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Old 04-18-05, 10:47 PM   #1
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I was checking the Northbrook website and it looks like they have training nights on Mondays and Wednesdays. Has anyone gone to one of these? Does anyone want to go to one of these? Does anyone want to go to one of these with me?
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not seeing it posted anywhere (I even check the ER Velo 'rums too!)
what link are you checking?
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Old 04-19-05, 12:15 AM   #3
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Straight off the Northbrook webpage
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hmmm...I wonder if that is still in place as the rest of the info is from 02-03 season. Marcus mentioned on Saturday that people have already started going up there for riding sessions, but I am not sure when, etc.
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I talked to Marcus about maybe doing a beginner session - he's willing to chaperone us and show us the ways of the 'drome. He's real busy these days but maybe we can work something out soon-ish and organize a trip out there. It'd be "hella" fun.
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Old 04-20-05, 06:20 PM   #6
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It would be awesome if he gave us the guided tour. Maybe we could try and ride down there and then find a less tiring way of getting back. Is there some sort of train that goes out that direction?
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Is there some sort of train that goes out that direction?
The Northbrook Metra station is close, and I think it is the Fox Lake to Chicago train (on the Milwaukee District North Line); but I've never ridden it.
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Related topic...There is a 'Bikes on Metra' bill still needs to be approved by illinois senate; I do not think you can bring bikes on the trains (yet).

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Just wondering where I can get any kind of information on Northbrooke's schedule, training, racing, etc.
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The Monday night training sessions are going to start on the 23rd.
The NCC is having their open training day on Saturday the 21st. I'll try to get details out here as soon as I get 'em.
Sunday the 22nd is already reserved for closed club training.

Let's see- Opening night (and first Thursday) is the 26th- complete with the mayor and a ribbon cutting ceremony, etc.
I believe the first Friday is the 3rd of June.

The NCC is about as good at updating their web site as I am at logging onto bikeforums... But I'll try to keep you all updated.
Send me a PM if you need to know any info earlier.
Thanks! It's going to be a great Summer!

On a related note- there were 24 women who showed up to the womens' clinic (at the velodrome) a week ago...
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...but we need LINES on the track Any idea when that will happen?
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...but we need LINES on the track Any idea when that will happen?
They're waiting 'til the last minute for the lines. Once they start- they'll be finished lickety split. They might wait two more weeks before proceeding.
The balustrades (wall around the racing surface) still need to be painted as well. They'll get it done before opening night.

Speaking of opening night- The ceremonies start at 6:45 I believe. That's on the 26th. And I believe racers' registration fees are waived on opening night as well. For men- that's cat. 4 and up... All womens' and juniors' categories will be represented on Thursdays as well.
Regular Thursday racing will be starting at 7pm this year, as opposed to the old standard of 7:30.
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The Monday night training sessions are going to start on the 23rd.
The NCC is having their open training day on Saturday the 21st. I'll try to get details out here as soon as I get 'em.
Sunday the 22nd is already reserved for closed club training.

Let's see- Opening night (and first Thursday) is the 26th- complete with the mayor and a ribbon cutting ceremony, etc.
I believe the first Friday is the 3rd of June.

The NCC is about as good at updating their web site as I am at logging onto bikeforums... But I'll try to keep you all updated.
Send me a PM if you need to know any info earlier.
Thanks! It's going to be a great Summer!

On a related note- there were 24 women who showed up to the womens' clinic (at the velodrome) a week ago...
Damn... missed it by days....

Oh well. Hope you had fun, Yojim.

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Damn... missed it by days....

Oh well. Hope you had fun, Yojim.

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Yes- lots of fun.
You should put the 21st on the calendar... I'm not sure of the exact times, but it will probably be a 4 hour session somewhere in the span of 9am-3pm. If you have a track bike- you should bring it... But loaners will be available with precidence given to juniors and women. Loaners should be reserved in advance if possible... But I wouldn't let the lack of a reservation prevent you from showing up.
It'll be a good time- I'll be there, and I hope to see lots of friends there as well! Koffee, [165], crusty, absntr, salome, skitbra, ewhite, devious golden, paraleisure, monkey, stickerguy, ryan c, calculator, hella, rusholme, soupless? raygunner?? gravityhurts??? (lotsa stick shakin' in Chicago... And I still left a bunch off)
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Prolly not. I've moved! But have fun out there....

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I'll have to come out on the 21st. I went out there two weeks ago. The place looks great, no lines, but still great. I haven't been up to the North Shore in awhile (I kinda forgot how far Northbrook was) but I'm looking fowards to doing some long rides out there (apart from my typical commuting).
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so whos going up there next monday cuz i need a ride
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so whos going up there next monday cuz i need a ride
Yikes- well, today is the open clinic... 9am-noon.
If anyone needs a ride up- I think I still have a couple spots in the motovehicle (call the shop, be ready to leave at 8am...).
Two different people from the Forums contacted me yestereday saying they were planning on attending. Woot!

The lines are being painted Monday the 23rd- the track will be CLOSED that day (no Monday session).

The 26th is Opening Night! Ceremonies start at 6:30 with racing at 7:15. Race entry is free on opening night, spectating is $2/head.
Opening night will have 3 races each for all juniors and women and men cat. 4 and up and the final event for our first season High School League.

The next week starts a new 40+ masters' series on Thursday nights... As well as the Friday night series (cat 4+5)

What else? The snack bar will be open again this year... It's been about 6 years since we've seen any of that action!
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sorry to say - I will be missing both events due to school. Yeah, I am pissed - but there's always Friday nights! Hope everyone that goes today has a blast - and I am trying to make it out to the shop today too Marcus. Maybe see you there.
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monkey and I drove down to Northbrook for the open clinic thing today. Little did we know that it was going to be a bunch of hardcore trackies (i.e. Cat 1's and 2's, etc.) who pretty much already knew what they were doing. Introductory this was not. Anyhow, my bike didn't pass for track legal and they didn't have any loaners so I sat out for the day but monkey gave it a valiant effort, impressive considering that he didn't have 2,000 dollar disc wheels. Most of these guys were riding on Fujis, Cannondales, or Bianchis, but there were definitely some specials like an old school lugged Colnago, a Gios, a Waterford, Yojimblab's Dennis Kilfoy, and a Gan Well. They did a bunch of drills and then they practiced some time trial starts and generally made me feel embarassed about the size of my quads. Some of these guys were running 55t rings in the front .

A good time was had by all, but shame on the rest of you Chicago people for not showing up. I'm determined to get my bike up to speed and actually take it for a spin on the track in the next couple of weeks and I hope to see more B.F. representation then.
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I want to go - let me know when you folks are thinking about heading up next, since I'm carless.
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arggh missed the saturday clinic, does anyone know when the next open clinic is?
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sucks I couldn't make it, but I had this weekend trip to WI planned for awhile.
Incidently, brought my bike to work so I'll be at northbrook tonight around 5pm.
Anyone else?

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jeff - shoot me an email the night before you decide to head out there and I will bring my kit too.
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will do. i'm going to find out what days i'm allowed to go during the week
and i'll post something about meeting up next week.

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