Mike and I took off this morning early to line it up one more time in 2010. 5:30 is a rough time to start a four and a half hour drive but after a few stops we made it to Chicago in record time. It was 27 degrees when we left, but only 12 degrees with lots of sun in Chicago.
Mike lined up in the 40+ race and fought back from a rough first lap (no pre-ride on a course where a pre-ride is essential...) to finish a strong 3rd on the day. Tire pressures around 24-ish PSI were the order of the day to keep as much traction as possible. There were sections of the course frozen solid under snow drifts about 8-10" deep and a few off-camber ascents and downhills to keep you sharp.
By the time I raced in the 1/2 (plus consolidated 3 category) it had warmed up to a balmy 17 degrees. Double bonus was seeing one of my cousins from Chicago who braved the cold and wind to watch another 'cross race. Tubular tires were again essential since the course had even a few more glazed over spots and rough bumps throughout. Ended up taking 7th out of 38 starters (2nd in the Cat 2's), which was a great way to end the season. Starting in the third (of four) rows didn't help as it took the first 3 laps to pick through the crowds.
You have to check this race out next year...it's a perfect way to close out the season.