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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.

Women, Junior Girls and Transgender Cyclocross Clinic ...

CALLING ALL LADIES NEW(ER) TO CYCLOCROSS RACING ...Sunday, Sept 15th, Half Acre Cycling is back with their instructional clinic.  This is geared towards someone new or almost new to the sport (couple races under your belt).  The clinic will run from 10 a.m.-1pm.

"Registration": opens on Mon, Aug 19th @ 12:01 a.m.  To ensure learning space both in lecture and field practice ... the clinic will be limited to the first 25 registrants.  Make sure to read the details on this event page.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn in a ladies only setting with the fast and fantastic sisters, Sam and Skylar Schneider leading the shebang and sharing their tips! Make sure to bring your helmet...and bike, of course.

Last Chance for Women's Dirt Days!

This Saturday will be your last chance to ride with us, <a href="">Pretty.Fast.</a>, and the <a href="">Bonebell</a> at the fourth Women's Dirt Days Ride of the season. We will be meeting in the John Muir Trailhead at Southern Kettle Moraine State Park and will start riding promptly at 9am. See the <a href="">Facebook invite</a> for more info. Hope you ladies can make it out for a day in the dirt!!


Race on our dime!

New Racers!! Half Acre Cycling wants to give YOU an opportunity to try crit racing on our dime. We are excited to offer covering the entry fee for the last of the LaBagh Woods Practice Criteriums on Wednesday Aug. 8th. This offer is good for the first 10 women and 5 men that sign-up by rsvp'ing to the email provided in this flyer! Only new racers should respond, please....

Women's Dirt Days Rides 2013

Calling all lady dirtbaggers! The Dirt Days are a monthly series of group mountain bike rides held at local Chicagoland and nearby Wisconsin trails throughout the summer months. It's a perfect event for women of all skill levels to meet up, enjoy friendly, non-competitive rides and get some time on the trail. Rides begin at 9am, rain or shine, so mark your calendars for these upcoming dates:

<a href="">May 4th: Palos Forest Preserve, Willow Springs, IL</a>
June 8: Southern Kettles, La Grange, WI*
July 6: Palos Forest Preserve, Willow Springs, IL
August 3: Southern Kettles, La Grange, WI*

*We will announce a carpool/meetup spot in the city for the Kettles dates

These rides are brought to you by our wonderful ride leaders with the support of their organizations:
Becky Welbes, <a href= "">Pretty. Fast.</a> & <a href="">Kinky Llama Racing</a>
Jen Mosley, <a href="">Half Acre Cycling</a>
Gina Kenny, <a href="">League of Illinois Bicyclists </a>

More updates to come. We hope to see you out on the trails!


Gapers Block Crits Thursday Results!

Whew. Not sure about you, but we're beat. Four days of awesome is tiring business. However, we had so much fun this week and we are so proud of all the racers - great work!  We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Here are Thursday's <a href="">RESULTS</a>. Please note, we are still finalizing some inquiries from throughout the week with the chief official.  Finalized results will be posted to USAC over the weekend. Per usual, if you suspect any errors, please contact erichi363 at gmail.

Big Congratulations to our beginner category omnium winners!
<a href="">Johnny Sprockets</a> Cat 5 winners: Ben Cartwright (XXX Racing-Athletico), Jorge Canales, and John Orleans (Mad Alchemy Rider Cooperative).
Women's Cat 4 winners: Erica Gaddy (Half Acre Cycling), Annie Byrne (Half Acre Cycling), and Maria Larkin (Chicago Cuttin' Crew). We have to say, though, that everyone who raced is a winner in our book!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Looks like spring has finally arrived in Chicago!


Gapers Block Crits Wednesday Results!

Here are the Wednesday <a href = "">RESULTS</a> for the Gapers Block Crits. Please note that we are still working out a glitch with the Women's 4 results. All updates will be made once we have them.  If you spot any other errors, please contact erichi363 at gmail.

As for tonight - the sun is shining, it's a bit warmer, and it is (sadly) already the last night of racing. Let's make this the best one yet! Keep up the great work, all!