warm.
  • Food truck: The Chicago Pizza Boss food truck will be onsite serving brick-oven pizzas.
  • Volunteering: Chris Henning is still looking for a few volunteers spots to be filled. Volunteers race for free & lunch is provided. Please sign-up here.
  • The Course: Similar to years past but without a foot of wet snow. Tough hill(s) getting out of the Basin and 3 trips through the beach volleyball sandpits. Course might change based on conditions encountered during setup.

 

2016 Hilton Indian Lakes Preview

November 10, 2016
  • Remember to use the hashtag #ILRcx. More venue/course info here.
  • The South Chicago Wheelmen have pushed back the closing of online pre-registration on BikeReg until tonight. Rejoice in that you haven’t missed the pre-reg cutoff and still have time to pre-reg and be staged by your CrossResults points.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here for Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s CCC points will affect Sunday’s staging.
  • As per usual this time of year the forecast is for wind but temperatures should be quite pleasantSCW asks that everyone take down your tents, all the way, Saturday night. You may leave your tent(s) on premise overnight.
  • Not that anyone should need it given the forecast, but there may be a hose available to wash your bike(s), but not in the equipment pit. The hose is located next to the pro-shop just outside the door to registration.
  • Registration is inside, next to the pro shop and the Masters restaurant. How convenient!
  • Do NOT bring your bikes inside when coming to the registration room. Please leave them outside. Thanks!
  • Remember to pick up your Sunday bib number on Sunday. You will have a different numbers both days for each race and you will NOT be scored on Sunday if you wear your number from Saturday.
  • Heat bathrooms are located just past the pro-shop.
  • No warming up on the fairways or west of the course. The other courses are still open to golfers and given the decent temps there will likely be people out playing the small ball.
  • Please stay off the putting greens at all times.
  • Bring your bathing suit for the pool and hot tub after your race(s).
  • The Cave Bar will be open as well as an all you can eat buffet in the Masters restaurant, which comes in quite handy on Sunday morning.
  • Speaking of the Cave… there is always an informal party Saturday night. Come say hello!
  • The course: This year the course runs clockwise, hits the volleyball sandpit early and the hill late. GoogleMaps version will be posted soon but in the meantime click here.

 

2016 Groundhog Psi-clocross Preview

November 3, 2016

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.

In 1992 the downtown square of Woodstock, IL was used to film the movie Groundhog Day. That filming location is 0.8 miles from the starting grid of this Sunday’s race. Rob Curtis and the Psimet crew have decided to carry some of the themes of the movie into the race this year. If you’re interested in looking over the filming locations for the movie there is a great map for self-guided tours here: woodstockgroundhog.org/pages/tour.html

  • Remember to use #psiCX on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Psimet has extensively condensed the course and moved it to the ridge/sled hill area on the North-Eastern section of the park. The only road crossing will be closed. These two factors increase rider safety and will help make viewing for everyone a whole lot more fun.
  • With this in mind there will be some logistical obstacles for all in attendance. There is plenty of parking throughout the park but parking that is close to the reg tent is in short supply. We have therefore designated 2 gear drop off areas for teams hauling their encampment supplies as well as riders with an entourage of bicycles that need to get into the pits. We ask that you use these areas for drop off then park farther away to help others do the same.
  • There is a baseball game scheduled to take place at 10 am at the “Dream Field”, the large ball field next to where the start line has historically been. While there is plenty of parking throughout the park – please be mindful you might have to roll around to other locations before finding a spot. Plan you timing accordingly.
  • As with all previous years there is NO PARKING ON THE GRASS. This is probably one of the strictest rules the park and city have for the facility.
  • This park has “always” had a “no alcohol” policy. So when you bring in lots of cups for your soda and lemonade Psimet asks that you pack out what you bring in. It helps Psimet make sure the park doesn’t think we have a drinking problem if there aren’t a lot of juice boxes laying around.
  • The Chicago Pizza Boss food truck will once again be in attendance. You know the lines can be long and it’s a long trip for them – might not be a bad idea to have a backup just in case.
  • Equipment Pits will be nearly full UCI size with stalls. There is NO water or washing facilities at the race though so if conditions look to be getting worse then please plan your own support accordingly. Just know that you have a full sized pit to utilize.
  • Currently the weather forecast is for 100% chance of awesome with race time temps between the mid 40’s and mid 60’s.
  • Daylight savings time ends the morning of the race this year so don’t forget to move you clocks back – otherwise you’ll be an extra hour early for your race. There are worse things that can happen though. You’re welcome.
  • There won’t be much if any daylight left after the last race ends, so please plan accordingly. Also if you can please help Psimet and the South Chicago Wheelmen tear down the course so they aren’t doing it all in the dark.
  • The first rider up Heckle Hill each race will be the winner of a “Tip Top Café” blueberry pie prime baked by PSIMET’s own Sydney Guagliardo through Whisk Bakery and Coffee in Wauconda, IL. Rob had a great discussion with Sydney about racing on his Road Is Dead Podcast this week. If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet Rob covers a bunch of CCC related topics. You can find Syd’s episode here (we apologize in advance for all the graphic innuendos).
  • Preliminary staging will be here.
  • Psimet will award payouts to the Women Cat 3 field. $200, 5 deep.
  • UPDATE: Kids race at 2pm!
  • The course is also available for virtual pre-ride right now using BKOOL. You don’t even have to use a BKOOL device. Any smart trainer should interface and the accounts are free.
  • As mentioned above the course is A LOT different than in years past. The Western woods and sand are gone. But there are still hills, and lots of them. Direction is anti-clockwise, meaning you will exit the start chute to the left and head South on the first lap.

2016 Campton Cross Preview

October 27, 2016
  • Rob Kelley, Peter Kelley, and the entire Bicycle Heaven crew bring you the 11th edition of Campton Cross in beautiful Campton Hills.
  • Remember to use #camptonCX on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Need directions? Point yourself towards 4N930 Brown Road, St. Charles, IL. From I-90: Randall Road South, to Rt. 64 West, past LaFox Road, turn right onto Brown Road and park is up on your left.
  • Preliminary staging will be here.
  • Kids race starts at 1pm.
  • Remember reg closes 30 minutes before the scheduled start of each race. If you’re late, you’re not racing.
  • Race director Rob Kelley will be the judge in the annual costume contest.
  • Food Vendor is Bob’s Slow Food.
  • Sorry, but NO alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park.
  • The weather looks great again but a little chillier than last week.
  • Training Bible Cycling and Bicycle Heaven have increased the Cat 1/2/3 payouts to $700 total for each field, and paying out 8 deep
  • The Women Cat 3 field will again have their own payout! $200, 5 deep.
  • Rob and the crew encourage riders to NOT warm up on/around the soccer fields to the East of registration. The village has asked us to keep off the areas visible when you pull into the park. If you carefully ride North on Brown Rd for about 200 meters you can hop onto the Prairie Path/Great Western trail (see the thick yellow line in the map below) which is a great place to warm up. Thank you.
  • The Course: We’ll be reversing the course this year and relocating the log and bunny hops. Course preview: http://www.trainingbiblecycling.com/campton-cx-2016-course-preview/

 

2016 ABD Sunrise Park Preview

October 20, 2016
  • #ABDcx  Remember to check out the standard preview page here.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here.
  • If you upgraded this week and want 1/2 your CCC series points to follow you to the next category, please contact us at ChicagoCrossCup at gmail by Friday. We will NOT automatically transfer your points.
  • Parking on Foster Ave is allowed but on NORTH side only. There should be “No Parking” signs along the park (south) side. If not, please respect this. Also Parking is allowed on Struckman Blvd (better option), or at Sycamore Trails School (preferred).
  • ABD will be awarding a Women Cat 3 payout the same as the Men Cat 3.
  • Payouts will be held until Campton Cross. Any payouts not claimed after Campton Cross will be donated to Bartlett Park District Foundation.
  • North of the Border will be serving Mexican and American w/ veggie options.
  • Kiddie race is at 2pm!
  • Weather: The forecast is calling for 100% chance of awesome and file-treads. Get those bikes cleaned off from Carpentersville ASAP!
  • No alcohol.  Sorry Park rules.
  • The Course: Very similar to last year (yes, the map name is correct). As always the course can change between now and Sunday.

2016 Carpenter Park Preview

October 13, 2016

LOCATION CHANGE!! LOCATION CHANGE!! LOCATION CHANGE!!

In case you have been living under a rock we will be at 770 Navajo Dr at the former Woodland Elementary School… Still in Carpentersville, but NOT Carpenter Park and NOT Randall Oaks Park. Please let all of your friends still using Netscape know.

  • This is another new venue for everyone, so please take it easy and help out if and where needed.
  • Even though its not actually in Carpenter Park we’re going to revert to and use the hashtag #carpenterCX since we’re back in Carpentersville.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here: https://goo.gl/OQdkfC
  • Numbers will still go on your left.
  • Kiddie Cross at noon! Parents need to sign a waiver. Ages 10 and under. 5 age groups: 2 and under, 3-4 y/o, 5-6 y/o, 7-8 y/o, 9-10 y/o.
  • Sorry, no petting zoo this year.
  • Food offerings: Dave’s Slow Food and Jim’s Dogs and Brats.
  • Drinking water is on site.
  • Weather: The forecast says overcast and 20% change of rain during the day, but rain the night before and after. Temps in the mid 60’s, so please plan and dress appropriately.
  • No Alcohol permitted on the property.
  • Parking: The school has a small lot so an area will remain open for tent drop off, plenty of street parking surrounding the school – please respect the posted parking signs. If need be, the Sunny Hill School lot is available on Helm Rd.
  • The Course: Runs clockwise. The Squatches over at Main Street Bicycles have managed to put down their beer cans for a long enough period of time in order to lumber around every inch of this modest territory, once reserved for small children, and bring you an adult sized course full of woodland adventures.  It’s sure to grow a thick coat of fur on those finely shaven road legs. Course map below should be unlocked soon.

2016 Dan Ryan Woods Preview

October 6, 2016

This weekend is the 8th year Beverly Bike*VeePak is bringing you some fun adventures on Chicago’s Southside!  It’s stop #3 of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup (CCC) at Dan Ryan Woods-CCC#3.

  • On Sunday for all PRE-REGISTERED racers, BBVP has once again graciously contracted some good eats for all of our racers. This year we are trying something fun and new. We will be offering a Taco Bar with beef, turkey, and bean options. BBVP is again covering all of this food… so preregister and ENJOY! Tickets will be stapled to your bib #’s for redemption. Do not lose the ticket and if you enjoy it, make sure to tip your cooks.
  • Water: BBVP will NOT be supplying water (saving the world with less plastic). There are two water fountains on site, but please bring your own hydration.
  • For the 4th year in a row (for this event) One2Go Event Services will be with us for professional timing and results. All preregistered riders (with valid email addresses included in their BikeReg profiles) will receive race results and lap times for via email shortly following their finish. Riders MUST be preregistered to enjoy this feature. Results will also be tweeted by @One2Go_Results on twitter following each event.  Bib numbers (always) go on your LEFT SIDE! Failure to follow properly place bib #’s risk you not being scored and potentially a $20 fine. Live scoring of the races will be found at www.livelynxresults.com.
  • Don’t know if your email address is correct in BikeReg? Use the “Edit Entry” link in the “My BikeReg” section of your BikeReg.com rider profile.
  • Parking: Parking is free, and the best spots are off of the 8500 S Western Ave entrance to the park… follow parking lot to the South.
  • The Chicago Marathon is again being run on Sunday so please plan your travel times to and from the race accordingly.
  • Online pre-registration on BikeReg.com closes TONIGHT. Please remember on-site registration closes 30 minutes prior to each race’s scheduled start time. All bib #’s must be picked up prior to registration closing so please be timely and considerate to all those you race with and DO NOT show up 15 minutes before your race expecting to still get in, even if you preregistered. Your numbers must be picked up no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of your race. We will be doing a hard cut off 30 minutes prior to handle any waitlists. If you’re late, you go to the end of the wait list. No exceptions so come early and get your numbers!
  • For 2016, we have rented out the pavilion/chalet and we will be hosting registration inside. Please allow yourselves a few extra minutes to safely make your way from parking to the pavilion to get your bib numbers.
  • For the kiddies…  kids under 9 years old should come to the main viewing area of the race on Sunday at 11:40 am for a free prize from Beverly Bike & Ski Shop.
  • Weather looks great with 100% chance of awesome.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here by Saturday.
  • Forgot to pick up your payout from Hopkins Park? Winnings can be picked up at Comrade Cycles 1908 W. Chicago Ave, and at Dan Ryan Woods on Sunday.
  • The Course: Runs counter-clockwise. The course will once again be offering a little something for everyone. It will have straightaway power sections, hills (and we do mean hills), technical turn sections, and the infamous bunny hops will be transformed into something magical this year. Energy management will be key. Bring your awesomeness!

2016 Hopkins Park Preview

September 29, 2016
  • The CCC returns this weekend to Hopkins Park in Dekalb, IL. Online pre-reg closes tonight on BikeReg. Still plenty of room in all categories.
  • Sorry for any confusion we may have caused at Labagh Woods but the Single Speed category will start before the Jr 15-18 at Hopkins and for the rest of the series. Slower single speeders, please make way for the fast juniors in a way that does not affect their race.
  • Be on the lookout for all those Pactimo Series Leader Jerseys that Kenny Labbe awarded a few weeks back at Labagh Woods.
  • Speaking of wearables, Comrade Cycles will be selling limited edition Hopkins CX t-shirts as well. Men’s and women’s sizes will be available. hopkins-cx-t-shirt
  • Preliminary staging will be posted hereNumbers (always) on the LEFT!
  • Alcohol is NOT ALLOWED at Hopkins Park. Please respect this DeKalb Park District policy.
  • Dave’s Slow Food will be rollin’ in hot and heavy with BBQ and vegan chili so pack your appetite.
  • Other Brother and Heritage will have coffee for you in the morning.
  • One2Go Event Services will be keeping lap times and emailing results with live results onLiveLynxResults here.
  • Kiddie Cross at 2pm! Parents need to sign a waiver. Ages 10 and under. 5 age groups: 2 and under, 3-4y/o, 5-6y/o, 7-8y/o, 9-10y/o.
  • Do Not drive on the grass.
  • No Parking in the parking spaces right by the playground, see map. No Parking in the lot right outside the shelter where registration is, see map.
  • Use the park entrance that is south of the light at East Dresser Road, you will not be able to get through the park on East Dresser Road because the course crosses it.
  • There are three large parking lots highlighted on the map. You can park along side the road where you see the white pylons.
  • Other Brother Coffee and Comrade Cycles Racing have teamed up to provide separate payouts for the Cat 3 Women in the Women 1/2/3 race following the same payout schedule as the Men Cat 3 race.
  • The course: Runs clockwise. Plenty of flow with not a ton of changes from years past… with the notable exception that the CCC’s original flyover is gone and moved on to greener pastures (read: Michigan). Course designer and race director Josh Arends is also taking us through the SouthEastern portion of the park where we’ve never raced before. Quadruple the number of barriers from last year (there will be four including a telephone pole) and the classic hill is out.