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.

Superweek – Blue Island

Whew!  I’m exhausted.  Today didn’t start so well: it was overcast and raining.  Thankfully, the rain moved out of the area and was followed by some pretty nice weather as we were driving to Blue Island for Superweek.  I was surprised at all of the extremely friendly people along the race route.  This was a very well organized race, but the course was kind of boring.  It was flat with four corners, and fewer racers than I would have expected.  However, I enjoyed the weather (got a little sunburned), took lots of pictures, and finished the day with tacos at this little taqueria in town, Taqueria Durango.  Ultimately, I had a rather pleasant day.  OH!  And, Cliff finished 15th in his race, which means he won $20!

Pictures are posted at my site!