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WTB Fundraiser at the HAB Taproom

Wow!  What an amazing show of support.  For the first time Half Acre Cycling teamed up with Half Acre Beer Company to host a fundraiser to support the West Town Bikes Cyclocross program. 

For those that don't know, the WTB CX program sponsors and provides mentorship and coaching to juniors and young adults that would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in cyclocross events.  Racing requires fitness and teaches commitment and perseverance.  The skills, knowledge and friendships gained help form a socially intelligent and responsible, physically fit person.

We at HAC were very excited to be a part of this as supporting the beginner rider and bringing the sport to more folks is important to us.  Without these efforts some of us wouldn't be racing today. 

An event like this couldn't have happened without the support of our sponsors and friends.  Major hats off to Half Acre Beer Co. for allowing us to takeover their taproom, providing staff, tours, and proceeds of the beer sales.  We are so honored to represent them on the bike. 

The raffle prizes were simply above and beyond.  We created about a dozen 'super lots' so each one was well worth a few tickets.  Big thanks to:

-Knog          -Carborocket          -Specialized          -Gapers Block          -Chamois Buttr

-Active Transportation Alliance          -Johnny Sprockets          -Abus          -Chipotle

If you weren't able to attend you can still support the WTB CX program by visiting the West Town Bikes website.  There you will also learn more about the other programs they run and ways you can get involved. 


Folks anxiously awaiting the next raffle pull and/or brewery tour.

Folks anxiously awaiting the next raffle pull and/or brewery tour.

A snapshot of all the generous donated goods.

A snapshot of all the generous donated goods.

Wednesday recap & current Omnium standings

Folks that skipped last night missed out on some good racing.  It was a bit nipply out but the wind calmed a bit by race time and NO rain.  As for today, although it poured all morning the forecast is hinting at a reprieve during race times.   Whooot!


Wednesday prelim results have been input here.  But folks may want to take a peek at the Omnium standings.  Right now the top three Cat 5 gents are very close, tonights race could make the difference for one of them.  In the Cat 4/5 race 1st and 2nd are tied!!  Gotta race to get those points gents and watch out for 3rd, he's hot on your heels.  As for the ladies, 1st has a clear lead, but a no-show tonight and a 1st place win by 2nd could take the overall!


I should also mention that our sponsors have ponied up some AMAZING prizes this year.  A late addition to the prize packs are free massage sessions at HPIChicago.  Much needed after four nights of racing.  Johnny Sprockets is providing a bike fit and a bike tune-up for the gents.  Specialized is hooking up our women winners with shoes, saddles and gloves!  Also, some lucky folks will be getting full tubs of CarboRocket beverage, tubes of Chamois Butt'r, powerful lights and locks from Knog.  Whaaaat?!?!  Makes a possible race in the rain seem worth it to me.

A moment of pre-thanks for our sponsors

Attendees to the clinic today and the racers this week have and will be treated to many goodies from our sponsors.  Carborocket is providing their signature hydration beverage, Knog lights and locks, Chamois Butt'r oodles of samples, Johnny Sprockets a host for the clinic as well as a fit and tune-up for the men's omnium winners and Specialized has provided the women omnium winners with new saddles and shoes!!   We know you race for the fun and glory but a little treat at the end is always a plus.  Besides, we love our sponsors and want to share them with you.  We have to of course mention our race title sponsor, Gapers Block.  Check out our recent write up on their awesome site.  All winners will get to sport their Chicago pride with a Gapers Block tee as well.  Looking forward to a great week of racing and welcoming many new riders!!