Monday, August 10, 2015

HUGE NEWS! Australian pros to race at the Alma GP!

I'm SUPER pumped to announce that this year, FOUR professional racers from Australia (and one very supportive husband) will be racing Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross presented by Velocity USA!

Racing for the Focus Bikes Australia CX Team, Chris Aitken (recently crowned U23 Australian National Champion!) will be joined by teammates Tom Chapman and Jack Hogan to race in the Pro/1/2/3 men's event at 12:30.

Racing for the Flanders Nemisis race team, Josie Simpson will compete against the Pro/1/2/3 women at 11:00 on race day. Josie's husband, Courtenay Lee Shoy, will be making the trip as well!

But wait, there's more! MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Tuesday, September 8! Chris Aitken, Jack Hogan, Tom Chapman, and Josie Simpson will be leading a clinic on the Alma cyclocross course! Details coming in the next few weeks, but here's your chance to see first hand how a pro dissects the Alma GP track, including the Velocity USA stairs, the Ass Savers steps, and of course, the brand new Pleasant Optics MONSTER stairs!

To make it even sweeter, plan to attend the early number pick up and "meet the pros" event at the Alma Brewing Co on Friday, September 11, from 6-8 p.m.! Pick up your great swag from our sponsors, have a beer, eat dinner, and meet some pretty great people.

So how can YOU make this event even better? There are a few ways:
1) REGISTER to race on the USA Cycling website!

2) Bring a friend on race day to RACE! I was only 15 when my good friend Dennis brought me to the state championships at Pontiac Lake back in 1998. I've been hooked ever since. Get that newbie out to the Alma GP, and let's make 'cx bigger and better together. YOU will make the difference.

3) Bring a friend on race day to CHEER! Seriously, we haven't had this much talent in a Michigan 'cx race since Tailwind Racing LLC held UCI events at Waterford and Springfield Oaks! This is the opportunity of a lifetime to watch and encourage racers from Australia at the Alma GP!

4) ‪#‎SUPPORTOURSPONSORS‬! I cannot stress this enough! Find our sponsors on Facebook, like their page, and support their products. Let them know you appreciate their support of the Alma GP!

5) Read up on the Australian 'CX season at Australian Cyclocross Magazine, and catch up on our latest podcast chats on the Cyclocross Network!

OK that's it! Go spread the news, SHARE this with your friends, and let's make the 2015 the biggest 'cx race Michigan has EVER seen...

Photos from Focus Bikes Australia, Martin Kelly, and Sholto Douglas!

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