This was championship weekend in Chicago, with Saturday's Grayslake Cycling Classic extra meaningful for anyone with an Illinois Cup standing on the line and ABR giving away state criterium championships in Wood Dale on Sunday. Some highlights:
» IS Corp has rolled thick all year and owned the Wisconsin Cycling Association series -- in the WCA's team competition it earned three times as many points as 2nd place -- and it brought its playbook south to the P/1/2's race in Grayslake, getting Kyle Jacobson and Tristan Schouten up the road and onto the podium, where they were joined by Liam Donoghue (XXX Racing-AthletiCo). Dave Moyer (XXX Racing-AthletiCo) and Bryan McVey (ReCycling) were head-to-head for the Illinois Cup championship, but both finished out of the points, so Moyer wins that crown.
» It appears Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack) and Stacy Appelwick (Bouledogue Tout Noir) have a decent rivalry going. They finished 1-2 in both the women's 3/4's and the women's open, with Appelwick taking 3/4's, Kuhajek the open. (Illinois Cup honors, however, go to Jessi Prinner (ABD) in the open and Cathy Frampton (Project 5) in the 3/4's.) The next day Kuhajek would beat Appelwick again in Wood Dale after they broke away together in the women's open there.
» Thanks to the work of Kuhajek and others, Team Mack gets to celebrate the Illinois Cup team competition, earning 775 points to the South Chicago Wheelmen's 734.
» Burnham Racing called in reinforcements to defend Chris Curran's lead in the 3's, but after a late-race neutralization, David Reyes (Bloomington) finished 2nd to Victor Rentas (Team G Force) to take the title by one point.
» Chris Mosora (Verizon Wireless) won the 40+ at Grayslake, less than 48 hours after winning the prestigious Roger Delanghe trophy on the Northbrook Velodrome.
» Quentin Capista (Project 5) had a pretty good weekend. He won the 4's race to take the Illinois Cup by two points over Mike Rickey (Wild Card Cycling), who finished 4th. The next day, Capista won out of the break in Wood Dale to take ABR's state championshp. (He'll start racing as a 3 in Glencoe.)
» Wayne Simon (Verdigris) was also two-for-two, winning the 50+ in both Grayslake and Wood Dale.
» Scott Pearson (Start2Finish) won the P/1/2/3 at Wood Dale after lapping the field with Rob Kelley (Bicycle Heaven). Marek Serafin (PACT/Dish Network) was the first 3 to finish to take that jersey.
» A day after a top 10 at the 40-44 masters national championships in Louisville, Mike Heagney (Vision Quest) doubled up in Wood Dale, winning the 30+ and 40+.
Full Grayslake results
. Full Wood Dale results
(Psimet; 4): "I wanted to drive us back to the pack, but the pack was flying and few were interested."
(Spidermonkey Cycling; 4): "Coming into the finishing straight I was in 2nd place. I didn't look back."
(Spidermonkey Cycling; 5): "For one time in the history Cat 5 bike racing, the pace sped up in the bell lap."
(XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 4, 30+): "You’d be surprised just how much of a difference a cheer can make when your body is breaking down underneath you."
(IS Corp; P/1/2): "Our plan was simple: Attack and win."
(Spidermonkey Cycling; 3): "The four-lap sprint didn’t go well for me. I didn’t have the mustard to move up."
(Psimet; 3): "As soon as the whistle blew the field sprinted from the line into a long strung-out line of riders."
(Spidermonkey Cycling; 4): "The pavement won today."