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Volunteers needed for Gapers Block Crits

Are you racing and bringing along a friend to watch?  Or, maybe you're a cat 3 guy who can't race but doesn't want to miss the exciting scene?  We need your help!

In order to make these races happen, we need at least 6 course marshals per night, along with a set-up and tear-down crew and registration help.  Volunteers need to be available from about 6 until 7:45pm.  We'll provide attractive neon reflective vests and flags and two-way radios, just bring your self, dressed for the weather!

Let us know if you think you can make it one or more nights (March 22-26) at hello at half acre cycling dot org.  THANK YOU!


HAC/CAMBR Joint Trail Work Day at Palos: May 8

Please join members of Half Acre Cycling and <a href="">CAMBR South</a> on Saturday, May 8 for a trail work day. We'll meet at 8:45 at the <a href=",-87.894906&spn=0.003188,0.010461&z=17&iwloc=0004844cec95077f1bf18">Pulaski Woods parking lot. </a>You’ll get your hands dirty, make our trails a better place to ride, meet some cool new riding partners, and sample some of the finest trail the greater Chicago area has to offer. For this trail work day, we’ll be working at the <a href="">Palos Forest Preserves</a> in Willow Springs, IL. Besides being the location of an experimental nuclear reactor in the early 1940s, the Palos Forest Preserve is home to nearly 50 miles of mountain bike trail.

After a morning of trail work, we’ll enjoy our handiwork with an inclusive group ride. This will be a ride for all skill-levels and a great chance to try mountain biking if you’ve never done it before or haven’t in a while. Women are especially encouraged to join us. Stick around for a picnic lunch and get to know the men and women of Half Acre Cycling and CAMBR as well as other local trail riders.

Things to do: Arrive at 8:45 am ready to work and have fun (exact location TBD, check <a href="">here</a> for details). Directions to the Mountain Bike Staging area: From I-55, exit at LaGrange Road (Route 45) south. After a mile, turn right onto Archer Ave and go south for about 3 miles. Past the cemetary, turn left on 95th Street (east). Go past the next stop sign, then take the next right onto Wolf Road. The MTB Staging Area is in Pulaski Woods #2, which is the third grove on your left.

Things to wear: Comfortable, loose fitting clothing (long-sleeve shirts and long pants) to protect yourself from the ticks; insect repellant; a hat to protect yourself from the sun; some solid boots; work gloves; eye protection; and a hydration pack.

Things to bring: Your bike and gear for a post-work-day group ride; a change of clothes; a picnic lunch (CAMBR will provide food as well); a post-ride beverage (HAC will supply some of that); and a friend or two.

Questions? Contact Paul-Brian at


These people made it happen!

Putting on 5 nights of crits means lots of set-up, tear down, corner marshal work, registration, and more.  If you came out and raced this week, you have these people to thank for it...

First, our supervolunteers- folks who came out to help just because they're awesome: registration ladies Molly Godlewski (Flatlandia) and Jeanette Rho (Cuttin Crew) and corner marshals Jeff Perkins (Cuttin Crew), Ben Fietz (Cuttin Crew), Kristen and Jason Meshberg (Flatlandia), Ellie Blick, and Chelsea Trader, and set up and sweep helper Michael Young (XXX).  Jane O'Brien came out every night to volunteer, and she's not even a bike racer.... yet!

Special thanks to Cathy Frampton who brought us hot cocoa and home-made banana bread and Jane O'Brien who brought a gigantic banana bread.  We were well fed!

We couldn't do it without the support crew either.  Chicago Parks District, Alderman John Pope, 4th District Chicago Police, our EMTs Peter and Jillian, Officials Steve, Mike, Mark, and Dan.  Thanks to Amy Dykema for taking great photos, and thanks to our sponsors, Half Acre Brewing and <a href="">Gapers Block.</a>

And finally, shout out to the HAC riders who came out and worked hard to make it happen:  Erica Chianese, Dan Labovitch, Sarah Lu, Paul-Brian McInerny, Jennifer Mosley,  John Cline, Tegan Brace, Chris Jensen, Niki Myer and family, Martinique Haller, Isaiah Jay, Jennifer Kick, Pip Potter, Martinique Haller, Ben Popper, Al and Jacob Thom, Ariel Knauff, Matt Fraiser, Will Godfrey, Josh Arends, Jen Kick, Jeremy Treister, Jason Mathis, Zach Thomas, Eric Shivvers, Vince Giocovino, Tom MacNeill-Zimmerman, Joe Henry, Adrian Silva, Gavin Gould, Josh Hughes, and more.  Sorry if we missed anyone- it was a busy week!