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Weekend wrap-up: June 5-6

Jun 8
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More highlights from this state championship weekend:

  • » Zach Reed (Dogfish) was the only Illinois rider to make the break in the P/1/2 state championship, but Will Nowak (Verizon u25) put in a Herculean attempt to bridge, riding in no-man's land for the final 30 miles to finish 4th. Defending champion Seth Meyer was also able to pop free late, taking the bronze medal to round out the state podium.
  • » In less than a year as a 3, Chris Curran (Burnham Racing) has won only twice, but he's made them count with both wins coming at our state road race championships. He was part of a group off the front for much of the final lap Saturday, but after it was caught was able to recover to win a fast bunch sprint. Going back to 2008, Burnham Racing has won three of the last five Cat 3 state championships on the road, the other two coming in the criterium. (Curran rode for Bloomington Cycle in 2009.)
  • » Kyle Selph (Tower Racing) also picked up where he left off: He won two 5's races at last year's state road race championships, and this year he won out of a bunch sprint in the 4's.
  • » Residency played a big factor in the masters races. In the 50+, six out-of-state riders went down the road, leading to a field sprint for 7th and the state championship, won by Wayne Simon (Verdigris). Because of a small 30+ field, the 30+ and 40+ raced together, with Justin Armstead (Team Mack) and Mark Swartzendruber (Verizon Wireless) finally breaking free to take the respective wins. (Because there were only two Illinois riders in the 30+ field, however, I believe only Swartzendruber gets to claim a state championship.)
  • » All due respect to my friends at Half Acre Cycling, their podium shoes have not exactly been broken in yet when it comes to road racing. That changed in a big, big way Saturday when they put together an impressive train at the end of the 4/5's race in O'Fallon, finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th behind Jamie Sanchez, Todd Simeone, Isaiah Jay and Patrick Kenny.
  • » A not-small number of riders received centerline disqualifications, including the initial winner of the 4/5's race. Such DQ's will never be fair or complete. There will always be someone who strayed farther or advanced more or crossed with more nefarious intention. To a rider, the DQ'd just crossed for a second, and it was because they got bumped, or the rider ahead slowed, or there was a gust of wind. That's racin'. It's always a bummer to be the one to have an example made of, but examples must be made -- I would not have been shocked to have been one myself -- and I applaud the officials for the extra enforcement.
  • » Cathy Frampton (Project 5) was first to finish the women's 3/4's race, but she, too, was DQ'd, but for passing the pace car, the result of a confusing overlap with the P/1/2 field. If there were a medal for sportsmanship, however, Frampton would earn it for appearing to have taken the disappointment in stride.
  • » Ian Murray (XXX Racing-AthletiCo) had hoped to finish his 4's career with a state championship, but fell short, finishing 3rd on Saturday. He used that leg opener to his advantage, however, winning the 4's criterium in O'Fallon on Saturday.
  • » New state champion Jessi Prinner (ABD, above) also doubled up, winning the women's open on Sunday as well.
  • » Don Lowe (Team Mack) rolled a tire and took a tumble last weekend, so it's good to see he was able to come back for a 2nd in the 50+ at the O'Fallon criterium.
  • » Let's say it's late in the race and you're about to bridge to a solo rider. You're cooked from the effort, and you have a split second to decide: Sit on his wheel, or keep on going? The temptation is to grab some quick rest, but almost always the right move is to get out of the saddle and punch it before he can react. That's what Tim Speciale (Psimet) did at the Wonder Lake 3's race, riding through a dangerous move on the last lap and barely holding off the field for the win.
  • » Early candidate for rookie of the year Cady Chintis has joined Alberto's and is continuing her winning ways, winning the women's 4's race at Spring Prairie. Dave Keil (W2 Racing) is also off to a near-perfect start, with four podiums in four outings; he won the out-of-state 4/5's race out of a large field sprint. Mark Winston (2CC) was our other local winner, winning the 30+ out of a nine-man selection.

Saturday results O'Fallon Grand Prix road race

Sunday results O'Fallon Grand Prix criterium Spring Prairie Road Race Wonder Lake Lakeside Criterium

O'Fallon Grand Prix road race reports Chris Curran (Burnham Racing; 3): "All of a sudden I was alone and it occurred to me that I'm going to win. Pure adrenaline rush. I didn't want anyone to pass me so I pedaled harder."

Cathy Frampton (Project 5; W-3/4): "With the guys jamming up our race, I went by the pace car and said 'We gotta go!'"

Tamara Fraser (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; W-open): "I had tantalizing glimpses of the yellow kit of the racer ahead, and finally at 2500 meters from the finish, I caught her."

Ian Murray (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 4): "John sat on the front for the last two miles, keeping me in perfect position coming into the final climb."

Will Nowak (Verizon u25; P/1/2): "I attacked and attacked but was continually get chased down by the dwindling field."

Rob Raguet-Schofield (Wild Card Cycling; 4): "This final stretch was closed to traffic and the road was five lanes wide. 40 relatively fresh riders now decided to sprint to the finish. It was pandemonium."

Jannette Rho (Chicago Cuttin' Crew; W-open): "Hills, twists, turns, wind, repeat."

Jamie Sanchez (Half Acre Cycling; 4/5): "It was so cool approaching the line. We had four guys in great position going for it."

Luke Seemann (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; P/1/2): "The peloton shrugged. '80 miles in the blazing sun? Ha!'"

Mark Swartzendruber (Verizon Wireless; 40+): "I did a Cancellara move, tapped my brake hood, activated the super secret motor thingy and while still seated, mysteriously accelerated as I shifted gears and pedaled harder."

Joe Tortorelli (Verizon Wireless; 3): "We get another and then there is a group of seven up the road and we are putting time into the field!"

O'Fallon Grand Prix criterium reports Cathy Frampton (Project 5; W-3/4, W-open): "The pace stayed high and attacks were associated with primes."

Ian Murray (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 4): "I was out for blood in the crit on Sunday."

Will Nowak (Verizon u25; P/1/2): "This pattern continued for the remainder of the race. I attacked, people followed me, and then they sat up."

Mark Swartzendruber (Verizon Wireless; 40+): "Yadda, yadda, yadda, I beat him in the sprint and took second."

Joe Tortorelli (Verizon Wireless; 3): "I felt like Ballan and his attack at the world championships. I knew I had to go and just dropped down and gave it everything I had to go past them."

Spring Prairie reports Ronit Bezalel (Half Acre Cycling; W-4): "Once the iron cage lifted, I started biking faster, but I still was by myself."

Debbie Dust (Bouledogue Tout Noir; W-P/1/2/3): "There were times along the way where this 'race' was more like a freakin' goat rodeo."

Jen Groen (Half Acre Cycling; W-4): "We might not have come anywhere near placing, nor rode the prettiest bikes, but we both 'rode with heart' and added a chapter (or more) to our racing knowledge."

Luke Seemann (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 30+): "Hitting the corner in 3rd, I went full gas."

Spring Prairie photos John Wilke

Wonder Lake reports Shawn Delk (Project 5; 4, 30+ 4/5): "Just dug it as hard as I could to the line."

Arron Hampton (Psimet; 5, 30+ 4/5): "A combination of getting squeezed and popping in Turn 3 had me toasted."

Tony Rienks (Beverly Bike/Vee-Pak; 4, 30+ 4/5): "It was a slow-paced race with just a couple of accelerations."

Tim Speciale (Psimet; 3): "It wasn’t exactly my intention to drop him but there was no way I could slow down."



Jun 8

10:23 am

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Rooster (Chicago Cuttin' Crew)

A tradition unlike any other… The CBR money shot with the Crew!!!! Thanks Luke!

Jannette! Jannette! Jannette!


Jun 8

10:35 am

Tim Speciale (Enzo's Racing)

Does anyone have any pictures of this Half Acre Podium Express?


Jun 8

11:04 am

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THANKS FOR NO MENTION OF THE CAT 3/4 WOMENS RACE!!! Guess you have to be from Chicago to get any love.


Jun 8

11:08 am

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Congrats again to everyone who raced, won, got 2nd, got 4th and missed the podium, got DQ’d, got dropped, caught back on, DNF’d, rode an extra hour because just because, and cheered on not only their own teammates… but anyone and everyone on a bike.

All of our silly disagreements aside, its great to see so many people out racing bikes and having a great time instead of taking the easy route. And even though only a select few of us (okay, a few of you) can win, as a wise man once told me, “That why they call it bike racing… not bike winning.” See you all next weekend!


Jun 8

11:24 am

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fyi… State Championship rules only necessitate a full podium of riders, not just IL riders, so Justin Armstead did in fact win the 30+ jersey. See all the winners here.

Congrats on your win Gina. Team Mack is also leading the IL Cup team competition.


Jun 8

11:32 am

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Luke Seemann (XXX Racing-AthletiCo)

I give up.


Jun 8

11:55 am

RHRoop (Team Higher Gear)

Cathy’s DQ is about as bad as the famous error made in baseball last week. Why didn’t the officials neutralize the men’s field? Not as bad an error as the litany of issues in the State RR in 2008 with neutralizing fields. This probably would have been worthy an official protest at the time of the she found she was DQed.


Jun 8

12:25 pm

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Burnham Racing)

Congratulations Gina on winning FOUR state champions jerseys in one years time. 2009 Crit, RR, CX, and this years Road Race. Get a bigger closet, because I think more are coming!


Jun 8

12:43 pm

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Cathy deserves all the props she gets!

Roop is right, that was a big error. She got approval from the pace car to go, so she attacked. It’s not her fault there was not really an official in the car nor should she have to dissect the passengers in the car in the middle of the race to determine if there is a real official in the car. That should be a given for a state championship race. period.
And precisely why was the women’s field who was finishing their race (2K to go) neutralized to allow the men’s P1/2 to come around who still had another lap to do and was also sitting up at the time. I guess those would be questions for the MO USAC officials that were running our IL State RR Championships to answer. I won’t even bother to bring up how messed up the Jr’s race was. What a debacle. Makes you appreciate the good job our IL officials do week in and week out.
I’ll shut up now. kthxbye!


Jun 8

12:51 pm

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Team Mack)


  This is the “CHICAGO” website so expect chicago love.Check for all your up to date State news&results;.Good Job- Gina,Chris,Zack,Druber,Simon and of course all others Champs!


Jun 8

12:52 pm

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Thanks Chris and Jason!!

As for Cathy, yeah that sucked, but it wasn’t fair for all the other riders that did stay behind the pace car.


Jun 8

1:01 pm

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Team Mack)

VeloDoc whats the big issue with the Mo residents in the race? More Chicgoians made the trip to the Wisconsin state road race that was on the same day! I dont care whos in my race I race to win! 700 riders all over the area didnt have a problem travaling to Hillsboro!


Jun 8

2:35 pm

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Project 5)

Once again, the women are treated like second class citizens.  Neutralizing a race, regardless of which category, when there is less than 2k to go in favor of another category that has at least 1 more lap to go makes no sense to me.  When the question comes up why more women don’t race, well, there is one of the answers…



Jun 8

2:50 pm

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Half Acre Cycling)

I’d like to take a bit of heat off Luke’s site with race feedback. Since the ICA is still getting things organized with a better feedback loop, please email me directly with your feedback. flame away, i probably won’t reply but i will definitely keep your feedback for dissemination.

chrisj @

thanks everyone!

Chris Jensen
Vice President, Illinois Cycling Association


Jun 8

3:01 pm

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Jim Scott- You are 100% right!


Jun 8

3:22 pm

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Cathy is awesome.  The situation sucks but she is a great sport.

I think the issue of the IL state RR being near St. Louis was more that it’s been moved around so much every year(both on the calendar and in location) it’s hard to plan for.  I’ve never done that race but I know that it’s gorgeous country around there, and a great place for a rr. 

Chris I just jammed up your email box with a bunch of correspondence. 

and Jim Scott yes. yes. yes. That and the whole telling a beginning woman, “why don’t you just race with the open?”  How many guys would get upgrade points if as cat 5’s they had to race with the men 1/2?

Or telling a field of cat 1/2 women that they have to race in a crit with a woman on a mountain bike wearing a backpack?

Or being yelled at because you showed up to race and no other women did? 

And don’t get me started on the payout.


Jun 8

4:03 pm

gavingould (Half Acre Cycling)

Thanks Luke [for the site, the reporting, the photos, everything you do for the scene]

All of us at Half Acre Cycling appreciate what you do, and I’m sure our boys in the 4/5 race are enjoying their bold mentions.


Jun 8

4:20 pm

Tim Speciale (Enzo's Racing)

USAC + ICA = Chicago Bike Racing Scene

CBR + Chicago Bike Racing Scene =

‘nuff said.


Jun 8

4:47 pm

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Unattached)

Not sure why the comments section here has become the de facto vehicle for gripes completely out of Luke’s control.  Seems like the ICA has set up a more proper venue for that, and nobody is interested:

We had 3 decent races to pick from within a reasonable drive of the Chicago Metro area last weekend.  Looks similar this weekend. For as “wrong” as some of the comments portray things here, I’m not sure there’s a better place in the country to race a bike.

Luke and this site owe us nothing.  Everything the ICA has been working on is exponentially better than it was 2 years ago.  We’ve lost at least 2 huge races this year and still have an incredibly full July and August.

I think cycling in this area and this blog are victims of their own success.  The better things get, the more people feel entitled to them.


Jun 8

8:04 pm

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Wild Card Cycling)

Thanks Luke for the great site - a real service to the scene.

If you haven’t seen it, everybody should check out  A cool site for the NYC scene (of which I have no first hand knowledge).  However, note the tenor of the comments section.  It makes the past couple of days here seem pretty tame.  Nonetheless, let’s keep this a friendly place, eh?  I’d hate to see us go the way of the NYC flamewars.

BTW, Burnham raced very well as a team in the 3’s.  Congrats.


Jun 9

6:22 am

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I also wanted to thank Luke.  I know that maintaining this site is a thankless job.  I think we are real lucky that Luke does the work that he does for the cycling community.  I get all of my cycling information from this site.  Again thanks Luke for you hard work.


Jun 9

10:25 am

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Tati)

Jim Scott, you make a good point but I believe (in a hurry, maybe I’ll look it up later) that the passing field has the right of way regardless of the circumstances? 

Its one of those things that take a year or two for everybody to figure out how different categories tackle the course and is maybe an argument for using established races as state championships…but that would have meant no 2009 willow springs (did they have concurrent races going on?)

Luke +1, Cathy +1, Race promoters +1, Jason K +1, 2bici +1, JPow +1, and most importantly I’d like to thank my mom, god, the academy…


Jun 9

10:32 am

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Tati) team-mates, J, my former team-mates, Illinois Institute of Technology…


Jun 9

10:55 am

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.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Turin)

I concur with Frenchy.  The NYC racing scene and webpages are BRUTAL.

I come to CBR when I want to feel better about humanity (which has been a lot recently).


Jun 9

11:46 am

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Tati)

You guys seem to be right.  Rule 3A2 makes it sound like its up to the chief referee as to what to do when one field catches another.

Hmm…3A8 states the chief referee may cancel a race if feeding stations are not correctly located.  Where have such stations been hiding?

Or rule 3G, track events on the road…no mention of what rules apply to cyclocross madisons though.


Jun 9

1:24 pm

Tim Speciale (Enzo's Racing)

By the by…

Most taken by my lovely redheaded lady.

Wonder Lake Pics lake crit&w=all#page=0


Jun 15

8:26 am

cyclesteve (Metro East Cycling)

We have chip timing results from the State Championship road race now posted.

You can view them here:


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