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‘Cross in January/February 2004(6 posts)

‘Cross in January/February 2004superdreadnought
Oct 21, 2003 6:07 AM
Are there any ‘cross event/series coming up in January/February 2004 in or near the Midwest (Michigan)?
re: ‘Cross in January/February 2004richpierce
Oct 21, 2003 7:25 AM
Froze Goat Series in St. Louis. 3 dates in january. We will roast a goat at opne of them. still working details.
Is this a Big Shark thing?Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 21, 2003 7:33 AM
Do you know where it's going to be? Forest Park, Queeney, etc.?

Thanks,

Alex
Found the answerAlex-in-Evanston
Oct 21, 2003 7:42 AM
I'll be way down south down in Carlinville, IL for Thanksgiving weekend, visiting my wife's ancestral homeplace. If she and her family intend to stay all weekend, I'll definitely be at the race on Sunday, Nov. 30. I'll say hello to anybody answering to "Dr. Pierce".

What's the Spanish Lake course like?

Alex
Silly Rabbit/Froze Goatrichpierce
Oct 21, 2003 12:31 PM
The Spanish lake course is flattish. It starts on straight pavement in a parking lot, sweeps thru a quick chicane, straightens for 100 yards, then curls off to a greater than 90 degree left sweeper thru grass and then uphill on a gravel road (not loose). Then it's lots of zig-zagging and looping on gravel, grass, rough field stuff with usually 2 barrier sections. Sweeps onto a hard gravel road which is very fast, then through tricky sections with barriers, a little runup, etc, then back on the pavement. There are bathrooms and a nice pavilion. Big Shark runs these and when it's cold, Dogfish has hot chili. It favors power and mount/dismount speed skills more than bike handling.

Many of the early races this year will be at a different venue which is Sioux Passage. It is a very nice, located at the very northern tip of St. Louis County where the Missouri River has a tight loop. It has lots of open field stuff, plenty of off-camber sweepers in the grass, and some climbing. Last year we had just one race there and it was epic, a rainy day, and slick as snot. No real mud, but there was a major premium on handling the bike well. The off-camber high speed curling descents were thrilling. One climb challenged traction limits in the wet conditions. I loved this race and it was the best I had all year. So this is a favorite venue for me. It is beautiful in the fall too. The fall colors up there along the river bluffs are terrific.

The January Froze Goat series is one I'm running. This will have A, B, and C categories as opposed to the breakdown of the Big Shark Series which is at http://bigshark.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=71. But it's all the same community putting them on and racing them. Just sharing the load. I'll have a webpage soon.

Hope to see you soon Alex!
AwesomeAlex-in-Evanston
Oct 22, 2003 6:16 AM
Good for you for putting on a series. The Chicago area lost its only series last year when the Rockford park district pulled its approval for park usage.

Hope to see you this year,

Alex