Labor Day Weekend

I don’t know how it happened, but suddenly it’s the end of summer. For some this signals the final stretch of the racing season, while others are gearing up for an entirely new one. Whatever your game, there’s still lots of fun ahead.

Events:

Gateway Cup – St Louis offers up the last round of heavy-hitter races for the summer. The four day series kicks off on today with the classic nighttime race in Lafayette Square. It’s a four corner crit, which is made a bit more challenging by the shadows in-between the darkness and light! The other three races are all in historic areas around St Louis, but become a bit more technical and challenging as the days go on. For information on all the races, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K Time Trial – Head out to the Rockford area for this 20K challenge. There are two turns and one turnaround, making it a relatively fast course.  For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

ABR Team Time Trial –Whether you’re new to cycling or a seasoned competitor, this event is epitome of teamwork and skills. Basic handling skills such drafting and echeloning are essential to this event as well as communicating with your teammates. If done well, this can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding races. Get your friends together for race day, which is September 7. For details on the event, click here.

Harmon Hundred – Looking to get in some non-competitive miles while it’s still warm? Join the Wheeling Wheelmen for the 45th annual Harmon Hundred. It’s a fully supported event with 25, 50, 62, 75 and 100 routes. For information on the ride(s), click here.

Women’s Events:

Women’s & Trans’ Cyclocross Clinic – Cross season is on the horizon and if you want to get in on all the action, but have no experience, this clinic is for you. The clinic is next Saturday in Horner Park. For more information and to register, click here.

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinc – Our local Chicago Cuttin Crew is teaming up with the organizer of the Trek CX Cup to provide the opportunity for young girls to learn about cyclo-cross racing! It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best women in the sport. Pass this along to all future cyclists and help continue to grow our sport!! For details, click here.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!st louis arch

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Master’s Track Nationals

This week I’m reporting in from Master’s Track Nationals at the Marymoor Velodrome in Redmond, Washington. Marymoor is a 400 meter track – which is very long by track standards. But, unlike most long tracks, this one has a fair amount of banking.  There are long straight-aways and the finish line is very close to turn one. Can you say, that’s a long way to the finish line?! The Chicago area racers have been making note of all the nuances of this track and are getting in on all the action. Racing began on Tuesday and will continue through Sunday. To see what’s ahead or how your fellow Chicagoans are doing, click here.

Events:

Bloomington Criterium –You did it! A challenge was thrown out to the ladies that if we could pull together 15 pre-registered riders for the women’s open race, a prize purse equal to the men’s field would be awarded. The challenge was not only met but exceeded! There are some heavy hitters already signed up, but there’s still space for more. It’s a great course and it is this year’s Illinois State Criterium Championship. For race information, click here. 

Relay Cross – This race is fun to compete in and maybe even a little more fun to watch. Pair up with your best buddy and get your cross racing on! For more information, click here.

Women’s Events:

Skirts in the Dirt – This is Michigan’s first ever women’s mountain bike race and expo. The race is open to all categories of riders and there is a skills clinic as well. If you’re looking for a little off-road fun, this may be just the ticket! For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Team Open House – At this year’s relay cross you’ll have the opportunity to meet representatives from local women’s teams. If you’re new to racing and are looking for teammates, this is a great place to start. For information on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Cherry Valley 20K Time Trial – Head out to the Rockford area for this 20K challenge. There are two turns and one turnaround, making it a relatively fast course.  For details on the event, click here.

ABR Team Time Trial –The team time trial is one of my favorite events. It’s challenging, but it’s a team effort. No one person wins this race, only teamwork gets you to the finish line fastest. Get your friends together for race day, which is September 7. Race details are still trickling in, but the event will be held on a course in Kankakee. Click here to check the ABR website for any updates.

Have a great weekend!marymoor track nationals

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Heading South

Last weekend it was all about keeping it local. This week, you can train local, but if you want to race, you’ll have to head out of town. If you’re looking for the challenge of a criterium, head south and make it a double header weekend in southern Illinois. For those interested in the race of truths, you’ll need to head north near Madison, Wisconsin for a challenging time trial. Whatever your choice, get out and have fun!

Events:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – It’s a bit of a jog to get to this race, as it’s located about 30 minutes east of St. Louis. The course is flat with 8 corners and is shaped like a bowtie. With big prize money on the line, it’s sure to be fast! For information on the event, click here.

Belleville Bicycle Race – Since you’re making the trip to the St. Louis area, plan to stay for the whole weekend and race both days. Belleville is a short drive from Edwardsville and is hosting a crit. The course has 7 corners and looks to be a fun event. For details, click here.

Kirke Vie Time Trial – This is not your typical time trial course. There are several turns and changes in elevation, which should add a degree of difficulty to this 20K race. The race is located near Madison, Wisconsin. For race information, click here.

Coming up:

Bloomington Criterium –This is a fantastic race course and it‘s host to this year’s USAC Illinois State Criterium championships. That should be incentive enough, but the promoter is offering an equal prize purse to the women’s open field – if they reach 15 pre-registered riders. Come on ladies! It’s a short drive south, a great course and the chance to win an Illinois State Championship jersey. For details on the event, click here. 

Relay Cross – It’s a taste of what’s ahead in cross season.  The main cross series; Chicross Cup, doesn’t’ begin for another month, but there’s no time like the present to get out and test your skills. Get your partner and get ready prepare to ride, hop and run! For more information, click here.

Women’s Events:

Skirts in the Dirt – This is Michigan’s first ever women’s mountain bike race and expo. The race is open to all categories of riders and there is a skills clinic as well. If you’re looking for a little off-road fun, this may be just the ticket! For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Team Open House – At this year’s relay cross you’ll have the opportunity to meet representatives from local women’s teams. If you’re new to racing and are looking for teammates, this is a great place to start. For information on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!map_of_edwardsville_il

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Race Local

This weekend is all about racing local. We’re keeping it green with no need to travel long distance this to have all sorts of cycling fun. From rides to races, Chicago has you covered this weekend. See the details below for all your options.

Events:

Women’s Dirt Days # 4 – This is the 4th and final dirt day’s event for this summer. If you’ve been unable to attend in the past, don’t miss out this time! This event will be held at Palos, so it’s easy to get to and the trails are fun and great for gaining technical skills. For details on the event, click here.

Wood Dale Criterium – This is a fun course that’s used a few times each year, mostly for master’s races. This time it’s for the ABR Illinois State Criterium championships. As crits go, this course isn’t very technical. There are a few sweeping turns and one not-so-technical corner, but it’s great fun. For information on the event, click here.

Villa Park Grand Prix – This race is all kinds of good! It’s your basic 4 corner crit that’s close to home. There are also 3 women’s races, so depending on your category, you might have the chance to race several times. For details on the event, click here.

CVC Race Series #7 – This week’s feature race is a 100 lap points race. If you’re looking for some endurance racing, this is your event. For more information, click here.

Wisconsin State TT Championship – This race is the third in the Bong Series Trilogy. It’s two laps on the course, competing for the Wisconsin State jersey. If you’re from Illinois, you can’t compete for the jersey, but you can still go for the win and great competition. For more information, click here.

Coming up:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – It’s a bit of a jog to get to this race, as it’s located about 30 minutes east of St. Louis. The course is flat with 8 corners and is shaped like a bowtie. With big prize money on the line, it’s sure to be fast! For information on the event, click here.

Belleville Bicycle Race – Since you’re making the trip to the St. Louis area, plan to stay for the whole weekend and race both days. Belleville is a short drive from Edwardsville and is hosting a crit. The course has 7 corners and looks to be a fun event. For details, click here.
Bloomington Criterium – Central Illinois is host to this year’s USAC Illinois State Criterium championship. This is an exciting course that’s a little bit technical and not so flat. The goal on this course is to use your momentum and then enjoy the downhill. Don’t miss out! For details on the event, click here. 

Women’s Events:

Venus de Miles –Last call for the Venus de Miles ride, which is this Saturday. This all-women ride(s) departs from Lake Forest. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Greenhouse Scholars, so it’s a great ride with an even better cause! After the ride there’s a great post ride party with all sorts of pampering. For information, click here.

Skirts in the Dirt – This is Michigan’s first ever women’s mountain bike race and expo. The race is open to all categories of riders and there is a skills clinic as well. If you’re looking for a little off-road fun, this may be just the ticket! For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Team Open House – At this year’s relay cross you’ll have the opportunity to meet representatives from local women’s teams. If you’re new to racing and are looking for teammates, this is a great place to start. For information on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!locallygrown

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More Racing Ahead in August

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It’s been an incredible run for the cycling scene over the past few months. As we head into the month of August it may appear as though things are cooling down. Not so! The track scene is really beginning to heat up with many state championship jerseys yet to be awarded as well as some of the major races like the Rodger Delange race for men and the Elaine Nekritz race for women.  There are also several local road races (crits, road and TT’s), which can make for really fun competition with your friends.  Read on for what’s ahead!

 

Events – This Weekend:

 

Two Rivers Road Race – This road race looks to be the power rider’s specialty. There are a fair amount of miles with barely a hill. Your greatest obstacle may be wind and maybe a little heat.  For details, click here.

 

Bryce Master 19K TT – Located in Harvard, IL, this time trial is an odd-distance, being shy of the typical 20K, but it’s still a good course and if you’re competing in overall for the MATT’s series, it’s a must! For information on the race, click here.

 

Illinois State Track Championships – Northbrook will be busy this coming Monday and Tuesday as racers compete for the Illinois State Championships for timed and team events. For a listing of events and schedule, click here.

 

Coming up:

 

Villa Park Grand Prix – The fun continues with this local flat, four corner crit. There aren’t many local crits left this season, so be sure to head out and have some fun. For race information, click here.

 

Women’s Dirt Days # 4 – The ladies are heading back to Palos for the 4th in this series of mountain bike rides. It’s a great way to have fun on the trails no matter if you’re brand new to the sport or an experienced rider. For details on the event, click here.

 

Wisconsin State TT Championship – This race is the third in the Bong Series Trilogy. It’s two laps on the course, competing for the Wisconsin State jersey. If you’re from Illinois you can’t compete for the jersey, but you can still go for the win and great competition. For more information, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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Women’s Week & La Course

 

 

The international cycling union (UCI) launched Women’s Cycling Week ahead of La Course by Le Tour de France. A highlight of this week is bringing together pro women with women cyclists of all levels from around the world. They are riding from the Netherlands to Paris, in time for Sunday’s big race.  What’s even more remarkable about this tiny group of women cyclists is that we have a local representative, Daphne Karagianis. Daphne has been racing for the last several years in Chicago and has grown into a fierce and friendly racer. We’re proud that she is representing Chicago women on this international stage! To read about Women’s week, click here. To see what Daphne’s teammates have to say about her big trip, click here.  We’ll all be waiting to hear what she has to say when she gets home; hopefully I’ll be able to share some of that with all of you!

 

Most importantly, no matter where you are this Sunday, be sure to tune in to watch the La Course! For information on the televised race, click here.

 

Events – This Weekend:

 

Prairie State Cycling Series –This series began last weekend and continued on with a road race on Wednesday, a pro-only race on Thursday. Today the series heads to Elmhurst for a flat, but technical course. Saturday’s race is in the city and it looks to be a 4 corner crit, which may be music to some people’s ears! The final stage of the series will be in Downers Grove, the former course for the National Pro Criterium Championships. For details on the remaining events, click here.

 

Wisconsin State Road Race – Located in Spring Prairie, this course is known for its very tough climb at the start/finish, false flats and cross winds. If you’re feeling strong and are up for a challenging race, this one is a good one! For details on the event, click here.

 

ABR Track Nationals – The ABR Track Nationals are this Saturday & Sunday at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. Events will include timed, team and mass start races and will include junior, senior and masters categories. For details, click here.

 

Chicago Velo Campus Event #6 – This week’s main event is the Keirin, which is one of the more exciting events on the track. Get behind Emanuele Bianchi on his derny bike and get ready to race the Keirin! For event details, click here.

 

Coming Up:

 

Two Rivers Road Race – Looking for a road race? This one is relatively close to home and not too hilly! You’ll put in a fair amount of miles and there may be some wind to contend with, but it sounds like a great race. For details, click here.

 

Illinois State Track Championships – Northbrook will host this year’s timed and team championships on August 4th and 5th. For a listing of events and schedule, click here.

 

Women’s Events:

 

BFF La Course Viewing Party – Join the ladies of BFF Cycles at their viewing party for La Course. The event will be held at the Map Room on Armitage. 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.

 

Whew! Have a great weekend!

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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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