– Back for their 2nd year, the fun loving crew at Beverly Bike-Vee Pak (who brought you such memorable characters as Geisha) with some help from Psimet Racing (how do you say that anyway?) bring your the rebranded Elvis Cross at Dan Ryan Woods. BBVP tells us the best entrance is off either 83rd street (just East of Western) or 85th and Western. All parking lots will be open.

– Please remember the Chicago Marathon is being run this weekend and starts at 7:30am… so if you’re traveling out of the loop to get to DRW give yourself some extra time. See the course route here.

– Why Elvis? We’re not quite sure ourselves, but BBVP is offering $5 off registration for anyone dressed like Elvis. BBVP didn’t say whether or not you need to dress like young Elvis, in the army, “The King” in his prime, or on his downward slide… but apparently the only rule is this means more than just hair and glasses. The CCC and USAC officials also require that you can see through any eyewear, and can pedal your bicycle without capes, leis, jumpsuits, etc getting stuck in your gears.

Free fried chicken and peanut butter & banana sandwiches for everyone (while supplies last). The hunka-hunka love would have been so proud!

– Its not quite Memphis, but the weekend weather forecast is calling for sunny skies and 74 degrees. Leave your MAE Madness at home.

– Please remember this race takes place within the boundaries of the city of Chicago which means open containers of alcohol are not permitted… and the friendly park service law enforcers will be there. So remember to use good judgement so that the CCC can return to Dan Ryan Woods next year and for years to come.

– Please remember that the CCC standard payout goes 5 deep. There were several of you who didn’t pick up your cash at Hopkins Park. We’ll have it for you at Elvis CX, but if you don’t pick it up we’ll send it back to Dekalb or donate it to WBR.

Online pre-reg on BikeReg.com closes tonight at midnight. The 4’s are full (again) but we’ll run wait-lists starting Sunday morning. There’s still plenty of room in all other categories though. Thanks to the 16 of you (so far) who gave a little extra and donated to WBR while registering online.

– If you’re getting to the park early Sunday morning, please let the 40+ racers get their numbers first so they can take their geritol, rub in their bengay, and get warmed up for their race (which starts at 8:45am). The 30+ are next and the rest of you should have plenty of time to get reg’d and warm up.

– The name might have changed but the course is for all practical purposes the same. A lung busting hill, lots of long power straight-aways, and a few off-camber turns to spice it up. The course runs clockwise. Please note that from here on out, to get to the individual race maps (like the map below) from the main CCC map of races you’ll need to click on one of the blue balloons and then the link for “Detailed Map”.