Prairie State Cycling Series

 

By now you’ve nestled into your daily viewing of the Tour de France. This year’s Tour has been exciting and so unpredictable. Who will be in the yellow jersey coming into Paris? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out! Well, we won’t be climbing over the Alps around here, but there are plenty of opportunities to mix it up on the road and off-road as well. Check below for all the events coming up in our area.

Events – This Weekend:

Prairie State Cycling Series –The race series begins today in Waukegan, IL. The opening race is a 4 corner crit – a nice warm-up for the days ahead! Saturday the series heads to Lake Bluff, which in the past has been a tough and very technical course. This time around the course is touted to be a little less technical – we’ll see how that plays out tomorrow. The races continue through July 27th, with one road race in the mix and wrapping things up in Downers Grove. For details, click here.

Artcrank Chicago – Okay, this isn’t a race or a ride, but it is a showcase of great cycling artwork. Bring together the arts and sport and you’re bound to see greatness. The event is being held on Saturday at Expo 72 from 4-10. For more information, click here.

Dr. Craig C Schultz Memorial TT – Located in Cordova, IL, which is near the quad cities, this 40K TT is a great course to set a PR. It’s an out and back course that’s totally flat and only has one turn. Test your power and head out to this race. For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – For those looking for a little off-road competition, the Palos Meltdown is a great race and it’s close to home! The course offers some technical sections as well as some lung & leg burning sections. For more information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100: Chicago Loop – Join women around the world in participating in organized 100K bike rides. The Chicago ride starts at Heritage Bikes in the City and heads north to Highland Park and back. For information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABR Track Nationals – The ABR Track Nationals will be held next Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. Check the flyer for a complete list of events and schedule. For details, click here.

Women’s Events:

BFF La Course Viewing Party – On the final stage of this year’s Tour, women will also be racing into Paris! Generate some energy for future opportunities for women and cheer on the ladies as they race on this magical stage. You can join fellow cyclists at the BFF Cycles viewing party, which will be held at the Map Room. For information on the event, click here.

Venus de Miles Ride – Looking for a fun, but low key bike ride? Participate in this year’s Venus de Miles ride, which benefits the Greenhouse Scholars. There are three distance options available, which are 13, 28 and 64. After the ride there is a fabulous post ride party with food, beverages, music and other fun pampering services. For more information, click here.

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Giro de Rosa

You might not know it, but the biggest women’s stage race is underway in Italy. The Giro de Rosa is a 10 day professional women’s stage race, which, unfortunately, doesn’t get much press.  That doesn’t take away from the impressive racing that’s been happening for the last several days. The race began on the 4th of July and will finish this Sunday, the 13th. To check out all the action of the Giro de Rosa, click here.

While one big race ends, the pro women’s field prepares for another monumental race, La Course by Le Tour de France. In conjunction with the Tour, the women’s pro field will race on the final day of the Tour. To promote the sport for women, the UCI announced a Women’s Week ahead of La Course. Amateur women racers from around the world will join together with pro women and ride from Holland to Paris in time for the big race. Stay tuned, we just might have some insight on what goes on in this special tour! For details on the event, click here.

While it’s great to keep our eye on the major events for women’s cycling, we need to focus on the development of riders. Locally there are plenty of opportunities for riders to hone their skills and move up in the ranks. Check out the events around town for the all the possibilities.

Events – This Weekend:

Winfield Criterium – This local race draws a good field because of its challenging, yet friendly course. It’s held in a neighborhood in Winfield and the course winds up a descent sized hill and then comes ripping down the other side! There’s plenty of community support, and it has the feel of a classic summer race. For details, click here.

Women’s & Fundamentals Track Clinic – New to track riding or racing or need some work on skills and tactics? Come out to Northbrook tomorrow morning for this dual purpose clinic and bridge that gap to your success on the track. For information on the event, click here.  Because there’s a chance of rain, please be sure to watch the forecast. The event may be postponed to Sunday or cancelled if it rains.

Indy Crit –Located in downtown Indianapolis, this 8 corner crit offers up prize money and primes to stir the excitement. The race draws riders from around the Midwest, so it’s sure to be a competitive day of racing. For event details, clickhere.

CVC Race Series Event # 5- This weekend’s race is a 50 lap Scratch race, which should be fast and dizzy-ing. The scratch race is great for beginners as well as advanced riders because there’s not too much to figure out – as far as track races go, but there is still strategy involved. For more information, click here.

Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50K TT – This race is a true test of teamwork. It’s you against the clock, but you share the challenge with a friend. Push hard, recover, and repeat! It’s a great experience and well worth the effort. For race details, click here.

Coming Up:

Prairie State Cycling Series – Get ready for another action packed race series in the Chicagoland area. The series will go from July 18th through the 27th, wrapping things up on the Downers Grove course, which is the former location of the US Pro National Criterium championship. Another bonus is that there is beginner and advanced race categories for the ladies. Don’t miss out on all the fun. For details, click  here.

Palos Meltdown – For those looking for a little off-road competition, the Palos Meltdown is a great race and it’s close to home! The course offers some technical sections as well as some lung & leg burning sections. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!giro rosa sprint

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Happy 4th of July

Last night was another fantastic evening of racing at the Northbrook Velodrome – specifically the women’s racing! I’ve been racing at Northbrook for quite some time, and I’ve always loved it. However, this year everything just seems to be clicking. There’s so much depth in the competition as well as skill and aggressiveness! I’ve certainly had to change my game plan, but I love it and it makes me a better rider – even after all these years. I’m so thankful for the young ladies that have made the happy-4th-of-july-2012-fireworks-flag-usacommitment to keep coming back, year after year. Your hard work is REALLY paying off. I’m thankful for the seasoned racers making their way to the track; you are really helping to push the pace. And I’m thankful to all the newbies. Keep up the good work and your efforts will pay off. With more than half the season still to come, there’s plenty of time to come out and compete.

Well, last evening is a pleasant memory, but this is the 4th of July, the sun is shining and the weather is delightful. It’s going to be a perfect weekend to get out and ride. There are a few racing opportunities, but it’s also just a great time to put in some miles. Join a group ride, head to the trails or race, there’s plenty to do! When you come inside to rest, you can tune-in to the start of this year’s Tour de France. Hello summer!

Events – This Weekend:

Junior and Para Cycling National Road Championships – Currently underway on the roads near Madison, Wisconsin, our up-and-coming youth and para-athletes are competing for national championship titles. The events included are the time trial, criterium and Road Race. See who is on target to represent the USA in cycling. For details, click here.

Illinois State Master’s Track Championships – Attention all master’s racers, head out to Northbrook on Saturday for the 2014 Illinois State Championships. The championships will cover timed, team and sprint events. Get dialed in for Nationals, which will be held next month in Seattle! For information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #3 – Looking for a little off road fun this weekend? Join the ladies for a day of mountain biking at Palos. All levels of riders are welcome and it’s a great way to learn the trail system. There may be a change in location because of poor trail conditions due to all the recent rain. Check the event link ahead of time for any potential changes. For information, click here.

Coming Up:

Winfield Criterium – This local race draws a good field because of its challenging, yet friendly course. It’s held in a neighborhood in Winfield and the course winds up a descent sized hill and then comes ripping down the other side! There’s plenty of community support, and has the feel of a classic summer race. For details, click here.

Indy Crit –Located in downtown Indianapolis, this 8 corner crit offers up prize money and primes to stir the excitement. The race draws riders from around the Midwest, so it’s sure to be a competitive day of racing. For event details, clickhere.

Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50K TT – This race is a true test of teamwork. It’s you against the clock, but you share the challenge with a friend. Push hard, recover, and repeat! It’s a great experience and well worth the effort. For race details, click here.

Women’s Events:

Rapha Women’s 100: Chicago Loop – Join women around the world in participating in organized 100K bike rides. The Chicago ride starts at Heritage Bikes in the City and heads north to Highland Park and back. For information, click here.

Venus de Miles Ride – Looking for a fun, but low key bike ride? Participate in this year’s Venus de Miles ride, which benefits the Greenhouse Scholars. There are three distance options available, which are 13, 28 and 64. After the ride there is a fabulous post ride party with food, beverages, music and other fun pampering services. For more information, click here.

Happy 4th and enjoy a safe holiday weekend.

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Tour of America’s Dairyland

This is the final week of June and although the weather has been a little cool for typical summertime fun, the action in the racing scene is HOT. The final races of the ToAD series are wrapping up this weekend but there’s more on the way with the Prairie State Series to begin mid- July. Read on for all the cycling fun in our area.

Events – This Weekend:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – It’s the final few days of racing in this year’s ToAD series. Although there has been some spectacular racing, the final few days are really top notch!

Saturday is the Downer Avenue Classic. The course is located in Milwaukee’s historic east side which contains a great neighborhood and a buzzing commercial district. There will be food, fans and music to coincide with all the racing.

Sunday the series heads to Wauwatosa for the East Tosa Grand Prix. This is four corner crit with a bit of elevation change to mix things up. The course is located in a great neighborhood so there’ll be lots of fans to cheer you on! For details on the final events, click here.

Morton Community Bank Cycling Classic – Interested in gaining coveted Illinois Cup points? Head south to Peoria for this all right hand turns crit course and earn double points for all ICA categories.  For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Illinois State Master’s Track Championships – Attention all master’s racers, head out to Northbrook next Saturday for the 2014 Illinois State Championships. The championships will cover timed and mass start events. For information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #3 – It’ll be a quiet holiday weekend, so it’ll be a great time to enjoy a little off-road time on the trails at Palos.  All levels of riders are welcome and it’s a great way to learn the trail system. For more information, click here.

Women’s Events:

Rapha Women’s 100: Chicago Loop – Join women around the world in participating in organized 100K bike rides. The Chicago ride starts at Heritage Bikes in the City and heads north to Highland Park and back. For information, click here.

La Course by Le Tour de France – We’re all excited about the upcoming Tour de France, but wouldn’t it be great to see women have the opportunity to race on such a spectacular course? We’re not quite there, but there will be a women’s single stage race as part of this year’s Tour. Mark your calendar to make sure you watch the race and let it be known you’re in favor of seeing more by sharing your thoughts on social media. Let’s make it happen for women! For information on the race, click here.

Venus de Miles Ride – Looking for a fun, but low key bike ride? Participate in this year’s Venus de Miles ride, which benefits the Greenhouse Scholars. There are three distance options available, which are 13, 28 and 64. After the ride there is a fabulous post ride party with food, beverages, music and other fun pampering services. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!ToAD start

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Chicago Velo Campus Women’s Clinic

It’s a no excuses week in Chicagoland! With all sorts of cycling activities ahead, there’s sure to be something that’s perfect for you. For commuters, there’s Chicago’s Bike to Work Week, which includes everything from a commuter challenge to movies to a rally in Daley Plaza. For everyone else, there are clinics, a road race, track races and time trials. The weather’s going to be perfect, so don’t waste a minute and get out and ride!

While there’s plenty going on around here, there’s also a big stage race going on in Minnesota. This race is tough and it is sure to test an athlete’s strength, skill and endurance. We have a few ladies representing our area and they certainly are doing us proud. To check out the action and see how our ladies are doing at the Northstar Grand Prix, clickhere.

Events – This Weekend:

O’Fallon Grand Prix – You’ll practically be in St. Louis, but you’ll be racing for Illinois glory. This two-part series includes a 13.1 time trial and a road race. The road race is the Illinois State race, so if you’re looking to capture the jersey, you’ll need to head down south. For details on the event, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K TT – This is a tried and true time trial course, located in Garden Prairie, IL. Points will also be awarded for the Pave Liga series. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the CVC- Curious about the Chicago Velo Campus? This is the perfect opportunity to check out the facilities and experience the thrill of riding on a 50 degree banked track! The clinic includes track certification as well as the basics of track riding and racing. For more information, click here.

WCA Clinic– Are you new to racing or a veteran looking for a few tips to improve your game? Head out to the women’s racing clinic where top level riders will share their knowledge of the art of bike racing. The second day is a WCA fundraising ride. For details on the two day event, click here.

2014 Midwest Sprinters Dream – Enjoy the short fast races? Head out to the Northbrook Velodrome for this sprinter’s series which includes the flying 200, match sprints, the chariot and a 4 lap scratch. For more information, click here.

Wisconsin State Criterium Championship - If technical is what you’re looking for, then head north to Wisconsin to fulfill your racing appetite.  It’s an eight corner crit with left and right turns. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – In just a few short years, this series has become a huge success. The promoters really go out of their way to put on a professional series, which includes some great courses throughout the state of Wisconsin. For details on the event, click here.

Team Apache 40K Time Trial – It’s the ABR Illinois State time trial championship in Paw Paw, ILL. Get your game face on and challenge yourself to this hour-ish race. For details on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!womens cvc track clinic

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Tour of Galena

This past Tuesday was Chicago’s viewing of the professional women’s cycling documentary, “Half the Road”. It was a sold-out show and I was in the company of many of my fellow racers; men and women. The documentary highlighted the inequality in our sport such as lack of funding and equal pay. But more disappointing was listening to head of the UCI say that he believes women aren’t physically capable of completing an event like the Tour de France. Really?! On the positive side, the women who were interviewed are truly inspiring. Some are as tough as nails, with a nothing’s going to hold me back attitude. Very badass! Let’s not let their efforts be in vain. Get out there, participate, challenge yourself and push to limits you don’t know exist! Make it known that you belong and you want to see, hear and compete in women’s cycling events.

With that said, here’s what’s happening around here J

Events – This Weekend:

Tour of Galena –Racers competing in the Omnium should already be in Galena,  as the first stage of this series gets underway today with the circuit race. The rest of the weekend includes a time trial, road race and criterium. You can participate by stage or the overall, so it’s a win-win for all. Points will be awarded for the Pave Liga series in the omnium. For details on the series, click here.

River City Bicycle Classic – Located in Evansville, Indiana, this race is a short flat crit course with wide sweeping turns around a lake. It’s a feel-good event, with some of the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #2 – This weekend the ladies are heading to the Kettle for a little off-road fun. Kettle Moraine is a little bit of a drive, but there are lots of trails; short and long. Plan to head out for a day of fun. For more information on the event, click here.

Bong and a Half Time Trial – This is the second in the Bong TT series, this one is a lap and a half of the course, which is 30K. It’s all right turns on this circular course with a little bit of elevation change to mix things up. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

O’Fallon Grand Prix – You’ll practically be in St. Louis, but you’ll be racing for Illinois glory. This two-part series includes a 13.1 time trial and a road race. The road race is the Illinois State race, so if you’re looking to capture the jersey, you’ll need to head down south. For details on the event, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K TT – This is a tried and true time trial course, located in Garden Prairie, IL. Points will also be awarded for the Pave Liga series. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the CVC- Plan to attend this women’s only track clinic at the Chicago Velo Campus. The clinic includes track certification as well as the basics of track riding and racing. For more information or to register, click here.

Two Day WCA Clinic and Ride – Are you new to racing or a veteran looking for a few tips to improve your game? Head out to the women’s racing clinic where top level riders will share their knowledge of the art of bike racing. The second day is a WCA fundraising ride. For details on the two day event, clickhere.

Be inspired and get out and ride your bike!!Galena

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Glencoe Grand Prix and Cobb Park Criterium

It’s showtime for the Chicago area bike racing scene! The Glencoe Grand Prix gets underway tomorrow morning and it’s part of the NCC (National Criterium Calendar), so the big guns from around the country are headed our way to take part in the action. We had a little preview of the talent at Northbrook last night. Professional racer Rahsaan Bahati rushed in from O’Hare, assembled his bike and had a little fun in the Thursday night track racing. There are so many opportunities and the weather is going to be delightful. Get out and have some fun!

Events – This Weekend:

LAPT/Trek Midwest Road Race – Located just north of Kettle Moraine, this road race promises to be challenging and scenic. For details on the event, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix –This event is top notch when it comes to course, competition and event. The course is technical and the elevation changes add to the challenge. The event draws local and national talent, so be sure to have your game face on come race day. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – You won’t see Laurent Fignon or Bob Roll in Kankakee this weekend. They made their mark on this course years ago! You will see some great competition on this historic course along the Kankakee River. Many of the pros who are in town for the GGP are heading south on Sunday for more action. It’s a one-two punch for extreme competition. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of Galena –Stage races are practically non-existent in these parts, so it’s a real treat to have the Tour of Galena. You can participate by stage or the overall. The stages include a circuit race, time trial, road race and criterium. The courses are very hilly and challenging, except for the crit, which is nice and flat! For details on the series, click here.

River City Bicycle Classic – Located in Evansville, Indiana, this race is a short flat crit course with wide sweeping turns around a lake. It’s a feel-good event, with some of the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Events:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #2 – This time the ladies are heading to the Kettle for a little off-road fun. Kettle Moraine is a little bit of a drive, but there are lots of trails; short and long. Plan to head out for a day of fun. For more information on the event, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the CVC- Plan to attend this women’s only track clinic at the Chicago Velo Campus. The clinic includes track certification as well as the basics of track riding and racing. For more information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!7-11 team podium

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