Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Results and a survey!

I'm very sorry for the delay - after this year's Alma GP I headed straight to Las Vegas to help with 'Cross Vegas! Results for the 2015 Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross, p/b Velocity USA, can be found on USA Cycling's website HERE. (Alternatively, most have been on the photo stream on my Facebook page since race day after the mandatory 15-minute protest period!)

Also, if you haven't already done so, please take a moment to complete this year's post-event survey. The brief (5-minute?) survey can be found HERE. I appreciate you taking the time to give me feedback about the event!


2015 Alma GP Recap (with Australians) by Jon Clark

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It's ALMOST here!

Don't forget! On Friday, September 11, the Alma Brewing Company in Downtown Alma is hosting an early number pick up and "meet the pros" event from 6-8 p.m.! You'll be able to grab your swag bag, which is filled with fantastic items from sponsors, and pick up your bib number and RFID helmet tag so you're set for race day (Saturday).

Also, you'll be able to grab a pint of the NEW Laatste Ronde beer, brewed especially for the Alma Grand Prix!

Even better? Chris Aitken, Tom Chapman, and Jack Hogan (Focus Bikes Australia), and Josie Simpson (Flanders-Nemesis 'CX Team) will be on hand to meet. Look for them next to the registration table!

I'll see YOU on Friday and/or Saturday! Bring your friends and family to the race - we'll have Mexican food available for purchase on race day, as well as race announcing from Scott Dedenbach and Mr. David Palan of the Cyclocross Network.

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:


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


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:


...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!

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