Calumet Park  9801 S Ave G, Chicago, IL 60617

Monday, April 9th - Thursday, April 12th, 2018

This four-day series gives newer racers a low-cost, low-tech, nearby opportunity to try out criterium racing and gain valuable experience, skills, and confidence before the season opens.  Also it is a great way for seasoned racers to jump start their racing season and test out the legs.  Not to mention, the fabulous prizes and primes that await!

Licensing:  All riders pre-registering must have a USA Cycling annual license which can be purchased for $75 on the USAC website.  Non-license-holders may purchase a one day license for $10 each day you race. A one day license is valid for Men's Cat 5 and Women Cat 5 only.  Rewew or purchase before race day!  Be prepared to show your renewed license at the registration table.

Registration: Three types:  Series reg, pick yer night, and day-of.  4-day series is $60 for gents and $40 for ladies. Pick-a-night is $20 for gents and $15 per night ladies.  Day-of, on-site will be $25 and $20 respectively. Cash or check only at reg table. Registration will close 15 minutes before each race. (**While the field limit is 65, pre-registration is capped at 55 per field to allow space for day-of registrants.)

Riding multiple fields: Riders will NOT be allowed to register for both Cat 4 and 4/5 race on the same night.  Any multiple entries will be canceled and refunded.  Riders wishing to participate in more than one race a night will register day of the race for their second field for a discounted 2nd race fee of $15.  (we do this to allow space for everyone to pre-reg in at least one race per night)

Results: This is a low-tech training criterium series.  Results will list top finishers (we aim to have 10-deep placings, but it is not always possible) and all other riders will be scored as the last place to have been scored.  For example, if we are only able to score 9 deep, all other riders will take 10th place, per USAC guidelines.  Omnium scoring is based on points earned by placed racers each night.

Prizes: Prizes for the top three omnium winners in each category will be presented at the end of the series. All prizes are donated from our gracious sponsors, varying from items such as socks, water bottles, tires, etc. No cash is awarded.  

Rules: This event is held under USAC permit 2018-643, all USAC rules apply.  All riders must wear an approved helmet at all times while at the race venue.  No alcohol is allowed in the park.  NO bike shoes allowed in the field house. Change only in the locker rooms not the restrooms.

Directions: Get your warm-up by riding down!  Follow the Bike Route signs from the Lake Front Path.  Or, if you must take a car... If you follow online directions you'll get off the I-90 skyway at 92nd, the first exit after/before the toll, and pay $4 each way every day.  Instead, we recommend: exit the Dan Ryan I-94 at 63rd (exit 58B), go east on 63rd, south on King, and take South Chicago Ave.  Left on 95th which leads into the park.  Stay right at the T with Crilly. OR better yet, take Lake Shore Drive and follow along the new 2 mile extension to Ewing which leads straight to the park! You can park along Crilly before the Ave G stop sign.

Racing will be the loop following S Ave G south, left turn onto E 100th Dr, continuing left onto Crilly Dr, then left back to Ave G.

Weather considerations: Events will be starting rain or shine.

Where does the money go?  Half Acre Cycling believes that racing should be affordable and we have worked hard to make this series the least expensive racing in the region.  Still, we know it's not cheap.  Our main costs include permitting fees (City of Chicago, Chicago Parks District, and USAC), USAC licensing fees (how we get insurance for the event), paying our officials, and paying our paramedic. A key reason this series is so affordable is because we've chosen not to pay for cash payouts or prizes and our volunteers are absorbing more of the work.  If you would like to help out, please let us know.  Or, if your club is interested in hosting a more affordable, accessible event, we'd be happy to share how we've done this with you.

For questions:  email