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Midwest CXers: Rockford dates(9 posts)

Midwest CXers: Rockford datesSteve_O
Sep 10, 2002 12:28 PM
The Rockford Fall Cyclocross Series has been announced. Dates/places are:

Oct 20 - Blackhawk Park
Nov 3 - Alpine Park
Nov 17 – Aldeen Park
Dec 1 - Page Park
Dec 8 - Lockwood Park

Call 815-877-8164, or e-mail: larrydswanson@cs.com.
re: Midwest CXers: Rockford datesMrT
Sep 11, 2002 5:10 AM
Thanks. Blackhawk was the first race last year, yes? I missed that one - what's the course like?

Blackhawk, Alpine and Page are known to me, but Aldeen and Lockwood are not. Are they new this year? Any idea what they're like?

I also notice that Atwood is gone, alas. Atwood was my all-time favorite 'cross course.
BlackhawkAlex-in-Evanston
Sep 11, 2002 10:42 AM
Notes on the course from last year:

Long paved descent near the end of the lap, hitting pretty good speeds. I was on a single speed, so I lost time here every lap.

Very tough grassy descent into a barrier/runup at the beginning of each lap. This was real hard on the hands and brakes by lap 7. My canti's were kind of squishy and this was a big problem area.

Biggest runup was a steep, lush grass hill (same hill as the descent described above). This was the biggest leg-sapper on the course. You'd do the runup, have to ride through nice thick grass for about 150 meters, do that descent into barriers, and then an ugly muddy runup. This section of the course was the best place to pass.

It was a great course, and aside from that one paved descent, a good single speed course. I ran a 36/18 and did pretty well in B's.

Alex
Five? That's great. Last year was four.Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 11, 2002 10:48 AM
Will you be there Steve? Say hello - I'm on a blue gunnar wearing an Alberto's jersey. I'll be in the B's.

Regards,

Alex
I hope to do at least one...Steve_O
Sep 11, 2002 10:56 AM
We'll see how the season progresses but I would like to give it a shot since these are the closest races to Chicago...
Newbie Qslnin0
Sep 11, 2002 10:03 PM
I have never raced CX before but was thinking about giving it a go this year. I am from Central Illinios so Rockford is probably the closest place to me for CX. I have a few questions maybe some of you more exp. guys could answer.

-Are the races broken up into classes? Skill? Age?

-How far is a race usually? Is it a set number of laps or crit style with a set time + 3 laps.

-How much running is involved on the avg course? If the course is 1 mile do you think 1/4 of it is running? I am a very bad runner, not that my biking is much better ;)

-Who organizes these events? Is it a bike shop or just some guy out of his basement?

How many people usually participate?

Sorry for all the questions. Thanks.
Good questions... Alex?Steve_O
Sep 12, 2002 5:36 AM
I haven't done these races but I'm giving them some serious thought. Actually last night I spend 45 minutes working on dismounts/remounts and shouldering the bike (damn this is tough stuff!)...

As for organizing these races the contact: Larry Swanson is a Rockford local that has been promenient in these races and some races at Rock Cut State Park. I did one of his mountain bike races back in the spring and it was well done.
Newbie Qsgreg n
Sep 12, 2002 6:08 AM
1. The races are broken up into classes. Citizen, masters, A and B. Not really age categories. I believe there's a junoirs category though.

2. The races are timed. I think for citizen it's 30 minutes +2.

3. There probably isn't even 1/4 of the course that's running. However, most of the running is up steep hills. More steep than I've experienced on other CX courses. And the courses overall are much more technical than other CX courses I've been on.

4. The organization of the races is spearheaded by Larry Swanson with the help of volunteers and sponsorship from various LBSs and organizations. The races are run very efficiently and are well-organized.

5. Participation is very good. This being the 4th year of the series, it'll be bigger than ever and the competition will be tougher too. I don't know about other categories, but in the A and B races, you'll more than likely see 40+ riders per race.

Come out and try it. It hurts, but it's fun.
Good info above. A few more things...Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 12, 2002 6:29 AM
Depending on where you are, you might give the Queeney Park series just outside of St. Louis a shot. Do a google search on "big shark racing cyclocross" and you'll find all the info. Big Shark is the name of the shop.

If you're equidistant between Rockford and St. Louis, do Rockford. The course is much more fun (read: psycho) and the atmosphere is superb. Keep in mind that you can use your mountain bike at Rockford, I think about 1 in 5 participants do.

Hope to see you there,

Alex (blue gunnar, Alberto's jersey, race B's)