Chicago Cross Cup is over. I did 16 races in the series, more CX racing in one season than all previous years CX races combined. I learned a few things about CX and Chicago CX in particular.
- Just because it’s Chicago doesn’t mean you’ll have cross weather. 9 of the 10 weekends were pretty warm and dry, only the final race could be considered cross worthy weather.
- Heckling is a respected and honorable activity.
- 9a.m. is not too early to start drinking, it’s 5p.m. somewhere.
- You want run-ups? You gotta build ’em and no expense is spared.
- No matter how hard you are pedaling it’s not hard enough.
- Full body contact is expected and encouraged.
- I still can’t re-mount with grace, someday.
- Cyclocross was taylor made for single speed bikes.
- My legs are still sore the Thursday after doing back to back races on same day, I can only do that a couple times a season.
- You really can race the entire season on the exact same tires, maybe not smart but doable.
- Ghetto tubeless (zero burps) works better than Stan’s rim strips.
- Some days 45 minutes is actually 55 minutes and other days 45 minutes is actually 35 minutes.
- Bib shorts snag, skinsuits do not.
- A few pounds of tire pressure in the wrong direction and you are screwed.
- I have the biggest POS cross bike in the Masters class.
Cross has been so much fun I’m thinking of treating the mountain bike race season as CX training next year. As much fun as it was it would never have been possible without the great people and promoters at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup. Huge props to ring leader Jason Knauff and all the other promoters, how they manage to make the magic happen week after week and still race is beyond me. Also big thanks to fellow racers, especially my Masters group, hecklers, volunteers and new friends its been a great season of racing. The biggest thanks goes to Tasha for helping me out the door every weekend and cheering me on. Thank you!
Finished 8th overall in the series.
7th, 9th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 11th, 8th, 16th, 23rd, 13th, 10th, 10th (bold italics are geared races)