– Congrats to everyone who raced at the USGP of CX in Sun Prairie this past weekend. We saw some great results by CCC regulars and as we said back in August… its going to be a fast season. We also saw the pro races broadcast courtesy of CyclingDirt and VeloNews… so thanks for showing the rest of the country how to properly heckle and disseminate hand-ups.

– Next up the CCC heads to Dekalb, IL for Hopkins Park. The Cat 4A’s AND 4B’s are already full again (we’ll run wait-lists on race day)… but there is still room in all other categories. Look for the course preview on Thursday morning. UPDATE: Promoter Chris Jensen writes in to tell us the payout for the Cat 1/2/3 and Women 1/2/3 races will be doubled. More info on Thursday.

– Did your CX bike get dirty again at the USGP?  2011 CCC Series Title Sponsor Iron Cycles will be running their super duper cleaning special until the weather runs dry.

$45 CX-specific clean includes:
– Chain and cassette removed and cleaned (customer may need a new quick link depending on chain, slight upcharge)
– Bottom bracket and headset bearings cleaned whenever possible (sealed bottom brackets are limited somewhat)
– Clean/true wheels
– Clean frame
– 48-hour turnaround time or less

– Concerning team names, the CCC matches names, team names, etc on your USAC annual license. Please make sure your USAC license number is up to date in your BikeReg.com rider profile… and your team information is correct in the USAC database.

– For all the Juniors (and their parents) and Masters out there… your CX racing age is your age as of 12/31/2012 (the year of CX Worlds Championships). We can switch you to the correct category, but its much easier if you pre-reg for the correct category in the first place.

– If you enjoyed the live video coverage of the USGP in Sun Prairie over the weekend the CCC would like to do something similar. We have some ideas on how to do it but we need some help. If you’d like to help and have the CCC broadcast on the Interwebs please contact us.

– CCC merchandise is for sale on the store page. We have very limited quantities of all items and when they’re sold out… they’re sold out. The t-shirts will be available this weekend at Hopkins Park (and all subsequent races). Please see the Spidermonkeys for your shirt. Shirts will NOT be for sale at the race… you must pre-order here on the CCC site. If you’ve pre-ordered embro we’ll have it for you next weekend at Dan Ryan Woods. Socks will arrive in time for ABD Sunrise Park.

– Project 5 Racing and Chicago Winter Bike Swap invite all women racers and cycling enthusiasts to join them on October 8 for their 4th Annual Ladies Kit Up ‘n Chat Ride. See the flyer here. The ride will rollout at 9:00 am from Twin Lakes Park in Westmont (150 W. 59th St, a couple blocks west of Cass Ave on the north side of 59th St) and will ride 30 miles of trails and suburban roads at a conversational pace before returning to the park for some more chatting and a picnic. Project 5 Racing looks forward to seeing the powerful sight of so many women in a dual pace line rolling down the road! To help with the food count, please RSVP either via email to [email protected] or call 708-772-2087.

– Paul Swinand has CX practice for Juniors. Find more info on FB here.

– Its not quite cyclocross, but our friends at Burnham Racing are hosting their annual Apple Cider Donut World Championship Demilitarized Ride on Saturday October 22nd. Everyone loves a donut right? Please RSVP on their fb page here.

– In case you have been living under a muddy rock for the last few month, the CCC is hosting a UCI level race this year. We need some help with course set-up, crossing marshals, pro-rider translators, snow shovelers, etc, etc, etc. If you’d like to help out or better yet be our volunteer coordinator, please contact us. We will be forever grateful and will certainly make the weekend worth your while with race discounts.

– And finally… we’re experiencing record racer numbers again this year and that’s a lot of bodies to pass through registration. To help our promoters, reg desk volunteers, and officials deal with the volume we absolutely need to close registration for each race 30 minutes prior to its start time. We try not to ask much of all of you (besides racing hard, having a good time, and the occasional bacon hand-up) but if you pre-reg’d you must have your bib # in hand 30 minutes prior to each race so we can remove all no shows (DNS) and enter in any waitlisted riders. If you know you’re not going to make it to your race, please let us or the promoter know so the reg desk volunteers can get ahead of the ball. Thanks!