Andres Park

It’s going to be a quiet weekend on the race front, but the weather forecast is bright, so it’ll be a great time to get out and ride. There’s plenty to do outdoors, so get out and enjoy a great weekend. Read on for details…

We Need Your Vote!
CAMBr (Chicago Area Mountain Bikers) is in the running to receive a trail building grant for one of their exciting new efforts in the NW suburbs – Andres Park. All you need to do to help out is log onto the web site on April 21st and vote for them.

The project is important for a few reasons:
1 It adds trail riding opportunities to the NW suburbs that do not exist today.
2 It alleviates the pressure on the Palos System, which due to a lack of other trails sees rider numbers well above what is recommended and sustainable.

For more information on Andres Park and to vote, click here http://www.andrespark.org/.

Women’s Events:

BFF Women’s Sunday Rides – Starting this Sunday, this women’s specific shop will be leading weekly group rides. The rides will depart the shop at 8am Sunday mornings. For more information, click here http://www.bffbikes.com/calendar.html

Cyclofemme Chicago Ride 2014 – Celebrate Mother’s Day by starting your day with a great women’s ride. There are a few Chicago area rides in the works. Click here http://cyclofemme.com/2014-rides-2/%23ID for the latest information.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Curious about learning how to ride a fixed gear bike or riding on the Velodrome? Come out to this year’s women’s track cycling clinic and find out all about it! For more information, click here http://www.northbrookcyclecommittee.org/calendar/

Women’s Dirt Days #1 – Palos – Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker or just want to check it out, the Women’s Dirt Days are a great opportunity to have fun on the trails. For information on the first event, click here http://www.meetup.com/Illinois-Women-Cyclists/events/175892942/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=175892942&_af=event

Races – Coming up:

Hillsboro Roubaix – Paris Roubaix was last weekend, but in the Midwest we have our own version of the cobbled road race. It’s a great course with all the elements of the European classic, but it’s much closer. For race information, click here https://www.bikereg.com/22460.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This is one of my favorite crit courses. It’s located in a park near Milwaukee and the race runs loops around the perimeter. There’s a fair amount of climbing, but not too much. The downhill is fast with a sweeping right turn – lots of fun! For more information, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2014-815.pdf.

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Lincoln Park Criterium

Last week’s Super Crit was so much fun. There were two good-sized, local women’s fields; a great triumph for those of us who have been around for a few years. Both fields had competitive depth with teams and individuals vying for control of the field and the win. Things look positive for a repeat of the action this weekend and the weather looks promising as well. Spring & Summer season, here we come!!
Events:
Lincoln Park Criterium – The Lincoln Park criterium is this Saturday in Chicago. Located at Montrose and the Lakefront, it doesn’t get much closer to home. There are two women’s races; the Category 4 field and the open. The open race is a memorial for one of the team’s fallen riders, Beth Kobeszka. She was a young and vibrant woman who passed in a tragic cycling accident a few years back. Honor her memory by getting out there and doing exactly what she would be doing if she were here – racing! For event details, click .
Big Ring Flyers – A return to Cherry Valley 20K time trial. This is an out and back course starting at Deer Run Forest Preserve. For details on the event, click .
Coming Up:
Spring Cleaning Jersey & Clothing Swap – This is another get-together for women cyclists. Join friends for snacks, conversation and the chance to swap out some of your cycling clothing. For details on the event, click .
Mark your Calendar:
Women’s track cycling Clinic – Interested in learning to ride a track bike or race at the Velodrome? Attend this women’s only clinic at Northbrook. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3. For details on this and other events at the Northbrook Velodrome, click .
Hillsboro Roubaix
Whitnall Park Criterium
Women’s Dirt Days #1 – Palos
Women’s News:
As women and athletes we continue to strive for equality. We’ve come a long way, thanks to the efforts of those before us. The following is a story of a women’s bike racing team in Afghanistan and their struggles to merely be allowed to ride a bike. Click to read the story.
Have a great weekend!
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The Racing Season is Heating Up

The temps may still be a little lower than we’d like, but the racing season is certainly starting to heat up. The Gapers Block beginner criterium series wrapped up yesterday, and there’s quite a bit of buzz about all the action that took place on the south side. Moving forward the months seem to be filling up. Get ready, here we go!

Events:
Spring Super Criterium – You may not be Mario Andretti, but you’ll certainly have your chance to pretend at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. Tomorrow’s criterium is the inaugural race in the Pave Liga series as well as the first race of the 2014 Illinois Cup. Get ahead of the game and head out to South Beloit for a great race. For details on the event, click here https://www.bikereg.com/supercrit7/

Indoor Time Trial Series – This final race of this TT series is the John Frasier Memorial time trial. It’s is a 10 mile course which begins in Maple Park, IL. For details, click here http://www.midamericatimetrialseries.com//2014_ttseriesv3.pdf

Coming up:
Lincoln Park Criterium – Racing doesn’t get much closer than Lincoln Park, so there are no excuses for not coming out. The course features a few long straight-aways, a couple of not-so-technical corners and one hairpin turn. What may be a bigger factor in the race is the wind, as the course is right along the lakefront. For details on the event or to register, click here. https://www.bikereg.com/23086

Big Ring Flyers – A return to Cherry Valley 20K time trial. This is an out and back course starting at Deer Run Forest Preserve. For details on the event, click here http://www.midamericatimetrialseries.com//Cherry_Valley_Flyer_2014_m_2-21.pdf

Mark your Calendar:
Women’s track cycling Clinic – Mark your calendars! This year’s women’s beginner track cycling clinic will be held at the Northbrook Velodrome. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3. For details on this and other events at the Northbrook Velodrome, click here http://www.northbrookcyclecommittee.org/

Have a great weekend!
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Half the Road

There seems to be a new surge to promote women’s equality in the workplace. Women in the United States have represented 50 percent of the college graduates since the early 80’s, yet we lag salaries or holding the top spots at major corporations. Kathryn Bertine explores the in inequalities in women’s professional cycling in her documentary “Half the Road”. To help bring the film to our town, they have partnered with tug.com to enable us to create an event. If enough interest is shown, they’ll bring the documentary here. We can certainly do that! For more information on creating an event, click

Events:
Kenosha Velosport Training Crits – This is the final race of this spring crit series. This week’s race will be held at Silver Lake Park, which will be a 1.5 rolling terrain course. For race details, click h
Beginner Road Clinic – There are just a few spots left for tomorrow’s beginner road clinic. Don’t miss out on some great coaching from former US National team rider, Greg Meeker. For more information, click
Gapers Block Crit Series – This spring beginner race series is finally here. Get ready to get in lots of good crit practice next week. The races will be held in Calumet Park on the South side of the city. For details, click

Coming Up:
Tuxedo Thunder Beginner Road Clinic – This skills & drills road clinic was originally scheduled for a few weeks ago. We all know what the weather was like then, so rescheduling is perfect for everyone. The clinic will be held in the Labagh Woods. For more information, click
Spring Super Criterium – This race is host to the inaugural Pave Liga series as well as the season opener for the Illinois Cup Series. It’s fast, free of traffic and held on a car racing track! What could be better? For details, click
Indoor Time Trial Series – This final race of the TT series is held OUTSIDE! The John Frasier Memorial time trial is a 10 mile course held in Maple Park, IL. For details, click

Mark your Calendar:
Women’s track cycling Clinic – Mark your calendars! This year’s women’s beginner track cycling clinic will be held at the Northbrook Velodrome. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3. For details on this and other events at the Northbrook Velodrome, click half the road

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Spring is Here

We may be experiencing a less than perfect spring so far, but we are heading in the right direction. Slowly the temps and sunshine are increasing, bringing us closer to the weather we’ve been dreaming about for months. No matter what the weather, the springtime events are still queued up and ready to go. See the details below for cycling events in our area.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Training Crits – This weekend is the second of the three spring training criteriums. This week’s race will be held at the Business Park of Kenosha. For race details, click http://www.ambikerace.com/2014/flyers/KV_Criterium_2014_kb.pdf.

Coming Up:
Beginner Road Clinic – Getting ready for the upcoming road racing season? If you’re new to racing and need to work on skills, attend this road racing clinic to pick up some great tips to help you navigate the peloton. Former US National team rider, Greg Meeker will be guest speaker for the event. For more information, click http://halfacrecycling.org/events.

Gapers Block Crit Series –Attention all new racers! Don’t miss out on the 6th annual week-long criterium series just for beginner racers. It takes some time to figure out how to race and build on tactics, so having the opportunity to try again and again is really helpful. For information on the series, click http://halfacrecycling.org/events/2014/3/31/gapers-block-crits-2014.

Other Items:

Half the Road – This documentary explores the challenges women face in professional cycling. Be inspired to do your part to keep moving women forward. Click Spring-Flowers-Wallpapers-4p://vimeo.com/65941045″>http://vimeo.com/65941045 to view the documentary trailer.

Have a great weekend!

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International Women’s Day

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. On this day we can reflect on and be inspired by the women who have done so much to move us forward. It’s also a day to bring awareness to what we still need to strive for. On the cycling front, much has been done to bring equality to our sport. Women have been campaigning to get equal opportunities for all levels of racers. Do your part to get involved and keep the momentum going. You can make it happen! For more information on the International Women’s Day, click

It’s one thing to be inspired, it’s another to get out there and do something. There are plenty of events planned to help you keep moving towards the target, just check the list below.

Events:
Ray’s MTB Women’s Weekend – Women’s weekend is well underway at Ray’s in Milwaukee. Today is filled with clinics for every level of mountain biker. The rest of the weekend, ladies get half off the price of admission and an assortment of other perks. It’s not too late to be part of the fun. For information, click ..

Clothing Swap & Bike Shorts (short films) – The racing season will be here soon and what better way to get inspired than to hang out with fellow cyclists, watch a few cycling films and swap out some cycling clothing. The event will be held at West Town Bikes this Wednesday. For more information, click .

Coming Up:
Road Racing Clinic – The Tuxedo Thunder cycling team is putting on a skills and drills road clinic on Sunday, March 16. If you’re curious about racing on the road or need to practice your bike handling skills, this is the perfect opportunity. For more information, click .

Kenosha Velosport Training Crits – This is the 35th annual spring crit series and over the years cyclists have raced in wind (always), snow, rain and sunshine. We’ll see what this year holds, but we’ll be hoping for good weather. The races will be held at the Business Park of Kenosha on March 16th & 23rd, and at Silver Lake Park on March 30th. Get a jump on racing and make plans to head out to this annual event. For details, click .

On the Calendar:
Women’s Track Cycling Clinics at Northbrook: Interested in learning how to ride a track bike or race on the Velodrome? This summer the Northbrook Velodrome is offering two women’s clinics. The first will be held on May 3rd and it will be more of an introduction to the sport. On July 12, a second clinic will continue from where the May 3rd clinic left off.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at Chicago Velo Campus- The CVC track, at first glance, can be a little more intimidating, but with a little education and encouragement, it can be a wonderful place to ride. Come and see what it’s all about at the Women’s clinic on June 14th. Write it down!!
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Remember to Spring Forward this weekend and have a great one!

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March Rolls in Like a Lion…

…and I hope it goes out like a lamb! We can’t seem to get out of this cycle of arctic cold, slight warm-up, snow, repeat. The beginning of March seems to be starting out in the same pattern, but this winter’s just got to let up soon. There are outdoor races starting very soon and there’s a large community of Chicago cyclists just waiting to head out on the roads.

Good weather or bad, the upcoming events are a go. Check out what’s ahead and plan to get out and ride!

Events:
Ray’s MTB Women’s Weekend – The weather may not cooperate for this weekend, but it doesn’t have to since this Milwaukee Mountain Bike Park is indoors. No matter what level of rider you are, this weekend is perfect for you. On Friday they’ll have Hall of Fame member, Leigh Donovan and her coaching staff lead clinics. There’ll be everything from the basics to the extreme jumps and everything else in-between. For the rest of the weekend you can continue to practice your skills and the bonus is that women are admitted for half price! For more information, click here.

Road Racing Clinic – The Tuxedo Thunder cycling team is putting on a skills and drills road clinic on Sunday, March 16. If you’re curious about racing on the road or need to practice your bike handling skills, this is the perfect opportunity. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Training Crits – This is the 35th annual spring crit series and over the years cyclists have raced in wind (always), snow, rain and sunshine. We’ll see what this year holds, but we’ll be hoping for good weather. The races will be held at the Business Park of Kenosha on March 16th & 23rd, and at Silver Lake Park on March 30th. Get a jump on racing and make plans to head out to this annual event. For details, click here.

Gapers Block Crits – Registration is now open for this year’s series, which will be held in Calumet Park Monday, March 31 through Thursday, April 3. The races are just for beginners and the goal is to give you plenty of practice before the season gets going. For information, click here.

Have a great weekend!
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