Thursday night race series that runs throughout the summer at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook
2013 Illinois Cup Announced!
Now that ALL of last years winners and runners up have finally received their Illinois Cup Cups, it's time to announce THIS year's Illinios Cup Series! From the Desk of Nikki Cyp.
Welcome to the 2013 Illinois Cup!
The Illinois Cycling Association would like to announce the 2013 IL Cup events. The IL Cup Committee made the selections in part on applications received, event management experience, quality of the courses, community support & involvement, and timing of the events. The ICA would like to congratulate each of the events that will be a part of the 2013 IL Cup and wish each of our riders, good luck in 2013.
The 2013 Illinois Cup Schedule:
• SAT 4/06: The Spring Super Criterium
• SUN 4/28: Cobb Park Criterium
• SUN 5/5: Urbana Grand Prix
• SAT 5/11: Monsters of the Midway
• SUN 6/16: O'Fallon Grand Prix (criterium)
• SAT 6/29: Morton Community Bank Cycling Classic
The 2013 IL Cup will be focused as a Category 3 and higher series. With updates being made to category upgrades and points no longer expiring after a 12 month period, we have chosen to highlight the more elite categories. The updated category offerings also opens up additional time slots for race directors to continue to make their race day more their own.
The 2013 IL Cup will again consist of criteriums and cover just the first few months of the road season to put more focus on the series leading into the summer when many riders have or are heavily pursuing upgrades.
As always, races outside of the Illinois Cup are encouraged to mix up their categories and offer riders variety but for the Illinois Cup the following categories will be used:
• Junior 10‐14/Junior 15‐18 (each with boys and girls scoring for Cup points)
• Women 3; run as a 3/4 race (only Cat 3 riders will earn Cup points)
• Women 1/2; run as an Open category race (only Cat 1/2 riders will earn Cup points)
• Masters 35+/45+ Cat 1/2/3 (separate scoring for each age group)
• Cat 3
• Cat 1/2, with option to make it a 1/2/3 (3’s would not earn Cup points)
We again will be encouraging all of our Junior riders by offering separate series scoring for both the boys and girls of the two age categories. It will be up to each race director if they want to offer separate podiums at the races. There will be two Masters race options. We will be offering a 35+ 1/2/3 and a 45+ 1/2/3 race. Both of these will be run together but scored separately. To continue to encourage our women riders, we are offering a Women 3/4 race to encourage field size and less intimidation for the Women category 4’s on the verge of upgrading. When they upgrade, they will still be racing with similar riders without having to move directly into racing against our stronger category 1/2’s. Note: Only the category 3 women in the race will earn IL Cup points. For those women who like to race and especially those category 3’s and 4’s on the verge of upgrading, the second Women’s race will be run as an Open race to encourage doubling up. Note: Only the category 1/2’s will earn points towards the IL Cup. In both races, all prizes are open to the field. The ICA continues to receive positive feedback with recognizing the top 3 from each category and not just the winners. We continue to recognize the hard work and efforts put forth in the competition and we will again recognize the overall podium. This includes the top three teams as well. Thanks to encouragement from our promoters, the winner of each category/age group (excluding the team competition) will again receive one free race entry into each Illinois Cup race next year.
2012 winners will each receive one free entry into each of the 2013 IL Cup races.
Individual winners must let the race directors of each IL Cup race know their intent to race and in which race category they would like their free entry. An email with their USAC License number with said information must be sent to the promoter BEFORE preregistration on BikeReg.com closes so that the promoter can enter them into the event. This transaction is required before preregistration closes as there will be no day of free entry offered.
Good luck to all of our riders in 2013!!!
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