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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.

Thursday-series end, let's celebrate!

What a great series this year!  First off the first two nights had great weather and the rain held off the next two.  Many of us remember previous years where every night was a bone chiller!  I guess our rain delay dance worked.  Second, what a great showing of new racers this year.  Registration was kept busy getting those one day waivers cranking out and a few folks liked this racing thing enough to sign on for their yearly license the next day!  Whether you're a seasoned racer or a new one we hope this series acts as great kick off to your season.  Third, it takes a village to make these events go, the officials, the medical, the local PD and parks dep't, our sponsors, and of course all the members of HAC and their pals who came down to keep the course clear of debris, roving cars, and working the registration table.


A big congratulations to all of our Omnium winners.  We hope that you enjoy your prize packs. You gotta show up to win and most of you came every night.  Although we do like to think that once you toe the line no matter where you finish you've won, because it takes guts to get out there, especially if it's your first time.  Here are the daily results.  We hope to have the finalized ready to upload to USAC in the day or so.


See you at the races soon!  And when you're not riding your bike (what!?) check out our series sponsors' site, Gapers Block, for things to do and see in Chicago. 

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.

Tuesday in the can-two more to go

A bit chillier but still a great night for racing.  The officials gave us an updated results list for Monday and here are the prelim results for Tuesday.  Email the team or come to the reg table/officials tonight to with any questions. 

The President is in town today so everyone needs to think about their travel routes and times.  So far the weather looks to be clear...fingers crossed!

Monday night review

Night one had great weather and an equally great turnout.  Legs were pumping and post race everyone already began to discuss what they could do better the next night.   The rubber stayed down for all but one lone rider but she was a-ok afterwards.  It was great to see so many new faces out there.  The wind may be blowing again tonight, but we'll take that to rain!  Hope to see another full line-up tonight.

Here is the link to the preliminary results.  Come to the reg table or email us with any questions.  We still have some review to do with the ladies results.  Final results for all races will be sent to USAC on Friday.

Gapers Block Crits and clinic are here!!

Folks are obviously ready to get racing this year.  Our beginner's clinic this weekend is maxed out  and all pre-reg spots for the three heats at our crit series are full as well.


A couple of quick reminders for those racing next week

If you are pre-registered for the series:

  • have your renewed license and an id ready when you check in
  • license must be 2014, a printed 'authorization to ride' or be able to show on a smart phone the renewal.  
  • you must check in every night and sign in at the registration table otherwise results will not be counted
  • if you do not have a license be prepared to pay an extra $15 each day you race for the one day license fee
  • you keep the same bib # for the entire week

For those coming down each night:

  • there are ten open slots, first come-first serve.  We will then have a wait list and fill from the prereg no-shows.
  • save time bring a filled out waiver!  it's usually cold and windy out there. 
    • if you have a license:  this is your waiver
    • if you do NOT have a license:  fill out this waiver
  • Payment via cash or checks made out to 'Half Acre Cycling', no credit cards
  • juniors must have a parent or guardian to sign their waiver

For everyone:  remember to check your equipment, wear a helmet, we'll try to place up to ten deep if we can, it's early in the season so we hope this series is an opportunity to kicks it off in a fun way!


Spring close, so close

March is here and we at Half Acre Cycling are ready to hit the open roads!  

For the sixth year running we will be putting on our Gapers Block Crit Series.  Time to shake the dust off those legs.  This series is geared toward the newer racers out there.  Whether it'll be your first time out or you're almost ready to get that upgrade this series is for you.  It'll run from March 31st through April 3rd.   Pre-registration for the men is full but there will be 10 first come-first get spots each night (not to mention filling the pre-reg no-shows).  There are just a few spots left for the ladies!  Registration/info on Bikereg and for announcements on Facebook.  Our goal is to provide local, low cost, racing opportunities for the newer riders in the cycling scene.


Feeling like you're not sure about this race thing yet?  We are hosting a Beginners Road Clinic the day before the series.  We will let you know what to expect, the basic fundamentals, tips and tricks.  We have an amazing coach!!  Greg Meeker, a former member of the U.S. National Cycling Team, will give a guest lecture. Greg has coached many riders, both men and women. He regularly presents lectures and outdoor riding skills clinics in Illinois and Wisconsin. He also coached multiple National team members and helped found Midwest's first women's cycling team.   This even is FREE!  But you need to Register and for announcements go to Facebook.  This clinic is welcome to Women, Men, Juniors, and Trans, come as you are, we only require an open mind about learning to race your bike.

We Couldn't Have Done it Without You!

Just a couple last words regarding the 2013 <a href="">Gapers Block</a> Crits: THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our racers. Without all of your excitement and interest in trying out racing, we wouldn't be able to put on this practice series for as many years as we have. And it just seems to keep growing and getting better every year -- because of all of you guys and gals coming out with the passion to race!

Thank you to all of our sponsors for donating the awesome prizes and swag! Thanks to <a href="">Johnny Sprockets</a> for sponsoring the Cat 5 race; <a href="">Psimet</a> Custom Wheels for the gift cards for the Women's Cat 4 race; <a href="">HPI</a> for the computrainer certificates; <a href="">CarboRocket</a> for the tasty samples; <a href="">Enzo's</a> for the Buttonhole Chamois Cream samples; and <a href="">Specialized</a> for the socks! And thank you <a href="">Beverly Bike-Vee Pak</a> for donating the bar tape and pumps for our premes!

And a round of applause to our excellent officials and hard working volunteers. You guys rock!

Lastly, the final set of <a href="">OMNIUM RESULTS<a> are now available. Nice work everyone!! Hope you all have a great race season. We look forward to seeing out all out there real soon!