Monday, October 31, 2011

Gearhead Cyclocross announces $1999 purse

Gearhead Cyclocross has announced a $1999 purse for the race this Sunday, November 6, in Jonesboro.
Another nice thing is that daylight savings time ends in the early hours of Sunday morning, so you'll have an extra hour to get there.

I'm guessing the Memphis crew will be out there in full force, so bring your A game and get you some!

Open Masters Women
1st $300 $199 $200
2nd 180 120 120
3rd 100 80 80
4th 90 60 60
5th 80 40 40
6th 70
7th 60
8th 50
9th 40
10th 30
Total 1000 499 500

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Uber Cup course map & photos

Uber Cup results are now available, off to the right.

@hethla got a course trace and took some photos during the final race of the day. It was a leg-killer!
Course map (CCW)
Getting down the hill was tricky
Mud bog
Top of the Hill

Double barriers

Friday, October 28, 2011

Points tallies are now updated

You can link to points tallies off to your right, at the top of the schedule. They are updated through Reservoir Cross.

If you see anything fishy, please inform stephen erickson temporary (no spaces) at gmail dot com.

Remember that places 1 through 9 get 20, 17, 14, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points, respectively. Places 10 and higher get a point. DNF gets 0 points. Open race scores double points.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A note from the Uber Cup race director

A little insight on my race…
Course – very bumpy but classic Belgian setup. One big paved climb
Setup – 25 lbs of frites and 4 lbs of mayo. The Bottle Liquor Store will have a hostess giving free samples of Belgian beer and serving free PBR all afternoon.

Bring your mud boots and cowbells! See you then.

And just for fun, here's the latest episode of Behind the Barriers.

"Behind The Barriers" Season II Episode 5 from Behind The Barriers on Vimeo.

Battle for the Bells returns to the Great Northwest

Another double weekend of Arkansan cyclo-cross!

The Uber Cup takes place just behind The Bike Route, 3660 N Front St in Fayetteville.  Reports are that the track is very challenging, including a steep climb, a long off-camber descent, and tricky portage sections.  Cash prizes, see flier for deets.  Bring your A game.
3:30pm Masters, Fours
4:30pm Women, Juniors
5:30pm Open

Cyclocross at Lake Fayetteville offers a generous cash purse and prizes, and fast, hard racing at a beautiful locale.  Mountain bikes are allowed across all races (no bar-ends), but there is a mountain-bike-only division in the 12:15 wave.  ASP Masters and Fours points will be scored out of the applicable 11:30 races.
11:30am Women, Masters 35+, Cat 3/4
12:15pm Beginners, Juniors 18-, MTB-only race
12:52pm Youth, Juniors 12-14
1:00pm Open

The weather forecast calls for clear skies and highs in the mid-60s.  Bring it!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

Found this in my inbox:
My kids are already asking when the next one is, which is a good omen for me attending several!
That's what I like to see.

Native Oklahoman, expert tennis player, and all-around mensch Keith Williams has two sets of photos from last weekend.
ASP Night Race
Reservoir Cross



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Reservoir podiums

Open: Bosio (3), Sebring (4), Walnofer (2), Parmain (1), Moore (5)
Ocken (Beginners 1)
Sanders (Beginners 3), Maddox (2, not pictured)
Women: Wilson (1)
Women: Thakali (3), Chwalinski (2)
Fours: Hall (3), Gallagher (1), Bowers (2)
Masters 40+: Thibeault (2), Griesse (1), Thompson (3, not pictured)

Monday, October 24, 2011


Photo courtesy Andrea Wilson/Ryan Bosio
After a string of bad luck on Saturday (including getting his pink cross bike stolen), Sebring comes back on Sunday, borrows Andrea Wilson's rig, nabs a solid 4th, and--most importantly--gets the photo.  The rest of this photo set are linked from

ASP Night Race and Reservoir Cross results are now linkable off to the right. Series Points tallies (also linkable off to the right, below the schedule) will be updated soon.

Night Race podium photos

Whatta night!  A speedy, tricky course, a party at the barriers, and Boogie Bones rocking the joint!  It was truly an exemplary event.

Below are podium photos.  For a whole bunch more, visit the Arkansas Super-Prestige page on Facebook.

Google Docs seems to be taking a nap, but we'll get full results up shortly.  In all the excitement, the women's podium (Wilson, Ladd, Thakali) photo slipped through the cracks, but we want to give them their propers.

Thanks again to Trevor Edwards and Arkansas Cycling and Fitness!
Costume contest winner, Michele Zamponi
Masters 40+
Griesse (1), Thiebault (2), Thompson (3, not pictured)
Juniors: Paoli (2), LaVergne (1)
C race: Bahler (2), Williams (1), Plaster (3)
Open: Upchurch (2), Walnofer (1), Erickson (3)

If you see this bike...

Photo by Addie Teo
...let Jonathan Sebring know.  It was stolen early Sunday morning in Little Rock.

Friday, October 21, 2011

This Is How We Do It

HERE is your itinerary.

A couple final notes on Reservoir Cross, presented by The Community Bicyclist. Sunday's forecast currently has a 40% chance of rain; be assured that the event will take place rain or shine. Better yet, a good percentage of the course winds around a spacious covered pavilion within 40 feet of the finish line, so there's no need for spectators to get soaked, even if the racers do.
The Green Cuisine food truck will be on-site serving food. They take cash or plastic.
Mid-day M-F they set up shop in the parking lot on Chester between 6th & 7th, across the street from the fire station.  They've been my go-to lunch spot for the past several months now; the veggie wrap is my usual, but I've enjoyed everything I've tried there.

The cross and alleycat monkeys have been hard at work ensuring a full weekend of tough, fast, exciting racing.  OK that's all for now.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bikes vs Zombies

Choose your flier!  The first has more of a Kinko's-2AM-photo-montage kind of feel, while the second is classic MacDraw.  Either way, if you're not at MacArthur Park at 8pm sharp, you're just not there.

Saturday Night Race: Costumes and Footbeds

The ASP Night Race, sponsored by Arkansas Cycling and Fitness, is this S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!  As a reminder, this race will be run under the park lights and no bike lights are required for racers.
As you are no doubt aware, both Halloween and the end of Daylight Savings Time are fast approaching.  In that spirit, NiteRider Lighting is giving away 350-lumen cordless lights to the two racers voted as having the best outfits.  (Of course, spectators are also encouraged to show their Halloween spirit.) Voting will take place at the registration table and winners will be announced at the Vino's Brewpub all-ages after-party.
Early registrants this Saturday night could receive a free pair of Pearl Izumi insoles. The following sizes will be given away to the first entries with these (Euro) sizes: 38-39, 40-41, 42-23 (2 pair), 44-45(3 pair), & 46-47 (2 pair). The insoles have customizable inserts and retail for $40.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Little Rock Biketoberfest

Your itinerary:


Bikes vs Zombies Alleycat
MacArthur Park, 9th @ McAlmont
8pm, $5
Pre-reg encouraged!


Arkansas Super-Prestige Night Race
Kanis Park, 820 S Rodney Parham @ I-630
5:30pm Clinic
6:15pm Kids Ride
6:45pm C Race (30 min)
7:30pm B Race (40 min, Women, Masters 40+, Juniors 18-, Fours)
8:25pm A Race (50 min, Open class)

Clarification: Course will be lighted, NO bike light is required.

All-ages After-Party
Vino's Brewpub, 923 W 7th @ Chester
Fat Possum recording artist Jim Mize
Free entry for racers (hold onto your race number)
$5 for non-racers


The Community Bicyclist presents Reservoir Cross
Reservoir Park
Entrance to park is off Cantrell Rd, 1/2-mile east of Reservoir Rd
10:00am Women, Masters 40+, Juniors 18-, Fours (40 min)
11:30am Beginners (30 min)
12:30pm Open (50 min)

More details on the weekend are available HERE and at the links above.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Highroller CX results are up

You can click on the results off to your right.  The cross monkeys are working on points tabulations, including team totals, but you can pretty much figure that out for yourself right now. Looks like the Snapple boys have a solid lead in the team competition.

Remember that places 1 through 9 get 20, 17, 14, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points, respectively.  Places 10 and higher get a point.  DNF gets 0 points.  Open race scores double points.

Highroller Cyclery course at Walker Park

The course was fast but tough.  Add in some unseasonable heat, and it was a hard day for racers at Walker Park.  We'll have results and points up in the next couple days, but for now a course map and photos of some of the course features, taken during the Masters race.  

Thanks again to the crew at Highroller for an excellent event.  (Especially Jonathan for lending me a bottle cage, and Branton for picking up my spare wheels!)
Walker Park cyclocross course
Barrier set

Friday, October 14, 2011

Two days!

OK, folks, bear with me.  Just one last reminder before the weekend that the inaugural Arkansas Super-Prestige season opens in two days with Highroller's Cyclocross Adventure, at Walker Park in Fayetteville.
Bring it!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

As simple as ABC

The Arkansas Bicycle Club (ABC) is co-sponsoring all five of the 2011/12 cyclocross races taking place in Little Rock.  Trevor and I are club members, though not nearly as active as we'd like to be, so tonight we trekked out to American Pie in Maumelle to attend the monthly meeting.
We got there just as food was getting served, right before the meeting started.  President Jim Britt asked us to give a short description of the cross races, for the benefit of members who might not be as familiar with the sport, and then fielded a good number of questions.

Britt then gave a recap of the club's Arky 100 century ride, which took place last Sunday and was hugely successful and fun.  Except for the guy who broke his wrist, I guess....which provided a nice segue to Tom Ezell's slightly stomach-turning talk on first aid for cyclists.  With loads of photos of injured cyclists, it was a very informative and, erm, colorful presentation.

We left the meeting a little early so that we wouldn't get home too late.  The nighttime view of Two Rivers Bridge from BDB is really something, and I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Looks like the gents up in northwest Arkansas had a muddy good ol' time previewing De Fietsroute Uber Cup course at their last MicroCross session.

More photos HERE.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Purse for Reservoir Cross announced

The Community Bicyclist supports local cyclocross.  Two years ago, the shop put on a series of Sunday morning races that got a lot of people fired up about cross, and this year they are providing the prizes for Reservoir Cross, taking place in Reservoir Park in Little Rock on October 23.

Cash prizes will go five deep in the Open race ($75/55/40/30/25) and three deep for Women ($75/55/40), while merchandise prizes will be awarded three deep for Masters 40+, Fours, Juniors 18-, and Beginners.

Get you some!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A little over a week...

...until the Arkansas Super-Prestige season opener!
The Highroller Cyclery has been running its weekly Microcross series on Tuesday nights at Walker Park in Fayetteville, but on Sunday the 16th, get ready for some macrocross.  You can link to the race flier from the schedule to the right, or HERE.
Walker Park looks like a great venue and I can't wait to check it out.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Phat Tire Bike Shop cyclo-cross race series

Phat Tire Bike Shop will be presenting cyclo-cross races on October 16, October 30, November 13, and November 27 at Slaughter Pen Hollow.

For details, check their website.