2008 Chicago Criterium – Photos Posted

My photos from the inaugural Chicago Criterium are now posted.

Chicago Criterium Photos

Bryan Rheude (MetLife) crossing the bridge on Balbo.

Bryan Rheude (MetLife) crossing the bridge on Balbo.

2008 Chicago Criterium

I spent the day (ALL day) downtown, at the inaugural Chicago Criterium. I shot over 1000 pictures, and now have to sort through, edit, and upload for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately, that will take me a while, but I hope to have them up by the end of the day tomorrow.

In the meantime, take a look at a few of the pictures from today.

MetLife racers in the Masters Pro/1/2/3 race.

MetLife racers in the Masters Pro/1/2/3 race.

Debbie Dust in the Womens Pro/1/2/3 race.

Debbie Dust in the Womens Pro/1/2/3 race.

Chicago Criterium

We’re gearing up for Sunday!  We’ve debated several times whether we will drive to UIC, park there (I already pay for parking for work!), and then ride our bikes over to the race or just pay to park downtown.  We’re reluctant to park downtown because of the prices, but also because we can’t keep the bikes on top if we’re parking in a garage.  We’ve also debated whether to bring the team tent.

I had a little extra time on my hands today, so I scoured the Chicago Criterium site today, looking for into about setting up team tents.  Since I couldn’t find anything, I emailed the only email address I could find (under the volunteer link) and asked.  Turns out, there is an amatuer team staging area, and I received an email with the staging area pass that will let us pull up to the area and drop off the tent.  We won’t be able to park there, but at least we won’t have to haul the tent all over grant park!

See you all on Sunday!

2008 Superweek – ENH Grand Prix

I took so many pictures yesterday that I’m uploading them by category. The first two categories are up!
Cat 4/5
Cat 4

And, now the third and fourth races are up!
Masters 30+ and 40+

Slowly, but surely, I’m making progress…
Womens Cat 3

And, last, but definitely not least…
Mens Cat 3

See you all next week at the Chicago Criterium!

ENH Grand Prix

I took over 1000 pictures at today’s Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Grand Prix!  Unfortunately, that means it will take me a while to sort through and edit those that need editing before posting to my site.  I hope to get everything posted before the end of the day tomorrow and I will post the link as soon as they are ready.

ENH Grand Prix

I am super excited for the race this weekend! I’ll be there taking pictures all day, and Cliff is racing in the morning. It should be a great day!

Check out the request from Jim Marsh, one of the organizers of the ENH Grand Prix, below. He’s looking for volunteers.

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Hi, I am one of the organizers of the ENH Grand Prix and really hope you have a good time at the race and do well. I will be planted next to the start finish line so please feel free to come up and say hi. Thanks for mentioning us in our blog. I have one favor to ask… we are in need of some more volunteers to help marshal the course and make the event go smoothly, we have a solid crew but could always use a little more help, especially from people who know of crits and cycling.

Please forward the link to our volunteer page http://www.enhgrandprix.com/volunteer.html to anyone who is interested in helping out.

Thanks and have a great race!

2008 Superweek – Olympia Fields

I spent the day in Olympia Fields, at a new housing development, for Superweek Race #3. I snapped pics of the Men’s Cat 4/5, Men’s Cat 4, and Masters 30+ Cat 4/5 races. Pics are now posted here.

I can’t wait to read Luke’s run down of race reports from today’s race as I’m sure there are quite a few unhappy local racers. First, the course was less than half a mile in length. On top of that, the races started late so the first two races were cut short (they were just barely half of the originally scheduled length). As one racer put it, “I’m racing half the length, does that mean that I get half of my registration fee back?”

There were quite a few crashes at turn 3, but I missed them all. I caught the aftermath of one crash in the Masters race, but I was so focused on a point just past where the two racers crashed that I missed it actually happening.

Finally, a word of warning for the rest of Superweek. Watch out for the guy setting up barricades. You know, the one with the huge bushy beard. While setting up the course this morning, he was walking along the course while the Cat 4/5 racers were warming up, and almost walked right into two racers as they rounded turn one. He threw his arms in the air and asked “Oh, am I in the way?” He then proceeded to call the racers “fucking assholes” and told the man standing next to him that if “one of these guys hits me, he’d better kill me because I’ll get up and kick his ass.” The man standing next to him saw that I had overheard this exchange and remarked to me, “We’re all at our best on Sunday morning.” I think he expected me to laugh. I didn’t.

Superweek continues throughout this week, but I’ll be working.  Next up for me: ENH Evanston Grand Prix.