- Hey, we’re having our end of season Awards Party at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse this coming Saturday 2/1/2020 starting at 6:30pm-ish CT. We’ll have tacos from Big Star, hopefully some locally made beers, prizes from SRAM, ABUS, The Pony Shop, and of course lots of good times. Word on the Internet is the best damn bike race announcer in the country and a national champion will be there too. Come join us!
- 6:30pm-7:00pm: Food and mingle
- 7:05pm-8:00pm: Awards
- 8:00pm-8:30pm: Drinks and mingle
- 8:30pm-9:00: Close down
- Speaking of ABUS, remember that Squid painted lock raffle/sweepstakes from mid-season? Turns out we raised $500 for Blackstone and West Town Bikes. Well done everyone.
- And speaking of our series charities… from your donations all season long we raised $683. The CCC will match that amount for a total of $1,366 to be split 3 ways between Blackstone, West Town Bikes, and Big Marsh for a total of $455 to each charity.
- And finally… On behalf of Blackstone Bikes and West Town Bikes, the Cuttin’ Crew would like to extend an extra warm hug for your donations at Afterglow – A Cyclocross Race. Year after year, the Cuttin’ Crew has been able to organize the funnest races on an exciting course, all in the name of the best youth cycling programs in the city. With your help, the Chicagoland CX community raised over $7,000 to split between Blackstone Bikes and West Town Bikes (including the two MEGA checks from the DuPage Cycling Foundation!!). You also helped add $800+ to support our good friends PAWS Chicago and Working Bikes. Thank you so much for making our cycling community great, and if you thought 2019 was good, wait to see you what 2020 has to bring!
- Happy New Year!
- Did you know we have an email address where you can directly reach the series all year long? Just drop us a note at chicagocrosscup at gmail dot com and we’ll get right back to you.
- Please join us for the Series Awards Party at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse at 7pm on Saturday February 1, 2020.
- And finally… HOLY MOLY!!! The CCC’s very own Maria Larkin won the Irish National Championships over the weekend near her home county of Connacht. CX Magazine has more and a link to the race video. We can’t wait to see Maria flying the Irish national colors next season here in Chicagoland. CONGRATULATION MARIA!!!
- Hi everyone. We home you all had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and/or danced around the Festivus Pole with vigor last week.
- There’s been lots of great CX racing in Europe over the last few days so hopefully you have been able to watch at least some of it.
- While it may seem far away now, don’t forget the last USA Cycling national championships of this decade will take place here in Chicagoland in just over 11 months in Cantigny Park. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there.
- And finally… speaking of seeing you all there… the 2019 CCC Series Awards Party (don’t call it a banquet) will take place Saturday February 1st 2020 at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse in Wicker Park. We’ll have cowbells, awards, tacos, juice boxes, and some adult beverages as we celebrate and award our Series Overall Winners. We hope you can make it there if you can to officially finish off the season.
- AFTERGLOW CX was a success. Thanks to everyone who came out to Douglas Park on a cold December day to race and support West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bicycle Works. Results are over here.
- Congratulations also to everyone who traveled to Tacoma for USAC CX Nationals this past week. We saw a few great results from CCC regulars as well as a few alumni. Excellent job everyone. Results are here.
- And don’t forget one year from now US nationals will be here in Chicagoland, technically Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Get ready, its going to be fun!
- The CCC series awards party will be held at the Rapha Clubhouse in Wicker Park, Chicago. We’re still working out the final details, so please stay tuned.
- Plenty of 2019-2020 CX racing still to come in Europe. Grab a live stream, maybe even fake bet on a ridiculous proposition, and stay warm through February for CX Worlds.
- And finally… we’ll be shutting down the site for the winter and posting few if any weekly updates going forward. But before we go… thanks again for making 2019 another unforgettable and fantastic CX season here in Chicagoland. We had a great time racing and hanging out with all of you, and despite all the rain, and mud, and more rain, and more mud, and oh yeah, more mud, at the end of the day its you the riders, supporters, family, and friends of the CCC that make the series so gosh darn awesome. This really is the best amateur CX series in the country because of all of you and we’re so lucky to be a part of it. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!!
- SUNDAY, December 15, 2019
- Please use #AfterglowCX, very important to remember the “CX”.
- Afterglow is what lingers when the ChiCrossCup concludes and you’re not ready to quit. Chicago Cuttin’ Crew throws a great race at Douglas Park Golf Course in Chicago to collect funds, cycling parts, and clothing for our youth cycling programs from the South and West sides.
- We are a DECADE in, and so SO proud to continue the pledge drive for Blackstone Bikes and West Town Bikes. This year, we will also host a buncha fun chaos with the midday Working Bikes’ Run What WE Brung Hot Lap, along with the cutest race of the season, DoggoCross to benefit PAWS Chicago!
- To add, the Relay Hot Lap is bound to be STACKED. Choose two to three friends, grab matching non-spandex outfits, and Bring Your Own Baton. We’ll give you two numbers to fight it out.
- Afterglow always has equal payouts for men and women (zero dollars). And while it is the most affordable race on the calendar, bribes in the form of donations are always accepted in exchange for a spot on the front row.
- Registration is at www.bikereg.com/afterglow. We will have a donation box on-site to collect your gently used gear, clothing, and cash money.
- Can’t race? Feel free to fiscally compete at www.pledgereg.com/afterglow! Half Acre Cycling and Comrade Cycles are currently leading the board with their $1,000+ donations!
- Day-of registration and number pickup opens at 9am near the start/finish. Bib numbers will go on your RIGHT side, and course runs counterclockwise. Best place to park is on Inner Ogden Avenue, just on the outside of the course.
- A wheel/equipment pit will be available. Wheels/bike in, wheels/bikes out.
- Podiums will be presented shortly after each race, and we will have limited edition 2019 Cuttin’ Crew prizes for those victorious.
- Thank you for continuing to support the young people of our city — their programs not only provide transportation to the races and food and snacks, but also a sense of home and accomplishment for the beloved young people of our community.
- See you Sunday!
- And there you have it… the conclusion of the 2019 Chicago Cyclocross Cup. Montrose Beach / MidWest Regional Cyclocross Champions were great, in a million ways. Thanks to Spidermonkey Racing for hosting, and for everyone… racers, parents, family, friends, supporters, sponsors, Alderman, food trucks, dogs, Carl Jeppson, Divvy bikes, etc. for coming out and ending the series in the best way possible.
- Links to all series results, lap times, and CrossResults.com are over here.
- Photos from SnowyMountain are here and Mike Nauman will have his up soon. See Mike’s photo’s here.
- Speaking of results, we’ve asked Siri and double checked with Alexa and have the final series standings tabulated and posted here. Congratulations again to all series winners and everyone who came out in 2019, pinned a number, and competed.
- We’ll again be hosting the 2019 Season Awards Party at the Rapha Clubhouse in Wicker Park, sometime in January. Look for details soon for when we’ll be ringing the victory cowbells. Expect Big Star tacos and both adult and kid friend beverages again.
- If you want to make the CCC season last longer, series sponsor Mark Payares is producing ChiCrossCup t-shirts over on localitee.clothing. Pick up one today and a portion of the proceeds go towards making the series even more awesomerer.
- The series may be over the CX season is not. Good luck to everyone heading out to Tacoma, WA for the 2019 USA Cycling National Championships starting today through Sunday 12/10/1019-12/15/19. We’ll be keeping an eye on One2Go Results and USAC’s twitter feeds for any and all CCC’ers with results. And remember, next year in 2020 USAC CX Nationals are here in Chicagoland at Catigny Park in Wheaton.
- And finally… the CX season is not actually done yet here in Chicago. This coming Sunday 12/15/2019 the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew hosts ‘Afterglow – A Cyclocross Race’ in Douglas Park to benefit Blackstone Bicycle Works and West Town Bikes. Its still a race, for the most part, but Afterglow is always a great, low-key, fun and relaxed way to end the season and help support 2 rad organizations. We’ll see you there!!!
- Here we go! The 11th and final event in the 2019 Chicago Cyclocross Cup. Montrose Beach and the USAC MidWest Cyclocross Championships at Montrose Harbor hosted by Spidermonkey Cycling!
- More info and maps are over on the Spidermonkey Cycling website.
- Online pre-reg on BikeReg closes tonight. Preliminary staging will be posted here.
Since this is the Midwest Regional CX Championship, and CCC finale, podiums are a little more complicated than usual. Please help the best announcer a race series could ask for and if you are top three in the race or the overall, report to the podium ASAP following your race.
Speaking of this being an important race, to keep the finishes clear for epic battles, our hard-working USAC officials may finish riders early if they are deemed out of contention and within the 80% time gap to the race leader. Listen for Kenny and look for the officials to know if you are being finished early; you will still be placed in the results.
- A reminder from One2Go to please, please, please pin your number properly (see the image below) and put any long hair up in pony tails. If One2Go can’t see your bib number you won’t be scored properly.
- Lots going on and its winter, so no Kiddie Cross this year.
Here’s your friendly reminder that Montrose Beach is a city park where people who might have no idea what cyclocross is might be wandering through on their usual Sunday strolls. Yes, we’ll be celebrating another great season of cyclocross with drinks** and food and more dranks**, but please be on your best behavior and show the city what a classy bunch we are.
** And now let us pause for the annual message from the fun police… the park is a Chicago Park District property and alcohol is NOT allowed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Thanks to our generous sponsors for helping make the Midwest Regional Championship presented by Ald. James Cappleman possible:
- Speaking of Rapha Chicago, pre-reg riders should head there on Saturday to get your bib number early and enjoy free refreshments while talking smack with that person just ahead of/behind you on the overall — as well as getting 25% off almost the entire store. Please RSVP to let them know you are coming for food planning. And it should go without saying, make sure you put that bib number somewhere safe (i.e. pin it the night before like a pro). If you lose your number between Saturday night and Sunday we may not have an extra number for you.
- Simonds Drive is closed to thru-traffic and parking within the barricades is restricted to officials, food trucks, Evanston Subaru, porta-pottie deliveries and the like. Regular parking will be along Simonds Drive and Montrose Drive either to the north or south, entering and exiting the way you came in. Per the Park District, NO PARKING ON THE GRASS, ANYWHERE! Please adhere to volunteer requests regarding your vehicle parking and movement
Speaking of parking, VIP parking spaces within the barricades (near the finish) are again available on BikeReg to help defray costs. Entry is from the NORTH END of Simonds drive — check in with the nice volunteers and show your receipt. (If you have a trailer please count that as a second space).
Teams are welcome to drop off equipment at the turn-around on the south-end of Simonds Drive near the staging grid. The driver must remain with the vehicle to expedite unloading and keep traffic flowing, just like at the airport. It’s usually a high-volume operation with everyone coming at the same time so help your teammates.
Speaking of equipment, team tents can go in many of the traditional areas, and with the start/finish change you are welcome to line the finish stretch, but only on the WEST (grass) side. No tents on the roadway. Also, please keep the area behind (east) of the sponsor/reg tents open as well for podium, et al. (red area).
Speaking of team tent placement, all are welcome, nay encouraged, to drop/place tents and other large items on Saturday afternoon! There is hired security for overnight watch (though of course SMC, USAC, CPD, et al. cannot take responsibility for what the weather/acts of gods could do to items left overnight, so make sure it’s secured/laid down/tied down). And hey, stick around to lend a helping hand with course setup.
Speaking of helping hands, Spidermonkey could use a few more hands during the race on Sunday for additional course marshaling spots required of the new course design. Volunteers get free lunch! Check the sign-up sheet.
We understand the desire to pre-ride, especially with so many CCC’ers living nearby. However, we kindly request you DO NOT RIDE the course this week, especially on Saturday, to enable course construction AND to keep it in nice condition for game day. Again, drop the bike and pick up some course stakes and tape to help — it takes a village!
Course: NEW START AND FINISH ON THE ROADWAY! Wooooot, we so fancy. We expect the weather to be dry but let’s keep those crit elbows in for that first turn and the transition onto the grass. You can’t win the race in turn one, but you can lose it. Also a new EXPANDED pit. (But still, please remove your equipment expeditiously after your race.)
As is tradition with Montrose, the course alternates the direction each year, going clockwise (i.e. sand first, Cricket Hill second). Note: The Junior 9-14 will have a cut-off section to bypass some of Cricket Hill and possibly some sand.
- We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend full of family, food, fun, and maybe even some bike riding!
- For anyone who raced at Region Riot CX or care to know, results are here and our very own Kenny Labbe did a bit of tweeting with pic/vids during the event.
- Next up, the finale, the big chimichanga, the extra hot double trente soy non-foam latte with extra foam on the side and three pumps of almond syrup… Montrose Beach CX – Midwest CX Champs. Not only is Montrose the last race of the CCC series, but this year it also doubles as the USAC Midwest Cyclocross Championships. See the BikeReg page for notes and “make a donation” for VIP parking. Full course preview notes will be posted Thursday at 9am.
- PSA for those of you living under a mud-soaked rock for the past 12 months, Montrose is NOT the Illinois State CX Champs… those took place a month ago in Woodstock the day before Groundhog PSI-clocross.
- And finally… if you’re already done all of your Christmas shopping or maybe not and you’re just feeling generous on this #GivingTuesday, please consider an extra donation to our series causes Blackstone Bicycle Works and West Town Bikes. Both of these organizations do amazing work getting and keeping kids and young adults on bikes and having fund. If you’ve ever seen these young shredders at the races you know how awesome it is to see them competing and enjoying the power of bicycles. Thanks!