2017 Afterglow Preview

December 14, 2017


  • Please use #AfterglowCX, very important to remember the “CX”.
  • December is the official Chicago Cuttin’ Crew pledge drive for West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs! The idea was born 8 years ago, and the Cuttin’ Crew are proud to bring another round of bike racing in the name of equity to Chicago. This year’s race is back to Douglas Park Golf Course, home of the best 3-hole cyclocross race in the country.
  • Online pre-registration is at When registering to race, please consider donating a few extra dollars you are saving on the cheaper reg. There will also be a donation box on-site. Maybe it’s your off season, your first race of the year, or you recently upgraded — in any case, don’t forget that DONATIONS = CALL UPS!
  • Day-of registration and number pickup opens at 9am near the start/finish. Bib numbers will go on your RIGHT side, and course runs counterclockwise. Best place to park is on South Sacramento Drive, just on the outside of the course.
  • A wheel/equipment pit will be available. Wheels/bike in, wheels/bikes out.
  • GRUDGE MATCH/Fatbike/FIXED GEAR CX/Etc Open Category will allow any fun bike you want. Registration fee is per bike, and all riders will need to fill out USAC release forms and require USAC licenses. The Cuttin’ Crew will try to score categories separately, but no guarantees unless you race super fun/slowly/in an awesome costume.
  • Podiums will be presented shortly after each race, and the Cuttin’ Crew will have limited edition 2017 Cuttin’ Crew gear for those victorious, including prints of the wonderful flyer! InsaneDeOmnium will be awarded once the Cuttin’ Crew calculates the score after the final race.
  • The Cuttin’ Crew asked the weather gods for ideal cyclocross weather, and it’s looking like their prayers will be answered. 40 degrees and snowing!
  • With great weather comes great responsibility, and Tailwind Cycles is offering a $25 bike wash and lube! They will have the van on-site, so no worries on muddin’ up your own vehicle. They will load the bikes and bring them to the shop for proper care. Pick up will be at Tailwind, and half of the profits will be donated to West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes!
  • Thank you for continuing to support the young people of our city — their programs not only provide transportation to/from the races and food and snacks, but also a sense of home and accomplishment. The Cuttin’ Crew is bringing the #flamingoparty, you bring the donations! See you Sunday!
  • The course: Yes, the map is labeled 2014, but this is the course at Douglas Park. Please do not got to Humboldt Park.


CCC Tuesday Updates – 20171212

December 12, 2017
  • Congrats to everyone who raced at USAC Midwest Regional CX Championships on Saturday and Miller Chill Cyclocross on Sunday. Results are here and here respectively.
  • This Sunday Afterglow is hosted by the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew in Douglas Park in Chicago. All proceeds go to Blackstone Bicycle Works and West Town Bikes. The grudge matches are always fun to watch. No word yet on the whereabouts of Sweet Justice.
  • Speaking of donating to great causes, thanks again to everyone who donated to this year’s series long group donation pot that will be split evenly between Big Marsh, Blackstone Bicycle Works, and West Town Bikes. Combined donations totaled just under $1,000. As in years past the CCC will match that number, so we’ll be making a $666 donation to each of these groups in the name of the entire CCC community before the end of the year. THANK YOU again for all your generous donations!!!
  • Final reminder from us that USAC Cyclocross National Championships are in Reno, NV 1/9/18- 1/14/18. If you’re going to race or watch you probably have already made plans, but there will likely be video of the Elite races online somewhere. We will tweet out that info if/when it happens.
  • And finally, one last reminder that our end of season CCC Awards Party is at EJ’s Place in Skokie this Sunday 12/17/17 at NOON. Tickets are on sale on BikeReg. There won’t be any waitlists as there are always plenty of seats but please purchase your tickets in advance. That being said we have tons of awards to award and door prizes to give out, so everyone always goes home with something. We hope to see you there!

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CCC Tuesday Updates – 20171205

December 5, 2017
  • What a way to end the season on a high note! Perfect CX weather and a beach full of sand, swimming pools, and cheers at Montrose Harbor. Thanks to everyone and especially the Ten27 and Spidermonkey crews to hosting the event. We crowned 20 state champions and 16 series winners. A complete list of all series winners and state champions is here on our results page. Links to all results and lap times are here on the Overall Standings GoogleSheet.
  • SnowyMountain Photography was back out again and captured plenty of photos of the entire day. The Chicago Aussie Jack Brandtman was also taking videos and John Gatto was back out with his GoPro and drone. We saw plenty of other cameras so hopefully all those pictures and videos find their way to the Internet at some point.
  • And in case you weren’t there earlier in the day, our series announcer Kenny Labbé was presented with his very own, brand new pop-up tent. Thanks to everyone who kept the secret and chipped in to get Kenny this great gift that will last for year and years to come.DQIiCh_VoAAFc5r
  • Obligatory mentions for the final CX events of the season:
  • Our end of season CCC Awards Party is at EJ’s Place in Skokie Sunday 12/17/17 at NOON. Tickets are on sale on BikeReg.
  • Don’t let your bike go into hibernation all dank and dirty. Your local bike shop might be in the middle of the busy Christmas selling season, but the service departments probably aren’t too busy. Get your bike in there for a tune up so it’s charging out of the gates in 2018, instead of limping across the start line a rusty, seized up mess.
  • And speaking of local bike shops, many of our series sponsors are bike shops or other local retailers. Before buying Chrismahuanakwanzika gifts this year please consider purchasing from our series sponsors or other local merchants.
  • Congrats to CCC regulars Graciela Viale-Val (Evanston, IL) and Bob Downs (Belleville, WI) on their 2nd place finishes at Masters World Championships in Mol, Belgium in the Women 75+ and Men 60-64 years young categories respectively.
  • And finally… the unofficial CCC holiday party is happening (again) at the Elbow Room on Thursday 12/21/17 at 8pm where Los Borrachos will take the stage and entertain us in a way only they can. If you’ve ever been to this party you know you won’t want to miss it!

2017 Montrose Harbor Preview

November 30, 2017
  • Here we go! The 11th and final event in the 2017 Chicago Cyclocross Cup and the 2017 Illinois State CX Championships at Montrose Harbor hosted by Ten27 Cycling Club and Spidermonkey Cycling!
  • Online pre-reg on BikeReg closes tonight. Preliminary staging will be posted here.
  • In order to win a USAC State Champion jersey you must be:
    • A USAC annual license holder
    • An Illinois resident per your driver’s license or state issued ID (or passport)
    • A citizen of these great United States of America
  • The Masters 45+/55+ starting wave is closed and has gone on a waitlist. We will follow the waitlist protocol described at the bottom of the this page. Remember we cannot charge your credit card at the venue so please bring money. Waitlisted riders who prereg online and make it into a race will still be staged by their points. Riders registering Day Of will be staged at the back of the pack. So make sure to pre-reg for the Waitlist if your category is closed.
  • A reminder from One2Go to please, please, please pin your number properly (see the image below) and put any long hair up in pony tails. If One2Go can’t see your bib number you won’t be scored properly. Great LEFT SIDE Example
  • Also, since this is the State Championship our USAC officials will be pulling riders out of contention early at the finish line. If you are told you are being finished early, please exit the course, you will be scored appropriately. Thanks!
  • The weather looks positively lovely compared to last year but be mindful that the wind off the lake is no joke, so please secure your tents.
  • The Big Star food truck will be serving tacos and other food between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Heritage General Store van will be on site with hot coffee.
  • Speaking of Heritage, their new(ish) bar Larry’s, located inside Lawrence House nearby to the venue, is offering an after/bike wash party. Bike washes will be on the back patio while you drink hot beverages inside or out by the fire.
  • Here’s your friendly reminder that Montrose Harbor is a public city park where people who might have no idea what cyclocross is might be wandering through. Yes we’ll be celebrating another great season of cyclocross with drinks and food and more dranks, but please be on your best behavior and show the city what a classy bunch we are.
  • Please pay a visit and give some love to our venue sponsors:
  • In addition to the usual cash prize payouts, E.J.’s Place has graciously supported the event with $200 dining cards, which will be awarded to the newly crowned Illinois State Champion in each of the following races. Thus, you will be able to celebrate your State Championship win in style and thank loved ones who have supported your training and racing throughout the ‘cross season.
    • Men Cat 1/2/3
    • Women Cat 1/2
    • Men Masters 35+
    • Men Masters 45+
    • Men Masters 55+
  • As in the past few years we are closing Simonds Drive to thru traffic in order to allow the course to cross the road. What is different this year is that parking inside the barriers will be restricted to officials, sponsors and only those who choose to purchase a spot (no equipment drop off permitted inside the barriers). This is offered in order to help offset the increasing costs associated with this venue and closing the street. Any vehicle/trailer left without a parking pass will be relocated. Please don’t make us have to do that.
  • Parking spaces within the barriers (near the finish) are available for $50 per vehicle on BikeReg. This includes those with a trailer, so if you want to sleep in or are a big deal operation please consider purchasing a spot to make your life easier and help defray venue costs. Spaces can be purchased in the merchandise section of the registration page on BikeReg. List your license plate number(s) when ordering. We will use that for entry. Enter only from Montrose Ave at the south end of Simonds Drive.
  • Equipment drop-off will ONLY be allowed before the turn-around on the south end of Simonds Drive near the staging grid, and the driver must remain with the vehicle to expedite unloading and keep traffic flowing, just like the airport.
  • Please do not say “But I know Dean Okun!” That trick won’t work.  =)
  • Regular parking will be along Simonds Drive and Montrose Drive, entering and exiting the way you came in. Per the Park District, NO PARKING ON THE GRASS, ANYWHERE! Please adhere to volunteer requests regarding your vehicle parking and movement.
  • The course will largely be the same as in the past few years, although reversing the direction from last year. The sand section at the southern end of the venue was mysteriously removed sometime this summer. But fear not, there will be plenty of sand to go around, including more runs to the north of the ‘Daniels Concession’ building.
  • The Junior 9-14 and Women Cat 4/5‘s will have a cut-off to bypass this sand section, as well as a part of Cricket Hill.
  • Please be considerate while the course is being constructed on Saturday. In general, avoid riding on the course areas this week to keep it in good condition for the race, and especially for when the Park District looks at it on Monday morning.

CCC Tuesday Updates – 20171128

November 28, 2017
  • Looks and sounds like the Big Marsh Black Friday and Region Riot Cross events were a success over the holiday weekend. Results can be found here and here.
  • This coming weekend the CCC finishes up at Montrose Harbor in downtown Chicago on the lake front. The weather is forecast to be much more pleasant than last year, so come on out to watch, cheer, and celebrate the entire day. Online pre-reg on BikeReg closes Thursday evening. Look for the course preview at the normal time on Thursday.
  • Note there is a new parking option/charge at Montrose for those that want to park up close. Look at the bottom of the BikeReg page.
  • If you happen to be in Mol Belgium this Friday or Saturday make sure to check our Masters CX World Championships.
  • Remember the cyclocross season is not over after this weekend though.
  • And finally… Sunday 12/17/17 at NOON we’re hosting the CCC Awards Party at EJ’s Place in Skokie. Buy your tickets here on BikeReg.

2017 Black Friday CX Preview

November 23, 2017

Hope everyone is having a relaxing Thursday, but tomorrow it’s time to burn off those calories by blasting around Chicago’s Big Marsh Bike Park. Bring friends & family and make an afternoon of it! The weather is going to be perfect.

  • Date: Tomorrow! Friday, November 24th 2017
  • Address: 11599 S Stony Island Ave. Chicago, IL 60617
  • Parking: Parking in the primary lot will be tight. Please pack in cars as closely as possible. Make sure to not block the fire lane (curbs marked with yellow paint). Auxiliary parking is located 1/8th mile north on the east side of Stony Island Ave.
  • Registration: Located in the white, Big Marsh trailer near the parking lot.
  • Bib numbers on your left.
  • Water: There is no running water on-site. Please pack accordingly and bring plenty of water for you, family, team-mates, and pets. We will have portable restrooms on-site, with a hand sanitizer station.
  • Map: Review the course map before arrival to understand the layout. We ask that everyone use the gravel pedestrian path to access Start/Finish, Podiums, Staging, and “The Bridge”. Please do not walk down the asphalt road, this is part of the course. A course preview video can be viewed here.
  • Staging: Located on the asphalt road, west of “The Bridge / Plaza”. Call-ups are based (1) Non-perishable food donation, (2) Order of registration. Preliminary staging is posted here.
  • Food Donations: Donate a bag of non-perishable food items and receive a premium staging position. Food items should be dropped-off in the white, Big Marsh registration trailer. All donations will be delivered locally to St. Kevin’s Catholic Church.
  • Food Consumption: The crew from Let’s Roast Bikes will be on-site grilling up some meats and veggie-friendly options. They will also be raffling off some stuff, so stop by and give them a high-five.
  • Results: Note, this race is not part of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup series, thus will not affect your CCC Series Standings. Although, this IS one of your last opportunities to improve your CrossResults ranking prior to Montrose!
  • Tear-Down: After the conclusion of the Open 4/5 race we would love some help picking up stakes, tape, and fencing before the sun sets. Everything needs to be moved back to the “Plaza” area for loading into the trailer. Huge thanks in advance!
  • Finally – remember, Big Marsh is a Chicago Public Park so it’s open daily to the public. If you enjoy racing down there, we plan to host our 2nd Annual Short Track Mountain Bike Race Series June/July/August 2018, plus a whole lot more! Follow the Friends of Big Marsh on Facebook and Instagram. And, if you are interested in helping with future events or trail build days, consider volunteering with the Friends of Big Marsh, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and developing the site.
  • Course: SRAM Stairs, REI Run-up, Clif BARriers, oh my!!! As always the final course may be different on race day.

The End and the Beginning

November 22, 2017

Montrose! Thanks Snowy Mountain Photography

Except for a couple of really frustrating laps the season has flown by once again!  There are 2 important things to focus on over the next month; getting to Montrose ready to rip and then planning for next year.

Assuming you’ve had a proper rhythm of building and recovering to date, this week and next week are the time to knuckle down.  Wednesday is a good day for some tough intervals (tabata?).  If you’re up for a hard ride on Friday this would be perfect.  If not Big Marsh then a bandit race with some friends this coming Saturday or Sunday works as well. Do your normal routine next week and hopefully it all comes together in the city.

Unless you’re gunning for nationals  you need to take a little break post Montrose.  This transition phase , which consists largely of nothing, is an important part of your 2018 season.  Enjoy the time off and if you ride make it purely for the fun of it, no structure allowed!

If you are thinking of stepping it up next year you can find us via our website. The coaches at TrainingBible Cycling have experience in all disciplines and specialize in taking the time and tools at your disposal and helping you get the most out of the effort you put in.

See you at Montrose.


Rob Kelley


CCC Tuesday Updates – 20171121

November 21, 2017
  • Yet another mudder, this time with ice! Thanks to the Northbrook Garner Bicycle Club for warming us up with some hot CX racing action at Wheeling Heritage Park. And thanks to everyone who put on multiple layers to race and cheer on a cold and windy day. Results are all linked here.
  • More great overall results, congrats to Karson Glass (Single Speed Men) Katie Isermann (Women Cat 1/2) and Cole House (Men Cat 1/2/3) for sewing up their respective overall titles this past weekend. Only 1 race left and many categories are still only separated by a few points! The leaders of the Masters 45+, Junior 15/18’sWomen Cat 3’s and Men Cat 4’s are separated by less than 10 points!
  • Next weekend the CCC finished up at Montrose Harbor in downtown Chicago on the lake front for the 11th and final stop of the series. As we ask every year, come on out and watch, cheer, etc the entire day. Spend some time with your fellow pedal bikers before we all hibernate for the winter. Online pre-reg closes next Thursday evening. Look for the course preview at the normal time on that morning.
  • If you’re looking to keep your CX skills sharp this weekend, Friends of Big Marsh is hosting the second annual Black Friday CX Race @ Big Marsh Park this Friday November 24thDonate a bag of non-perishable food items, and receive priority staging. All proceeds from the event will go towards future development of the park. Check out the Facebook event page for details & updates.
  • Then 2 days later Region Racing is hosting Region Riot Cross just over the IN border on Sunday November 26th. Details and online pre-reg are on USAC here.
  • Afterglow hosted by the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew is moving to Sunday December 17th and back to Douglas Park. Need more details? Just ask someone on the Cuttin’ Crew. This event is super chill(y) but so fun.
  • Sunday afternoon December 17th we’re hosting the CCC Awards Party at EJ’s Place in Skokie. Details and tickets for the PARTY (its not a banquet) will be available soon.
  • And finally… this weekend the CCC takes a break so we can all fill up on turkey, mashed taters, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry, pumpkin pie, and all the works. Or for those of you looking for a State Champ podium, maybe just twigs and berries. Either way, enjoy this much earned time off with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!
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