» Terrible news from Wisconsin.
»The road season officially retired this weekend with the conclusion of the Fall Fling. Chris Mosora (Verizon Wireless) held on to win the 1/2 overall while teammate Brian Harris won the 40+ in a tiebreaker over Dave Pollin (WDT-Allvoi). Racing in their field was Marek Serafin (PACT/Dish Network), who wrapped up the 3's overall. In the 4's, Joe Berenyi (Psimet) took a one-point lead into the final race and clinched it with a 4th place on the day. Also of note is 15-year-old Konrad Witt (ABD), who won two of the three 4's races he entered, hopefully a preview of good results to come in 2011. Full Saturday results. Full overall results.
» Chicago riders raced well at this weekend's track national championships in Carson, Calif. Medals went to Val Brostrom (Bouledogue Tout Noir), 2nd in the first-ever women's madison championship, a day after she went down hard in the points race; Josh Ryan (Bouledogue Tout Noir) and Jonathan Fraley (WDT-Allvoi), 4th in the team sprint; and XXX Racing-AthletiCo's squad of Liam Donghue, Dave Moyer, John Tomlinson and Randy Warren, 5th in the team pursuit. Other notable results include young Chazz Martin (IS Corps) and Al Urbanski (WDT-Allvoi), 9th and 10th in the scratch; Urbanski again with 8th in the omnium; Moyer with 7th in the individual pursuit; and finally Brostrom with 9th in the women's scratch.
» The Illinois Cycling Association meets Saturday in Lisle.
» The Tribune profiles masters world champion Leigh Thompson (Vision Quest).
» Two events for women this week: Tomorrow is a Q&A with Kristen Meshberg (Flatlandia), and Saturday is the Project 5 Kit Up 'N' Chat Chick Ride.
» Registration for cyclocross national championships open Tuesday.
» Jason Alvarado (Embrocation Cycling Journal) has arranged for "The Cyclocross Meeting" to be shown at The Music Box on Monday, Oct. 25, with pro Barry Wicks (Kona) in attendance. Seating will be very limited. Tickets are available online.
» Wayne Simon (Verdigris) has been writing some fun, detailed cyclocross race reports on the Enzo's Cycling Products blog, including an account of his win at a very competitive 45+ field at Madison's Planet Bike Cup.
» For everything else you need to know about cyclocross, consult this comic.