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Bad News for Rockford/Illinois CX Fans(11 posts)

Bad News for Rockford/Illinois CX Fanslnin0
Oct 14, 2002 12:27 PM
I just got off the phone with Larry Swanson who puts together the Rockford CX series. The park district they have used for the past 5 years is no longer going to allow the races on (unpaved) park grounds due to some outside pressure. Having lost the venue Larry had no option but to cancel the series this year.

He did say they are trying to work out something which would allow them to hold the Dec. 1 event but as of now they have nothing concrete.
Are you $hittin' me?!!greg n
Oct 15, 2002 7:22 AM
THAT BLOWS!!!! This really ruined my day/CX season.

If that's the case, the only other race in the area this season is that crappy one in Lake Villa.

For the rest of you in other parts of the country, consider yourselves very fortunate to have your CX venues and series.
Oct 15, 2002 9:59 AM
I've been training for that series for months. This is a real punch in the gut.

Put a call in to the Rockford Parks Dept, I'll post the outcomeAlex-in-Evanston
Oct 15, 2002 10:09 AM
I left a message with Jan Davis, public relations director for Rockford pard distrcit. Hopefully I'll post her response soon.

Her number is (815) 987-8847.

Ron Butler is the guy we need to talk togreg n
Oct 15, 2002 12:23 PM
Apparently, he's the one who's been working directly with Larry. Jan is going to give him a message to call me back.

Alex, hopefully, between the two of us, we can get to the bottom of this.
Oct 15, 2002 12:35 PM
Jan still hasn't called me back, but when she does I'll get Ron's number and call him as well. I called Larry's home earlier and left a message asking that he call me.

Isn't this a damn good lesson on how fragile these things are, and how much we depend on a couple of guys working like dogs to put them on. The president of the Northbrook Velodrome just stepped down, and when the committed got a look at the work he had been doing all by himself, they split his old job into 7 new individual positions.

Anyway, back to Rockford. You call Ron, I'll call Ron, and we'll see what's up and what we can do.

Rockford Park District phone #'sAlex-in-Evanston
Oct 15, 2002 12:47 PM
Ron Butler, Chief of Park District
815 987-8871

Jan Davis, Park District Public Relations
815 987-8847

Cindy Bocker, Park District
815 987-8864

Rockford Park District General Info
815 987-8800

I've tried all of these and still have no answer. I've got a message in with Cindy, Ron and Jan. We'll see how it goes.

Oct 15, 2002 10:30 AM
When it comes to bike racing, Illinois must be one of the most backwards states around! I was planning on trying one of the races in November. I even traded e-mails with Larry and volunteered to distribute some of his flyers to the bike shops in Chicago...

Steve-O (Still practicing dismounts in the forest preserves)

Any info about the Lake Villa Race on the web?
Lake Villa: (nm)TFerguson
Oct 15, 2002 11:07 AM
News as of Wed. morningAlex-in-Evanston
Oct 16, 2002 6:11 AM
Neither Ron Butler nor Jan Davis of the Rockford park district knows of any cancellation. The fact that Ron Butler, head guy and apparently the fellow working most closely with Larry, has not heard of any cancellation would lead me to believe that the races are still on as planned.

What's the deal? Was this a joke?

whichever way it goes, good luckweiwentg
Oct 17, 2002 5:06 AM
I can sympathize with getting your races cancelled - about a quarter of the collegiate road races in the Midwest conference got cancelled this year (basketball game, flooding). best of luck!