2014 Montrose Harbor Preview

Photo: Luke Seemann


Ten27 Cycles and Spidermonkey Cycling host the last stop of the 2014 CCC… the Illinois State CX Championships at Montrose Harbor. We ask everyone to bundle up, bring your cowbells, cameras, drones, noise makers (leave the vuvuzelas at home please) and make a day out of Montrose

– This year’s party will be bigger and better than ever. Ten27 is bringing in a large heated tent with clear sidewalls in which you can gather to watch racers struggle as they plow through the sand. Goose Island will be pouring 312 Urban Wheat Ale inside. The Big Star food truck will be serving their famous tacos and other food at the curb. Sponsor tents will be gathered into an Expo Area between registration, the finish area, and the podiums where the state champion jerseys will be awarded throughout the day of racing.

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. All categories have a field limit of 100 riders. After No-Shows are removed we put in the online waitlisted riders, then its first come, first served until we hit the 100 rider limit. Online pre-reg closes tonight… so if you’re not yet reg’d, do everyone (yourself included) a favor and reg now!

– Montrose would not be possible without the generous support of the race sponsors below. Please find a way to thank them at the events this weekend:

Staging: Staging will follow the same protocol we’ve been using all season long in the series. See the procedure here.

Preliminary staging will be posted here on Friday. Email us at ChicagoCrossCup at gmail if you have problems.

State Champion Requirements: Ten27 Cycling, Spidermonkey Cycling, and the ICA will be presenting 19 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 Juniors 17-18, 15-16, 13-14, AND Juniors 9-12… boys AND girls, Women Cat 3, and yes even the 65+! Remember that in order to win the 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 2014 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.

– The Chicago Cuttin’ Crew will also be awarding trophies for the top 3 women in the Single Speed category on Saturday. A few rules apply.

– All races are championships except the Cat 4/5’s.

Podiums presentations for each race (top 3 overall in the race) AND and for the IL state championship (top 3 IL riders in the race) will occur immediately after each race finish… so pay attention after your race, Chris Zigmont may be calling your name!

Payouts: 5 deep per the 2014 CCC minimum payouts.

– The Chicago Cuttin’ Crew and Pony Shop will also have their usual extra prizes for Junior categories.

– While a few 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. Overall titles will be  posted Sunday, but all official overall series awards will be presented at the CCC Awards Party on Sunday December 21st at EJ’s Place. We look forward to celebrating with all of you.


– Jay Ryan has once again created an event poster, the sixth in the series he’s done for this race. Wheel & Sprocket will have these on sale at their tent next to registration and at their store in Evanston after the event. W&S will also have a few left over copies of the last poster Jay did for those looking to complete their collection.

– More than any other factor, the weather usually makes Montrose the legend it is. Right now the forecast is cold with sun. In any event, the weather can always change on a dime, especially next to the lake, so bundle up, dress appropriately, and come prepared with extra warm (& dry) gear.

– Chris Zigmont will be announcing the race.

Parking: Parking will be on the street only along Simonds Dr. Simonds Drive 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 Type III “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, One2Go Event Services trailer, BigStarTruck, etc) will be allowed within the road closures.

Bib Numbers: On your LEFT SIDE as always… just like this: 2014_10.05 Cat 3 - 355 Neurohr_Picture Perfect Left Side

One2Go Event Services will be back again and providing camera timing and lap times. However, if your bib number is on the wrong side, you will NOT be scored nor will you receive lap times. So pin those numbers correctly.

– Speaking of scoring… Montrose being 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 just past the finish line.

– The equipment pit is just before the last few chicanes before the finish line. Please do NOT leave your spare bikes and wheels in the pit after your race. The next category needs to use the pit too. Wheel & Sprocket will have two mechanics at the event on Sunday, one stationed near registration and one stationed in the Pit Area all day.  Near registration, they will also have merchandise for sale. So, no matter whether you find something wrong with your bike or missing when you first arrive or have a mechanical during your race, Wheel & Sprocket will be on hand to help get you back in the game.

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.

– The Course: Ten27 Cycling’s course designer Chuck Judy has tweaked last year’s course while retaining all of Montrose’s classic features. The course runs anti-clockwise, beginning at the staging grid which will again be on the South side Simonds Dr. The start will be long, and wide, and without sharp turns. The finish line and registration tent will be in the same location as years past, just off the road to the North and near the main sand pit, however the finish line will now be on the paved path. Riders will again have the full width of the tunnel heading southbound under Simonds Drive.  The course will then cross back over the tunnel on Simonds Dr to complete the loop, resulting in essentially a paved flyover. Yes the main sand pit will be back, where spectators are all but guaranteed a great view of all the action. As always the final course track will be determined Saturday afternoon and may be altered from the map below.

Tuesday CCC Updates

– We sincerely hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and extended weekend with their family, friends, loved ones, significant others, good book, barista, iPad, or whomever you chose to spend your time with. Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over… back to the cyclocross!

– Looks like Psimet Racing put on another great NORGE Ski Jump Cyclocross event out in Fox River Grove. Full results are here and here.

– Up next, the Grand Finalé, the Big Enchilada, the Taco Supreme, Chicken Grilled Stuffed Burrito with a side of guacamole and extra hot sauce (hint hint, wink wink)… the CCC finishes up this coming weekend at Montrose Harbor in downtown Chicago with the Illinois State Cyclocross Championships. Online pre-reg closes Thursday night, and a few categories have already filled up, but please pre-reg. One2Go Event Services will be on hand for scoring and lap times. We’ll have more podiums to present than at any other race, and there are still quite a few CCC categories overall winners yet to be determined… and we all know anything can happen at Montrose. It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting that foot of snow Newt Cole & Jim Brady have been hoping for all year, but temps will be in the 30’s all day. So bundle up, bring your A-Game, make a day out of it, and enjoy the last race of the series. Most information is already here and we’ll have the usual course preview at the usual time on Thursday.

– The Ten27 Cycling Club and Spidermonkey Cycling crews are still looking for a bunch of volunteers to make the Montrose event happen smoothly. If you would like to help out, please take a look at which shifts still need to be covered here and get in contact with volunteer coordinator John Castro.

– This just in from ProBike Express… Greetings everyone! As we prepare to head down south to CX Nationals in Austin, TX we need confirmation from those of you in the Midwest if you if want a service or support package. We request those wanting transport or on-site service, please register asap as this will help us manage a hard number of supported athletes. We are only taking the first 50 riders as we want to offer this to those who want something more than average! Last day to register is December 12th, by 6pm MST for any PBE service, not just transportWe need 10 more people to sign up for transport/service from Chicagoland. Thats IT! There have been many people who’ve talked about it, and now is the time to pull the trigger. Drop off dates and times will be announced soon after PBE registration closes on 12/12/14.

– The MidWest Regional CX Championships (MWRCXC) are next weekend on Sunday 12/14/14 near Grand Rapids, MI.

– What would a party be without an afterparty? Registration for Afterglow – A Cyclocross Race on 12/20/14 is open on BikeReg.com.

– And finally… the 2014 CCC Awards Party is scheduled for Sunday 12/21/14 at EJ’s Place in Skokie, were we’ll be awarding series overall awards. You don’t need to be a series overall winner to attend, the food is fantastic, we’ll have tons of door prizes, and EJ’s has a wood burning fireplace (and a bar)… which are all really, really good reasons to come hang out with us one last time on a Sunday afternoon. Please save the date and pre-reg here so we know how many people to expect.

Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: SnowyMountain Photography

– 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.

– Next up the CCC takes a week off but PSIMET Racing keeps the CX party going with NORGE Ski Jump Cyclocross this coming SUNDAY 11/30/14. Online pre-reg closes tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

– 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.

– Even thinking about going to CX Nationals in Austin, TX? Talk to Chandler and the guys at ProBike Express.

– 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 manufacturersclothing manufacturerssunglass manufacturers, car dealerships, hydration/nutrition suppliers, lawyers, real estate brokerspersonal 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!!!

Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: Snowy Mountain Photography

– Another great double weekend at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort hosted by the South Chicago Wheelmen. Well you asked for it and you got it. We finally had some real cyclocross weather this weekend at ILR. Saturday’s race temps were down in the teens for most of the day. Our elite podiums consisted of Sydney Guagliardo (Verdigris-Village) who got her first (and second) win of the series followed by Corrie Karas and Kelli Richter (PSIMET). Meanwhile in the men’s race Dan Teaters (Wheel & Sprocket) won followed by series leader David Reyes (Heritage) and Maxx Hall (Verdigris-Village).

Sunday was an entirely different day after snow blanketed the course Saturday night and the track became extremely wet and slippery throughout the day with riders wiping out all over the course. Our podiums for the elite women were Sydney Guagliardo (Verdigris-Village) for her 2nd win of the weekend, Kelli Richter (PSIMET) and Emily Elbers (Marian). For the men, local road pro Brandon Feehery took the top step racing for his school Lindenwood in a super close finish edging out Saturday’s winner Dan Teaters (Wheel & Sprocket) in the second to last turn, with David Lombardo (Verdigris-Village) in third.  Special shout out to Kenny Labbe for keeping the energy high throughout the cold, snowy, and windy weekend.

– Full results are on USAC here and CrossResults.com Saturday and SundaySeries overall standings are here.

– Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, John Gatto has been producing some great videos of each CCC event from a different perspective. Check out ILR Saturday and Sunday.

– Next up the CCC heads closer to the city of Chicago in Prospect Heights for Melas CX Basin Racin’. The weather looks delightful so get your bikes into a LBS for service now!

– Not this weekend but next weekend the CCC takes a break to eat tofukey and cranberry dressing but you can still get your CX fix. The crew from Psimet will host Norge Ski Jump Cyclocross on SUNDAY 11/30/14. Gobble Gobble!

– Then on Sunday 12/7/14 the CCC finishes up at Montrose Harbor at the Illinois State CX Championships. We’ll have lots more details for Montrose in the next few weeks, but the rad guys and gals at the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew have already committed to providing podium medals for the top 3 Single Speed Women (who will still be racing with the men). Also, no categories at Montrose have filled yet, so if you end up on a waitlist and then don’t get to race its your own fault.

– Paul Warloski of Milwaukee Bicycle Company will be at Melas CX Basin Racin’ Sunday with the MBC Mettle, a steel cross bike that Cyclocross Magazine called a “great bike for a reasonable cost.” He’ll have Mettles to test ride, even race if you want to try one out. He’ll be at Melas from 8am to 4pm with a break to use his own Mettle in the 45+ race.

– And finally… Juniors, or more to the point their parents… if you have pre-reg’d and shown up to race and are due your entry fee “refund” and would rather donate those monies to a youth program such as West Town Bikes or Blackstone Bikes, please let us know and we can make that happen.

Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: Snowy Mountain Photography

– With a couple minutes taken off the lap times from last year, the PSI-clocross for Life course was still able to throw a bit of everything at racers.  It was the first time we’d seen sand in the series, and it showed as there was a lot of reshuffling there.  Heckle Hill was another place that a lot of movement took place, some ran, some rode, and others tried to ride, gave up and figured maybe it was best to run.  Either way if you were doing something wrong you were sure to hear about it from the bullhorn in the PSIMET tent.

In a showing of the talent being drawn to the races, we saw both elite podiums represented by 3 different states.  We had a fresh name in front the men’s 1/2/3 field with Kevin McConnell (Mercy Specialized) from Iowa taking the victory ahead of David Lombardo (Verdigris-Village CX) and Ian Haupt (Milwaukee Bicycle Company Racing).

In the womens field Samantha Schneider (TIBCO/To the Top) is batting 1000 as she grabbed her 2nd win, Brittany McConnell (Mercy Specialized) moved up a step from last week to 2nd this time, while Sydney Guagliardo (Verdigris-Village CX) rounded out the elite podium. Full results are here and here and updated series standings are here.

– Next up the CCC heads to the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, IL for the series’ one and only double weekend hosted by South Chicago Wheelmen. Remember online pre-reg on BikeReg closes Wednesday night for both races, so don’t come crying to us on Thursday saying you missed pre-reg. But even if you do you will still be staged by your CCC series points if you reg Day Of.

Indian Lakes Resort has all the amenities you could ask for but more importantly there is a hotel. There are still rooms available and you can get the CCC discount using code (not the group code) “CYC” or “cyclocross”.

– Chris Henning and his crew are looking for volunteers to help run the Melas CX Basin Racin’ event. Sign up here and race for free and get lunch.

– Let’s have a quick chat about Internet trolls. We are well aware of everyone’s First Amendment rights to free speech, and we have never censored any comments here on the CCC site, nor do we ever want to do so. But just as you may not want to input your actual email address into the comments for fear of some sort of malicious spam bot somehow finding it and filling your inbox with junk, we’re pretty sure no one visiting this website wants to read your anonymous junk comments. So… if you’re going to post a ridiculously rude comment here on the CCC site, be man or woman enough to leave your actual name and email address so others can reply back to you directly. Otherwise head over to YouTube where the comment sections are priceless and your contributions will have a more appropriate audience. Thanks!

– For those of you already getting into the giving spirits of the holidays… check out the new World Bicycle Relief video: www.worldbicyclerelief.org/power. Just as in years past all donations made between now and 12/31/2014 are matched, up to $1million. The CCC will be donating all of the donations you the riders have donated through BikeReg in a lump sum shortly after the Montrose Harbor Illinois State CX Championships.

– And finally… The West Town Bikes (WTB) CX program has been providing sponsorship, mentorship and coaching to juniors and young adults that would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in cyclocross events for 6 seasonsHere are some photos from our last 4 seasons.  The fitness and commitment that cyclocross requires teaches perseverance and provides a healthy energy output while skills, knowledge and friendships gained help form a socially intelligent, responsible and physically fit community member all while growing the sport.  Half Acre Cycling, Half Acre Brewery, The Bonebell, Chicago Cuttin Crew and Seth Gable have all been key in getting us through the end of last year and this season.  We have a Pactimo team store open, password is westtownbikes, as one way we are outfitting our team and raising awareness for the program.  Jerseys purchased through the store can go to the purchaser or be gifted to the program.  We need smalls and mediums of all types.  Many of the adults you see wearing the WTB jersey are volunteers or youth instructors in the organization.

Contact Michael Young 312-656-1953 or michael@westtownbikes.org for more info.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at Hilton Indian Lakes and thanks to the South Chicago Wheelmen for helping with race fees and donating cycling gear to youth in our programs.

Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: Jason Knauff

Photo: Jason Knauff

– Thanks again to Rob Kelley, Peter Kelley and the entire Bicycle Heaven crew for another fantastic Campton Cross event. Rob’s review of the day is on his coaching site here. In the Elite women’s race Danielle Smith Arman for the 2nd week in a row won the day and took over the Pactimo Series Leader Jersey from an absent mechanical stricken Kelli Richter. Back in town Tricia Fleischer was 2nd and Brittany McConnell visiting from Iowa rounded out the women’s podium. In the men’s race Joseph Maloney came down again from WI and took his 4th win in as many attempts and consequently also earned the Pactimo Series Leader Jersey in the process. Brittany’s husband Kevin McConnell came with her from Iowa to take 2nd with Mike Phillips taking the 3rd step of the podium. Full results are here and here and updated series standings are here.

– Next week the CCC makes its final stop in the NorthWest suburbs as PSIMET takes us to Emricson Park in Woodstock, IL for Psi-clocross for Life. Look for the usually course preview on Thursday morn.

– We’re now in the belly of the season and more than half way through the series. Keep your fitness sharp and your bike(s) in tip top shape. We haven’t had any really bad weather to truly destroy any drive trains, but now is a great time to get your bike(s) into your favorite CX shop for a tune up to make sure they are running perfectly for the rest of the season. Need a recommendation for a shop? We know a few that would love to service your rides.

Pro Bike Express still has a few spots open for those of you traveling to Austin, TX for USA Cycling National Championships in January. Don’t miss out and “Travel like your train…”

– And finally… Looking for a nice (non-denominational holiday) gift for the cycle-crosser in your life who has everything? Remember the CCC has a limited run of 2014 series T-Shirts & beer Coozies for sale. Check ’em out and grab one or three before they’re gone.

Tuesday CCC Updates

– Thanks again to Jim Nowak and the entire ABD crew for another great Sunrise Park event. We had another beautiful day in the mid 60s at #ABDcx.  The Sunrise Park course was a drastic change from the tight course last week in Carpentersville by having lots of long straightaways and wide flowing turns.  It was a fast course in many sections, and still technical in others with many off camber turns, woodchips and the uphill logs that proved to be a place to catch (or lose) a couple spots.  Danielle Smith (Tenspeed Hero) finally got her win that she’d been hunting for after a couple 2nd place finishes in earlier in the season.  In case you didn’t catch it from race announcer Todd Busteed as she crossed the line, Danielle just got married 2 days earlier!  Joseph Maloney (KS Energy Services / Team Wisconsin), a familiar face by now, won his 3rd race in the series putting him in 2nd in the overall standing in only 3 starts. Another result of note comes from the lower cats, Federico Rios, won the men’s 4s last week, upgraded mid week and then won the 3s Sunday, not a bad start to his season. In case you haven’t seen it yet, John Gatto has put together some great videos after each race.  See this Sunrise Park’s edition here.

– We are aware of some issues with the results between what One2Go emailed/tweeted and what was posted to USAC / CrossResults. We will have the results corrected by Wednesday at the latest. The full lap time report is here thanks to One2Go Event Services.

– Next up, the CCC heads a bit farther west for Campton Cross hosted by Bicycle Heaven and ROK Coaching. Halloween is this Friday, so save some candy for Sunday and bring your “A” game costumes. We can’t wait to see what Tony Reinks has in store for us this year! Look for the course preview on Thursday at the regular time.

– If you need moar CX racing, head on down to Peoria this Saturday for Wildlife Spooky CX. Proceeds help little furry animals. Part of the HICX series.

– And finally… a heads up that the Mid West Regional CX Championships (MWRCXC ) will be held 12/14/2014 at the John Ball Park at 1300 W Fulton Grand Rapids, MI 49504. The event will be hosted by Tailwind Racing and they have decided to stage the Men 1/2/3 (top 20), Women 1/2/3 (top 20) and Masters (top 8) based on USAC points. The other categories will be staged based on pre-reg order. Online registration opens this Friday, October 31st at 10am on USACycling.org. The race flyer is here

Tuesday CCC Updates

Photo: Snowy Mountain Photography

– Thanks again to Jeff Provisor and the entire Main St Bikes/Sasquatch Squadron for hosting yet another great addition of Carpenter Park CX this past weekend. Barriers, creeks, moguls even a petting zoo, Carpenter Park had it all. It was another sunny Sunday, a little crisp in the morning but warmed up nicely to the mid 50’s by the elite races.  Kelli Richter (PSIMET Racing) won the women’s elite race over Emma Swartz who won in week 2.  This gives Kelli her 2nd win in 4 races, widening her overall series lead over Sarah Szefi, also of PSIMET racing.  In the men’s race Joseph Maloney (KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin) continues to make the most of his appearances in the CCC by winning his 2nd race in as many appearances.  David Reyes (Heritage) hangs onto the overall lead with another consistent podium finish. Results were uploaded to USAC & CrossResults and Overall standings were updated Sunday night.

– Next Sunday the CCC series heads slightly South to Sunrise Park in Bartlett, hosted by Athletes By Design and uber CX racer/fan Jim Nowak. Look for the course preview at the regular time on Thursday.

– Speaking of Sunrise Park… remember if you want to take half your CCC series points with you to the next category you must upgrade before Sunday’s race. And by before we don’t mean Saturday night. So get your upgrade requests into USAC now through the USAC website since there is absolutely no glory in sandbagging (looking at you Cat 3’s and Cat 4’s). Also note that we do review each week’s results and will be alerting the USAC upgrade coordinator concerning mandatory upgrades.

– The weather was a little less ideal, but a good size contingent of Chicagoland dirtbags were down at Big Marsh having a time this past Saturday. Read all about it on The Bonebell.

– Here’s some exciting news for Junior racers at the State Championships at Montrose Harbor. Thanks to some behind-the-scenes work by The Chicago Cuttin’ Crew, the Pony Shop, Ten27 Cycling Club, Spidermonkey Cycling, and the Illinois Cycling Association the event will award expanded age group champion jerseys. All the same rules apply (riders must hold an annual license, be an Illinois resident, and US citizen… races must have a 3 person IL podium, etc) and riders will be staged the same as other CCC races (i.e. Jr 15-18 and Jr 9-14)…. but jerseys will be awarded to both boys and girls in age groups 9-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. So giddy up and get ready to race in December!

– Speaking of Championships… Pro Bike Express is offering their “Pro Not Bro Service” at Cyclocross Nationals in Austin. This year PBE has limited the number of riders they will support, so space is limited. Register Early and “Travel Like You Train…” For more information please contact Wesley Smith/Pro Bike Express: reservations@probikeexpress.com Registration is up on the website: www.probikeexpress.com

– A quick note on Waitlists. If you reg for a waitlist on BikeReg your credit card is NOT charged right away. You may see an authorization transaction on your credit card statement, but you are NOT actually being charged. If a spot opens up in the race before race day (i.e. a kind soul emails the race promoter and tells them they won’t be able to make it) riders will be transferred into the race based on their reg day/time. At this point only will your credit card be charged. So if you show up to the race and haven’t received an email through BikeReg stating you made it into the race… you are not yet in the race and your credit card has not be charged.

– And finally… remember all of this CX pedal biking stuff is just for fun, so tell your family, friends, mechanic, photographer, cat, race course designer, dog, pet turtle, GoPro drone pilot, etc, etc, etc… that you love them every day before its too late.

Tuesday CCC Updates

Baumann leads Reyes

Photo: Ben Laforce

– Thanks to Beverly Bike-VeePak for another great Dan Ryan Woods event. In the third race of the series we once again saw huge fields thanks in part to racers commuting from out of state.  That was pretty much the story in the elite ranks as both our men’s and women’s top races had out-of-towners take the top spot.  In the Cat 1/2/3 race Sven Baumann (Wolverine Sports Club) of Michigan escaped in the later laps of the race after a tight race with David Reyes (Heritage) to take the win with Michael Dutczak (SCW) in 3rd.  In the women’s elite field Samantha Schneider (Tibco/To the Top) from Milwaukee won her field with plenty of time to look around in front of Kelli Richter (PSIMET) in 2nd and sister Skylar Schneider (Tibco/To the Top) in 3rd. BBVP changed things up a bit in the course design, but returned with their infamous half barriers, this time adding a long jump contest to the last barrier to add even more excitement for the spectators.  There were plenty of records broken as the day went on along with plenty of crashes as racers went for it. Full results are on USAC and all pre-reg’d riders were emailed results and lap times immediately after their race thanks to One2Go Event Services. Overall standings are updated here.

– Next up the CCC series heads NorthWest to Carpenter Park in Carpentersville. Look for the regular course update on Thursday but in the mean time read the static preview here.

– Remember the CCC series is only 11 races this year, so please do not show up at the Golf Farm in Wauconda on Saturday. Enjoy the day off, or better yet go check out the Big Marsh. This Saturday The Bonebell and SRAM are putting on the Big Marsh Mashdown, an informational event geared toward showing riders around the Big Marsh Bike Park Project. The day kicks off with tours of the site to learn about the eco-restoration effort and development plans for a world-class bike park on Chicago’s southeast side. Tours are free, open to the public and attendees have the option of a 10 a.m. hiking tour or 11 a.m. biking tour. After the tours everyone is invited to join in the afternoon’s three fun, casual races, which are each open to all skill levels and all off-road bicycles. Race proceeds will benefit Friends of Big Marsh. Registration for tours and races closes Thursday at noon, but walk-ins are welcome Saturday morning. More information will be posted on The Bonebell throughout the week.

– A gentle reminder about pre-riding the course. If you are not racing, you should not be on the course until given the okay by the chief USAC ref. And after given the okay you may only enter the course past the finish line and even more importantly do not ever, ever, ever ride in front of racer still racing. This is especially important during the designated course preview before the Cat 3 race. The Women Cat 4’s and Junior 9-14’s are still finishing up their race, so please for the love of all that is good and green on this earth, do not ride in front of that last Junior who is finishing up his/her race.

– And finally… let’s have a short chat about alcohol. Its great that this year we have plenty of free flowing beer from Lagunitas, Goose Island, Half Acre, etc… but please remember that part of drinking that sweet nectar responsibly is NOT providing it to anyone at an event who is underage, on the course or off. We know giving a beer handup sounds like a great idea but we can all get in a lot of trouble if those suds end up in the hands of someone under 21 years old. Many times in the excitement of the moment riders will grab whatever you are dangling out in front of them even if they have no idea what it is. Think about it this way, if someone is handing up a Twizzler or Twinkie or bacon… or a bacon wrapped Twizzler filled Twinkie the rider knows for sure what that is. If they are handing up a bottle or cup with no label… they have no idea. Therefore it is incumbent upon you, the handup-er to be aware of who the handup-ee is, and more importantly, their age. If you really want to give a great handup, especially to a junior, break out the lincolns, hamiltons, jacksons, grants, or benjamins! And for all riders, don’t just grab the first thing someone dangles in your face. Be smart and think about what you are doing, or better yet… keep riding your arse off. This is a race after all, not just a party.


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