Bartlett/Sunrise Park Preview

October 23, 2009

Another CCC classic, for 2010 promoter Jim Nowak and ABD are stepping up again to both challenge and delight racers…

  • The Bartlett venue has perhaps the trickiest parking situation of all the CCC races. Parking is actually a good ways away at the Sycamore Trails School. See the map here. Please park at the school and follow the signs on the path to the course and registration. Its probably a good idea to ride your bike, but per USAC regulations you must wear your helmet at all times when on your bike at a race. You can’t finish the race if you don’t start because you brains are all over the sidewalk… so please keep it safe and don’t make us ask you twice… better yet once. See page 51 and 52 here.
  • Last year we had sunny skies, and a touch of wind. The forecast for Sunday looks much better this year , a little wet now… but still and chilly… so bring you knit caps and gloves. Also, with all the rain the past 2-3 days there are likely to be some wet spots… so bring your ‘wellies.
  • The Bartlett course is the longest so far this year in the CCC at roughly 2.2 miles. All categories will still be racing the same amount of time as all other CCC races, but you’ll obviously be completing fewer laps… so pay attention to the lap counters.
  • The Course runs clockwise this year (see below). Registration will be in roughly the same spot as last year, just East of the Finish line. The wheel/bike pit is double entry and just about in the middle of the course. The start chute will be just to the North of the pit.
  • Since the start chute and Finish line are on the interior of the course… please be careful when crossing the course since racers will likely be coming at you from both directions.
  • Do you have a tent and want to be right on the course to heckle your riders (heck all the other riders too!) and give dollar hand-ups?… set up SouthEast of Finish line on the outside of the course so you can see riders going through the toiletbowl as well.
  • The 4B’s are closed and the 4A’s are nearly there. As at past races we’ll start a wait list on race day for those wanting to take any No-Show spots.
  • We thought the Louisville USGP race would take away from the CCC, but there are still 317 of you pre-reg’d! Wow… only 2 less than Jackson Park and Carpentersville.
  • Please remember this course is smack in the middle of a housing community. Please respect the neighbors at times while at the race. That last thing we want is not to be allowed back for something silly.
  • Finally, since the park is in the middle of a residential area there are no eating (or drinking) establishments in the immediate vicinity. ABD may have some chili if they can persuade the local constables that their hands are clean… but its not for sure yet… so please plan accordingly, especially if you plan on doubling (or tripling up) and have a long drive home.
  • At Carpentersville we picked up a xXx Racing, a Colavita, and a black Pearl Izumi Jacket. You can claim them at the finish line on Sunday.

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Thursday CX Video

October 22, 2009

Here’s a great example of fantastic CX video work from earlier in the year. We’d love to see someone put something together like this for a CCC race!

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Three additional news items:

  1. Remember online pre-reg for Bartlett closes tonight at midnight. The 4B’s are supposed to be an overflow category for the 4A’s, so we’re not sure why the 4B’s keep filling up before the 4A’s… but as long as you guys are having fun… go for it. Note there is NOT a state champ jersey for the 4B’s… only the 4A’s.
  2. Team standings are updated here. Sheriff Kuhn’s Pony Shop is still in the lead with Verdigris a close second and xXx Racing rounding out the podium. It should be interesting to see how the team standings shift after this weekend with so many riders traveling to eat pizza.
  3. The CCC was just mentioned on’s “Pace of Chicago” endurance sports blog here.

Tuesday CCC Updates

October 20, 2009

– Another big thanks to Jeff Provisor, North Branch Cycling, and Main Street Bicycles for putting on another great Carpentersville race. The new pump/rhythm section was a hit, as was the timeless sand and toilet bowl. The spectators were out in full force as well. In addition to the now traditional dollar handups, we saw hotdogs/snickers/butterfingers and sliders! We can’t wait to see what you all think of next (just keep it clean please)!

– Up next… Bartlett/Sunrise Park hosted by Athlete’s By Design (ABD). Hopefully we won’t have 30 mph winds like last year… but race promoter Jim Nowak always seems to have something tricky up his sleeve. We know a few of you are heading down to Louisville to eat some Papa John’s Pizza… but if you’re not into driving 4.5 hours one way for a 40 minute race… come on out to Barlett. Look for the usual Friday race preview on, well… Friday.

– Online pre-reg is now open for Northbrook here. Big thanks again to promoter Chris HenningGarner Northbrook Bike Club, and Flatlandia for bringing back this great race venue. Chris reminds us all that we must only park in legally marked spaces and do NOT park in the main park parking lot or we won’t be able to race at the Northbrook venue again. Watch for details closer to the race day for parking specifics.

– Are there extra bikes or scooters in your garage that you have outgrown? Would you like to donate them to kids who don’t have a bike or a scooter? The Jane Addams Hull House Association in Chicago will also be at the Northbrook race accepting donations. These bikes are being collected to reward kids for doing well in school and to recognize students’ commitment and achievements in school.  Many of these kids have never owned a bike. Think about how much fun you have (just on your CX bike for 45 minutes once a week) and help bring a little sunshine into a kid’s life! Find more details at

– Lots more details to come about the Hilton Indian Lakes race… but here’s a teaser… Room rates $79.  Up to 5 people can stay in one room at no extra charge.  Roll away beds provided at no extra charge. Stay Friday night or Saturday night… or the whole weekend! Indoor locker room.  Change in the warmth.  Take a shower after your race. All day, all you can eat buffet. More to come, so watch the site.

– Wanna race on the cheap? Dr. James Kearns, promoter of the Woodstock race, needs some helping setting up his course. The good Doctor will let anyone who shows up at 7am on Sunday November 22nd and helps set up the course race for $10 all day. If you’re interested and can commit to being there on time and helping, please email the Doctor your email address and mobile # at [email protected].

– Good news all around for the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew. First, a very belated congratulations to Avi Neurohr who is the first ever Officially Unofficial Illinois State Cyclocross Single Speed Champion. See details on the Half Acre site here. Thanks again to HAC and Tobie at North Central Cyclery for hosting the special event at the Dekalb race. Second, after a minor major tragedy that led to the quietest ever CX race at Dan Ryan Woods, the Cuttin’ Cruser is back in action. We’re glad to hear she’s okay, was back at Carpentersville, and we all look forward to more action from the ‘crew.

– Join Cycle Smithy Johnny Sprockets on their Zombie Bike Ride. Wednesday 10/28/09 at 3030 Broadway, Big empty lot.

– Local “pro” Ben Popper shares some of the behind the scenes antics of a CX race in CX Magazine.

Red Bull is having a photo contest. Check it out here and the rules here. Let’s see if we can get some CCC pix in there!

– Speaking of contests… CX Magazine is having another Race Report Contest. See it here.

– They’re not from the MidWest, but Recycled Bike Art has some nifty cycling related nick-nacks. Check them out at

– And finally, don’t forget submissions for the 2009 CCC t-shirt contest are due no later than midnight this coming Saturday 10/24/09.

Carpentersville Results

October 18, 2009

Thanks to the 388 racers who came out to enjoy some fantastic fall weather and the Carpenter’s Park Oktoberfest.

Final results are here.

Overall series standings are here.
Team Standings will be posted in a day or two.

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Carpentersville Preview

October 16, 2009

For the 2nd year in a row, the race will be hosted along side the Carpentersville Oktoberfest, which will have a beer garden (which is located right next to the start/finish line), great food vendors, live music, raffles, kid rides (inflatables), and much more. Full details can be found here.

Menu for Carpenter Park

  • Light jazz and donuts from 7am until 9:29 am.
  • At 9:30 sharp the main entree is served with racers greeted with a new layout for 2009.
  • The Start/Finish will be on Carpenter Blvd (NorthEast Side of the park) .
  • Similar features as in past years with creek crossings, the sand pit, a ‘lil sled hill, and a new feature… the “pump section“. BMXr’s will know this better as a rhythm section. Check out Sven Nys flying through one here (0:11).
  • Also new this year is a totally free kids race for 5-10 year olds. Register at the Cyclo Kids Course before the 12 noon start time. Note this is NOT a new CCC category but we’re all for it. Parents… you’ll still need to fill out a release form for your kids.
  • The weather forecast looks fantastic again… but make sure to bring some warm, dry clothes for after the race so you can put your hand warmers to use.
  • Registration will be in the small pavilion in the center of the park near the playground/sandpit. This is the same location as last year.
  • There are 319 of you pre-reg’d… that’s the exact same number as Jackson Park!
  • The 4A’s are closed and there are 2 spots left in the 4B’s. Just like at past races we’ll have a waitlist for both races to try and give everyone a chance to race.
  • Just a reminder, pre-reg’d riders need to pick up their numbers 30 minutes before each race or we will give your number to someone on the waitlsit. Waitlisters… you need to be at registration 30 minutes before your race if you want to get in.
  • Another reminder that if you do NOT have a current annual USAC license you need to purchase a one day license for $10. If you purchased an annual license at a previous race and have NOT yet received it in the mail, you need to either bring your receipt (legal pad size of paper) from when you bought the license or show proof from the USAC website. Just because your license # is listed with your previous results does NOT mean you have a current license.
  • There are still several of you that have “Pending” listed as your USAC license # in your BikeReg profiles. Please make sure your profile is up to date with your current information.
  • Unfortunately we don’t have a course map right now, but as always, course specifics are subject to change. North is the to left, south to the right.

CCC T-Shirt Contest

October 15, 2009

Hey y’all, remember this guy?

The CCC directors want to put together another series t-shirt for 2009 but we want your input… so we’re having a contest.

From now until next Saturday (10/24/09) at midnight anyone can submit a t-shirt design (email it in .jpg, .png, or better yet .eps format to [email protected]). We’ll put all of the designs up for a vote here on the site, and let the riders of the CCC decide which one they want to grace their chests. Please keep it clean and simple, and absolutely no submissions will be accepted after midnight (central time!) on Saturday 10/24/09. The winner will get a copy of their masterpiece, free entry into one of the remaining CCC races, their name plastered all over the CCC website, and lets face it… the adoring admiration of every CCC racer, spectator, heckler, and random passerby.

So let’s see what you’re made of. The clock starts ticking… now!

We’ll have the t-shirts for sale at the Hilton Indian Lakes race and proceeds will benefit the CCC and World Bicycle Relief. We’ll also have the t’s on sale at Woodstock, Montrose, and (if they are any left) at the CCC Banquet in January.

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Thursday CX Video

We know this is a little old, but here’s a look into how they do cross in Portland (what, no Planet Bike course tape?)

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Also, here’s how the Euro’s do it.

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Team Standings Updated Through DRW

October 13, 2009

See ’em here.

The Pony Shop, led by “Sheriff” Lou Kuhn has a substantial lead… but never count the Verdigris men, women, and juniors out! xXx Racing is a close 3rd with Flatlandia, SRAM Factory, and Burnham Racing rounding out the top 6.

Please note the following:

  • As CX team names are updated (from road and mtb) the team standings are likely to change quite a bit. We know there are more Johnny Sprockets, Rhythm Racing, and other teams out there than are currently accumulating points.
  • If your team name is not listed correctly, please email us at [email protected] ASAP and we will get you updated!
  • Our IL USAC Technical director Dave Fowkes reminds us that only Annual USAC license holders can be associated with a team name… so with the next team standings update (next week) we will be enforcing that rule. That means if you don’t own an annual license you can’t score points for your team.
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