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5/22/17 - Last week was our unique 'Unknown Night' program which put a twist on our usual schedule and brought out some fantastic racing. In addition, it was our first Cat 5 night of the year and so many riders showed up that we had to split the group in two! Looking forward to seeing all the Cat 5's race every Thursday in the 4's once they earn their upgrade! As a reminder our upgrade procedures are here and updated upgrade tracker is here. Also, thanks to Comrade Cycles for supporting the racing! Definitely swing by their shop at 1908 W Chicago Ave. Super friendly staff and people who definitely know what they're doing.

The weather was beautiful during warmup, and then in one gust of wind, it immediately dropped twenty degrees! But at this point of the year, if it's not raining, we're happy. Since it was our first of three Cat 5 nights, we'll start the recap of racing there. John Bowie (Intent) swept the 5B session while Graham Spicer (Unattached) took 2 of the 3 races in the 5A heats. Kevin Perez has the Cat 5's across the board riding and racing strong. If you haven't attended his weekly Monday night clinics, definitely give them a try as you can see it paying off for many riders new to track cycling. In the Men's 1/2's Jake Buescher (xXx) and Tyler George (xXx) again swept the night of racing, but not after fierce attempts by Dan Verner (Pact-Dish) to unseat them. Dan not only won the Masters 40+ race, but finished 2nd in a tough 1/2 Unknown Points race and got off the front with Jake and Tyler in a 3 man group in the 1/2 Unknown Scratch race that went to the line - earning him a very well deserved Most Courageous Rider award at the end of the night. In the women's 1/2/3's, Lily Williams upgraded and the field noticed as she swept the night of racing again. We also had separate winners in every race in our Men's Cat 3's and 4's fields showing how much diversity in talent we have in those categories right now (with Sol Treister and Jon Smail likely taking Omnium honors). Anna Affias of Spidermonkey continues to roll in the Women's Cat 4/5 field sweeping the evening, while Elizabeth McKinley and Samantha Scipio got on the podium each race. Jon Costin also swept the night in a mixed Juniors field.

This Thursday will be our first of two Ten and Five Mile Record Attempts. Come out and look to make it hot from the gun! 

Unofficial Results of the evening below. Rider of the Year Standings have been updated and are posted here

Most Courageous Rider Award

Men: Dan Verner
Women: Lily Williams

Session 1: Unknown Elimination (First, Second, Third)

Men's 1/2: Jake Buescher, Tyler George, Dan Breuer
Women's 1/2/3: Lily Williams, Francine Haas, Angela Rochester
Men's 3: Sol Treister, Andrew Giniat, Jason Holly
Men's 4: Matthew Giedt, Jon Smail, Daniel Corley
Women's 4/5: Anna Affias, Elizabeth McKinley, Samantha Scipio
Juniors 9-18: Jonathan Costin, Kendall Griffin, Jimmy Chiguil
Men's 5A (Scratch): Graham Spicer, Anthony Bustamante, Brad Erickson
Men's 5B (Scratch):  John Bowie, Carlos Bernabe, Jacob Huizenga

Session 2: Unknown Points

Men's 1/2: Jake Buescher, Dan Verner, Matt Fox
Women's 1/2/3: Lilly Williams, Francine Haas, Angelas Rochester
Men's 3: Andrew Giniat, Sol Treister, Kennen Hootman
Men's 4: Jon Smail, Tom Driver, Matthew Giedt
Women's 4/5: Anna Affias, Samantha Scipio, Elizabeth McKinley
Juniors 9-18: Jonathan Costin, Kendall Griffin, Jimmy Chiguil
Men's 5A (Points): John Bowie, Carlos Bernabe, Jeremy Bloyd-Peshkin
Men's 5B (Points): Edward Gross, Marvin Maya, Brad Erickson

Session 3: Unknown Scratch

Men's 1/2: Tyler George, Jake Buescher, Dan Verner
Women's 1/2/3: Lily Williams, Francine Haas, Katie George
Men's 3: Jason Holly, Rod DeJesus, Sol Treister
Men's 4: Tom Driver, Jon Smail, Matthew Giedt
Women's 4/5: Anna Affias, Samantha Scipio, Elizabeth McKinley
Juniors 9-18: Jonathan Costin, Kendall Griffin, Jimmy Chiguil
Men's 5A: John Bowie, Carlos Bernabe, Jacob Huizenga
Men's 5B: Graham Spicer, Marvin Maya, Edward Gross
Masters 40+: Dan Verner, Jason Garner, Larry Stoegbauer


5/15/17 - Wow! What an opening night! Thanks to everyone who came out and raced, spectated, volunteered, or officiated. Our race director Val Brostrom captured the night of racing live herehereherehere, and here if anyone wants to relive any of the action! Also, if by chance there are any volunteers who would like to video the races for us throughout the season, let us know! Also a big thank you to Rob Curtis at Psimet Wheels for sponsoring the evening. Psimet continues to produce fantastic wheels that have become nothing short of staple on the local road, track, and cyclocross scenes. Also, check out his new roast!

On to the racing. Scratch, Points, and Unknown were on tap and the Psimet ladies came out to play in the Women's 1/2/3 race, upsetting the status quo. Leah Sanda had a big night taking both the Scratch and Unknown races while Katie Isermann won the Most Courageous Rider Award at the end of the night. In the Men's 1/2 race, xXx's Jake Buescher and Tyler George swept the evening's events while Johnny Kuhfahl, Dan Breuer (Comrade), and Jason Garner (Garner) all got in the mix.  Sol Treister (xXx) continued where he left off last season by having another big night in the 3's while Jake Cramer flashed some new form. First time trackie, long time roadie couple Andrew Giniat (Echelon) and Lily Williams (Bonkers) won the majority of the entry level category races. Jonathan Costin swept the night of racing in the Juniors field while the Pact-Dish Network team of Brian Haas and Dan Verner took early leads in this seasons Garner Cup with a nice first Masters race. Check out this recap from Chicago Bike Racing as well. 

This Thursday will be our first All Unknown Night where we'll feature a unique program of racing for the regulars. In addition, Cat 5's will be able to test their mettle for the first time this season in prime time (Thursdays). 

Unofficial Results of the evening below. Rider of the Year Standings have been updated and are posted here. In addition, for new-comers and upgrade-seekers alike, we'll be keeping track of upgrade points here throughout the season.

Most Courageous Rider Award

Men: Michael Kirby
Women: Katie Isermann

Session 1: Scratch Race (First, Second, Third)

Men's 1/2: Tyler George, Johnny Kuhfahl, Jake Buescher
Women's 1/2/3: Francine Haas, Katie Isermann, Molly Shough
Men's 3: Damian Chlanda, Jacob Cramer, Jason Holly
Men's 4: John Smail, Chris Witek, Matt Giedt
Women's 4/5: Lily Williams, Kelsey Campbell Dollaghan, Amelia Van Maldegiam
Juniors 9-14: Gabriel Le Denman
Juniors 15-18: Jonathan Costin, Steve Jaimes, Kendall Griffin

Session 2: Points

Men's 1/2: Tyler George, Johnny Kuhfahl, Jake Buescher
Women's 1/2/3: Leah Sanda, Francine Haas, Katie Isermann
Men's 3: Kennan Hootman, Sol Treister, Michael Kirby
Men's 4: Andrew Giniat, Matt Giedt, Anthoy Hoak
Women's 4/5: Lily Williams, Kelsey Campbell Dollaghan, Amelia Van Maldegiam
Juniors 9-14: Gabriel Le Denman
Juniors 15-18: Jonathan Costin, Kendall Griffin, Steve Jaimes

Session 3: Unknown Distance

Men's 1/2: Jake Buescher, Tyler George, Dan Breuer
Women's 1/2/3: Leah Sanda, Francine Haas, Katie Isermann
Men's 3: Sol Treister, Jacob Cramer, Alex Bolotin
Men's 4: Andrew Giniat, Chris Witek, Matt Giedt
Women's 4/5: Lily Williams, Samantha Scipio, Kelsey Campbell Dollaghan
Juniors 9-14: Gabriel Le Denman
Juniors 15-18: Jonathan Costin, Steve Jaimes, Kendall Griffin


 

4/28/17 - The 2017 race calendar is up! We're merely two weeks away from Opening Night and so much is on the horizon. Monday and Tuesday night clinics are already underway, Kevin Perez's upgrade clinic is next Saturday, May 6th, and our swap meet and number pickup is next Monday, May 8th. If you're interested in upgrading and learning more about track racing, do not miss out on Kevin's clinic! Also, information on the 2017 Youth Cycling League is posted which includes training (Wed) and racing (Fri) throughout the summer for our younger riders.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Intro to Track Racing Clinic at Rapha and the Women's clinic, we're looking forward to seeing your faces at the track this summer!


3/22/17 - The 2017 season is right around the corner! We hope you're as excited as we are about another year of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. As you may notice, we're in the process of updating our website to hopefully be a bit more user friendly. Second, we are finalizing our 2017 sponsors for this year and will then soon have a final calendar. This year we are also going to do a full season racing calendar, which will identify the specific races for each night in addition to the nightly theme. 

Notably, for 2017 USAC has introduced many rule changes including the introduction of a category 5 for women. In light of this, and feedback from past seasons, we are again streamlining the upgrade process (more to follow). Men will continue to have separate cat 5 nights.  New cat 5 women will race with the cat 4 women in a combined cat 4/5 field, however the process to upgrade will be identical for both men and women. We are working out the final details of this but believe our new procedure will give racers more options and ease the upgrade process, specifically for the category 5 men.


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