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2019 Campton Cross Preview

October 31, 2019
  • #CamptonCX is back for its 13th year, brought to you by Team Bicycle Heaven.
  • Campton is one of the original ChiCrossCup races and both a CX AND Halloween celebration.
  • Anderson Park in Campton Township (5N180 Brown Rd, Campton Hills, IL 60175). Need directions? From I-90: Randall Road South, to Rt. 64 West, past LaFox Road, turn right onto Brown Road and park is on your left. There are other Anderson Parks in the Chicagoland area, so please go to the correct one. The map on BikeReg is correct.
  • We’ve been keeping an eye on the park conditions and communicating with the Township… It’s Game On!
  • New Expanded Costume Contest! Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each start wave (combined categories), overall best costume and team category (think Marching Band in 2018).
  • Free T-Shirts at registration.
  • Remember pre-reg on BikeReg closes tonight.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here  on Friday.
  • Kiddie Cross is on at 2pm!
  • Sorry, but NO alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park.
  • Dave’s Slow Food will be serving food this year.
  • Remember Reg closes 30 minutes before the scheduled start of each race. If you’re late, you’re not racing. We’re even giving you an extra hour to sleep this year… again.
  • Please do 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 Great Western trail, which is a great place to warm up. Thank you.
  • Weather; the forecast is in the low 40’s and will be even chillier in the morning… but it looks like the rain will stay away.
  • There is plenty of parking on site. Please do not ride or drive on the grass surrounding the course.
  • Yet another friendly reminder to please remove your bikes, wheels, gear, etc from the pits as soon as you are done racing. There are lots of other racers that need to use the pits after you and due to park constraints Campton’s pit is on the smaller side. Thanks!
  • The course: Running anti-clockwise and very similar to last year. Some of the usual features with some new things to get your attention. This area isn’t call Campton Hills for nuthin’.

CCC Tuesday Updates – 20191029

October 29, 2019
  • Another great weekend hosted by ABD at Sunrise Park. A blue bird sunny day and a completely new course gave us all a little bit of everything… the original Heckle Hill, turns, power sections, dry grass, slippery mud, even a water “feature”. Thanks to everyone who came out to race with us.
  • Links to all results are here.
  • Photos should be up soon from SnowyMountain and Mike Nauman.
  • Next up, the CCC heads a little further West for the 6th stop at Campton Cross which is our traditional Halloween themed race. Will someone or a group of someones be able to top the marching band from last year? We’ll find out on Sunday. The normal course preview will be posted Thursday morning and Reg closes Thursday night.
  • We’ve received comments that some of you are NOT removing your bikes/wheels from the equipment pits after your race. Not all of our pits can be UCI regulation size, so please make a concerted effort to grab your gear from the pits to make room for others racing after you. Thanks!
  • And finally… here’s your friendly mid-season reminder that we’re all just a bunch of local amateurs hanging out in the park on a Sunday riding our bikes around in circles. We can all be competitive, we can all get excited, we can all have opinions. But if you can’t be a positive contributing member of our little CX community (making us all more awesome) without WRITING IN ALL CAPS… then take a week off, calm down, and come back the next week. We’ll still be here racing our bikes and enjoying each other’s company, and we’ll look forward to seeing you again.

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2019 ABD Sunrise Park Preview

October 24, 2019
  • #ABDcx The standard preview page is over here.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here.
  • Remember pre-reg on BikeReg closes tonight.
  • All riders need to show their USAC license at the Reg desk, yes… even if you pre-reg’d and everyone knows who you are. If they ask, you need to show it. Please be nice to the Reg desk volunteers. They are probably someone’s mom or dad and only do this once per year to help make our little races happen. Thanks!
  • 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. See the rules/FAQ page here.
  • 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).
  • PLEASE no parking on grass.
  • North of the Border will be serving Mexican and American w/ veggie options.
  • Kiddie race is at 2pm!
  • Teams can drop tents by using the bike path off Struckman Blvd. Enter the park but then you must park outside the park. Please, thanks!
  • Due to Safety concerns NO TENTS on the Southwest portion of course along bike path. This is marked on the course map in Orange. If you put a tent there you will be kindly asked to move it somewhere else.
  • No alcohol.  Sorry Park rules.
  • Weather forecast is 100% chance of awesome.
  • The Course: Brand new course at this year including; an uphill start/finish, new approach to the original Heckle Hill but with all the classic lines from years past and more, logs and barriers, a choose your own path of adventure. Course runs anti-clockwise.

CCC Tuesday Updates – 20191022

October 22, 2019
  • That was fun!! No rain, no real mud, clear blue sky, temperate temps, and racing at the location we planned. The Main St Bikes Sasquatch Squadron never disappoints and put together another great Carpentersville CX. And you all showed up (largest attendance so far this season) to put on the real show. Thanks and congratulations to everyone who raced, supported, officiated, scored, announced, cheered, spectated, or just showed up to see what this CX thing is all about.
  • Links to all results are here.
  • Photos by SnowyMountain Photography are here. Mike Nauman‘s photos are here.
  • REMEMBER if you upgrade this week (from your USA Cycling profile page) and want 1/2 your CCC series points to follow you to the next category, please contact us at ChicagoCrossCup at gmail by Thursday. We will NOT automatically transfer your points. See the rules/FAQ page here. Also if you have been winning or hitting the podium the first 4 weeks of the series in the Cat 4’s or Cat 3’s, it time to cat up.
  • Next up, the series travels to Bartlett for ABD Sunrise Park CX hosted by Athletes By Design. Check back on Thursday for the regularly scheduled preview or look here now.
  • If you can’t wait until Sunday, our friends up North of the border are hosting their race on Saturday at CrossFire in Sun Prairie. It’s their Halloween race (ours is next week at Campton), and they’ve been kind enough to create the Reg discount code “outofstate” for $10 off for Illinois folks heading north. Online reg closes at midnight on Wednesday.
  • If you didn’t see it on Twitter, CCC super-fan Jordan Morrell put together this handy GoogleMap of self service car washes near all the CCC series events (although he’ll need to add ILR x 3) to wash off your bike, clothes, shoes, dog, etc. Check it out, and thanks Jordan!
  • And finally… Series sponsor ABUS Locks has put together a sweepstakes to raffle off 3 of their sweet, sweet Bordo locks that have been hand painted by the rad folks out in California at Squid Bikes. Even better, the proceeds will benefit our friends at Blackstone Bicycle Works and West Town Bikes. Check it out, drop a few cash dollars and maybe win a fresh new lock. All the details over here: https://go.rallyup.com/abus-lock-raffle

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2019 Carpentersville Preview

October 17, 2019

Welcome back CCC racers.  School may be back in session but 4th period is recess and Professor Provisor has added CX to the list of recess activities.

  • This Sunday’s event, Carpentersville Woodland School Cyclocross p/b the Main Street Bicycles Sasquatch Squadron, will be held once again (God willing) at 770 Navajo Drive in Carpentersville.
  • We don’t want to jinx anything, but the weather has been good all week and we are NOT anticipating yet another venue change. But we also kinda said that last week… so keep your eyes and ears pealed for any last minute updates.
  • That being said, looking for a place to clean your bike? CCC Super Fan Jordan Morrell put today this Google Map of self service car wash stations near all the CCC venues. Thanks Jordan!
  • Hashtag #CarpenterCX
  • Preliminary Staging will be posted here Friday. Please double check your staging.
  • Numbers go on your LEFT SIDE, always in the CCC.
  • Ladies (and some gentlemen), please make sure to have your hair up or in a braid. If your hair is covering your number One2Go can’t score you.
  • Parking: The school has a small lot. We’ve designated two areas that will remain open for tent drop off. Like last year, we ask again that you please do NOT park in these two areas (along the school or in the alley next to the school). See the purple shaded areas on the map. We will have parking volunteers helping to guide folks in the morning. Please be courteous as it is early for them too.
  • Otherwise, 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.
  • Kiddie Cross will be after 1pm. The location will be on the school side. We’ll decide day of depending on where tents are setup.
  • We’ll have the Dave’s Slow Food Truck onsite. They’ll have vegetarian friendly options. They’ll arrive between 10 and 11am. There’s a chance they’ll be around for breakfast but, that’ll be a day of decision on their part.
  • Sorry the Chubby Spud is still missing in action and we do not know where it is.
  • Alcohol is NOT permitted.
  • Weather: Temps have dropping, and there’s some rain in the forecast. Please make sure to bring post race gear to keep warm in. That also means plenty of frost and/or dew on the grass in the morning. So bring a spare pair of dry shoes.
  • Tent City: Same general spots as last year. We’ve got some good spots marked on the map.  It’s worth the hike up to the sandy area. Otherwise, cozy up because we don’t have a ton of space.
  • Course: The course runs Counter Clockwise, essentially reverse direction from last year. The wide-open plains, slippery slopes, verdant forest and sandy (hopefully) beaches return for another year. Our chainsaws, tillers, compactors, shovels, sledge hammers, and leaf blowers came out to play again this year. We’re doing our best to bring difficult but fun features to the CCC while keeping the land owners happy so that we can keep coming back.
  • Don’t forget to keep an eye out for sasquatches around the course because, no matter what, we’re always squatchin’ you.

CCC Tuesday Updates – 20191015

October 15, 2019
  • That’s what we’re talking about! Pulaski Woods CX almost didn’t happen, but everyone made it happen. That was great. You all went above and beyond, and quite frankly that’s pretty much what we’ve come to expect from this little CX community we call home. Oh, and there was some pretty great racing as well. Links to all the results you are looking for are here.
  • SnowyMountain Photography and Mike Nauman were out at the races and snapped some rad pics. Not that you guys were showing off or anything.
  • Next up, we head to Carpentersville for the Woodland School Cyclocross. We’re not going to say it, and you shouldn’t either. Don’t jinx it. Look for the course preview at 9am on Thursday.
  • We’re sure there are some other updates we need to tell you, but we’re exhausted and going to sleep for the next 18 hours.
  • And finally… thank you. Everyone. Every last one of you. You know who you are.

2019 Pulaski Woods Preview

October 10, 2019

UPDATE as of 5:45am Sunday 10/13/2019
Registration is where staging was last week, on the North edge of the driving range. Staging is close to the miniature golf course and hotel. The finish line will be close to where it was last week, near the little pond. Equipment pits are in roughly the same location as last week. Course runs clockwise. PLEASE securely tie down any tents or anything weighing less than a medium size rock, it will be very windy today.

UPDATE as of 6:30pm Friday 10/11/2019
Sign up here to volunteer this Sunday –> https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/3022800/false#/invitation 

UPDATE as of 4:30pm Friday 10/11/2019
The Forest Preserve has (once again) asked us not to hold this Sunday’s race at Pulaski Woods due to today’s rain and still wet ground. Beverly Bike and Region Racing went through 2 backup venues but we have finally secured a race venue (again) at everyone’s favorite CX race site, Indian Lakes Hotel at 250 W Schick Rd Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Course details, registration location, etc. are forthcoming.

Also, Psimet is taking over as the race director for this event. They will need some help tomorrow (Saturday) with course set-up but even more so on Sunday with final set up, course marshals, tear down, etc. We will post a volunteer sign-up link above as soon as it is available.

To make this race happens this weekend it needs to be a truly collaborative CCC community effort. Please help if you can. Feel free to send all emails to [email protected] as Rob and the Psimet crew will be very busy over the next 36 hours.

  • Beverly Bike along with Region Racing present Pulaski Woods as the third stop in our series. The first US National Championships Cyclo-cross Championship were held in these parts back in 1963. See here.
  • Please continue to use the hashtag #drwCX.
  • Weather: The forecast calls for rain on Friday but then clear the rest of the weekend, plus it’s been dry all week. That being said we’ve had a LOT of rain recently and some parts of the park are still a little soggy. A decision will be was made by the Forest Preserve at noon on Friday as to the fate of the race happening at Pulaski Woods. We obviously don’t want to change venues… again… but check back here Friday afternoon and on Twitter for any important venue and/or location change updates. Yes, Beverly and Region have been looking into a backup location. No, that location is NOT Indian Lakes, although if all else fails we can still head back out to Bloomingdale if need be.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here sometime Friday. Please let us know if you see any errors.
  • Keep in mind if you’re viewing the static race venue page we are racing at Pulaksi Woods Lake County Fairgrounds Melas Racin’ Basin Indian Lakes Hotel … NOT Dan Ryan Woods. If you go to Dan Ryan Woods or anywhere else there will NOT be a CX race there.
  • We have series rules concerning upgrades. If you have upgraded in the last week please email us ASAP so we can transfer 1/2 your points to the next category for staging and overall standings.
  • Venue and Parking: Take caution when driving to the parking lots. There is a tricky turn off of 95th and Wolf Road. Be prepared to stop. The majority of parking is at the bottom of the hill closest to registration (Bullfrog). Plenty of parking, please use it. Don’t park on the grass. Plenty of parking at Indian Lakes, please only park in marked spots though.
  • Tent City: your best parking will be at the top of the hill (Pulaski).
    Course space is limited, but we will be taking  full advantage of the hill. Course details TBD.
  • Numbers on left. Everyone must check-in at Registration, even women with series long bib numbers. Otherwise you will not be staged or allowed to race.
  • Food: Jonathan Vota from Picture Me Smokin BBQ will be on-site with his new catering venture. Big Momma’s Kitchen will be on-site around noon with homecooked soulfood goodness.
  • The Chicago Marathon is also being run Sunday morning. See the official site here for info, course maps, and road closures. Please plan your route and timing to the venue accordingly.
  • We have heard stories of the Forest Preserve Police being aggressive in writing tickets. Please make sure your car is parked correctly and badging is up to date. No for sale signs.  Please, no glass bottles. 
  • The course: Runs counterclockwise. This is a new (if you don’t count the 1960’s) venue for everyone, so please be patient with us and give yourself extra time to arrive and figure out where everything is. Course TBD, check back Saturday… maybe.

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