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CCC Tuesday Updates – 20190702

July 2, 2019
  • A bunch of updates below about the upcoming season, so buckle up and please help spread the word.
  • Each year the CCC looks to implement small changes where we can to improve everyone’s racing experience.
    • As a way to achieve that goal and achieve parity between the Women and Men Cat 4/5 fields, this year we’re splitting the Women Cat 4/5 and Junior 9-14 categories into their own races. This also allows us to add a Women Masters 35+ field that will race with the Women Cat 4/5 for 30 minutes.
    • The Junior 9-14‘s will race by themselves, and this year we’ll try a straight 2 laps instead of 20 minutes. The time on course should be about the same (yes slower juniors may be finished at 1 lap on longer/harder courses) and since every.junior.ever. and their parents always ask us on the start line how many laps, we figured we’d make it easier on everyone. Is your young shredder not tired enough on the ride home? Remember younger juniors can always race up in age and can line up against the Juniors 15-18’s earlier in the day.
    • Splitting the Women and Juniors will also increase rider safety. The Women Cat 4/5 and the Junior 9-14 are two of the quickest growing fields in the series with some of the widest range in ability. Separating them will allow both fields to develop and flourish.
  • So you’re probably wondering where we found another 30 minutes of daily light to fit in another starting wave? To accomplish this we will start the race day 30 minutes earlier, at 8:00am. So masters will need to set their alarm clocks a little earlier.
  • Speaking of Masters… since the 45+ field has continued to grow while the 35+ has gotten a little smaller, we’re moving the 55+ F.O.G. to start right behind the 35+ at 8am to have a more even number of riders on course at the same time. This also helps out One2Go so they don’t have to score 3 start waves of multiple fields on course at the same time.
  • Even though we’re starting the racing earlier Registration will still open at 7am. However, unless the race has a huge reg staff, the first 30 minutes will be limited to the 35+ and 55+ until registration closes for those races. This will give the 45+ Masters a reason to set up the team tents.
  • The schedule page is updated with Race Day start times, so please adjust your schedules accordingly. Kenny will of course be back again announcing the entire series and is working on a master plan to make sure everyone gets their 15 seconds of podium fame. It might take us the first race or two to really dial everything in, so please work with us and pay attention.
  • Not a change, but the CCC is officially beginning its annual sponsorship drive. If you’d like to be involved with the Best Amateur CX Series in the Country, drop us an email and let’s figure out a way we can partner together.
  • Not sure how we didn’t mention this already, but the Montrose Harbor finalé race will also serve as the USAC CX Midwest Regional Championships. More details to come.
  • And finally… it is with great sadness we have to let you know that the Svens are not coming this year. Due to scheduling conflicts and a few minor races in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Belgium, Sven and Sven won’t be able to stop in at the hottest hotbed of hot CX hot that is Chicago. When you think about it, it really is their loss! Now, if we only had other European born CX professional in the area who could pick up the slack…

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CCC Tuesday Updates – 20190625

June 25, 2019
  • Oh hi there friends! Did you miss us? Expect regular (or at least quasi-regular) updates here until the series starts in September.
  • Its June which means we’re finally digging ourselves out of the CCC evile lair and ramping up for the 2019 season. Actually, the cave flooded and our landlord said we had to vacate while the repairs were being done. Anyway…
  • We hope you’ve had a good Spring and are getting on with Summer. September will be here before you know it (only 3 months away) and we’ll all be hanging out again next to the tape and in pop-up tents.
  • More details to come very soon concerning the 2019 season, but the schedule page is updated with fairly certain dates and tentative locations for the series. Remember as always anything can change with venues so keep an eye on that page and we’ll do our best to update you here on the main page with additional updates.
  • We put our heads together with all the race directors over the winter and decided on a few tweaks to the race day schedule. We’ll have a final update concerning those changes next week, but women, juniors, and masters should pay attention.
  • Remember that USAC CX National Championships have been moved back to December starting this year, so if you’re thinking about going you’ll need to make travel for Tacoma this December 2019.
  • And speaking of Nationals… if you haven’t heard, USAC CX National Championships for next year (2020) will be held here in Wheaton next December 2020 at DuPage County’s Cantigny Park. So get ready and giddy up!
  • And finally… remember this year the Illinois State CX Championships will be hosted by Psimet and held Saturday 11/09/19 in Woodstock, IL, the day before Groundhog Cross, and on a different course.
  • Its going to be a great CX season and we’re looking forward to seeing you all out at the races!

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CCC Tuesday Updates – 20190305

March 5, 2019
  • Quick update for anyone looking to get a head start on the 2019 season, or still holding on a little too tightly to the 2018 season.
  • We’ll be hibernating in the CCC evile lair until at least May, but our friends out in Rockford are already out of their dens and getting after it, hosting their Spring CX series again. Check out info, dates, etc. below and on the newly updated BikeReg.com and give their races a try if you’re so inclined.
Screw City Cyclocross Classic – Sunday, March 24, 2019
Atwood Park. Map at https://goo.gl/rhuWfX
Return to the Hills Cross Race – Saturday, Apr 6, 2019
Alpine Hills Adventure Park. Map at https://goo.gl/BMRt6h
Another Dam Cross Race – Saturday, April 20, 2019
Reuben Aldeen Park Dam. Map at https://goo.gl/NJY1i3

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CCC Frozen Updates – 20190130

January 30, 2019
  • Hi everyone, normally we’d hope you were outside enjoying your bicycles, but today and tomorrow… please, please, please stay inside. You can’t ride this weekend if your body and bike are frozen. Stay warm and safe!
  • Just a reminder that this weekend are the 2019 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Bogense Denmark. We’re sure a few places around town will be hosting viewing parties. Leave comments below if you know where or with whom. Enjoy the racing and almost the end to the CX season. Believe it or not there are still seven more UCI races after the World Champs.
  • And finally… George Armstrong has completed his portraits from Montrose and emailed riders individually. If you haven’t received your images or just want to see what the portraits and podiums look like, check them out here in this Google Drive folder.  If you still can’t find your image but remember George taking them, email him at [email protected].

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CCC Tuesday Updates – 20190108

January 8, 2019
  • LAST CALL!!! The end of season awards party will be held this Saturday 1/12/2019 from 6-9pm at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse. Join us! We’ll have food & drinks and prizes provided by Cowbell.com, SRAM, Pactimo, FormMount, Abus, Main St Bikes, Rapha, and more.
  • And finally… please RSVP! Tacos from Big Star and beers from Half Acre and Miller are on us but we need an accurate head count.

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CCC Tuesday Updates – 20190101

January 1, 2019
  • Happy New Year!!! We hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season and new year!
  • We’ll be hosting the end of season awards party at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse on Saturday 1/12/2019 at 6pm. Please join us and the overall series winners to celebrate the 2018 Chicago Cyclocross Cup season and start talking about the 2019 season. We’ll have overall series winner prizes, door prizes, and food & drinks. No cover charge, but please RSVP so we know how many tacos to order and beers to crack open.
  • You may remember we had George Armstrong at Montrose taking portraits and podium photos. George had a busy holiday season but should have those photos ready soon. Look for a link here on the site in the very near future.
  • And finally… Thanks again to everyone who donated money throughout the season to our series causes. On 12/31/18 we donate $800 each to Blackstone Bicycle Works, West Town Bikes, and Big Marsh. A dollar or two here and there may seem small to some of us, but when added up and combined with many others it can make a huge difference for the people involved with these groups. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

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CCC Tuesday Updates – 20181218

December 18, 2018
  • Congrats to everyone who traveled to Louisville, KY last week and over the weekend to race at the USA Cycling National Championships. The conditions were absolutely brutal with lots of mud and rain, but that didn’t stop several CCC’ers from having some fun and racking up some great results in the process. Special congratulations to Emiliano Arteaga for hitting the podium in 3rd in the Boys Junior 11-12 year old race on Saturday. Full results are here and we’re anticipating photos over on SnowyMountain.
  • Well, that’s it for cyclocross racing here in the states. However there’s plenty of racing through the end of January in Europe though. We’ll mostly be shutting down the updates here on the site, but we’ll be sure to use Twitter for any exciting updates we think you may be interested in.
  • We wish everyone a merry holiday season and happy new year. Please travel and ride safe and we’ll see you again in 2019!
  • And finally… and speaking of things you may be interested in and 2019… we’ll be hosting the end of season awards party at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse on Saturday 1/12/2019 at 6pm. No tickets, no entry fee, no sit down dinner, no staging grid. Just some good times hanging out with CX minded people, without bikes. Come hang out with us, Kenny, and the overall series winners to celebrate another great Chicago Cyclocross Cup season. We’ll have food, dranks, cowbells, overall series winner prizes, and door prizes. Please be sure to RSVP so we know how many tacos and beers to bring.

CCC Tuesday Updates – 20181211

December 11, 2018
  • Looks like Afterglow was a another success with lots of fun racing and it all going to several great causes. Also, the Slurpee podium “medals” were fantastic. Not that they really matter, but results are here. Thanks to everyone who raced and came out to support Blackstone Bikes and West Town Bikes.
  • Speaking of, we’re still tallying all the donations made through the season and will make our series donation to Blackstone Bikes, West Town Bikes & Big Marsh before the end of the year. THANK YOU to everyone who donated to such worthy causes.
  • Several Chicago area riders also traveled up to WI the day before on Saturday to race at the Midwest Regional CX Championships and brought home jerseys. Congrats to Jordan Austin (Jr Women 15-18), Danny Warner (Masters 55+), & Jacob Huizenga (Single Speed). Full results are here.
  • The Chicagoland CX season is done for the year, but there’s still one big race left. USAC CX National Championships start today (Tuesday) in Louisville, KY. Good luck to everyone traveling to race. We’ll try to keep up with results on Twitter and retweet results with CCC participants on the podium. Kenny has already put together a crib sheet of riders and start times in the comments here.
  • Speaking of being done, congrats to all the riders who earned their USAC CX category upgrades. Yes, we see all those and we’re excited to see several riders upgrading right after Montrose. Good luck and we’ll see you in the next category in 2019. Kenny is already writing his race commentary notes.
  • Speaking of next season, please keep those comments & suggestions emails coming. We can’t promise we’ll make all the changes everyone wants, but we want to hear from you.
  • And finally… Please mark you calendars for Saturday January 12th around 6pm when we’ll be having the our Series Awards Party. We’re finally finalizing the final details but we’re changing things up this year with a new date, time, location, and less formal format so more people can attend. No tickets, no dinner, but still the same good company, conversation, and cheer. And of course cow bells, clean jerseys, and awards for our series winners and door prizes even if you didn’t win an overall jersey. More details to come next week.

CCC Tuesday Updates – 20181204

December 4, 2018
  • Oh man, was that yet another exciting Montrose Harbor / Illinois State CX Championship or what?? So many great races, so many stories to tell, so many state jerseys and series overall titles that went down to the wire. We hope you all had as much fun racing and riding as we did watching it all unfold. All the links for all the results you are looking for are at the bottom of the page here. Overall series and state champ winners are all listed here.
  • There are a limited amount of Montrose posters still available (we realize some people did not want to deal with artwork in the mud). Also a couple prize checks were not picked up. Email [email protected] for info on both.
  • If your bike touched the ground at Montrose, make sure to get it cleaned up before heading to the next race or hanging it up for the season. We’re sure every local shop has specials going on right now. Series sponsor The Pony Shop let us know they have a deal right now that completely tears down your bike to the frame, waxes the frameset, cleans all parts in our safe ultrasonic cleaner, repacks or replaces all bearings, cables, tape, and hydro fluid. Perfect for Road, cyclocross, and mountain bikes. The complete overhaul is 200.00 plus parts. All parts are 10% off with the special.
  • While the CCC season may be over we still have some end-of-the-year things to do:
    • First, while its still fresh in your head, drop us an email and let us know how we can make the series better next year. We’re always looking for ways to make the CCC the Best Amateur CX Series in the Country.
    • B. We’ll have our awards party in January, probably the 2nd or 3rd weekend. We’re still working out the details, so stay tuned.
    • III. We are still collecting donations for our series causes, Blackstone Bikes, West Town Bikes, and Big Marsh. If you’d like to make a donation through the series send us and email, or you can donate directly through the links above.
  • Speaking of West Town and Blackstone, this coming Sunday the last CX race in the Chicagoland area takes place at Afterglow, hosted by the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew and back in Douglas Park. Come out and race, have a great time, and support the youth of Chicago.
  • If you’re looking for something more racey, racey… the MidWest Regional CX Championships hosted by L5 Racing are being held the day before on Saturday up in Sun Prairie, WI.
  • And speaking of Championships, the USA Cycling National CX Championships are being held next week in Louisville, KY. Good luck to everyone heading down to race.
  • And finally… with the holiday season coming up very soon, if you have the means, please support our series sponsors when purchasing gifts for your loved ones.

CCC Tuesday Updates – 20181127

November 27, 2018
  • We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend and had a chance to catch up and spend time with your family and loved ones.
  • Our man with the mic Kenny Labbé went to Region Riot CX with Torch and even though he was off the clock, he still tweeted out pics of all the podiums. Congrats to everyone who raced and kept the engine running.
  • Next up, the CCC finishes up with the grand finalé and Illinois State Championship at Montrose Harbor. Just like every year, let’s make a day of it. Come out early, stay late, and let’s finish up the series in style.
  • Spidermonkey Cycling is continually adding information about #MontroseCX to its landing page, but look for the full race preview here on Thursday.
  • Please help Rapha Chicago plan for the number pick-up party refreshments by RSVP’ing. Also note that you will not be able to register at the Rapha party, but still can on race day. But register online now to avoid the hassle!
  • Parking spots at Montrose are going fast. We will try to accommodate paying for parking on race day, but guarantee a close spot by adding to your checkout when you register on BikeReg by Thursday night.
  • At Montrose we’ll have George Armstrong taking rider portraits (for free). George was at the Intelligentsia Cup this summer and you can check out his work here.
  • While the series will be over and the series overall winners will be determined on Sunday, we’re going to push the end of season awards party back until after the holidays (final date TBD). With USAC CX National Championships being held 12/11 – 12/16 in Louisville there just aren’t enough weekend hours to fit it all in before the holidays. We’ll look to have they party sometime in January, perhaps somewhere in the city. More details as soon as we figure them out.
  • And finally… while the 2018 CCC series racing will be over after Sunday there’s still one very important (perhaps the MOST important) CX event… Afterglow – AlterNats! This year the event returns to Douglas Park Sunday on 12/9/18 and online pre-reg is now open. Be there!

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