2017 Pheasant Run Resort Preview
A new venue to the series this year Pheasant Run Resort (#PRRcx) is hosted by no strangers to the local year round cycling scene, the South Chicago Wheelmen, one of the region’s and country’s oldest cycling clubs. Please bear with us and the SCW as we figure out the new layout. As always, any constructive criticism is welcomed and appreciated. A few notes for the weekend.
- This event is NOT at Indian Lakes where it has been for the last several years. It is now at Pheasant Run Resort located at 4051 E Main St. Saint Charles, IL 60174.
- The SCW have extended online pre-reg on BikeReg until this evening, so no excuses if you miss the cutoff.
- Preliminary staging for Saturday only will be posted here Friday morning.
- Saturday Results will affect Sunday staging. Preliminary Sunday staging will be posted here early Sunday morning. Please pay attention.
- Registration will be in Gallery Hall.
- New bib numbers each day. Please do NOT where your Saturday number on Sunday.
- Vending / concessions will also be in Gallery Hall.
- NO grills please, PRR has a restaurant and there are several others (ahem, Culver’s!) nearby. PRR has also asked us not to bring outside food or drink to the course or into the hotel. We’re not sure if they have gluten free organic free-range tofurkey energy bars, at the concession stand, so please be discreet if you’re bringing something. PRR has also asked for no coolers, but we obviously need Gatorade and Recover drinks.
- NO walking or riding on putting greens or tee boxes. This is standard at any golf course CX event.
- NO warming up on fairways.
- After your race, if you’re staying at the hotel, please please please do NOT wash your bike in your room (duh). The forecast is dry, but if needed a hose will be set up on the West side of Gallery Hall. Bring your own rags/towels.
- For guests staying overnight, checkout is at 11am on Sunday. Late checkout is available for an extra $25.
- Parking will be limited, satellite parking will be west across the street by Target (Kautz Road).
- The SCW will be raffling off a set of Rolf wheels to benefit a cyclist who suffers from a brain disability. Rolf primo, disc or cantilever compatible, clinchers. $5.00 per ticket, 5 tickets for $20.00. Drawing held Sunday after the 1/2/3 race.
- Don’t forget the Ultimate PB&J Women’s Event Saturday afternoon in the Ultimate Pro Bikes tent.
- There will be even less daylight left than last week after the last race ends, so please plan accordingly. Also if you can, please help the South Chicago Wheelmen and the Northbrook Cycling Club tear down the course so they aren’t doing it all in the dark.
- Sorry, no kids races this weekend.
- The Course: Still a work in progress but should follow approximately the track below. The start and finish are both on pavement.
20171108 – A Note on Upgrading
A quick note from our IL USAC upgrade coordinator Steve Feehery.
Upgrades: What you need to know
- All upgrade (and downgrade) requests are made through the USAC website by the rider.
- Start by logging on to the website. After that click on License, click on upgrade / downgrade.
- Find the discipline desired (for instance, cyclocross) click the new category requested.
- You then must make a case as to why you should be approved for the upgrade/downgrade along with cutting and pasting your palmares (i.e. recent results).
- Click on submit, the system then generates an email to the local coordinator who then reviews the request and approves or denies based on the riders resume.
- 2 wins in any one category is an automatic upgrade. That does not mean USAC will automatically do it, but that you have qualified to move up in category. Other considerations for upgrades include experience in other disciplines (road, track, cyclocross or mtb). If you are a rider that is a Cat 3 on the road, you can be upgraded to Cat 4 for cross automatically. Same for a Cat 2 on the road, you can become a Cat 3 for CX.
- There are two important caveats to mandatory upgrades:
- Mandatory upgrades do not apply to juniors.
- When racing in a combined field, field size includes everyone in your category and above. For example, a Cat 4 rider racing in a Cat 4/5 combined field may only count the 4’s in that field when calculating upgrade points, NOT the 5’s. Alternately, a Cat 5 racer who lands on a podium in a combined Cat 4/5 field may count the whole field when assessing upgrade points.
- Some riders have taken it upon themselves to become “upgrade police”. If you come upon a situation where a rider is doing well and might or should be upgraded reach out to your local upgrade coordinator. Please DO NOT take it upon yourself to speak to that rider or try to shame them into upgrading. We’re all adults here, and this is just amateur pedal bike racing for fun, so let’s keep it civil.
Sandbagging is when a rider’s ability has egregiously surpassed the current category (i.e. not age group or single speed) and the rider continues to race in that category. He/she is typically doing very well in that category and does not want to move up. A situation like this should be immediately brought to the upgrade coordinators attention. Note however a rider is not always sandbagging if they win one race, or even two. If at any given race any rider on the front row of staging has a good chance of winning, then none of them are sandbagging. That is just called good competition. This is especially true later in the season as riders start peaking for the state championship. However, if a rider easily wins more than one race by a large time gap, especially at the beginning of the season, and doesn’t voluntarily upgrade, then yes, that is sandbagging.
All upgrade rules are available for review at usacycling.org/usa-cycling-rule-book.htm in the General Regulations section, CX specifically starts on page 22.
Thanks for reading!
2017 Groundhog Psi-clocross Preview
Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.
In 1992 the downtown square of Woodstock, IL was used to film the movie Groundhog Day. That filming location is 0.8 miles from the starting grid of this Sunday’s race. Rob Curtis and the PSIMET crew have decided to carry some of the themes of the movie into the race this year. If you’re interested in looking over the filming locations for the movie there is a great map for self-guided tours here: woodstockgroundhog.org/pages/tour.html
- Remember to use #psiCX on Twitter and Instagram.
- PSIMET is repeating the condensed course from last year. It is on the ridge/sled hill area on the North-Eastern section of the park. The only road crossing will be closed. These two factors increase rider safety and will help make viewing for everyone a whole lot more fun.
- With this in mind there will be some logistical obstacles for all in attendance. There is plenty of parking throughout the park but parking that is close to the reg tent is in short supply. We have therefore designated 2 gear drop off areas for teams hauling their encampment supplies as well as riders with an entourage of bicycles that need to get into the pits. We ask that you use these areas for drop off then park farther away to help others do the same.
- As with all previous years there is NO PARKING ON THE GRASS. This is probably one of the strictest rules the park and city have for the facility.
- This park has “always” had a “no alcohol” policy. So when you bring in lots of 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 have a drinking problem if there aren’t a lot of juice boxes laying around.
- The Chicago Pizza Boss food truck will once again be in attendance. You know the lines can be long and it’s a long trip for them – might not be a bad idea to have a backup just in case. There is a restaurant within 1 mile of the course that offers a full vegetarian and vegan menu for carryout. See below for info.
- Equipment Pits will be nearly full UCI size with stalls. There is NO water or washing facilities at the race though so if conditions look to be getting worse then please plan your own support accordingly. Just know that you have a full sized pit to utilize.
- The weather forecast is for more wet stuff. Please plan your clothing pre, during, and post accordingly. Mambo Car Wash is right down the street.
- Daylight savings time ends the morning of the race this year so don’t forget to move you clocks back – otherwise you’ll be an extra hour early for your race. There are worse things that can happen though. You’re welcome.
- There won’t be much if any daylight left after the last race ends, so please plan accordingly. Also if you can, please help PSIMET and the South Chicago Wheelmen tear down the course so they aren’t doing it all in the dark.
- Preliminary staging will be here.
- Payouts for Single Speed women will match the payout structure for Single Speed men. As with all PSIMET events – Women’s payouts are always $1 more.
- Kids Race will be held at 2:15pm just West of the pits. The Kids race will be hosted by Parker Curtis with help from his older brother and the rest of the PSIMET Juniors squad.
- As a first Psimet is attempting to run a “long” course and a “short” course. The Women Cat 4/5 & Junior 9-14 and the Men Cat 4/5 will race on the short course while everyone else will race the long course. This is being done to help the less experienced riders race more laps and to help the officials/scoring with timing. There are 2 difference section that will make up the “long” course. Please be aware of these sections when pre-riding. Also, if you are pre-riding while the SS/Jr 15-18 or Cat 4’s are finishing up, please make sure you are NOT inadvertently riding in front of people still racing. Thanks!
- The following are food venues within a mile or two of the course:
- Woodstock Public House – 101 N Johnson St, Woodstock, IL 60098 publichouseofwoodstock.com (815) 337-6060 Sunday 8:30am-9pm
- Expressly Leslie Vegetarian Specialties – 110 S Johnson St, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 338-2833 Sunday 10am -5pm
- The Double Yolk Café – 117 E Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098 thedoubleyolkcafe.com (815) 338-0180 Sunday: 7am-2:30pm *** Where Groundhog Day was filmed ***
- Ethereal Confections – 113 S Benton St, Woodstock, IL 60098 etherealconfections.com (815) 687-0320 Sunday: 7am-10pm
- La Placita – 108 Cass St, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 337-2303 – Sunday 10am-9pm
- Main St Pour House – 214 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098 mainstpourhouse.com (815) 527-7210
- The Sugar Circle – 203 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098 thesugarcircle.com (815) 337-3333 Sunday:7-11am
- Mia Passione – 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098 miapassionerestaurant.com (708) 607-0000 Sunday:4-9
- D.C. Cobbs – 226 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098 dccobbs.net (815) 206-5580 Sunday: 11-1am
- The Cabin – 223 N Benton St, Woodstock, IL 60098 thecabintavern.com (815) 337-2013
- Benton Street Tap – 219 N Benton St, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 338-6767 Sunday: 6am-1am
- Liquid Blues Limited – 126 N Benton St # 2, Woodstock, IL 60098 liquidbluesbar.com (815) 337-7254
- Drive from the city too long? Locally Best Western of Woodstock has some rooms available for $99/night as does the Quality Inn ($74-$80) and the newer Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast ($149-$189)
- If you finish up early the Woodstock Opera House is putting on a Shrek Musical at 2pm. Tickets are $15-$25. 125 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098 woodstockoperahouse.com (815) 337-1395
- The course: