Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Quiet here, but a lot is happening!

I'm sorry this page has been fairly quiet over the past month or so, but I can assure you that LOTS has been happening! First, Dr. Whitmore and I spent a while over at the 'cx venue doing our best to flatten the track for this year's event. Late last fall we expanded a few sections of the course to help increase the course length but also speed up a few areas. Those sections are now in great shape, and we'll get out there in the next few weeks with the screen to help drag in all of the chopped dirt.
Second, sponsorships are beginning to finalize, and the process to design winner's jerseys through Verge Sport has begun! Those will also be available for pre-sale (only) as soon as the race registration page opens (which *should* be in May).

As always, I ask that you continually help to support the sponsors that support the Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross (presented by Velocity USA)! Your voice and "thanks" to our sponsors helps expand both the footprint of this race as well as makes the sponsors aware that YOU are aware of their support! Get on their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, or websites and let them know how much you appreciate their support!

Updates are fairly frequent on the race Facebook and Twitter pages! Registration through USA Cycling will be opening soon...

I'll see you on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12! (Unless, of course, I see you on Friday, September 11, camping at the venue and picking up your bib number at the Alma Brewing Company!)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

2015 TITLE SPONSOR - Velocity USA!

I'm PUMPED to announce this year's TITLE SPONSOR as Grand Rapids - based Velocity USA!
Velocity makes not only what is likely one of the most commonly used tubular rim for 'cross (the Major Tom), but also a pretty amazing MTB rim (the Blunt SL)!

One of their hubsets that is quite possibly the greatest thing since sliced bread is their convertible hub, which will handle any of the industry's changes from quick release to thru-axle!

As always, SUPPORT THE SPONSORS THAT SUPPORT THE ALMA GP!

Monday, January 26, 2015

WIN AN ENTRY TO THIS YEAR'S RACE!

Alma GP racers!

I hope your winter riding, running, skiing, or eating season is going well and you're doing whatever it is that you love to do!
We've been hard at work setting up for a great 2015 event, which is once again slated to kick off the 2015 Michigan 'cx season on Saturday, September 12 (the first Saturday after Labor Day). Sponsors are signing on and other new things are always in the works to make this a great event for you and your family.

On the Alma GP Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AlmaGrandPrixOfCyclocross) the latest post covers the "rules" (I use that term loosely...) for the opportunity to win an entry to this year's Alma GP! Simply make the best picks for the top FIVE elite men and elite women for this weekend's world championships, and you win! How easy is that?
Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in racing at the Alma GP later this year. After all the work we did late this fall I'm itching to get back out there and make the course even smoother than it already is. We're also in the process of making one pretty great staircase run-up, with the possibility of yet another depending on the availability of materials and time.
As always, if you get a chance, please support the sponsors that support the Alma GP!
Alma Brewing Company https://www.facebook.com/almabrewing
Ass Savers http://ass-savers.com/
Velocity USA http://www.velocityusa.com/
Corset Shop Intimates http://www.corsetshopintimates.com/
ProGold Lubricants http://www.progoldmfr.com/
Seals, Tacia, Bartz, Zainea, & Whitmore Optometry http://www.mieyedoctor.com/
Kuat http://kuatracks.com/en/
Cannondale http://www.cannondale.com/
First Endurance http://firstendurance.com/
Mountain Khakis http://www.mountainkhakis.com/
Wolf Tooth Components http://www.wolftoothcycling.com/
Pace Sportswear http://www.pacesportswear.com/
Chamois Butt'r http://chamoisbuttr.com/
TP Logos http://www.tplogos.com/
Have a great week!

Brian a.k.a. jb a.k.a. overexcited racepromoter...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Snow and Sponsors

Well winter finally hit the mid-Michigan area - there's currently enough snow around here to set your own XC tracks in the local parks. Unfortunately that means my 'cx fix is currently coming from live streaming of the European races and following up on the latest news in the industry.

If you haven't yet done so, please take a moment to stop by the SPONSORS page (or just look to the sidebar on the left of this page) and support those that support this event. Additionally, I've updated the MEDIA page as well, which now includes a link to the Cyclocross Down Under podcast where coach Jeff and I talk about the Alma GP. Also added to the Media page is Brian Harville's first lap in the Elite Masters 45+ race from last year. Man, those dry dusty days seem long behind us...

If you're not already following @TheAlmaGP on Twitter, do so! I always post sponsorship updates both there and on the race Facebook page. I'm sure lots will be happening in the coming months, so thanks in advance for supporting this race as well as all of the sponsors that support the event!

jb

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cyclocross Down Under Podcast AND CONTEST!

Here's the link to an interview for the Alma GP on the Cyclocross Down Under Podcast with Coach Jeff!

Cyclocross Down Under is also hosted by the Cyclocross Network, home to some awesome Podcast content! Enjoy...
http://a1.mzstatic.com/us/r30/Music3/v4/d4/c6/57/d4c6572e-c20b-9843-8ba1-fc1b82f17312/cover170x170.jpeg
Here's the photo for the contest:
 Post up your guess to the appropriate conversation on the race Facebook page:
www.Facebook.com/AlmaGrandPrixOfCyclocross

Monday, December 15, 2014

Stay tuned!

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.

jb

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Alma GP Fun Ride! Saturday, 12/6, at 1:00 p.m.

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!

Many thanks to the sponsors that are supporting this event - the Alma Brewing Company, Velocity USA, and Ass Savers!

Details and an event invite are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/923763420986629/