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Old 07-10-09, 07:47 AM   #1
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Superweek: The official thread

Sorry to take over the other thread, but I'm not sure anyone was expecting it to be 9 pages long. If that happens again for superweek (which is an extra week long), we're looking at a thread that is at least 22-25 pages. I can't keep up with that.

So, here is the new superweek thread. Post your schedules, then chat about the series.
Here is my schedule:

Sat - champaign, il
Sun - champaign, il

Tue, July 14 Arlington Heights Criterium New Race! Arlington Heights, IL
Wed, July 15 Ray Basso Bensenville Criterium Bensenville, IL
Thu, July 16 - Daytime Lake Front Road Race (Short Course) Milwaukee, WI
Fri, July 17 Hammer Nutrition Tour of Holy Hill Hartford, WI 1.75hrs

Sun, July 19 The NorthShore University HealthSystem Grand Prix Evanston, IL
Mon, July 20 Wheel&Sprocket Whitnall Park Road Race Hales Corners, WI 1.5hrs

Wed, July 22 AltoLab Lake Front Road Race Milwaukee, WI 1.5hrs
Thu, July 23 Racine.org Criterium Racine, WI 2hrs
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I'll be in Bev. tonight. I'm on a mission to hit 'em all. Suicidal? Yup, probably.
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Blue Island - 4/5 and 4/5 masters
Elgin - 4/5 and 4/5 masters
Arlington Heights - 4/5 and 4/5 masters
Bensenville - 4/5 and 4/5 masters

Maybe Evanston but if I do I will only do one race.
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Blue Island - 4/5 and 4/5 masters
Elgin - 4/5 and 4/5 masters
Arlington Heights - 4/5 and 4/5 masters
Bensenville - 4/5 and 4/5 masters

Maybe Evanston but if I do I will only do one race.
Elgin x2
Arlington Heights x2
Evanston (Cat 4 only)

Chicago crit.
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Elgin x2
Arlington Heights x2
Evanston (Cat 4 only)

Chicago crit.
+1 - Chico crit X2
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I'm only gonna do a few races in Superweek. I was completely useless about 6 days in to ToAD (or I was useless every day, depends who you ask) so I figure doing less races will be easier on me. So...

Lake Front RR 7/16
Whitnall Park Crit 7/21
Lake Front Long RR 7/22
Kenosha Folks & Spokes 7/24
Humboldt Park 7/25
Whitefish Bay 7/26
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Okay, Milw to Bev - 94 thru downtown or 294 around ?

Leaving in about 30 mins.
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Okay, Milw to Bev - 94 thru downtown or 294 around ?

Leaving in about 30 mins.
It's going to suck either way.

I'd say go through. At least you'll get to stare at the Sears Tower and chicago skyline as you're sitting in traffic.

Report in when you get a chance! I'm guessing that you and chicagobikeracing.com will have the best coverage on this deal. Again.
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I'll report in via WiFi.
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I say go around. IIRC I advised that as well last year and you tried it. What do you remember about how that went? Running and gunnning is still better than sitting and swearing IMHO.....


....but it IS going to suck to be you...
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I'm thinking around. I'll listen to the traffic reports.

Byeeeeeeeeeee.
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Sat, July 18 Schlitz Park - Endeavour Cyclng Challenge The Return to Brewers Hill! Milwaukee, WI
Sun, July 19 The NorthShore University HealthSystem Grand Prix Evanston, IL - Cat 4 Race only
Mon, July 20 Wheel & Sprocket Whitnall Park Road Race Hales Corners, WI
Thu, July 23 Racine.org Criterium Racine, WI
Fri, July 24 Chase Food Folks & Spokes Kenosha, WI
Sat, July 25 - Daytime races Humboldt Park Criterium Milwaukee, WI
Sun, July 26 Whitefish Bay Classic Whitefish Bay, WI

I plan on wasting myself, again. Hopefully no asthma attacks this time around.
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Made it!

They just closed the course off. Riders arriving although I did see Andy Crater already parked with lawn chairs out. Am only 3 blocks from S/F, , just off the Metra tracks and as far as I can tell, this is a legal spot. This is like a differenct country I tell 'ya!
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Oh yeah, large loads of expensive bikes being driven around looking for parking. Gotta get here 2 hours before start time to have any chance.
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1.Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
2. Chad barzilauskas (Kenda)
3. Johnny Cantwell (Fly V Australia)

Points leader: Hans Dekker (Garmin)





Fast race, HUGE crowd, some very frustrating things going on though:

Cannot hear announcer 50 meters past the line.
People walking in front of photographers AND standing in front of awards with puny video cam? on stage? I'll show those pix later. Gotta run.
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Kenda showed up! Sweet!
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Heh heh! I'll have more in a bit, going thru some pix and uploading right now.

Got lucky with the traffic, the bad stuff was always going the other way. Made 101 miles in 2 hours coming back (there is no speed limit on those express lanes .... right? )

Boy ... after a long, hard shoot, I can't think of anything better than a frozen diner and some Sunny D. Mmmm mmmm .... DE-LISH!

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Rant: Okay, I'm used to fighting for a shot of the final sprint. I'll set up with 10 laps to go, find the sweet spot only to loose it on the final lap leaving me leaning over the barriers, leg wrapped around a telephone pole so I don't fall onto the ground. I'm used to the official parking right in my line, blocking the view JUST as the riders round the final turn. I'll throw rocks at him, whatever. I'm used to that.

BUT:



What's this clown's problem??? Standing right on stage, sticking his toy video recorder in the faces of the riders during the podium ceremony? NOT PROFESSIONAL. NOT ACCEPTABLE and I made a jab at him on my page.

Other problems - we couldn't hear the announcers a mere 50 meters past the finish line. There were no speakers pointing that way, and when the band started up in the park across the street - FORGET ABOUT IT. "What? Was that the bell? Is this the last lap? Got me, I can't hear a thing!" Very surprising considering that it's 10 Speed Drive, the same outfit that did the announcing at ToAD. No problems then.

Lastly, the race only started 20 minutes late, yup, it's Superweek!
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LOL....... ahhh the reasons why the ToAD is going to kick Superweeks but in the next few years. People will be saying Superwhat?
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Rant: Okay, I'm used to fighting for a shot of the final sprint. I'll set up with 10 laps to go, find the sweet spot only to loose it on the final lap leaving me leaning over the barriers, leg wrapped around a telephone pole so I don't fall onto the ground. I'm used to the official parking right in my line, blocking the view JUST as the riders round the final turn. I'll throw rocks at him, whatever. I'm used to that.

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What's this clown's problem??? Standing right on stage, sticking his toy video recorder in the faces of the riders during the podium ceremony? NOT PROFESSIONAL. NOT ACCEPTABLE and I made a jab at him on my page.

Other problems - we couldn't hear the announcers a mere 50 meters past the finish line. There were no speakers pointing that way, and when the band started up in the park across the street - FORGET ABOUT IT. "What? Was that the bell? Is this the last lap? Got me, I can't hear a thing!" Very surprising considering that it's 10 Speed Drive, the same outfit that did the announcing at ToAD. No problems then.

Lastly, the race only started 20 minutes late, yup, it's Superweek!
Pre-rode the Elgin circuit again today. If you're looking to shoot somewhere other than S/F area the most distinctive feature on the course will be the tree-lined climb away from the Fox River on Trout Valley road... At the north end of the course.

It looks like the entire circuit will be closed to cars so you'll either have to drive up there OR bring a bike (the Fox River Trail) will take you through trout valley park which is right across from the hard-right leading to the climb.

For anyone interested I have the course map up at mapmyride.com. Put Elgin for search location and "superweek" for key word.

See you all out there.
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Whats with that pic of Crater standing and yelling over the line?
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Yeah, I believe that was a $200 prime. Guess he had to earn that one.

7 riders escaped in the 3's today, gained a lap. Pretty much all ChiTown folks. XXX get's the victory. Prob. 30 or 35 finishers.

There's about the same number of riders in the Pro 1/2/3 (if you wanna ride, go ahead) race right now. No one of big interest. One IS Corp, , two from Taiwan, two from Jamaica, and a team from ? that look just like the Spider Monkey kit. No Kenda at all, dunno where they are.

Boy, this is kind of a low rent area, eh? In all of 5,000 square miles of Chicago ... why did they pick here? If Ricter is like this are on Monday, then I'm gonna skip it. Not worth the drive.

Yeah, will try to get to Elgin early and scope out the point to point drive situation. Those are really tough courses to shoot.

Okay, Women are picking up the pace, guess I could shoot a few.
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Breakaway - caught.
Breakaway - caught.
Breakaway - ooooooo! - caught.
Andy Crater solo with one to go! 7 seconds on the back straight! ..... CAUGHT!!

Field sprint - BIG BIKE THROW - JOSH CARTER (ABD) !!

WOW.

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Hmmm....things were on time today and not outrageously dangerous....


....are we sure this is superweek?
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