2018 Groundhog Psi-clocross Preview
November 1, 2018
Why is this race called Groundhog PSI-clocross? Well, in 1992 the downtown square of Woodstock, IL was used to film the movie Groundhog Day. Rob Curtis and the PSIMET crew have carried some parts of the movie into the venue.
- If you’re interested in looking over the filming locations for the movie there is a great map for self-guided tours here: woodstockgroundhog.org/pages/tour.html
- Remember to use #psiCX on Twitter and Instagram.
- As a reminder on SATURDAY PSIMET is hosting their Pre-Deja-Vu-All-Over-Again 2019 State Championship Course Preview Race. This is NOT a CCC series event but still well worth your time to race it and incorporates the woods that used to be part of the PSI-clocross for Life course. A preliminary course map is here and preliminary staging will be posted here. Check out the race’s Facebook page, and/or PSIMET’s Instgram or twitter.com page for more info and Race Day announcements.
- Preliminary staging for Sunday will be posted here on Friday. We’re going to try and upload results from Saturday’s Pre-Deja-Vu-All-Over-Again race to CrossResults so they affect Sunday’s staging, but the turn around will be tight and we might still have a Halloween candy hangover, so no promised.
- There is plenty of parking throughout the park but parking that is close to the reg tent is in short supply. There are 2 designated gear drop off areas for teams hauling their supplies as well as riders with an entourage of bicycles that need to get into the pits. We ask that you use these areas for drop off then park farther away to help others do the same.
- As with all previous years there is NO PARKING ON THE GRASS. This is probably one of the strictest rules the park and city have for the facility.
- This park has “always” had a “no alcohol” policy. So when you bring in cups for your soda and lemonade PSIMET asks that you pack out what you bring in. It helps PSIMET make sure the park doesn’t think we’re a drinking series with a cycling problem if there aren’t a lot of juice boxes laying around.
- Food: A new food provider this year – Dukes Blues n BBQ from East Dundee IL. This isn’t your average BBQ setup – this is competition award winning BBQ that happens to also do events. dukes-blues-n-bbq.com – Dukes may not have Vegetarian and Vegan options, but there is a Vegetarian specific restaurant on the square downtown only 0.8 miles from the course.
- Equipment Pits will be nearly full UCI size with stalls. There will NOT be any water or washing facilities at the race though, so if conditions look to be getting worse then please plan your own support accordingly. There are a couple of water spigots around the park that may or may not be in service . Just know that you have a full sized pit to utilize. Mambo Car Wash is right down the street.
- PSIMET will also be issuing Pit Passes and pit stall assignments for the time slots of the Cat 1/2/3 men’s and women’s races. If you are planning on having a pit support person and/or bike then let them know at registration so that you can receive your pit pass. Pre-registered racers will be assigned pit positions first. This also applies to the Women 3/4 race as it is during the same time slot as the Women 1/2.
- Daylight savings time ends the morning of the race again this year so don’t forget to move you clocks back – otherwise you’ll be an extra hour early for your race. There are worse things that can happen though. You’re welcome.
- There won’t be much if any daylight left after the last race ends, so please plan accordingly. Also if you can, please help PSIMET and the Northbrook Garner teams tear down the course so they aren’t doing it all in the dark.
- Kids Race will be held at 2:00pm. If you can help out please email us ASAP.
- The Women Cat 4/5 & Junior 9-14 and Men Cat 4/5 will likely race on a shortened course. Details TBD on Sunday.
- As another reminder, if you are pre-riding while anyone is finishing up, please make sure you are NOT inadvertently riding in front of people still racing. Just ride slowly behind them and offer words of encouragement or ring a cowbell. Thanks!
- The course: Run clockwise and will follow the same flow as last year in general with new features and adjustments as PSIMET sees fit. The only road crossing will be closed.
I still think there’s time to build a flyover for this weekend….
I’ll bring my nail gun
Anthony for President!
I’m getting “sign in is required to view this map” when trying to access the preview for Saturday
I’ll check it but it should be public. My apologies.
It should be fixed now. I don’t know if the change actually changed the link at all so if it did – here is the new link
It works!! Thank you! Can’t wait for Saturday
I’m no coach, but if I was……
The most likely way to have your Personal Best at the State Championships is this; race double days a month before and two weeks before. OVERLOAD. By design. Race twice each day for better effect. Four races this weekend, and four races in two weeks. Race super hard next week at the one day, or even look into a Wisconsin CX race on the 10th.
Take it easy Thanksgiving week. Rest. Recharge. Do a hard race following a light week to refocus the form. Region Riot has that for you on Sunday the 25th. Then normal training into December, and race State better than ever.
So this weekend is the beginning of the final approach for those who want to race their best in one month.
Or, take the more cowbell, handups, and heckleback route and make it all fun.
Either way is correct. You’re welcome! Good luck.
I’m no CX course specialist but how does running Women 1/2/3 and Women 4/5 at the same time (1 minute apart is pretty much at the same time once first lap is done) work given that they are supposed to have 2 different courses? How is that policed to ensure that the riders that are supposed to have longer course don’t take a short one?
W 1/2 and W 3/4 are on course at the same time and run the full course.
W 4/5 is a different race that’s combined with the Juniors 9-14 and is the one that might use the shortened course.
Here are some photos from today’s mens 3/4 and Junior 9-14.
You may download and use any photos for your own personal use. If you have issues downloading email me and I can send you the photo directly.
Day one was epic. A mudder on a dry course. States next year will be grueling. Day two (today) looks EPIC. The third year on this course, and the refinements and tweaks have made something awesome more awesomer. The spigot is turned off for morning prerides. The offcambers coming down from lookout ridge are all staked and fenced. Cyclocross course set. Cyclocross weather, check. The second half begins today.