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

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(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!

Preview -

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.

Directions -

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!

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See you on Saturday!

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

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(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 - https://www.facebook.com/JulesTurbo/media_set?set=a.10202531046820589.1073741850.1328222534&type=1
  • Rick Jordan
    • http://s136.photobucket.com/user/rjordon629/library/Smiths%20Farm?sort=3&page=1
  • Ron Kochanowski
    • http://www.kochanowski.us/capcitycross6

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

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(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 -

http://joinarace.com/event/details/2013-cap-city-cyclocross-team-jeni

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

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

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(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

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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: https://www.bikereg.com/net/cap-city-cross-infirmary-mound
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

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(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 - https://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2013-3654

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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!

2013 Cap City Cross Overalls – 1st Ed. – 10.9.2013

With two races out of the way, the first round of overalls have been compiled. Things are still a bit wonky – some men in the 4/5s and 3/4s are sort of controlling both fields, but that will be taken care of by the next race.

Also, what’s up with those NEOCXers controlling the top spots in the 1/2/3 field? Yo, Cap City Crossers, have you no respect for yourselves?! Let’s get to work and get those spots back!

As it was noted, we did not compile overall points for the 55+ field as that was a Ohio CX Cup field only.

Without further ado, here you are -

Officially, Official Overall Series Points as of 10.9.2013

****Note****

The only races racers can double up in are Single Speed and Masters 35+/45+ Open fields. Racers are not eligible for winning, or being on the podium, for overalls in two category races (ie 3/4 and 1/2/3).

With that being said, Lobdell Frisbee CX is Saturday! See who you’re competing against and give them the battle they deserve!

Cap City Cross #3 @ Lobdell Frisbee Course – 10.12.2013

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(RUN UP!!!)

Whoa, wait, what? I know what you’re thinking, “I’m getting seven days to recover this week instead of my normal 14?”

Well yea. We’re in full fledge ‘cross season here. Races are only going to get harder. Plus some other series’ have already done five races this season, FIVE! So toughen up a bit and come play.

This week we’re headed out east to another classic Cap City Cross venue at Lobdell Frisbee course. While not as hard as Big Run, Lobdell certainly has a little more elevation. It’s sort of run a different way though. Where Big Run feature quite a few quick climbs and small descents, Lobdell has one, major climb. The park is built on three tiers. Luckily the race starts on the bottom level. To get to the second level you’ll have to run up a nice, steep hill and hop back on your bike and climb to the third tier. Once up top, there will be some wide open twists and turns, maybe a false flat or two, then a screaming fast descent. But don’t worry, that “climb” accounts for two-thirds of your lap time. Recovery is key on the descent, but don’t get too comfy.

For directions search Google for “Lobdell Reserve Frisbee Course”.

Team Six One Four will be out there setting up, running registration and tearing down. They have pre-registration offered here -

- https://www.bikereg.com/Net/cap-city-cross-3–lobdell-frisbee-park

Remember to bring your numbers. We are using those fancy, cloth numbers for the entire season. If you lose yours, it will cost $10 for a new one.

As always, registration will open at 9am, racing starts at 10am with the men’s Cat 4/5 field and wraps up at 2:35 with men’s cat 1/2/3 field.

Following Saturday’s race is the fourth stop in the Ohio Vally Cyclocross Series at Caesar’s Ford in Xenia, Ohio on Sunday! They’ve got preregistration available at at BikeReg.

See you all this weekend!

Cap City Cross #2 @ Big Run Park – 10.5.2013 – Quick Recap

Cap City Crossers!

Thank you very much for coming out and charging Big Run with us today!

I’d like to apologize to everyone for the delay this morning. We’re sorry to have had registration open so late and to push back the early race schedule. Thanks for being patient with us while we got it sorted out!

Also big shout out to our awesome officials – Mitch Beckner and Dave Groen – for helping, adapting and assisting today!

In the end, everything turned out great and it seemed that everyone had a great (considerably speaking, Big Run isn’t the easiest race).

Results, photos and thorough recap by Monday.

Thanks again to everyone that raced, helped out, cheered, spectated sponsored and had a good time with us today! We loved it and hope you did too!