“Open letter to motorists who dislike cyclists”

I’ve been commuting halfway by bike a lot lately.  I ride my bike to the Metra station, take my bike on the train with me to Lake Forest, and then ride my bike the entire way home.  Being able to ride home not only provides my much needed exercise for the day, but it also makes my commute much more enjoyable.

Tonight, as I was perusing some neighborhood blogs, I noticed this link on the blog of a neighbor who also writes about cycling a lot.  I, of course, had to post the same link because it’s such a well-written explanation of cyclist behavior.  If only all motorists could be forced to read this woman’s post!

Chicago Police Cracking Down on Cyclists.

The city is cracking down on enforcement of cyclists abiding by traffic laws.  As a fairly regular bike commuter, I completely understand the need to teach cyclists (and recreational riders fall into that category) the rules of the road and the importance of abiding by them.  I’ve seen quite a few cyclists (both recreational and the kitted up racer dude) blow lights and stop signs without any regard for the cars that are already stopped and awaiting their turn.  Illegal (and completely RUDE) behavior such as this leads to increased driver frustration with cyclists who think they’re above the law.
I also wish that the police would teach drivers about the rights of cyclists.  There have been way too many drivers attacking cyclists with their cars.

Cross Season – Just around the corner!

Cross season will be upon us before we know it.

Lou Kuhn (Pony Shop) celebrates his win

Lou Kuhn (Pony Shop) celebrates his win

2007 St. Charles Cross

2007 St. Charles Cross

The new kits came in and they look awesome. Thanks, Lou! Unfortunately, my new commute will prevent me from attending practice, so I’ll have to make time to go out on the weekends. My goal for last year was just to finish the races, and I’d say I met that goal (for the most part). This year, my goal is to not finish last. 😛

2008 Chicago Cyclocross Cup Schedule

Sat September 13 – CX Clinic (TBD)
Sun September 21-Jackson Park
October 5- DeKalb
October 12- Hawthorn Woods
October 19- Carpentersville
October 26- Bartlett
November 2- St. Charles
November 8 – TBD
November 9- Northbrook
November 16-Lansing
November 23- Woodstock
December 7- Montrose – IL Cyclocross Championships

More Glencoe Grand Prix photos

I’m uploading the rest of the Glencoe Grand Prix pictures to the 2008 Glencoe Grand Prix album.  The newest additions include pictures from the kids races as well as the Masters 1/2/3 race and the Cat 4 and Cat 3 races.

Click here for the 2008 Glencoe Grand Prix pictures.

Glencoe Pictures

I’ve gotten to most of the Glencoe pictures, but I still have a few more to go.  I’ve uploaded the finished pictures, and will add the rest as I get them finished.

This group includes the Masters races, women, and juniors.  Up next will be the 4s, and I think I caught a few pictures from the start of the 3s.  Coming soon…

Glencoe Grand Prix pictures

2008 Glencoe Grand Prix – Cat 5

Glencoe Grand Prix - Cat 5 racers

Glencoe Grand Prix - Cat 5 racers

Pictures from the Cat 5 race are now posted.  Sorry it’s taking so long to get pictures posted.  Given my new, longer commute, I don’t seem to have as much time lately.  Slowly but surely, the rest of the pictures will get posted.

Cat 5 photos

2008 Glencoe Grand Prix

Glencoe did a great job with today’s race. It was extremely well-organized and the racers seemed pretty happy with every part of the day.

Today marked the debut of Team MS Racing, sponsored by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Formerly MetLife, or Metcycling, MS Racing hopes to draw attention to and build awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, while also raising funds for research. I’m sure there will be an official press release with more information, but that’s the gist of what I know at this point.

Masters 1/2/3 Race Sponsored by the MS Society of Illinois

Masters 1/2/3 Race sponsored by the MS Society of Illinois

Team MS Racing debuts at Glencoe Grand Prix

Team MS Racing debuts at Glencoe Grand Prix

I took a lot of pictures today, but my main goal was to get lots of pics of Team MS Racing folks. Once all of the pictures are ready, I’ll post the link here for all to see.