Avondale Criteriums are returning in 2017: first event on Sunday 01/22/17 and second event on Sunday 02/26/17. Course is totally void of traffic, thus very safe. The organizer will decide on race day what direction to go (clockwise or counter-clockwise). Numerous primes and high prize list at stake.
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To shake things up a little, COB will be running the second Avondale Crit in reverse. Same exact course and location with a different start/finish line. Take a look at the new revised course!
Avondale _2 – Revised Start Finish & Registration Location
Just a few short weeks away, the first Avondale Crit is nearly upon us. Registration is open, here’s a link to the flyer and registration page. Cheers and Happy Holidays!
AVONDALE CRITERIUM FLYER 2016
Procon Cycling the Early Years
Procon/Carlos O’Brien’s has a long and varied history. But what’s the story? How did it start?
Procon as we know it was formed in the early to mid 90’s, buy merging two teams, Phoenix Consumers Cycling Club (PCCC) and Team Proformance. At the time Proformance was an up and coming team with a focus on developing new riders, women’s and juniors racing. Members were all actively racing and were primarily cat 3’s, 4’s and a few masters. PCCC was one of the oldest active teams in the state, but had lost focus and sponsorship and membership was declining.
PCCC approached the Proformance board with the idea of merging the two teams and using the strength of each to advance cycling in the state. Membership of both teams voted to support the merger and it was on. The two major sponsors China Mist Iced Tea from Proformance and Champman Auto Group from PCCC came on board to sponsor the combined team. Our own Sean O’Brien was an active racer, and as Carlos O’Brien’s was also a sponsor of Proformance they came on board as well. Sean has been a minor or major sponsor since the teams’ inception and has always been a supporter of the team and cycling in Arizona!
So what’s with the name? That came about during a brainstorming secession with the combined PCCC/Proformance board in the dining room of Tommy and Bill Burke’s, the PCCC president’s, house. We were throwing out all kinds of names without success when Bill’s daughter, maybe 10 yrs old at the time, just blurted out PRO (from Proformance) CON (from Consumers)”Procon” and it stuck.
Procon has always sought to promote rider development including juniors (Jeremy Bounds and Ron Jensen raced as juniors) and race promotion with an emphasis on road racing. We promoted the occasional Crit and TT but the Usery Pass road race was the main focus for many years. Usery was always the first race on the calendar which made it the most popular single day RR in the state. If you never got the chance to race that venue, it was a classic multi loop course, starting at Salt River Recreation, up Usery to McDowell, Power to Bush Highway with a finish 2 or 3 km up Usery. It moved to a Usery/ Bush Highway loop before permit hassles caused it to fade away.
What a long strange trip it’s been…
TBT! Many thanks to Jim Clune for providing this weeks piece! Check out the kit form the early 90’s…
Mark these dates fans and racers, the Avondale Crit series is set for the 2016 season. Avondale Crit #1 is on January 24th, while Avondale Crit #2 will be on February 21st. More details to follow. In the meantime, good luck to all our Psycho-crossers.
Thanks for everyone, racers and fans alike, who showed up to the second race of our 2015 road race season! Congratulations to all who were victorious. Results have been posted and can be found at Arizona Reg. Hope to see everyone again at Avondale Crit #2 on Sunday, February 22.
AVONDALE CRIT #1 RESULTS
The 2015 AZ race season is almost upon us and once again COB will put on 2 more Avondale Crits. The first race will be held on Sunday, January 18th, the second on February 22nd at the same Avondale location as previous years. Dust off your legs in Yuma at the North End Classic on Saturday, then finish up the weekend in Avondale with COB. Find out more by clicking the link below….
2015 AVONDALE CRITERIUM FLYER