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Local racing starts tonight

The 2010 Chicago racing season kicks off in Calumet Park on the city's southside tonight at 5:45, with the Half Acre Cycling Gapers Block Crits, a full week of racing from March 22 – 26.

Located at 95th Street and the lakefront, the race can be easily reach by bike, following the Lakefront Trail to its terminus at 75th Street and the Bike Route signs further south, as indicated here.  Do not forget front and rear lights.

The bridge at 91st Street and US 41 may be up. Thus, you may have to go straight, make a left on South Chicago and then make a left at 95th street to get over the shipping canal. Shouldn’t be a problem if you follow the cars, but it may add another 5 minutes to your ride.

These races are targeted specifically at the more inexperienced categories (Men's 4 and 5, Women's 4 and 3) and, according to Half Acre Cycling, at least 10 spots will be left open every night for day-of-race registration.  The course is a large loop that features wide, safe turns.  The weather is cool this week, especially by the lake, so be sure to dress warmly.

A USAC license is required to race and one can be purchased at the event.  You will need to decide if you want a day-of license or the full season option.  Obviously, if you are planning to race more this season after gaining invaluable experience at the Gaper's Block Crits, you'll want the full season license.