09/08 Sheboygan Bicycle Company Classic
09/16 Lake Geneva Cross
09/29 East Troy Twilight Cross
10/06 Cross the Domes @ Mitchell Park, Milwaukee
10/07 River Hill Park CX @ Kewaskum
10/13 Grafton PumpkinCross
10/14 FurtherCross @ Badger Prairie, Verona
10/20 mwi Classic @ Milwaukee
10/21 Sun Prairie Cup
10/27 Halloween Cross @ Washington Park, Milwaukee
11/03 Estabrook Park, Milwaukee
11/10 UW Cyclocross @ CamRock, Rockdale
11/18 Hales Corners Cross
12/02 Booty Cross @ Madison
12/08 State Championships @ Badger Prairie, Verona
Two of these weekends present conflicts for me as I attempt to win my age group in the statewide mountain bike series. Hopefully, my position in the WORS standings will be secure by the end of August and I won’t have to worry about the Bear Paw Rock & Roll in White Lake on Sep. 30 or the Wigwam MTB Challenge in Sheboygan on Oct. 14. If push really comes to shove, I could race at White Lake on the morning after the evening ’cross race in East Troy. But cyclocross in Verona versus mountain biking in Sheboygan on Oct. 14 is an either/or proposition.
The 2012 cyclocross schedule has a great mix of familiar venues and new opportunities. And it was a stroke of genius to move the state championships out of Hales Corners and into Badger Prairie, site of the Midwest Regional Championships on Dec. 9 and of the US National Championships in January 2013. Wisconsin racers will have three chances to race at Badger Prairie before nationals, and “home field advantage” could pay huge dividends.
On Nov. 24 there will be a non-series race called Dirty Monkey Cyclocross at Camp Whitcomb-Mason near Hartland. It’s just 25 miles from home, so I might add it to my calendar. If I don’t need the series points I could skip Booty Cross and use the Dirty Monkey as my tuneup for the state championships. We’ll see; things that sound OK on a nice June day take on a very different aspect when the weather turns cold!