Chicago Cyclocross Cup #3,4,5,6 and 7

26 Oct

Officially there have only been 6 Chicross Cup’s but at race #6 I decided to nut up and do back to back races. More on that later.

There have been so many races in such a short time span that I am starting to forget the names of all the venues.

One of the things not helping my memory is the consistency of the race series and one of the many constants at the Chicrosscup races is the sheer number of racers every weekend.  I think it speaks volumes to the high level of organization, great promoters and growing popularity that the women’s 4 class is one of the 3 biggest fields week after week with 60+ racers.

Here they are on the run up at stop #3 Dan Ryan Woods.

And coming back down. Down.

The first double race weekend of the series started at Wauconda for race #4.  I have no idea who this guy is but must admit I have a little thigh envy.

Speaking of envy, the following picture will cause no small amount of flyover envy.  Replete with a faux slate roof.  If you want vert in Flatlandia you have to build it.

Day 2 of the double cx weekend had us out in Carpentersville for race #5 of the series.  They had live polka music, dancers, food court, beer garden and dirt rollers.

The rollers caused more than their fair share of problems across all categories. A flawlessly executed superman endo if I’ve ever seen one.

Race #6 at Bartlett with another sellout category, the 4b’s.  Every single week the 4a’s and 4b’s reach their max field limit of 75 per class-150 total cat 4 men!

I’m constantly learning new CX tips and tricks from my fellow racers.  Here’s the HTSP (head tube seat post) carry which I’m going to practice on Wednesday.

Spaghetti and marinara hand-up or is it mouth-up? Gross. And I think I see Darth Vader in the crowd. Cool.

I started the series out strong and thought I’d just get stronger but every week I seem to finish one spot lower than the week before.

With the season half over I thought I better step up the training so I did 2 races back to back on Sunday focusing on the 40+ race since it goes off first and using the 30+ race for a good work out.

Having never placed higher than 7th in any race I got the 6th place call-up. Just showing up every week has its rewards, I get to line up with the fast guys and watch them pull away.

My 2nd race of the day had me lining up with the 30+ crowd and with no call-up and no expectations I sorted myself towards the back.  It was a lot more fun picking people off than being picked off and not nearly as hard as I expected it to be, definitely doing it again next week.

Starting next week I plan on mixing things up a bit while conducting an experiment.  I’m dusting off the geared bike for the last half of the CX season to confirm my hypothesis that is doesn’t matter whether you have multiple gears or just 1 gear.  I predict similar results for the last half of the season.

My results so far, notice the trend, 7th, 9th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 11th.  I’m not keeping track of my “b” races.

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9 Responses to “Chicago Cyclocross Cup #3,4,5,6 and 7”

  1. mark October 26, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    6th, 9th, 14th so far here (also not tracking B races). I know the feeling of going backwards through the field all too well. Unfortunately, when I self sort towards the back, I don’t seem to pick anybody off, so I figure I may as well just start fast to try and get as much gap as possible on the first lap before I blow.

    • brkeyes7 October 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

      Mark, I think we just need to pedal harder.

  2. Rachael October 26, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    It was great to meet you Brad!
    See ya this weekend.

    • brkeyes7 October 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

      Likewise!

  3. KanyonKris October 26, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    So sad you don’t have mountains to ride.

    Just hassling you. Looks like you’re having fun out there.

    Bart has tips on gears and cross – http://bartmangbikestowork.blogspot.com/2010/10/some-observations.html

    • brkeyes7 October 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

      For such a young whippersnapper Bart has a lot of wisdom.

  4. Mike Norman October 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    Nice summary! Should be even more fun this weekend, with some possible rain and cooler temps!

    • brkeyes7 October 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

      Mike, How am I supposed to ever catch you if you keep doubling up your races every weekend as well? Stop it already!

      • Mike Norman October 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

        Hmmm… I think I should refer you back to the reply you made to Mark above… :)

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