August Club News
By Emily Laflamme | Aug 29, 2015
Photo by SnowyMountain Photography
We had so much fun kicking off cross season with our annual Relay Cross race. After a Le Mans start, teams of two riders (occasionally in costume) alternate laps on a traditional cyclocross course. At the end of each lap, riders high-five their waiting partners, who leap into action to contest the next lap. This race would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors and the hard work of race director Kevin Corcoran, volunteer coordinator Monika Kowalska, and our incredible team of volunteers. Results are posted here.
Our Tuesday night LaBagh Woods Criteriums were a great success! From May to August, we held 12 races, each giving racers from beginner to experienced an opportunity to develop crit racing skills and receive in-race coaching from our elite team members. Huge thanks to race director Chris MacFarland and teammate Jim Barclay for handling all of the logistics to ensure a safe, fun series. We'll be back next year!
Congratulations to our teammates who brought home some impressive results this month, especially Tyler George for breaking the previous 2005 Northbrook Kilo Track Record, Nikos Hessert and Johnny Kuhfahl for taking first place in the Junior Nationals Team Pursuit and representing the United States at Junior Track Worlds, and Courtney O'Neill for taking a spot on a podium in FOUR different cycling disciplines.
Every month we honor a guy and girl from our team who exemplify what it means to be a xXx Racing teammate. This month, no one deserved the title more than Ellen Ryan, Rob Whittier and Richard Moellering.
Our Saturday team ride is open to anyone and we love to have new riders join us! We leave from Wicker Park at 7 a.m., with a second pick-up point at Pratt & California at 7:30 a.m. The ride up to Highland Park is no-drop which means we ride at the pace of the slowest rider. We stop at a coffee shop in Highland Park and then you are free to continue on with groups that go further or return home. Find more details here.
And finally, a big thank you to SnowyMountain Photography for always doing an exemplary job capturing the pain, sweat and fun of cycling. Be sure to check out their website, www.snowymountainphotography.com
Interested in catching up on cycling news, reading race reports or seeing a full calendar of upcoming cycling events? Head over to check out our friends at Chi Bike Racing.