Gapers Block Crits
Calumet Park, Chicago, IL
Monday, March 31 - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Get there early (5:30) if you want to get on the wait-list
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.
Licensing: All riders pre-registering must have a USA Cycling annual license which can be purchased for $70 on the USAC website. Non-license-holders may purchase a one day license for $15 each day you race. A one day license is valid for Cat 5 and Women 4 only.
Registration: The fees mentioned above cover the cost of all four days of racing. Online pre-registration is for the 4-day series only. One day registration is day-of, on-site only and will be $20/day for men and $15/day for women. Cash or check only. Registration will close 15 minutes before each race. (**While the field limit is 50, pre-registration is capped at 40 per field to allow space for day-of registrants.)
Riding multiple fields: Riders will not be allowed to pre-register for more than one field. Any multiple entries will be canceled and refunded. Riders wishing to participate in more than one race a day may pay the day-of fee and register the day of the race for their second field.
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 the Cat 4/5 and Women’s 4 races 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 number 2014-495, 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.
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.
New this year! You'll have a chance to donate to the Active Transportation Alliance when you register! Active Trans is Chicagoland's voice for better biking, walking, and transit. A member-supported nonprofit transportation advocacy group, their work continues to help pave the way for better streets and trails for you to ride and train! Support their work by making a donation and learn more at www.activetrans.org/.
SPECIAL THANKS to Chicago Parks District, Alderman Pope, District 4 police, Illinois Cycling Association, USAC, and gapersblock.com.