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Old 07-11-08, 11:45 PM   #1
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Superweek 2008 ! (Pix)

I'll kick off the series with a few pix I took today on Chicago's southside - in Beverly Hills.

It's Superweek time and it's AWESOME! Good luck to all the racers!
















** ONLY 16 MORE DAYS TO GO !!! **
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nice pics!... which field did you race in?
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I grew up there in the 50s. Are those pictures on Longwood Drive?
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doesn't look good for blue island today
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doesn't look good for blue island today
Why is that? A little rain?

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I grew up there in the 50s. Are those pictures on Longwood Drive?
Yes. That was my first time there. Got a little lost coming in, but nice area, cool course. More pix coming today.

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nice pics!... which field did you race in?
None. My racing days are over. Just pix now.
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Ah, memories. In 1980(?) I won a 3/4 race and placed 3rd or 4th in another.

Back then, Superweek was always preceeded by another 1 week race series, so it was the highlight of the season for midwest racing. Two weeks of being on the road in my cramped, rusting Opel Manta with 2 or three other riders on the team, racing every day, couch surfing at night. Those were the days.
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Old 07-13-08, 03:28 AM   #7
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Results from Stage 1, Beverly Hills, IL - Pro 1/2 from Truesport.com (dunno how they got them, not even on the ICCSuperweek.Com page yet):

PLACE RIDER TEAM HOMETOWN
1 Sterling Magnell Rock Racing Los Angeles, CA
2 Chad Hartley The Jittery Joes Pro Cycling Team Milwaukee, WI
3 Jonathan Sundt Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast Winter Park, CO
4 Todd Yezefski Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's Allentown, PA
5 John Meyers ABD/Geargrinder Bloomington, IN
6 Adrian Gerrits Kahala-LaGrange Santa Monica, CA
7 Michael Chauner Pennsylvania Lightning West Chester, PA
8 Bryce Mead Jelly Belly Cycling Rock Falls, IL
9 Rob White ABD/Geargrinder Brown Deer, WI
10 Reid Mumford Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast Winter Park, CO
11 Rahsaan Bahati Rock Racing Carson, CA
12 Clayton Goldsmith Wheel & Sprocket Milwaukee, WI
13 Ryan White ABD/Geargrinder Lomira, WI
14 Victor Ayala Kahala-LaGrange Mexico
15 Aram Dellalian Bearclaw Hollywood, CA
16 Carlos Vargas txTough/Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors Austin, TX
17 Mike Sherer Alderfer Bergen Bloomington, IN
18 James Stemper velo trocadero cycling Greenfield, WI
19 Sean McBride BPG/ Montano Velo San Francisco, CA
20 (unknown rider)
21 (unknown rider)
22 Kris Koke FRF Sports Australia
23 Matt Seagrave Kahala-LaGrange Santa Monica, CA
24 Jake Keough Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
25 Zachary Davies RockyMounts~Izze Racing Boulder, CO

No info at all from Saturday's Blue Island races yet.
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Unknown rider?

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^that was me at Blue Island yesterday. Unknown.
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Any reports?? I've been searching for results or blogs ... getting very little.

Post your stories!

Video of the Ripon course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsaufhuM3uE
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Any reports?? I've been searching for results or blogs ... getting very little.

Post your stories!

Video of the Ripon course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsaufhuM3uE
That course looks similar to the State Championship crit course.
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Old 07-13-08, 02:23 PM   #12
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Part of it is the same, but the Superweek loop is a little longer and shifted to the west a bit.

Found another video - Superweek promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFnG04ind9s
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Old 07-13-08, 05:16 PM   #13
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Results are hard to come by, but here's some links with frequent updates on the Pro 1/2 field:

http://www.truesport.com/rzone/racer....asp?recid=932
http://bahatiracing.com/blogengine.n...eek-Day-2.aspx
http://www.abdcycling.com/

Once the series hits Wisconsin, I'll post the other category results each day. (I'll get 'em at registration).

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The Olympia Fields crit sucked...they cut the course off because construction and it wouldn't have been safe to use part of the loop...it was only like a half mile loop
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mm, a row of orcas
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The Olympia Fields crit sucked...they cut the course off because construction and it wouldn't have been safe to use part of the loop...it was only like a half mile loop
yuck. =P glad i did the tt today instead, not that that was a walk in the park or anything...
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Re: Blog report

Nice job. You'll be rubbing elbows with the Gear Grinders in the Pro 1/2 before you know it!

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I have a blog going that I update every day after racing. Here are a couple pics of me in the blue island race, winning the field sprint:

#1: http://flickr.com/photos/fattym/2663...7606142410433/
#2: http://flickr.com/photos/fattym/2663...7606142410433/
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That was pretty weak
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That was pretty weak
I also did not appreciate the course being cut short.

I've never seen a rider meeting before a race like that, and I've never seen a vote take place to determine whether or not a race would take place in its current format.

We had the options of not having the race, not having any cash primes, splitting the race up into Pro/1 and 2 fields, having a devil-take-the-hindmost format (a la le miss-and-out), and various other options I can't recall. It was wierd; the vast majority wanted the race split up yet the race organizers seemed to ignore that particular show of hands. I was one of very few 2s there; I felt confident in my ability to hand it to the majority of the non-Pro/1 crowd, should it come down to that.

My race ended when someone crashed hard right in front of me, and I coulnd't get back on terms with the tail end of the field. Like many SuperWeek races, it ended up being about 50-60 guys, if that, out of 100 (sometimes 150+) starters.
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Ah, memories. In 1980(?) I won a 3/4 race and placed 3rd or 4th in another.

Back then, Superweek was always preceeded by another 1 week race series, so it was the highlight of the season for midwest racing. Two weeks of being on the road in my cramped, rusting Opel Manta with 2 or three other riders on the team, racing every day, couch surfing at night. Those were the days.
Must be the Pepsi-Lowenbrau classic you speak of, known for numerous case of Lowenbrau primes. I raced in those series in the mid 80's as an intermediate and junior. Many good memories.
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There was also a Super Weekend and a Milk Race series at one point. Boy, talk about ancient history, eh?
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x out of x riders interviewed agreed. They would not race on the Olympia Fields course again.
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There was also a Super Weekend and a Milk Race series at one point. Boy, talk about ancient history, eh?
I think it was the Milk Race series that morphed into Pepsi-Lowenbrau wasn't it? At any rate, the Milk Race was before my time.
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This is on Rasan Bahati's blog: http://bahatiracing.com/blogengine.n...eek-Day-3.aspx

I cropped it a bit for emphasis.



Watch out who's on your wheel Rasan ... GO GET HIM ROB !!
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