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Chicago Cyclocross Cup Season Opener

The Heritage Race Club Cyclocross Team has kept the momentum going since the opening of the cyclocross season. Up in Waterloo, WI at the Trek CXC Cup, 15 year old Juan Carlos Gonzalez won the Jr. 15-18 race. Also in Waterloo, Blackstone Youth Racing's Nayla Hale had the opportunity to attend a GIRLS ONLY cyclocross clinic led by U.S. national champion Katie Compton. This was a huge opportunity for Nayla to learn from the most decorated American cyclocross racer in history and one of the best racers in the world. 

This past weekend was the Chicago Cyclocross Cup's first race at a new venue, Caldwell Woods Park. The first race of the series is always well attended and this year the number of racers reached nearly 800!   The course was well received by everyone in attendance. It had a good mix of fast flowy turns, tight technical sections, and even a steep run up. A majority of the course was flat, so it has been described as a "power" course. Meaning, riders with big engines could take advantage of the flat wide open parts of the course. This leaves smaller, punchier racers that excel with elevation changes at a slight disadvantage. 

Juan Carlos kept his podium streak going and placed second in the Jr. 15-18 race and his kid sister Pamela finished 23rd in the 9-14 race (side note, their new team issued Heritage Race Club jerseys are on order). Blackstone racers Eddie, Jaleel, and Nayla (fresh off improving her skills with Katie Compton) started their seasons as well.

In the Women's 1/2/3 race, Lindsay Knight rode a great race and fought from behind on a course that doesn't quite suit her strengths to finish 5th place. In the Men's 1/2/3 race Mike Phillips picked up where he left off and won from a select group of 4 that formed very early in the race. David Reyes came in in 4th place and his father Al overcame a lot of rider traffic and a couple crashes to finish in 27th out of a field of 70 riders!

Next up is the second stop on the CCC calendar at Hopkins Park in Dekalb, IL on Sunday. Also, please celebrate a belated birthday to Matt Schweiker! After a recent bout of illness he'll be back in action racing Saturday in Milwuakee, WI and Hopkins Park in Dekalb on Sunday. 

Thanks for your support!

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