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Cycling Wed Nov 10 2010

Announcing the Afterglow

December, is one of the darkest of months, only illuminated by the bright promise of Christmas and New Year's. The build-up to those events followed by the deflation and brittle chill of January and February. That's real life.

But in bike-racing land, things are a little different. December is the time of state and national championships, thermoses full of spiked coffee, and the peppery aroma of embro wafting off of shorn legs. Things are great until the end of the championships and then, well, all there's to look forward to are the holidays. Holidays, family, and all that are wonderful, but no substitute for bike racing.

That's a problem.

So Half Acre Cycling (note, I am a member of and race for Half Acre Cycling) and the Chicago Cuttin' Crewhas decided to give everyone one sweet, last taste of 'cross before the skinsuits are thrown into a muddy heap until next year. They're calling it the "Afterglow" -- the heady rush of the day-after. No walk of shame here.

And the best part of all is that this race is in Humboldt Park -- a short ride, drive, or train trip from anywhere in the city. The costs are low, too, owing that this race is not a Chicago 'Cross Cup series race. The juniors race for free, of course. Gotta get the young'ins hooked on more wholesome, albeit dirty, thrills before they discover girls and cigarettes.

Registration is here.

Coming up this weekend is the ChiCrossCup Indian Lakes double-header of racing, presented by South Chicago Wheelment. Last year, a number of livers were heavily abused in the "Cave" and rumor has it that Wizard's Staff and karaoke will feature heavily in the pre/post-race fun. This race is reasonably close -- just 29 miles from the Loop. Registration closes tomorrow.

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Mike / November 10, 2010 11:26 PM

zach thomas? weren't you on Home Improvement?

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