While the 'cx season in Michigan has drawn to a close for 2015, stay tuned both here and on the Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AlmaGrandPrixOfCyclocross) for short track racing at the Alma 'cx venue as well as updates on the 9/12/2015 Alma GP! Don't forget to follow @TheAlmaGP on Twitter as well.
Short track racing will most likely start in May-ish on weeknights. If you did the Ithaca STXC races from a few years back it'll be in a similar format.
Keep posted for sponsorship updates throughout the year and I'll see you in 2015! If you have any questions or are interested in sponsorship information, please feel free to e-mail me, racepromoter @at@at@at gmail.com.
Come join us for a fun few laps on Saturday, December 6th, at 1:00 p.m. Food and beer following at the Alma Brewing Company, and anyone that rides gets $1 off pints.
If you're able to make it, please consider bringing a canned good, a
non-perishable food item, or a personal item (toothbrush, toothpaste,
laundry detergent, etc.) that we can collect and give to the local
Salvation Army. This is just one tiny way we can say thanks to the
community for letting us have such an awesome 'cx playground!
Put this in your calendar right now... First Saturday after Labor day. Planning is already underway for an even bigger, better, and more 'cx-full event on:
Saturday, September 12, 2015
The Alma GP is currently accepting sponsorship commitments for 2015. Information on how to partner with arguably the most visible 'cx race in the state is available by e-mailing overexcited race promoter JB Hancock (racepromoter at gmail dot com).
If you could please complete this brief 10-question post-event survey
about your experience at this year's race, I would greatly appreciate
it! In promoting this and the Ithaca GP previously, my goal is to create
a value-oriented, fun event for racers and spectators. Your feedback
helps this process and is truly valued:
Again, THANK YOU for supporting the Alma GP, and I hope to see you next year!
p.s. REMEMBER, please support the sponsors that support the Alma GP! If
you won something and think it's awesome, please let those sponsors
know. This goes a long way in continuing the relationships and sponsor
support for this event!
Pre-registration for the Alma GP on Saturday, 9/6, is now closed, but don't worry! You are still able to register either on race day or at the Alma Brewing Company from 6-8 p.m. on Friday 9/5.
Registration is $30 for your first race and $10 for any additional races. You must have either an annual USA Cycling license or purchase a one-day license ($15). That being said, I still have 15 coupons that you can use thanks to Seals, Tacia, Bartz, Zainea, & Whitmore Optometry to offset the one-day license fee if you don't have one! Just ask at registration - if we have a freebie coupon left, you're welcome to use it!
You might ask yourself, why the heck would I pay $30 to race my bike in Alma? Well here's why:
1) This course is NEW and unlike anything you've seen in Michigan
2) Swag just for entering includes a custom Alma College / Alma GP water bottle from Specialized, XTREME chain lube from ProGold Lubricants, socks or tire levers from Cannondale, Hammer Gel, and for those of you that pick up your bag fairly early, a sweet custom Alma GP coozie from TP Logos!
3) Just by entering you get a raffle ticket good to win awesome swag from our sponsors, including (but seriously, this is about a tenth of the list...): a set of Velocity USA wheels of your choice, a Kuat Rack of your choice, Wolf Tooth single ring/bolts, Heed, Cannondale socks, an Ass Saver, swag from ProGold Lubricants, Camrats from Backcountry Research, NiteRider lights, and Bondi Bands just to name a few.
4) The atmosphere of the Alma GP is truly a FUN place to come watch a few bike races
5) Portable bathrooms are on site...come on, taking care of details is priority #1
6) Milk products from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan for all racers
7) Concession on hand! Ice cream, hot dogs, etc. They are a local business. It's awesome.
8) Corset Shop Intimates is setting up a display of their athletic / active wear in the registration tent
9) Swag from Eclipse Cycling (1st place), Pace Sportswear (2nd place), Corset Shop Intimates (3rd place), The Sufferfest (4th place), and Ass Savers (5th place) delivered to the podium finishers in what are undoubtedly the greatest awards ceremonies outside of the World Championships
10) Seriously, it's going to be a blast. You owe it to yourself to see what this is all about!
So far 141 racers are pre-registered and the weather is looking like it'll be great for racing 'cross. The course is in FANTASTIC shape right now. All of the rain we've had recently might play a part in creating some pretty technical lines through the two Superprestige sections of the course... Hold onto your hats when you hit those.
The Velocity USA stairs are now painted and ready to go as well! Course crossings are marked so you will be able to easily move about the venue without trudging through the weeds. That being said, the walking paths we've created are still very weedy - I'd recommend shoes and pants on race day.
If you have ANY questions between now and 9/6 shoot me an e-mail! (racepromoter at gmail dot com) Remember, t-shirts ($15) and pint glasses ($5) are available but in limited supply!
Hope to see you on Friday and/or Saturday...and remember,
SUPPORT THE SPONSORS THAT SUPPORT THE ALMA GRAND PRIX!
If you're interested in stopping by the Alma Brewing Company on Friday, September 5, from 6-8 p.m. to pick up your number, you may just be in luck...
The first 25 racers to do so will get a FREE pint glass!
But what if you can't make it? Don't worry - I'll have a limited quantity on hand to sell for the low low bargain price of $5 each.
Wow, what an awesome design though! It's not too good to be true... I'll also have a limited run of 50 Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross shirts on hand as well! Cost is $15 and when they're gone they're gone...
Don't forget, pre-registration is open HERE until Sunday, August 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Late registration is available on site for an additional $5. If you are NEW to 'cx and don't hold an annual USA Cycling license you can purchase a one-day license when you register for the Category 5 men's or Category 4 women's events (required for ALL racers). However, thanks to the supporters at Seals, Tacia, Bartz, Zainea, & Whitmore Optometry, I have a discount code to help offset this one-day license fee! E-mail me, racepromoter at gmail dot com, for the code.
Remember, SUPPORT THE SPONSORS THAT SUPPORT THE ALMA GP!
Registration is OPEN for the 2014 Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross p/b Eclipse Cycling, and if you were wondering what the course looks like, here is this year's official preview video. Don't forget, if you're new to 'cross and don't hold an annual USA Cycling license, e-mail me (racepromoter at gmail dot com) for a discount to help towards the one-day license purchase.
Online registration through USA Cycling is OPEN until August 31 at 11:59 p.m.!
Click HERE to be taken to the USAC registration page. You MUST currently hold an annual USAC license or purchase a one-day license ($15) to race in any of the categorized races at the Alma GP.
If you are NEW to racing (i.e. you're a first time Category 5 man or Category 4 woman), please e-mail me (racepromoter at gmail dot com) for a discount to apply when you pre-register. This discount is available for the first 20 racers only WITHOUT ANNUAL LICENSES and you must be registering for a beginning race category (cat 5 men or cat 4 women).
THIS SATURDAY, June 21, from 10-1, will be a work day at the venue. Things needed:
Detroit Mower Gang - style mowing of the path. Push mowers at this
point are best, as some of the lumps are large and in charge. Four push
mowers would probably necessitate only two laps of the course for a
complete cutting. Please bring gas, but I'll have a few gallons on
Following behind the mowers, the course should be raked to be free from debris. If you want to rake please bring a rake!
One of the old compost mulch piles needs to be cut down from scratch;
two others need to be cut down a bit more than they already are. If you
want to dig, please bring a spade and or a hard metal rake if you have
one to help grade the ramps.
Random dirt-filling of old ruts
from when this was an active compost area - these are hit and miss; some
are worse than others but there are five or six that at this point
would cause more than just an annoyance to your front wheel...
If you want to bring a bike to ride afterwards, I'd recommend 29'ers at this point, as the course is rough.
Plan on 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. (ish) on Saturday! If you are interested
and available please either e-mail me (racepromoter at gmail dot com) or
post up on Facebook in the comments!
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP! The next work day will be towards the end of July.
Cyclocross Today's 9th show features the Alma GP! After the show we explored the new venue, taking note of the tentative location of the race announcer's stand (to be staffed by Scott Dedenbach of The Cyclocross Network) and other features of the area. Download the episode now...'cross season is NOT far away and kicks off with the Alma GP!
More spy photos from a recent recon walk on the property!
This photo is looking almost directly north. On the left you can see one of the many long mounds of decomposing piles of former yard waste. Some vary in height from 2' to 5' and have varying grades. Those will be fun.
One nice surprise were a few large piles of staircase material. Hopefully one of the coolest course features will be a 6 or 7 stair rise right near the registration tent, start/finish straight, and the race announcer. Based on the condition of the materials I'll see if I can get one other stair set on the grounds.
This is looking almost directly east down the start/finish straightaway. 125 to 150 m in length, all crushed gravel. Not pavement but the next best thing. Parking will be on the left in the above photo; the race course will be to the right (south).
Stay tuned for more updates - share this link and LIKE the Facebook page!
A BIG thanks to the Alma GP's newest sponsor, Michigan Dairy Farm Families! http://www.udim.org/local-milk
ONCE AGAIN you'll be treated to free ICE COLD chocolate milk, white
milk, yogurt, and cheese at the Alma GP. Additionally, registration and race HQ will be all underneath the tent sponsored by the Michigan Dairy Farm Families.
How can it get even MORE amazing? We'll once again have honest to
goodness local dairy farmers helping out with awards! Apparently they
had a blast last year and are looking forward to watching crazy cyclists
ride and run around the venue on race day.
Now go buy some milk, ice cream, or other MICHIGAN made dairy product and support local milk!