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Tuesday CCC Updates

- 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!”

- Online pre-reg is now open for CCC race # 10, Melas CX Basin Racin’, back for another year at Melas Pak in Mt Prospect.

- 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: reservations@probikeexpress.com Registration is up on the website: www.probikeexpress.com

Tuesday CCC Updates

Correct Podium

Photo: Kelly Clarke

- Looks and sounds like everyone had a great time at Caldwell Woods hosted by xXx Racing-Athletico. Thanks to the entire xXx Racing crew but especially Kevin Corcoran and Alan Treuthart for pulling together a sweet new venue that has even more potential for next year. Give these men a high-five the next time you see them. To help make sure the Cook County Forest Preserve knows you enjoyed the venue and want it back next year, leave a message at http://www.FPDCC.com/contact/ tweet at them @FPDCC, or post on facebook.com/FPDCC.

- Next up the CCC heads west to Hopkins Park. Info for Hopkins Park is already here and look for the regular course update on Thursday with some tasty new bits.

- Caldwell Woods results are posted to USAC here and CCC Overall Standings are here.

- CCC Series t-shirts and beer koozies are for sale over on the store page.

- Concerning the starting times of the Single Speed vs. Junior 15-18 categories, we are reviewing the situation and will make a decision by Thursday.

- Say hello to a few new 2014 series sponsors who just joined up last week.

Yojimbos Yojimbo’s Garage – Yojimbo’s Garage is a single-location, brick and mortar bicycle shop on Chicago’s near North side established in 1997.

 

shield_banner_1TENSPEED HERO – Unable to sell capes – at least until we find a way to fly, TENSPEED HERO works up a sweat crafting cycling gear for you to sweat in. We picture steep cliffs, hot tarmac, and breezy coasts as we design with primary colours and other ones, too. Always considering a cyclist’s swiftness and deft determination, if our small friend-based company had a board of directors it would be called the wheel of directors. Together in vibrant regalia, we aim to keep you awake and dreaming.

Newins

 Newins Illinois Vehicle Auto Insurance – Newins Illinois Vehicle Auto Insurance is a leading Chicagoland based insurance agency dedicated to helping customers find affordable and convenient auto insurance that suits their lifestyle.

Red Writing Logo Red Writing gets attention and gets to the point. Red Writing delivers compelling copywriting, technical writing, and information design for Web sites, marketing, training, and reference materials.

 

- Speaking of series sponsors, we have several outstanding photographers who are out there each weekend grabbing snaps of everyone. If you want to use their photos, always make sure to give them credit for their work. And if you really want to help these folks out purchase one (or more!) of their photos.

The Bonebell and SRAM are excited to present the Big Marsh Mashdown, an informational event geared toward showing riders around the Big Marsh Bike Park Project. On Saturday October 18th there will be site tours and raffles paired with casual racing for everyone to see what Big Marsh is and learn about what it will be—a world-class bike park on Chicago’s south side! Volunteers have been hard at work cutting trails for the day’s three fun races, which are each open to all skill levels and all off-road bicycles. Race proceeds will benefit Friends of Big Marsh. Registration is open here.

- We hear your concerns about the new bib numbers ripping at the edges, but the old Tyvek ones used to do the same thing if you pinned them through the little holes at the corners. Instead watch this video for the correct way to pin a number. You should only need 4 pins, maybe 6, but really no more than that. That being said, if you are the type of person who “falls down go boom” a lot, bring your own pins and use as many as you need to keep that number on your jersey.

- And finally… it seems we have to remind at least a few of you every year at this time the difference between heckling and just being a jerk. Please don’t be a jerk. If you need a refresher, see the CCC’s guidelines herePsimet’s post here, or Ryan Kelly’s words of wisdom here. Its totally cool if you and your friends call each other POS’s in private, but when you’re out in public, where there are young kids and people not familiar with CX and heckling, doing so makes you look obnoxious and the rest of us like fools. 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. Instead, ring your cowbell haarder and come back next week when you have something more creative, funny, supportive, funny, crowd pleasing, or yes… funny to yell. So in short, be excellent to each other and party on dudes!

Categories: News, Racing, Updates

Tuesday CCC Updates

- 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.

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Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: Snowy Mountain Photography

- 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.

- Speaking of clinics… hey ladies, check out what the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew has worked out for you at the Trek CXC Cup up in Wisconsin the weekend of 9/20/14 – 9/21/14.

- 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!

Tuesday CCC Updates

- Hi everyone, we hope you are doing well and keeping warm during this 2nd blast of the polar vortex. We know you are all a hearty bunch, but if you are outside, especially on your bicycle, be safe and keep warm. If you’re inside on your turbo getting ready for next season, then good on you!

- Congratulations to everyone who raced at USAC CX Nationals a few weeks back. We counted 2 podiums for Chicago area riders and many more great rides and finishes. What a great way to round out the domestic season!

- But the pros are still racing! This coming weekend is the CX World Championships in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. Our national champions Katie Compton and Jeremy Powers as well as a large contingent of other great riders will be competing for the Arc en Ciel. Watch the action here on the UCI’s YouTube channel or better yet, wake up really early and head to Heritage Bicycles to watch with your CCC friends.

- There’s also a #Sportsball  championship this weekend.

- And finally… the CCC site is going into hibernation for a few months, but mtb & road season is either on the horizon or already in full swing depending on how you look at it. Good luck, be safe, and most importantly have fun out there. We’ll start posting updates about the 2014 CCC season here sometime in late May or early June.

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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

2013 Afterglow Preview

- #AfterglowCX Preliminary staging will be posted here on Thursday.

- The Afterglow team has once again partnered with the Chicago Park District to bring the ‘Glow Douglas Park Golf Course! 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 right from the registration page. Look for all the Blackstone and WTB kids in the Juniors and 4’s, and cheer them on! 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),  be sure to check the map for available spaces. There will be parking along S Thompson Drive (leading toward the fieldhouse). Please leave the fieldhouse parking lot for volunteers and park patrons, as we aren’t the only ones at the park on Saturday. There’s also parking along Inner Ogden Drive.

- The fieldhouse will be open from 9am-5pm, but since it’s not officially part of the event, we ask that you respect the other park users who may be using the facility. Leave no trace!

- RpbL & the Cuttin’ Crew WILL be accepting credit cards for on-site registration and one-day licenses. They’ll be using Square, which charges 2.75% for every transaction. That will be added to the charge and rounded up to the next cent (so $10 becomes $10.28).

- There may be food on-site, but maybe not enough for 250 people. Douglas Park is in a bit of a food desert. Learn about food deserts and what’s being done to help solve this problem here.

- The weather forecast is 30′s with some snow. While some of us have been reminiscing and training after last year’s mud, be sure you bring appropriate clothing!

- Please avoid warming up on the fairways and greens! There’s plenty of park around.

- Podiums will be presented shortly after each race, and Blackstone Bikes and West Town Bikes have hand crafted prizes for our winners! You’ll definitely want to vie for these metals!

- 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 ANTI-CLOCKWISE and numbers will be going on the RIGHT.

Categories: Charity, Course Preview, Racing
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