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Silly Rabbit Cross Series Starts Sunday in St. Louis(9 posts)

Silly Rabbit Cross Series Starts Sunday in St. Louisrichpierce
Oct 25, 2002 5:52 AM
Looks like it's going to be a muddy season opener in St. Louis. About time- we had a dry and warm season last year- almost zero suffering except the usual "if this race lasts any longer at this pace I'm gonna die" sort of thing.

it's a great and fun series- will post some stuff Monday, but hope some of y'all could come and join us!
Those are funAlex-in-Evanston
Oct 25, 2002 6:27 AM
Do they alter the Queeney Park course week by week? I don't think I'll ever forget that hill. Paved, then false flat, then soft gravel through the parking lot. It was murder on the single speed.

Those are funthebadger
Oct 25, 2002 12:32 PM
The courses do change some every week Alex. The week you raced last year was the only one with that climb. In fact, this year a few of the races may not be at Queeny so if you are coming to town I'd pay attention to the bigshark website for updates. You finished just ahead of me last year. Hope you can make it over to one or two races.

Here's a pic of your favorite hill. Looks flat in the pic but you know better.
Forest Park?Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 28, 2002 11:34 AM
What are the other locations under consideration? Isn't there a state championship race in Forest Park at some point?

Incidentally, I'm coming down to St. Louis on the weekend of Nov. 9. I'll be in an Alberto's jersey. Say hello if you see me.

Forest Park?richpierce
Oct 28, 2002 11:58 AM
Next week's race will be at Sioux Passage Park in north St. Louis County- supposed to be a low-traffic park so no pedestrians and poodles! less "collateral damage"!

First race was a blast and very fast, just a couple of sticky spots, no real mud. The 1,2,3 race came down to a 3-up sprint, very hotly contested, with several failed attacks etc. Great turnout and it looks like cross is growing in St. Louis. Far fewer MTBs- many racers who tried it last year bought cross bikes I guess. Some nice hardware out there. I like an Empella Pat Collier built up- new to me, white, sweet. However, I think I got max style points for my homemade fenders.
Forest Park?thebadger
Oct 29, 2002 5:32 AM
Everything I hear is that they won't allow a race in Forest Park. Maybe something is going on behind the scenes but I dont think so.

Other parks under consideration are Route 66 State Park in Eureka, and another park that butts up against it.

As soon as we hear about the race on the 9th, we'll post the info for you.
Do either of you guys work at Big Shark?Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 29, 2002 7:34 AM
My girlfriend's been at Wash U. architecture for the past 3 and a half years, so I'm down there about once every two or three weeks. When she's at class I always drift over to Big Shark to poke around. She lives about two blocks east of the store in a big ugly tan apartment complex right behind Brandt's.

Anyway, this is her last semester, so I probably won't be coming down to St. Louis after this cross season. It's too bad, you guys have a great racing scene in the city. I remember seeing a crit on Delmar that had a DJ booming music during the race. I'd never seen anything like it.

Do either of you guys work at Big Shark?thebadger
Oct 29, 2002 7:52 AM
I ride for Big Shark but don't work there.

Good to hear you've had a good time coming to town. Maybe you need to find another g/f here. :-)
Nah, Wash Urichpierce
Oct 30, 2002 9:50 AM
I work at Wash U med School- Big Shark is a great shop and puts on the most races of any shop in the area.