2019 Pulaski Woods Preview
UPDATE as of 5:45am Sunday 10/13/2019
Registration is where staging was last week, on the North edge of the driving range. Staging is close to the miniature golf course and hotel. The finish line will be close to where it was last week, near the little pond. Equipment pits are in roughly the same location as last week. Course runs clockwise. PLEASE securely tie down any tents or anything weighing less than a medium size rock, it will be very windy today.
UPDATE as of 6:30pm Friday 10/11/2019
Sign up here to volunteer this Sunday –> https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/3022800/false#/invitation
UPDATE as of 4:30pm Friday 10/11/2019
The Forest Preserve has (once again) asked us not to hold this Sunday’s race at Pulaski Woods due to today’s rain and still wet ground. Beverly Bike and Region Racing went through 2 backup venues but we have finally secured a race venue (again) at everyone’s favorite CX race site, Indian Lakes Hotel at 250 W Schick Rd Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Course details, registration location, etc. are forthcoming.
Also, Psimet is taking over as the race director for this event. They will need some help tomorrow (Saturday) with course set-up but even more so on Sunday with final set up, course marshals, tear down, etc. We will post a volunteer sign-up link above as soon as it is available.
To make this race happens this weekend it needs to be a truly collaborative CCC community effort. Please help if you can. Feel free to send all emails to email@example.com as Rob and the Psimet crew will be very busy over the next 36 hours.
- Beverly Bike along with Region Racing present
Pulaski Woodsas the third stop in our series. The first US National Championships Cyclo-cross Championship were held in these parts back in 1963. See here.
- Please continue to use the hashtag #drwCX.
- Weather: The forecast calls for rain on Friday but then clear the rest of the weekend, plus it’s been dry all week. That being said we’ve had a LOT of rain recently and some parts of the park are still a little soggy. A decision
will bewas made by the Forest Preserve at noon on Friday as to the fate of the race happening at Pulaski Woods. We obviously don’t want to change venues… again… but check back here Friday afternoon and on Twitter for any important venue and/or location change updates. Yes, Beverly and Region have been looking into a backup location. No, that location is NOT Indian Lakes, although if all else fails we can still head back out to Bloomingdale if need be.
- Preliminary staging will be posted here sometime Friday. Please let us know if you see any errors.
- Keep in mind if you’re viewing the static race venue page we are racing at
Pulaksi Woods Lake County Fairgrounds Melas Racin’ BasinIndian Lakes Hotel … NOT Dan Ryan Woods. If you go to Dan Ryan Woods or anywhere else there will NOT be a CX race there.
- We have series rules concerning upgrades. If you have upgraded in the last week please email us ASAP so we can transfer 1/2 your points to the next category for staging and overall standings.
Venue and Parking: Take caution when driving to the parking lots. There is a tricky turn off of 95th and Wolf Road. Be prepared to stop. The majority of parking is at the bottom of the hill closest to registration (Bullfrog). Plenty of parking, please use it. Don’t park on the grass.Plenty of parking at Indian Lakes, please only park in marked spots though.
your best parking will be at the top of the hill (Pulaski). Course space is limited, but we will be taking full advantage of the hill. Course details TBD.
Numbers on left. Everyone must check-in at Registration, even women with series long bib numbers. Otherwise you will not be staged or allowed to race.
Jonathan Vota from Picture Me Smokin BBQ will be on-site with his new catering venture.Big Momma’s Kitchen will be on-site around noon with homecooked soulfood goodness.
- The Chicago Marathon is also being run Sunday morning. See the official site here for info, course maps, and road closures. Please plan your route and timing to the venue accordingly.
We have heard stories of the Forest Preserve Police being aggressive in writing tickets. Please make sure your car is parked correctly and badging is up to date. No for sale signs. Please, no glass bottles.
- The course:
Runs counterclockwise. This is a new (if you don’t count the 1960’s) venue for everyone, so please be patient with us and give yourself extra time to arrive and figure out where everything is. Course TBD, check back Saturday… maybe.
I’ve got a free homemade bike rack/stand or whatever you wanna call them to give away. It’s heavy and bulky to lug around but it’s gotten the job done for our team. Let me know if you want it.
Not to spoil it but if you are not familiar with the course location it is on the side of a big hill. The start/finish is the same as the Palos Meltdown XC race; long and up hill. Looks fun and super challenging.
Classic Palos Meltdown hill…oh no…
Why has PSIMET taken over the race? Don’t they have two races in a couple of weeks? Curious why Beverly Bike and Region Racing backed out.
Food vendor has backed out….everyone needs to be prepared.
Region and Beverly were denied by 3 venues. Neither club is large and neither club is located near Indian Lakes, so we took over the race because we’re the only team stupid enough to try and throw a bike race on 36 hours notice.
We thought it would be better to have a race than not have a race.
I think I can safely say nobody on the team is excited about putting on 3 CX races this year. It’s a lot of work.
Not exactly sure but it’s about resources. It takes a lot of volunteer bodies to pull off a race and PSIMET has that. If you would like to help there is a link at the head of the post if you would like to do your part for our amazing cycling community.
Thanks Jason….we should have a food vendor now. Wow awesome to have all the support so we can race some bikes! Thanks everyone!!!
Thank you to everyone who made today’s race possible. Great course! Great effort to put it together in 24 hours! You made everyone’s day!
Shout out to the rider in the Cat 3 race that took a cheeseburger “hand up” right out of the unsuspecting hands of a Team Veloz spectator. Best thing I’ve ever seen.