Archive for October, 2009

Prize List Announced! Over $11,000 in cash and merchandise!

October 15th, 2009

We are excited to announce the prize list for the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships Race Weekend!

But first, some big thanks to our big sponsors!:


Vittoria tires, Cateye, Handspun Wheels, Lazer Helmets, Planet Bike, Crank Brothers, Maxxis tires, Pedro’s, Gore cables, Topeak, SKS, Continental tires, Jagwire, Challenge tires.

These sponsors have provided us with over $7000 in merchandise to use as prizes for the race weekend.

We also have some local shops that are stepping up to support the races. These shops will be sponsoring various parts of the course such as the sand pit, barrier sections and the classic Bassett Park stair climb. We will be announcing each course feature as we get closer to race weekend. Please make sure and support the shops that are contributing to support local racing!

Thanks to our sponsors the prize list for the weekend is as follows:

Saturday MINNESOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: USAC Championship medals to all podium places for each race.

Sunday GP ZAC DAAB: $1140 cash prizes!

Cat 1/2, 10 deep: $100, 75, 50, 40, 30, 30, 30, 20, 20, 20 ($415)

W1/2/3, 7 deep: $100, 75, 50, 30, 30, 20, 20 ($325)

M35+, 10 deep: $100, 75, 50, 40, 30, 30, 20, 20, 20, 15 ($400)

All other categories: Fantastic merchandise prizes from our sponsors!

OMNIUM RACE WEEKEND: $2860 cash prizes!

Cat 1/2, 10 deep: $500, 215, 100, 50, 50, 40, 40, 30, 25, 20 ($1070)

W1/2/3, 7 deep: $500, 215, 100, 50, 40, 30, 20 ($955)

M35+, 10 deep: $300, 180, 100, 50, 50, 40, 40, 30, 25, 20 ($835)

All other categories: Fantastic merchandise prizes from our sponsors!

We are grateful to all those who are supporting our race and, due to their sponsorship, we look forward to making a great contribution to the City of Crystal Park and Recreation Youth Sports Programs!


October 13th, 2009

Hey… dude….

Shh!  Seriously.

I’ve got something for you.  Cool?

Check it out: I hear Shimano is kicking down big-time.

Naw, man.  You’re not thinking big enough.  Think BIGGER.

Can’t guess?

Alright, alright — I’ll stop messing with you.

Shimano pony-ed up a New Ultegra 6700 Group for the State CX event.

Believe it.  COMPLETE GROUP.  You ain’t made out this nice since since high school graduation.


At the event, man… duh.

Oh, right, where AT the event.  I knew that.

I hear you gotta get to the Shimano booth in the food & beer tent and talk to some guy named Lawrence.  He’s like Australian or something.  If you show him your race # he gives you a ticket cause this thing is goin’ raffle-style.

Yea, exactly!  If you race both days you can get two tickets so I’m definitely signing up for the omnium.

You already registered?!  On the website?  Sweet.  I’m on it.

Full group, dude!!  FULL GROUP!! Can you believe it?!

Shh, SHH!

Somebody’s comin’.  Act cool………

5 Weeks Out

October 12th, 2009

Over 40 riders have taken the leap and registered for the Shimano Minnesota State Cyclocross Weekend on November 14th and 15th. We are working tirelessly to ensure the greatest cyclocross event in the history of Minnesota!

As you may have noticed we are proud to announce that Shimano has decided to join us as the title sponsor for our race weekend. Thanks to their generous support we have been able to secure a huge tent that will be home to the Shimano vendor area AND beer/food vendors!

In addition to Shimano countless local bicycle shops have decided that this race is the one to support. Penn Cycle has signed on to do technical support! The duel sets of barriers are being sponsored by One on One Bicycle Studio and Behind-Bars Bicycle Shop. Topping it all off at the sand pit is Freewheel Bike!

Many more shops are planning on setting up shop in the expo area and tons of high quality prizes have been donated. Heck, the hardest job may be trying to figure out who gets what prizes as there are so many good ones to pick from!

We are also currently working out a deal with GrandStay Residential Suites Hotels to be our lodging sponsor. Not only do they plan to show up full force at the race in Mid-November they will be offering some killer lodging deals at their Apple Valley location which is well worth the drive!

Besides securing the sponsorships we are hard at work on course layout. Scott Robertson and Mike Pederson are in charge of all the details and they are promising a traditional states course for the Saturday race and a fast Belgian style course for the Sunday race.  In fact, racing just one day may be a huge mistake as both days are going to be unique and amazing.

Finally, the best part, the Crystal Parks Department is proud to be the recipient of 100% of race proceeds. Over the years this race has contributed over $10,000 to disadvantaged youth in the Crystal community and we are proud to be partnering with our sponsors to keep this tradition alive and donate the largest sum yet!

Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.

Oh, add us to your Facebook: Shimano Minnesota State Cyclocross Weekend

Important Announcement – Packet Pickup

October 7th, 2009

The race packet pickup has been moved to CRC Coffee Bar/Cykle Garage located at 3346 Lyndale Ave South. Stop by the evening of Friday November 13th between 7:00 and 10:00 to pickup your race packet if you have already registered online. We will also accept in person pre-registration during this time. Once again, the starting grid will be based on registration order, so register early!

The History According to Baba

October 6th, 2009

You asked for the history…

Bassett Creek Park in Crystal, MN has become the standard for CX racing in MN. Other sites do a great job with layout , promotion, etc, but because of it’s variety of terrain and surfaces and it’s proximity to the riders of the metro area, BCP has long been considered the premier spot to hold the State championships.

In the early nineties Wirth Park in Minneapolis was the de facto site, with pioneers Gene Oberpriller, Bob Boyd, Dave Pike and George Hayes others, including the default referee for all the early races, Ken Ring, driving the ‘cross’ movement. An inflexible park department and ‘nimby’ neighbors closed the curtain on these early efforts, but the cross scene was growing and other promoters started to step up, getting parks and ski hills in the metro area. Many of these site were great locations, but also fell to the wayside because of conflicts.

One of the early promoter/racers was Bill (Baba) O’Reilly who was a park and recreation commissioner in Crystal. He had promoted many criteriums in the City of Crystal and decided to start fielding events in BCP. From 1993-1997 Bill promoted many races and series in the spirit of the emerging sport. ‘Psychlo Therapy Sessions’ 1 through 3 had categories of hard, harder and hardest instead of typical criteria, and were weekly series with a $5 entry fee. The ‘Pre-Nuptial Cross’ was staged for some friends who were getting married the next day. Another was ‘Call Your Mama’, promoted and staged in a two week period because of a cancellation.

The next couple of years the race became ‘The Witches Brew Cycloross’ with Bee Gees disco music blaring on the run up and life size posters of ‘Baywatch’ lifeguards adorning the course. In 1999 this became the state championship and has been ever since. From the earlier years, with just Bill and few others setting up and tearing down, and the Kenwood Krew carrying the load for 7 years, it has evolved into a committee hoping to set a new standard for the event, which now attracts nearly 300 riders on the second weekend of November.The race has always taken all the profits from the entries and given them back to the City of Crystal Park and Rec program to subsidize youth programs for kids who can’t afford them.