The cold weather has come in just in time for the State Championship Cyclo-Cross races. But never has a cold day deterred the competitive spirit of the hearty Chicago racers. Last year the weather was balmy, but I’d have to say that’s not the norm for this championship. More often than not, the temps range from the single digits to the mid-teens and of course, snow is often a feature. Teams will bring out tents, heaters, grills and other tools to keep warm and the atmosphere will be buzzing with excitement.
Whatever your choice for riding is this weekend, know that there is still plenty of action around here. Check below for a few of the upcoming events.
Events:Chi-cross Cup 10 year Anniversary Party – Cyclo-cross in Chicago is huge, but it is so thanks to the efforts of the Chi-Cross Cup promoters and all of the super-enthusiastic riders. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series, the Bonebell is hosting a party. There’ll be food, music, drinks and PRIZES! Don’t miss out! For details, click here https://www.facebook.com/events/660599453962753/
State Cyclo-Cross Championships – It’s a two day affair for the State Cross Championships held at Montrose and the Lakefront. The course outline is similar to previous years, but with the weather coming in this weekend, it’s anyone’s guess what the course will really be like. How much sand will riders have to contend with? Only Mother Nature knows! Whether you compete or just spectate, Montrose is always fun. For event details, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.
Midwest Regional Cyclo-Cross Championships – Don’t put the cross bikes away just yet, there’s still plenty of big racing ahead. Next week is the Midwest Championships to be held at the Dan Ryan Woods in the Beverly neighborhood. This course is used in the early cross season and it’s a favorite of many. What will the course look like on December 21st? That’s anyone’s guess! For race information, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/midwest-regional-cyclo-cross-championships.
Annual Women’s End of the Season Dinner – When all the racing is done for the season, there’s no better way to reminisce on all the fun then attending the Women’s Dinner. Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 18. More details to follow in the coming weeks.
Have a great weekend!
Last weekend’s stormy weather put a stop to some of the riding and racing on Sunday. Seems like a small price to pay knowing some of our fellow cyclists suffered major losses because of the tornados in central Illinois. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they try to get back on their feet.
As we enter this holiday week, we have a lot to be thankful for; our health, good friends and family and an amazing community. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!
If you’re in the area, there’s still plenty of cycling fun. Check the listings below for all the events, but be sure to bundle up as the temperatures have dropped!
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #11 –Melas CX – Basin Racin. This is the final regular CCC race before the State Championships in December. Word on the street is that the course is slightly different from last year, but the one main feature – the Basin, will still remain. For details on the event, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/melas-cx-basin-racin-chicago-cyclocross-cup-11.
Booty Cross – Only in Madison would you find a race named, “Booty Cross”. Not a whole lot of details, but if you’re in the area, you should check it out. For details, click herehttp://wicycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FL_2013-3797.pdf .
Norge Ski Jump Cyclocross – You won’t be jumping off any ski jumps, but there are plenty other pain inducing features. There are long grassy straightaways, off camber turns, climbs and super-fast descents. You’ll need power and skill for this course, but it should be fun! For race details, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/norge-ski-jump-cyclocross.
Have a great weekend!
It’s a pretty big race weekend in the Midwest with a major series in Iowa City and a double duty weekend at home. So many choices for cross racers this weekend! The weather will play a big factor in the outcome of the races as it is expected to be warm, but windy and rainy. Let the good times begin!
Jingle Cross Rock – Although it’s not quite holiday time, it is time for Jingle Cross Rock. It’s an annual series in Iowa City, which includes UCI races in both the men and women’s fields. The first race is this evening, “under the stars” followed by races on Saturday & Sunday. For details on all the racing, click here http://jinglecross.com/.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #9 & #10 – For those who want to stay local and continue to earn points in the CCC series, the only option is to head to Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. It’s a great place to race, party and then race again and that’s what many will do! The course is not technical, as it is located on a golf course, BUT things may change up a bit if you have to factor in rain. Will it be dry and fast or will it be muddy and slick? Whatever the conditions, it’s sure to be fun. For race and hotel details, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/hilton-indian-lakes-resort-ccc-9–10.
Kringle Kross – Another holiday themed race this weekend? Not quite! This race is named after the famous Wisconsin a pastry, but it may be best to hold off from eating any until after racing! This Wisconsin race is held in Hales Corner, not far from Milwaukee. For race details click here https://www.usacycling.org/register/2013-3505.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #11 –Melas CX – Basin Racin. Next week’s race is located in Mt Prospect. This is the final regular CCC race before the State Championships in December. It may be the last race in the series, but the promoters want you to remember the course vividly. In the past, the course has included many an obstacle to keep racers on honest and on their toes! For details on the event, click herehttps://www.bikereg.com/Net/melas-cx-basin-racin-chicago-cyclocross-cup-11 .
Booty Cross – A name like that is bound to draw some attention! If you’re a little curious and want to take a little drive to Madison, then you should check it out. For details, click here http://wicycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FL_2013-3797.pdf.
Have a great weekend!
It’s a music themed weekend here in Chicago with a couple of great cross races and another competition that will wrap up with music and dancing. Can’t go wrong with that! Check below to plan out your activities, but also check the weather before you head out the door. The temps will vary from day to day, so be prepared to layer up or down!
Rhythm & Blues Cross Race – Word on the street is that Jake and Elwood are back in town and will be shaking things up in the burbs just north of Chicago. Take part in the fun and join other racers for the Rhythm & Blues cross race. The fields are growing, but they’re not expected to be the size of your typical Chi-cross cup events. A real bonus if you’re new to the sport! Proceeds for the event benefit the Evanston-Wilmette Community Golf Course. For more information, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/21728.
Sadie Hawkins Ride- This is the 8th Annual Sadie Hawkins Style ride with style being a key word in this event. It’s a partner’s race which welcomes all types of riders and strongly encourages women’s participation. The event is a fundraiser for the Chicago Women’s Health Center, so it’s a great way to have fun for a good cause. Registration begins at 3pm in Palmer Square Park and the race will kick off at 4pm. Post-race activities include a dance beginning at 9:30pm. For event details, click here http://www.sadiehawkinschi.com/#.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #8 – It’s not the rock-fest Woodstock you’re thinking of, but it is the Psi-clocross for Life race in Woodstock, Ill. The course favors power riders, with its wide open stretches and hills. For more information, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #9 & #10 – It’s another double race weekend at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. All the action in one spot, with all the amenities a bike racer could want. There’s always a party scene on Saturday night at the hotel. What will your strategy be? Stay at the hotel and have a great time, knowing you can roll right out of bed the next day to race. Or, is the plan to race, go home and rest and gain an advantage through sleep? Either way you’re sure to have fun. For race and hotel details, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/hilton-indian-lakes-resort-ccc-9–10 .
Have a great weekend!
Feel like you could use an extra hour of sleep? You’re in luck because it’s time change weekend and from Saturday to Sunday we get an extra hour of Z’s!
The extra hour of sleep may be just what you need to battle the mud that is sure to be part of any cross race this weekend. We’ve had plenty of rain over the last few days, so the ground should be soaked and there should be plenty of puddles. Get ready for a mud fest!
Estabrook Park – This race is an oldie but goodie! It has the typical cross course barriers, but it also has some off-road/mountain bike terrain as well. It doesn’t always have to be about GRASS, so give it a try! For more information, click here http://wicycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/EP-2013-flyer.pdf.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #7 – Halloween isn’t over, at least for the promoters of the Campton Cross race. Along with a challenging course which includes plenty of elevation changes, there will be also be a competition for the best dressed cross racer. For race details, click here http://chicrosscup.com/schedule/.
Rhythm & Blues Cross Race – New to racing cross and a little intimidated by the large fields at the Chi-cross cup series? Give this new race a try and get your feet wet in cross racing competition. Proceeds for the event benefit the Evanston-Wilmette Community Golf Course. For more information, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/21728.
Sadie Hawkins Ride- Get your hipster move on and head to this scavenger hunt type race. It’s all about fun and strategy! The best part about this event is that it is a fundraiser for the Chicago Women’s Health Center. Registration begins at 3pm in Palmer Square Park and the race will kick off at 4pm. Post-race activities include a dance beginning at 9:30pm. For event details, click herehttp://www.sadiehawkinschi.com/# .
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #8 – Psi-clocross for Life will be held in Woodstock, Ill. The course is wide open and hilly, so it’s sure to be a lung burner! For more information, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.
Have a great weekend!
There’s more than a little chill in the air these days, but that shouldn’t deter you from all the fun you can have on your bike this weekend. There’s plenty of great racing and riding and with all the candy in your future, you’ll want to stay active to ward off any Halloween lbs!
Lakefront TTT – Head to the south side tomorrow morning for the unveiling of the new extension of Lakeshore drive. There are still slots available to for the team time trial. It’s 5K where teams compete in either aero or Eddy Merckx (non aero) fields. You’ll never experience a smoother racing surface! For race details, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-3712.pdf.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #6 – This week the CCC series heads to Bartlett’s Sunrise Park. The course is the longest in the series at 2.5 miles. Along the way you’ll battle wind up rolling hills and through wooded areas. The course is also known for “Heckle Hill”, so beware! For race information, click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events_files/2013_CCC_ABD_Sunrise_Flyer.pdf.
Estabrook Park – This race is part of the Wisconsin cross series. I mention it because it is a spectacular course that features a bit more off-road than most courses. It’s a beautiful location that’s not far away and is one of my favorites! For more information, click here http://wicycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/EP-2013-flyer.pdf.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #7 – Campton Cross is located in Anderson Park in St. Charles. It’s one of the original races in the series and since it occurs right around Halloween, racers are encouraged to dress for the occasion! For race details, click here http://chicrosscup.com/schedule/.
Sadie Hawkins Ride- This event is a race of a different kind. It’s a bit like a scavenger hunt, so riding fast is only half the battle and strategy is key! The best part about this event is that it is a fundraiser for the Chicago Women’s Health Center. Its hours of fun beginning with registration at 3pm in Palmer Square Park and will wrap up with a dance beginning at 9:30pm. Time for a little cross training! For event details, click here http://www.sadiehawkinschi.com/#.
Have a great weekend!
Someone turned off the heat off around here! Time to pull out the cold weather gear to make sure your outdoor adventures are not spoiled by a miserable chill. Be sure to wear a decent base layer, and either a long sleeved jersey or a short sleeve/vest combo. Don’t try to be cool, cover up those knees with leg or knee warmers and your joints will thank you later. Mid-weight long fingered gloves will keep your fingers happy and enable you to manage your bike without issue. Lastly, don’t forget your toes. Even a sock-like pair of shoe covers will help keep your toes toasty. Cold feet are not fun.
There, now that you’re prepared to ride, take a look at the current options and get out and have some fun.
Chi-cross Cup Series Race #4 – It’s time to head out to apple orchard country in Wauconda for this week’s Psycho-cross. This course will challenge your strength with grass, sand, dirt and miscellaneous landscaping materials –ouch! The other big feature of this course is a locally constructed Bridge of Sighs flyover. There are still open slots for racing, so if you haven’t registered, there’s still time to get in on the fun. For race details, click here http://www.psychocrosschicago.com/schedule.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #5 – The promoters of the Carpenter Park race in St Charles have timed things right to bring you a great autumn race during Carpentersville’s Oktoberfest. The race will take you over rolling fields and through a twisty corn field. Other obstacles may include the Corn Chucker (a converted water balloon launcher) and Sasquatch. If you make it through to the end, there’ll be plenty of celebrating for all ages at the festival. For event details, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.
Lakefront TTT – Just a week until the unveiling of the new southern extension of Lakeshore drive. Be part of the celebratory team time trial race which will be held on the smooth and fast new pavement! You’ll need a few friends and the race will be over in a flash, but it’ll be so much fun. For race details or to register, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-3712.pdf.
Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #6 – Next week the series heads to Bartlett’s Sunrise Park. The park is one of Bartlett’s largest and features rolling hills and wooded areas – perfect for a master cross course designer! For information on the upcoming race, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.
Bundle up when you head outside and have a great weekend!