Five things I noticed at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup bike races Sunday in Carpenter Park...
1. No one really looks that sexy in stretch material bike outfits. In fact, after a long race, some guys looked like they pooped their pants.
2. Wipeouts are cool.
3. Bike people can be rowdy. There was a part of the course set up in a field where riders had to go through soft, black dirt before navigating a series of moguls. Anyone who decided to lift a bike and run instead of attempting the bumpy ride was booed. One spectator dude held out dollar bills to tempt pedaling passers-by to snatch. Another had one of those annoying plastic horns, and another pounded on a plastic block with a drumstick.
More of Danahey's observations, after the jump.
3. Of those aforementioned moguls. I think I know why they call such a "pump track." It looks like you and your bike seat are having a physical relationship that is illegal in most states.
4. No one really pays attention to political booths. And very few people were drinking beer, even though it was only $3 for a 16-ounce Leinenkugel fall brew. Maybe they were full of the crepes and Mexican food. Or PowerBars.
5. As this also was an Oktoberfest, Jack Ness, a one-man German band, played polkas, alternating between horn, accordion and organ, all with taped background -- and in lederhosen, no less. Impressive, even if he didn't play "Poker Face," remade as "Polka Face."
-- Mike Danahey, Staff Writer