Cap City Cross #8 – Postgivingcross @ Darree Fields p/b Cap City Cycling – 11.30.2013 – Update

A few things about tomorrow’s race –

1. It’s likely to be muddy. The park does not have any running water so we are unable to provide power washers, so plan accordingly.

2. Dublin PD recommends keeping your car locked and valuables out of plain site. The officer I spoke to this morning said they’ve had some issues with stolen materials out of park user’s cars. Keep that in mind.

3. Have fun and no jerks.

4. The course is open and ready to ride! It starts at the parking lot and runs counter clockwise. If you’re out riding and break stake or tape, we’d appreciate if you’d stop and repair it.

See you all tomorrow! Registration opens at 9am and the first race is at 10am.

Cap City Cross #8 – Postgivingcross @ Darree Fields p/b Cap City Cycling – 11.30.2013 –

8195580945_91eb0aa4b3_cDarree Fields is a well known venue around the Cap City area. In the summer it hosts the Cap City Short Track MTB race series on a slightly shorter course. A few months later the ditch is cut and and transformed full on cyclo-cross course. Though it may be flat, don’t get to thinking that it’s an easy race. . . Or an off race. Once again it’s all about pack racing and being able to find a wheel and hold it. There are plenty of turns and berms, with a nice  (STEEP!!) set of stairs! It’s also not very smooth, it’s quite bumpy. So run that tire pressure a little lower and remember to keep pedaling.

Additionally, it’s a great way to burn off those holiday calories!

Directions Darree Fields Park, Dublin, Ohio

Overalls – Will be posted shortly

Flyer Posted to USAC here

Hope everyone has a great holiday! See ya Saturday.

Cap City Cross #7 – Alum Creek Beach Party CX p/b COMBO Racing – 11.16.2013 – Results, Recap and Photos



(Beach party, Cap City Style – Photo Cred – Susan Hackett)

Alum Creek is done and dusted (or sanded??) and another beach party has passed us by. The COMBO Race Team provided an excellent race venue with plenty of challenging aspects for everyone. While the first sand pit was easy and rideable, the second was a classic case of “find that rut and stick to it”. If you got out of the rut, you got off the bike and lost time. And what about those off cambers? Steep and short. You really had to trust your mechanic glued up those tubbies right or else. . .

Thanks to all the racers for coming out and having a good time with us and thanks to the COMBO Race Team for putting on the event!

Results –

Posted to USAC here – Cap City Cross #7 at Alum Creek 

Photos – 

Looking Ahead – 

Cap City Cross has the weekend off! However it’s just not any weekend off, it’s the Ohio State Cyclo-Cross Championships brought to you by the Northeast Ohio Cyclo-cross series.  There’s two days of racing for everyone – age and category races for both men and women. Check it out!

We’ll be back in a week’s time on November 30, 2013 for the second annual PostgivingCross at Darree Fields. More info will be posted shortly.

Cap City Cross Overalls – 11.14.2013 (Post Smith Farms) *UPDATED 11.15.2013

Full Overalls – Overalls as of 11.14.2013 (Post Smith Farms)

Those are your overalls as of Smith Farms last Sunday. There are some heated battles inside the top five in each category, as if you needed any more motivation to come out and race this weekend at Alum Creek. 

Quick rundown of top 5 in each category with points.

Men’s Cat 4/5

Francis Vincent 78 87 78 82 93 71 489
Sack Jeff 73 57 75 75 87 73 440
Brown Justin 60 73 73 71 75 64 416
Davis Jeff 61 63 69 64 56 65 378
Fields Nathan 87 100 87 67 341

Women’s Cat 3/4

Wei-Haas Maya 87 93 100 82 87 78 527
Wu Pei-I 75 87 82 62 82 87 475
LeRoy Amy 93 100 93 286
Kennel Julie 78 87 75 240
Evans Korin 69 71 73 213

Men’s Cat 3/4

Clevidence Michael 60 82 69 75 75 361
Brown Daniel 71 87 93 87 338
Neidinger William 65 73 82 78 298
O’Hara Brian 100 82 100 282
Direen Josh 100 93 87 280

Men’s Junior

Young Ryan 100 100 200
Adams Keaton 82 93 175
Clous Max 75 93 168
McLaughlin Ryan 100 100
Riemenschneider Ryan 100 100

Women’s Junior

Vorwerk Holly 100 100 100 300
Adams Camden 93 93

Men’s Open 35+

Clous Jon 93 100 100 93 386
Farnham David 73 93 78 87 331
Baldesare Jim 100 100 200
Knapp Chris 93 78 171
Thomas Jarom 87 71 158

Men’s Open 45+

Kimple John D. 71 100 78 73 78 400
Blair Garry 69 82 69 71 69 360
Peters Layne 65 93 93 87 338
Gardner Glen 1 87 67 100 255
Young Scott 82 0 75 82 239

Single Speed Open

Jones J. Taylor 100 78 93 271
Harbaugh Matt 87 93 82 262
Kruse Taylor 93 82 78 253
Brown Justin 82 87 82 251
Weeks Matthew 100 100 1 201

Women’s Category 1/2/3

Steen Victoria 75 93 93 93 100 100 554
Arnold Kristen 71 87 87 82 93 82 502
Hall Jillian 78 73 62 67 71 351
Lewis Sroka Julie 82 100 69 87 338
Strang Kellie 78 73 82 78 311

Men’s Category 1/2/3

McDaniel Joe 82 100 93 93 82 450
Gamm Ryan 93 100 78 93 364
Weeks Matthew 87 100 87 87 361
Hackett Spencer 1 60 69 67 69 73 339
Russell Duncan 63 69 60 65 78 335

Full Overalls – Overalls as of 11.14.2013 (Post Smith Farms)

Check ’em out! See you Saturday!

Cap City Cross #7 – Alum Creek Beach Party CX p/b COMBO Racing – 11.16.2013


(Awesome fall color at Alum Creek. Photo Cred – Taylor Kruse)

No rest for the weary, right? Just a few off days and Cap City Cross resumes at Alum Creek State Park.

Also, this is the LAST RACE IN OHIO before the Ohio State Cyclocross Championships in Broadview Heights on November 23/24. There’s no time to soften up just yet, stay sharp and on form!


The Alum Creek Beach Party is coming up this weekend Saturday November 16th! Come out and join the fun by racing a new twist on a great course, or come spectate by the bonfire on the beach!

This year’s new course will run reverse from previous years with some additional brand new sections. If you can figure out the GPS map in our pictures you will be so excited for what’s in store for you. A trek through the woods, dash through sandy pits, mash-up grassy hill’s with natural obstacles, and some nice extra wide trail to spin it up and pass that racer in front of you!

Registration Starts at 9AM and will close 15 minutes before each race. We will accept check, credit card, and cold hard cash!

DISCOUNTS! If you are a member of COMBO (Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization) you will get a $5 discount of your race. If you’re not you can sign up at the race to get your discount and become a member.

MUSIC! Kenny Lectro will be spinning some great beats to move your feets, so come out and jam.


I-71 (The Polaris exit is the First Exit on I-71, North of 270 North):
-Exit Polaris Parkway (OH-750).
-Head East on Polaris Parkway.
-Take Left on Worthington Rd.
-Turn Left on Africa Rd.
-Turn Left on Lewis Center Rd.
-Go past the “Below Dam Area”.
-You will see a State Park Sign for the Alum Creek Beach Area on the RIGHT after driving 2.2 miles on Lewis Center.
-Enter the State Beach Park area and drive to the end, WOO HOO you are there!

US23 (Traveling North or South)
-Turn East on Lewis Center Rd.
-Drive 2.4 miles on Lewis Center until you see a State Park Sign for Alum Creek Beach on the LEFT (east side of the road), which will appear after you go around a bend in the road.
-Enter the State Beach Park area and drive to the end, WOO HOO you are there!

OverallsOveralls as of 11.14.2013 (Post Smith Farms)

See you on Saturday!

Cap City Cross #6 – Smith Farms CX p/b Team Jeni’s – 11.10.2013 – Results, Recap and Photos


(Weeks, Gamm and Martin working together, while not in that order, these three made the Men’s 1/2/3 podium. Photo from  Ron Kochanowski)

Smiths Farms was a hit! Despite the cool, breezy day most racers raced their hearts out on the challenging course set up by Team Jeni’s. They did an excellent job of incorporating the long straight aways with nice, twisty technical sections. At the end of the day, despite the wind and the cold, the course was fast. High speed all around, full gas for the entire race.

 Big props to Cafe Brioso for showing up with a full blown espresso machine. They definitely made cold spectators and racers happy!

Results –

Posted to USAC here – Cap City Cross #6

Photos – 

  • Julie Lewis-Sroka
    • Men’s 1/2/3 –
  • Rick Jordan
  • Ron Kochanowski

Looking Ahead – Cap City Cross resumes Saturday November 16 at Alum Creek State Park. If you’re unfamiliar with the park, it’s situated on the beach of Alum Creek reservoir. While mostly flat, there are some false flat inclines and plenty of off camber to test those technical skills. Anything else? Oh, yea, SAND! Plenty of sand. While flat and somewhat packable, it’s still sand and will still prove difficult.

But hey! Cyclo-cross racing isn’t supposed to easy. No gifts, ecspcially not this weekend. See you all Saturday!


Cap City Cross #6 – Smith Farms CX p/b Team Jeni’s – 11.10.2013 – Preview


(Smith Farms is all about being able to ride in a group)

What’s up?! Did everyone have a nice weekend off of racing and get in some hard training? Or did you get down to Cincinnati and take part in the Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival? Either way, it’s great preparation for the next race in the series!

Located on the southeast side of Columbus, Smith Farms is a relatively flat park with a few short, steep inclines. There are some twists and turns thrown in there, but this race is all about pack racing. After a series of twist and turns, there are long, grinding straights that are usually right in to the wind. Ideally, the racer will find a wheel and there are usually plenty of “road” tactics to employ; go out early and build and advantage or sit in and wait for the right time? While seemingly simple, Smith Farms wears riders down.

But if it didn’t wear a rider down, it wouldn’t be racing now would it?!

Additionally,  Smith Farms is the closest venue to downtown Columbus and is great for spectators, so bring out your family and friends to catch some good racing! Team Jeni’s has hooked up with Mikey’s Late Night Slice to bring out a truck and unload some pie to spectators and racers alike.

Team Jeni’s has set up pre-registration through this link –

Hope to see everyone out there!

Cap City Cross #4 (Ohio CX Cup & NEOCX Mash-Up) & #5 (Halloween Party) @ Infirmary Mound CX – 10.26 & 10.27 – Results, Recap and Photos


 (The women’s 1/2/3 race strung out really early on Saturday! Susan Hackett photo cred)


(Sunday was all about pack racing! Thanks Julie Lewis-Sroka for this shot)

Thanks to everyone that came out this weekend! Paradise Garage racing did a stellar job setting up two very challenging courses! Saturday was a bit more technical with a steep, rooted ride up/run up with some nice off camber sweeping sections. Despite the technicality of the course, it was smokin’ fast!  Sunday featured the grueling climb up to the “Mirror Lake Overlook”, but was fast even with the elevation. Word on the street is the top half Men’s 1/2/3 field averaged around 17mph on that course! Nuts!

We’re glad to see so many people out there, even some kind folks from Cleveland and Cincinnati made the trip to race! Cyclocross is real in Ohio and all the racers from around the state are proving that to be true! We love to see you all out there!

Results –

Posted to USAC here – Cap City Cross #4 & #5

Photos – 

Looking Ahead – Cap City Cross has an off this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any cyclocross going on in Ohio. Quite the opposite actually. Friday starts the annual Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival! It’s an Elite UCI weekend with amateur races every day! It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest, cyclocross event in the midwest! Cincy3 is definitely worth checking out!

Cap City Cross returns on November 10 at Smith Farms with Team Jeni’s setting up at another classic Cap City venue!

See ya soon!

Cap City Cross #4 (Ohio CX Cup & NEOCX Mash-Up) & #5 (Halloween Party) @ Infirmary Mound CX – 10.26 & 10.27 –

(Lots of cool shots of Infirmary Mound in there, plus some very nice commentary)

From the gang over at Paradise Garage Racing

Infirmary Mound is a classic Cap City course, fast, rolling terrain with off cambers, significant climbing, and wide open turns. This euro style course will play host to an ultra-competitive mash up field from Cap City Cross, Ohio CX Cup, and NEO CX. One weekend, two races, points for THREE series.
That’s right, this weekend we have two Cap City races (#4 & 5), and thus two chances for Cap City series points, but wait, there’s more. Saturday’s race counts for points in Ohio CX Cup and DOUBLE points in NEOCX.
Paradise Garage Racing has put together two totally different courses for the weekend; Saturday will feature a more traditional CX course with challenging corners, a short, but steep, rooted run-up or climb, and little opportunities to rest. Perfect for the championship level Ohio CX Cup racing. While, Sunday will feature an extended climb and a longer course, but faster racing. Both courses feature a deceivingly difficult uphill finish, a few great spectator locations, and easily accessible pits, with multiple  hose hookups (have a pressure washer?).
Feel free to work up an appetite out on the course, Yellow Brick Pizza will be there all day on Saturday serving up hot slices of pizza.
Competitors will be racing for prizes from Kenda, Homage, Seventh Son Brewing, Kona and more!
For those staying in town for the weekend, join us Saturday night at Seventh Son Brewing (1101 N. 4th st. Columbus, Ohio 43201) for a cyclocross halloween party! Drink specials for racers, costumes not required but encouraged. Wear your costume on Sunday for preferential call-up.
Pre-registration is open until 7pm on Wednesday night via:
Pre-registered racers get priority call-up on Saturday per Ohio CX Cup rules. But, as always, day of registration is available for no extra fee.
Sounds good to us, see you this weekend!

Cap City Cross #3 @ Lobdell Frisbee Course – 10.12.2013 – Results, Recap and Photos


(First lap ride-up/run-up was definitely a run-up)

Thanks to everyone that came out to stop number three in the Cap City Cross Series! Team Six One Four set up a challenging and climbers friendly course at Lobdell Frisbee Park! A lot of pain and suffering going on out there! It’s what we like to see!

Results –

Posted to USAC here –

Photos – 

Thanks again for coming out this weekend! Cap City Cross has a week off but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any racing! OVCX will be hosting race at a classic Ohio course in Yellow Springs at John Bryan State Park! Head out there to check them out! Don’t take a weekend off and let those legs go flat.

Cap City Cross resumes October 26/27 with Paradise Garage Racing at Infirmary Mound Park in Licking Co! October 26 is a CX Cup/NEOCX Mash Up and October 27 is for standard series points and state bragging rights! Keep checking back for details!

See you all soon!