RACE #8

Wheeling CX

Date

November 17, 2019

Location

333 W. Dundee Road
Wheeling, IL 60090

Registration

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2019 Wheeling Heritage CX Preview

November 14, 2019
  • If this arctic blast was all just part of Disney’s clever marketing campaign for Frozen 2, consider us impressed. Well played, Disney. As Elsa, Anna, and Olaf prepare to journey into the unknown, we’ll be journeying into cyclocross, hosted by the Northbrook Bicycle Club.
  • Thanks to the Wheeling Park District, the new fitness center addition to the Community Recreation Center provides the backdrop with front row seating (stationary bikes) and standing room only (treadmills and ellipticals), overlooking the course.
  • The center is open to the public. Take the chill off while checking out a pickleball match, but please leave bicycles outside.
  • Please use hashtag #WheelingCX
  • Parking is encouraged in the North parking lot closest to registration, staging, finish, pit, food, and that guy with the magic mic. Please leave the diagonal parking lot in front of the center available for community center patrons. There’s plenty of additional parking near the backside of the course in the West parking lot. Park in the lots only—not on the grass.
  • No drones are permitted in the air within the park due to the proximity of the Chicago Executive Airport-PWK.
  • No kids race is scheduled (keep those kiddos warm), but there’s a brand new playground. Swings, slides, balance features, etc. appropriate for ages 2 to 12. There’s even a two-tiered merry-go-round. Please DO NOT RIDE BICYCLES ON THE PLAYGROUND SURFACE. There will be plenty other surfaces to ride on within the park. Also, please avoid setting up tents in the amphitheater grass to avoid the electrical and irrigation underneath.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here.
  • There are paths for warming up throughout the park. As always, be mindful of pedestrians and other patrons while enjoying the ride.
  • Food: When it comes to food trucks, Mario’s Cart doesn’t play games. Look for it in the North Parking Lot from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They’ll be serving up street tacos, burritos, flautas, fries, nachos, Cuban panini, steak sandwiches, pretzel bites, quesadillas, soda, water, and hot chocolate. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Better wear your bibs (pun intended). They also have a location without wheels on the 2nd floor of Northbrook Court.
  • No alcohol permitted per park rules.
  • Weather:Warmth on the horizon, relatively speaking of course. Cyclocross weather returns.
  • The Course: runs anti-clockwise. Flat at the start and finish, but in between you’ll ride the camber along the pool embankment until you hit the course elevation; enjoy the views of the lake and surrounding areas from the top before heading back. Upon your return, there will be hops of the double bunny varietal (10 IBUs – ten-inch barrier units).

2018 Wheeling Heritage CX Preview

November 8, 2018
  • This Sunday the CCC returns to Wheeling Heritage Park, hosted by the Northbrook Cycling Club.
  • The Wheeling Park District welcomes us back for a day of cyclocross racing. And we are welcome back every other day we aren’t racing too. Check out the events and programs the park district offers throughout the year. Things like kids’ triathlons, free concerts, cultural events, camps, and sports galore. There’s even one called Wine and Yoga. It could be the greatest mashup to happen since cyclists started riding and running with their bicycles.
  • Preliminary staging will be posted here.
  • Electronic maps will get you closest to your destination by using 105 Community Boulevard, Wheeling. We shouldn’t have to repeat it, but DO NOT GO TO MELAS. Proceed beyond the pool building on the left to the west parking lot on the right. Please keep the angled parking lot closest to the Community Center open.
  • Heritage Park is a no drone zone due to its proximity to the Chicago Executive Airport. The airport code is PWK for those of you trying to inspire a new tire tread with your racing prowess.
  • The pavilion grass loves feet. It can’t stand bicycle tires and it really hates tents. Please don’t make the pavilion grass angry. It has a few picnic tables to share in its company. There are plenty of other open areas along the course for setting up tents.
  • Food and drink. The park district food trailer will be back, taking center stage at the pavilion. No alcohol is allowed per park rules except for purchase. A variety of other food and beverage options will also be available.
  • Weather. The forecast shows a little bit of orange covered by some grayish-white, but temperatures should be unseasonably cool. Okay, cold. Upper 30s, with moderate breezes. Okay, winds. Please monitor the forecast and dress appropriately for conditions.
  • Warming up is sometimes hard to do, but there are paths to ride throughout the park. Many have lake views to make it easier and more enjoyable. As always, be mindful of pedestrians and other patrons of the park. The Community Center building is also open to us. Showers are available, but please do not bring bicycles into the building.
  • Volunteers needed: Robert Paetsch is looking for a few volunteers to help with course set up, marshalling, and repair. Please email him if you’re interested. Volunteers race for free and have lunch provided.
  • The course:
  • Sunday is Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Northbrook Bicycle Club would like to dedicate our day of racing in remembrance of George Garner, Sr. He served in the Marine Corps in the WWII era before opening his first bike shop in 1947 after the war.
  • The course runs clockwise. Flat at the start until it transitions to the southwest corner of the park via the closed-off path, through the table top finish area, over to the course elevation for a couple ascents/descents before an off-camber run around the pool embankment to do it over again and again. There should be a short course option for the Juniors 9-14’s and Cat 4/5’s. Less elevation = more laps.