Monday, August 31, 2015

Pre-Registration closes on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6!

Don't forget, pre-registration for the Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross, presented by Velocity USA, closes on SUNDAY, September 6, at 11:59 p.m.! You can always day-register though, in the event you miss it:

https://www.usacycling.org/register/2015-2343

Don't forget about the Australian Cyclocross Clinic on Tuesday, September 8 either! Details are on the Facebook "event" page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/525590464259351/

The Alma Brewing Company is graciously letting us host an early number pick up and "meet the pros" event on Friday, September 11, from 6-8 p.m. as well! Remember, this year camping is available at the race venue, so if you're planning on camping and/or attending the event at the brewery, I'd appreciate it if you could let me know on this anon survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8L37V7S

...and in case you haven't seen the course changes (and how much work we've been doing over the past few months) be sure to check out the preview video!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Win a growler of Alma Brewing Company beer!

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, at 11:59 p.m. EST! Post your thoughts in the comments on the Facebook page. Enter as many times as you want.
I'm excited to announce the Alma Brewing Co will be producing a special beer for the Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to NAME THAT BEER! The Alma Brewing Company and I will settle on the top name submitted, and in exchange for your creative thoughts, you'll win a growler and a free fill of your favorite fermented Alma Brewing Company beverage!

According to the master brewers at the Alma Brewing Company, this 5% abv Belgian golden ale will have a subtle sweetness and complexity from the unique yeast strain. This will release at the early number pick up and meet the pros event (Chris Aitken, Tom Chapman, Jack Hogan, Josie Simpson) on Friday, September 11, from 6-8 p.m.. Don't forget, show your Alma GP bib number and get $1 off pints on 9/11 and 9/12!

Post your submissions in the comments HERE! Must be 21 or older or else you'll win a liter of cola and I'll keep the beer.

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 Course Preview Video

For your enjoyment. Feel free to share with your friends, relatives, family, and neighbors.

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!

Alma College, Biggby-Alma, Milk Means More, Corset Shop Intimates, ProGold Bikes, NEMO Equipment, Inc., TP Logos, Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, Kuat Racks, Terry's Cycle, Wolf Tooth Components, LLC, First Endurance, Chamois Butt'r, Verge Sport, The Sufferfest - Cycling Training Videos, VeloInk, BEER Components, Zevlin

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Registration and prize purse incentive!

Here's a bit of a registration incentive for you all. (Currently only the top five Pro1/2/3 men and women finishers are competing for $400 in each of those two categories...$800 total + other swag awesomeness. All other categories are competing for prizes "only"...) IF the total number of non-junior pre-registered racers hits 300 by the time early registration closes on Sunday, September 6 (at midnight EST), the following payout schedule will be employed (bringing the total CASH purse to $2,120):

Pro/1/2/3 Men p/b Velocity USA: $800 to the top 8
Pro1/2/3 Women p/b Mountain Khakis: $800 to the top 8

Elite Masters 1/2/3 35+: $120 to the top 3
Elite Masters 1/2/3 45+: $120 to the top 3

Singlespeed (open) p/b BEER Components: $100 to the top 3

Cat. 3/4 Men 19-34: $60 to the top 3
Cat 3/4 Men 35-44: $60 to the top 3
Cat 3/4 Men 45+: $60 to the top 3

This is in addition to the Verge Sport winner's jerseys, Alma Brewing Co growlers to the first place finishers, NEMO Equipment, Inc., Helio showers to 2nd place, The Sufferfest - Cycling Training Videos to 4th place, and VeloInk to 5th place finishers. Plus the rest of the swag available thanks to our many awesome sponsors.

Is this awesome or crazy? Likely a little of both. Remember, this is valid for pre-reg numbers only... Last year we had 215 racers total. Let's blow that out of the water.

Did I say there was huge news to come? This isn't even close to being it. Hold onto your spandex, my friends. It's going to get crazy. Keep posted here - it's about to get even more awesome.

Register you and a friend here:
https://www.usacycling.org/register/2015-2343

Saturday, June 27, 2015

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Online pre-registration for the 2015 Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross presented by Velocity USA is now open! Please visit the registration page HERE and sign up before it closes on Sunday, September 6 (at midnight). Late registration ($5 extra) is available at the Alma Brewing Company on Friday, September 11 or on race day. Registration closes 30 minutes prior to each category start time.

https://www.usacycling.org/register/2015-2343

Remember if you want a jersey you must pre-order those by JULY 31 and pick yours up when you pick up your bib number. Order your "race cut" men's or women's jersey when you register for the race for only $45! Sizing information is available on Verge's site here. These jerseys have a full zipper, flatlock stitching, and three rear pockets. They feature the Alma GP flag on the right arm band and are designed to be highly visible.
If you're up for it, race in a second category on race day for only $10 more. There are no late fees if you decide to double up on race day, but if you pre-register for more than one event, the second will reflect this reduced cost.

THANK YOU for your support of the Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross p/b Velocity USA and all of our sponsors! Your continued support of this event as well as those individuals and businesses that help out this race is sincerely appreciated. I'll see YOU on Saturday, September 12!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Winner's Jerseys!

Those of you taking the top step in each race category on 9/12 will not only snag a growler from Alma Brewing Company, but you'll also don this sweet winner's jersey from Verge Sport!
These jerseys will be available for pre-sale as well (via the USA Cycling registration page which will be opening shortly). Pre-sales ends on July 31, 2015. Jerseys are "race cut" so please be sure to check out sizing information from Verge HERE.