First up, we’re committed to matching payout across Men’s and Women’s fields. You’ve probably heard that CCC races with over 450 preregistered riders will get a bump in the Cat1/2/3 payouts. We’re making sure the women’s fields get the same bump in payout as the men’s.
(PS: Register Here! https://www.bikereg.com/NET/16869/Hopkins-Park–Chicago-Cyclocross-Cup-2)
On top of that, we are proud to announce that we will be providing extra support for the Category 3 women at Hopkins Park. We will be paying out the the top Cat 3 W finishers equal to the Men’s Cat 3 race, as well as holding a distinct podium for these ladies.
The fine print: In the event that a Cat 3 women finishes in the top five of the race, she will be awarded the larger the two payouts, but not double payout. We want to give the 3’s the recognition they deserve for the hard work they do.
With that done, on to the the logistics for the race:
The course will follow the same basic route as last year, in a figure-8 pattern afforded by our flyover. We’ll be making some changes to the “flow” of the course and make a better balance between power and skill. Expect some sections that will be fast if you have the skill to put down the power through them. We’re moving the pit to be a right-hand entry, and won’t require you to cross the course to get to it.
Half Acre will be heading up the world-famousse bake sale, but we’re pleased to announce we’ll have ROBOTS <3 sponsor Upton’s Naturals products as well, with vegan wraps and such for you to enjoy at lunch! We have a gourmet hot dog cart coming to satisfy the carnivores too.
AXLETREE and North Central Cyclery will be sponsoring a kid’s race around 1:45PM, during the Men’s Cat1/2/3 race. We’ll have a short course with short barriers for short legs, and everyone is a winner!
And finally, since the SS category is totally blowing up, we’ll almost certainly be opening up more pre-registration slots before the registration close on Friday. That will be at the expense of the sparsely-registered Masters 50+, so stay tuned! Our Juniors and 60+ fields are also filling, so keep an eye out!
More details will be up on the CCC race preview on Thursday!