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Cycling Mon Mar 02 2009

Calumet Park Race Series

Despite the snow still on the ground, spring road racing is only a few short weeks away. By this point, the "money ought to be in the bank", i.e. that training protocol that you started on back in December is paying dividends with improved lactate threshold numbers and an ability to endure pain. The Burnham Racing Supercrit is the first major regional race, but before then, there's a complete race series within the Chicago city limits for the novice racer that was just announced today.

Every night from Monday March 23, to Friday March 27, Calumet Park in the far southside of the city will be raging with cyclists fighting for bragging rights and the right to upgrade from Category 5 to 4. A 1.25 mile course over smooth, pothole-free pavement, and hosted by Half Acre Cycling, this race series is open to Junior, Women's 4, and Men's 4/5 categories. Oh, and the cost is cheap: $35 to $50 to register for the entire week, $15 to $20 per day if going piecemeal.

If a newer racer, there is hardly an excuse to skip out on these races. They're close enough (Calumet Park is a nice 12 mile ride from the Loop), or cheap enough ($50 for five races in the Men's 4/5 category is a steal). Registration is here.

While bragging rights and upgrade points are the major motivators here, there'll be prizes of some sort for series winners.

And in the interest of objectivity, the race promoters, Half Acre Cycling, is also the team that I race with and manage.

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jenn / March 2, 2009 11:36 AM

Awesome! Cant wait to see everyone out there.

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