Riders reach dizzying speeds and adrenaline spikes in both racers and spectators as brake-less bicycles tear up the city streets of the Windy City. With wheels inches apart bike messengers and amateur racers face off with pro riders in a true open format cycling event. The Fyxation Open brings the excitement of track racing to the streets and riders are required to compete on the same bicycles usually reserved for the velodrome. This means drop bars and no brakes.
The Fyxation Open is moving into it's sixth year and has grown into the longest running fixed gear criterium in the Midwest. The Open features both men's and women's classes. Growing fields and thousands in cash and prizes for the winning riders has fueled a competitive field and fast paced racing.
Cash, merchandise and primes will be awarded in 2019 with equal purses for men and women at each race. 2019 sponsorship is underway and prize lists will be coming soon!
Cat 2 and above riders will be given preferential start positions in the race.
Riders out of contention may be pulled from the race.
All riders must have equipment inspected prior to racing.
Inspection is mandatory and will be held in the Expo area starting 2 hours prior to first heat. Riders not in compliance cannot participate. Riders will receive a wristband after passing inspection. Please enter the inspection area with sufficient time to complete inspection.
75 Rider limit
Racers are required to comply with all race rules
Open class, 18 and over, USAC license required, waiver signature required
No tt wheels (Spinergy, tri-spoke, disc, aero spoke, etc.)
Traditional spoked wheels no deeper than 90mm
Tubular glue in good condition
No gluing on race day
Tires in good condition
Cleats or toe clips
Pedals in good condition
No lights or reflectors
Drop bar only
No brake levers
Proper chain / chainring match
Chain in good condition
No excessively large gear ratios
Rear axle entirely within the dropout
48/15 gear ratio suggested
Bolt on wheels
Proper cycling helmet
No helmet cam (on bike ok)