RACE #3

Dan Ryan Woods

Date

October 9, 2016

Registration

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Organized By

Beverly Bike Vee-Pak

2016 Dan Ryan Woods Preview

October 6, 2016

This weekend is the 8th year Beverly Bike*VeePak is bringing you some fun adventures on Chicago’s Southside!  It’s stop #3 of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup (CCC) at Dan Ryan Woods-CCC#3.

  • On Sunday for all PRE-REGISTERED racers, BBVP has once again graciously contracted some good eats for all of our racers. This year we are trying something fun and new. We will be offering a Taco Bar with beef, turkey, and bean options. BBVP is again covering all of this food… so preregister and ENJOY! Tickets will be stapled to your bib #’s for redemption. Do not lose the ticket and if you enjoy it, make sure to tip your cooks.
  • Water: BBVP will NOT be supplying water (saving the world with less plastic). There are two water fountains on site, but please bring your own hydration.
  • For the 4th year in a row (for this event) One2Go Event Services will be with us for professional timing and results. All preregistered riders (with valid email addresses included in their BikeReg profiles) will receive race results and lap times for via email shortly following their finish. Riders MUST be preregistered to enjoy this feature. Results will also be tweeted by @One2Go_Results on twitter following each event.  Bib numbers (always) go on your LEFT SIDE! Failure to follow properly place bib #’s risk you not being scored and potentially a $20 fine. Live scoring of the races will be found at www.livelynxresults.com.
  • Don’t know if your email address is correct in BikeReg? Use the “Edit Entry” link in the “My BikeReg” section of your BikeReg.com rider profile.
  • Parking: Parking is free, and the best spots are off of the 8500 S Western Ave entrance to the park… follow parking lot to the South.
  • The Chicago Marathon is again being run on Sunday so please plan your travel times to and from the race accordingly.
  • Online pre-registration on BikeReg.com closes TONIGHT. Please remember on-site registration closes 30 minutes prior to each race’s scheduled start time. All bib #’s must be picked up prior to registration closing so please be timely and considerate to all those you race with and DO NOT show up 15 minutes before your race expecting to still get in, even if you preregistered. Your numbers must be picked up no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of your race. We will be doing a hard cut off 30 minutes prior to handle any waitlists. If you’re late, you go to the end of the wait list. No exceptions so come early and get your numbers!
  • For 2016, we have rented out the pavilion/chalet and we will be hosting registration inside. Please allow yourselves a few extra minutes to safely make your way from parking to the pavilion to get your bib numbers.
  • For the kiddies…  kids under 9 years old should come to the main viewing area of the race on Sunday at 11:40 am for a free prize from Beverly Bike & Ski Shop.
  • Weather looks great with 100% chance of awesome.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here by Saturday.
  • Forgot to pick up your payout from Hopkins Park? Winnings can be picked up at Comrade Cycles 1908 W. Chicago Ave, and at Dan Ryan Woods on Sunday.
  • The Course: Runs counter-clockwise. The course will once again be offering a little something for everyone. It will have straightaway power sections, hills (and we do mean hills), technical turn sections, and the infamous bunny hops will be transformed into something magical this year. Energy management will be key. Bring your awesomeness!

2015 Dan Ryan Woods Preview

October 8, 2015

UPDATE: We need a little help… If you are a pro/semi-pro photographer, available to shoot this Sunday, have more than an iPhone 6s, and want your work showcased on the most visited international cyclocross cyber-site in zipcodes starting with “606”, please contact us ASAP!

  • This weekend Beverly Bike*VeePak is bringing you some fun adventures to Chicago’s Southside!
  • Additional details can always be found on the preview page.
  • Preliminary staging for Sunday’s CCC event will be posted here. If you recently upgraded and are eligible to take 1/2 your points with you, please email us at ChicagoCrossCup at gmail so we can update our records. Staging for Saturday’s Beverly HILLS race will follow CrossResults.com rankings and will be posted here.
  • Afternoon of Cross: A fun preview of Sunday’s full day of racing. Check out the Bunny Hop Challenge at 3:15 pm. You must sign up and sign a waiver to participate. Highest jumper gets $25!
  • This Sunday stop #3 of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup (CCC) heads to Chicago’s Southside at Dan Ryan Woods-CCC#3.
  • Food: Make sure to bring snacks to get you through on Saturday. We will not have food or water on hand for the Saturday afternoon cross races.
  • On SUNDAY for all PREREGISTERED racers, BBVP has once again graciously contracted some good eats for all of our racers. This year we are bringing back free made to order crepes from culinary and pastry students from Kennedy-King College and Le Cordon Bleu. We will have two kinds: Sweet and Savory. Sweet includes bananas and Nutella. Savory includes ham and cheese. BBVP is paying for all of this food… so preregister and ENJOY! Tickets will again be stapled to your bib #’s for redemption at the crepe station. Do not lose the ticket and if you enjoy it, make sure to tip your chefs. We do not expect to have more than preregistered quantities so preregister NOW.
  • Water: BBVP will NOT be supplying water (saving the world with less plastic). There are two water fountains on site, but hydration by riders should be planned for by bringing fluids with.
  • Beer: Again this year, BB*VP has teamed up with Imperial Oak Brewery. In doing so, we will be offering the first 320 preregistered riders – aged 21 or over of course – one free beer coupon. They are valid while supplies last at the venue.
  • For the 3rd year in a row One2Go Event Services is here for professional timing and results. All preregistered riders (with valid email addresses included in their BikeReg profiles) will receive race results and lap times for their race via email shortly following their race. Riders MUST be preregistered to enjoy this feature. Results will also be tweeted by @One2Go_Results following each event.  Your #’s go on your left SIDE! Failure to follow properly place bib #’s risk you not being scored and potentially a $20 fine. Live scoring of the races can be found at www.livelynxresults.com.
  • Parking: Parking is free, and the best spots are off of the 8500 S Western Ave entrance to the park… follow parking lot to the South.
  • The Chicago Marathon is being run on Sunday so please plan your travel times to and from the race accordingly.
  • Online pre-registration on BikeReg.com closes TONIGHT. Please remember on-site registration closes 30 minutes prior to each race’s scheduled start time. All bib #’s must be picked up prior to registration closing so please be timely and considerate to all those you race with and DO NOT show up 15 minutes before your race expecting to still get in, even if you preregistered. Your numbers must be picked up no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of your race. We will be doing a hard cut off 30 minutes prior to handle waitlists. If you’re late, you go to the end of the wait list. No exceptions so come early and get your numbers!
  • Weather looks great with 100% chance of awesome.
  • The Course: Runs counter-clockwise. The course will once again be offering a little something for everyone. It will have straightaway power sections, hills (and we do mean hills), technical turn sections, and the infamous bunny hop barriers will be back. Energy management will be key. Bring your awesomeness!

 

Bunny Hoppit

October 7, 2015

Bunny hopping is a huge skill to possess in any cycling sport.  This is obvious when it comes to BMX, cyclocross and mountain bike racing.  Road racing not so much, but it can save your @$$ when things go haywire.  It is a learned skill involving a few important steps with a bit of body English mixed in.  Not everyone will be able to perfect their technique to the point of being able to sky over the barriers.  We can all learn to hop over roots, rocks, curbs and small barriers (Indian Lakes, Campton CX and Dan Ryan Woods) to save the tubulars and maintain momentum.

Take it in a few steps, and best to practice on a nice soft grass surface:

  1. Coil by crouching your legs and arms down a bit, like a cat.
  2. Unleash the coil so that your back goes back up and your arms and legs straighten out. Once your front wheel is at least as high as the object you’re going to clear, your arms should be almost completely extended (straight).
  3. Lift the front end of the bike just a little bit more by slightly coiling your arms again.
  4. Unload the weight on your back wheel by coiling your legs up toward your body slightly while pushing the front end of the bike by simultaneously straightening your arms.

This is a tough thing to describe and so here is a good video as well:

It’s more of a teeter-totter action, as if you have an invisible fulcrum beneath your bottom bracket.  Be careful on the landing to not come down with too much weight on either wheel so that you don’t damage the rim or tire.  It takes a bit of finesse which can only be gained through repetition.

Practice the two main steps one at a time.  The coil and subsequent unleashing by popping your upper body up to get the front wheel up is one step.  The second is un-weighting the back wheel.  If you can do those two steps, and neither is very difficult, you have it in you to catch some air sans-lip.  Work on each individually, over and over again.

Once each is comfortable put the two steps together.  Jump a small stick at first and slowly move up as you become more proficient.  The best set up we’ve come up with at TBC is a garden stick as you’d use to prop up wilted plants and two of the plastic course marking stakes that we use on our CCC courses.  You can buy these at pretty much any hardware store.  Position two marking stakes with the tabs on the side farthest from you.  Place the garden stick on the tabs at the appropriate height.  If you hit the stick it will harmlessly fall to the ground and you can keep upping the ante tab by tab.  It’s a very safe set up that still adds some pressure to your situation.

Good luck, take it slowly and safely and have fun out there!

Rob Kelley

Director of Coaching

Training Bible Cycling