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2019 Illinois State CX Championship Preview

November 6, 2019

Reminder this is the 2019 Illinois State CX Championship. You can’t be the best in the state unless you win this Saturday.

The race is being brought to you by Keating Law Offices. Keating Law Offices represents victims of bicycle crashes and the bicycle community throughout Illinois.

The race is not a part of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup so your series points won’t be impacted. It also means that staging will be done solely by CrossResults.com ranking. Preliminary staging will be posted here.

Schedule times are the same as the CCC Series, but there are more podiums and State Championships. Example: there will be a Women’s 45+ and 55+ State Championship as well as a Men’s 65+. State Championships are awarded in every category listed on the flyer as long as 3 Illinois residents compete. Must be an Illinois Resident in order to win a State Championship.

Kids Race hosted by Parker and Andrew Curtis will be at 2pm. Competitors will be asked to (have a parent or guardian) sign a waiver and will receive hot chocolate after the race. Ask at Registration for the location of the race but fill out the waiver at the kids race itself.

In order to cut down on traffic issues in the pits – Pit Passes WILL be presented and required during the Women Cat 1/2 & W3/4 and Men Cat 1/2/3. You can have a maximum of 2 per rider. Ask for passes at registration. No one will be allowed in the pits during those races without a pit pass.

We will also be attempting to have business cards available at registration that you can take and give to any local business you visit while in Woodstock. It’s a little way of letting them know the race is what brought you into their city.

If all goes according to plan, Results from Saturday will be uploaded and impact CXR points and staging for Sunday’s race. This may not happen, but at worst your result from Saturday will not negatively affect you Sunday staging.

Location: Emricson Park – 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098

There will be a cut off for Junior 9-14 and no 2 lap cap on them (meaning they might do 3).

Food: Duke’s Blue’s and BBQ – http://dukes-blues-n-bbq.com/ – will be out again this year for both days serving tasty delicious BBQ.

You can park anywhere in the confines of the park as long as it is in a parking space. Teams may offload and set up in multiple locations but a section near what will most likely turn into tent city will be open for drop off. Simply drop and move the vehicle when you can. The road through the park will be closed at the bottom of heckle Hill as well as the top. If you enter from South Street you can still park in the lower lots. Otherwise you can enter from either of the 2 North via Kishwaukee Valley Rd / Jackson St.

Registration will be in the parking spots adjacent to the top of Heckle Hill.

Absolutely no vehicles on the grass at any time. This is the biggest requirement of the venue. Any vehicle on the grass can and will be ticketed.

This park has “always” had a “no alcohol” policy. So when you bring in 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’re a drinking series with a cycling problem if there aren’t a lot of juice boxes laying around.

Social Media Tags: #ilcxchamps #psicx

Course: While PSIMET’s intention was to run the same course as the preview race last year they found that the venue, like most others this year, is too at risk because of water to allow them to use the same layout. Instead the course will be vastly superior and will remind many of some of the better Woodstock courses of the past. Included is lots of off camber riding and turns, Heckle Hill with a twist, new and challenging routes through the woods, flowing lines through the ancient tent city area, and more climbing than you can shake a stick at. The sand is flooded as are the routes to and from it that feature has been a last minute removal from the course

CCC Tuesday Updates – 20191105

November 5, 2019
  • Another Halloween and another great Campton Cross. Thanks to everyone who braved the cold temps in the morning, the mud throughout the day, the wind in the afternoon, and the spooky costumes all day long to race, cheer, really cheer, find their friends, and give muddy hugs!
  • Links to all Results are here.
  • Pics from SnowyMountain Photography and Mike Nauman are up.
  • Next up, racing takes us to Woodstock for the Keating Law Offices Illinois State Cyclocross Championships presented by PSIMET Custom Wheels and Begyle Brewing Co. This race is not part of the CCC series, but obviously guaranteed to be rad. Please make sure to read the event notes over here on BikeReg. Look for a special course preview tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. You may remember PSIMET coordinated the third race of the series at Indian Lakes (the 3rd time), and they are also hosting…
  • The 7th race of the series Groundhog PSI-clocross takes place this coming Sunday, also at Emrickson Park in Woodstock, IL. The usual course preview will be up on Thursday, but you’ll be able to see most, if not all of the course Saturday at the IL State CX Champs.
  • And finally… Get.those.bikes.cleaned.up. Its been a very wet and muddy CX season and we’re barely half way through. Go on git your bikes into your local bike shop and get ’em cleaned up and ready for our first (kind of) double weekend and the rest of the season.

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.

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