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Cycling Wed Dec 01 2010

Waning Days of CX

The 2010 ChiCrossCup is drawing to a close. At this point in the CX season, there should only be one or two more dabs of embro left in the tub and race bikes are creaking and shuddering (a reminder to check out one of Chicagoland's best shops for CX bike goodies). The high of Sunday afternoon will soon be replaced by the drudgery of the indoor trainer and/or frigid miles on the open road.

It's like the waning hours of a really good party. You know tomorrow morning that life's going to be hell, but for now, let's dance.

Luckily, there are two more opportunities this year to get sweaty. This Sunday, December 5 is the Illinois State Championship of Cyclocross at Montrose Harbor. Chicago's front yard and Turin is once again hosting the focus of many racers' 'cross season. Who will come home with the State Champs jersey? One of the local favorites or a darkhorse from downstate?

Last year was remarkably mild, but this year the forecast is calling for wintry weather that will play havoc with tire traction and make for difficult clothing choices.

Also coming up is the Afterglow at Humboldt Park on Saturday, December 18. By then you should have said your goodbyes, but consider this one last kiss before the CX season goes to bed.

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