Chicross Cup Begins

Chicago’s larger-than-life cross series begins this weekend and continues for the next two months. It’s all-out competition in a fun-filled environment. Grab your cowbell and let the heckling begin! From cross racing to century riding, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy this gorgeous weekend on your bike. Check below for details!

Events:

Fall Fling Race Series – The fall road series continues this weekend with one more criterium and a time trial. Saturday’s crit is the longest in the series and it features a hairpin turn. Sunday is one last chance to race against the clock in the 9.5 mile TT. For race series details, click here.

East Troy Twilight Cross – This race embodies working hard and having fun! A few of the races will be held during “typical” race hours and the others will be after dark. The promoters are readying the course with lights and other special effects – should be fun! For information on the event, click here.

Chicross Cup Race Series Event #1 – The first stop in this year’s race series is Caldwell Woods. This is a change from previous years in Jackson Park. It looks to be a monster of a course and a new opportunity to set the bar. For race series information, click here.

Blood Sweat & Tears Charity Ride – Another opportunity to enjoy a great fall day and cycling. You can ride as little as 5 miles or as much as 103. Whatever you do, you’ll be riding for a great cause as the ride funds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Race Series Event #2 – Next week’s race is in Dekalb’s Hopkins Park. This is a familiar stop on the circuit and typically has a figure 8 course as well as a flyover! Will the same be true for this year? You’ll find out soon enough! For race series information, click here.

Habhacwtbcx Funbanger – Confused? Don’t worry, it all makes sense when you figure out what’s going on!  Half Acre Beer and Half Acre Cycling are teaming up to put together a fundraiser for West Town Bikes Cyclo-cross program. West Town Bikes provides opportunities through cycling, including mentoring, sponsorship and coaching. It’s a chance to give someone a great outlet they might never have. It’s a win-win for all involved. For more information on the event and West Town Bikes, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cycling’s Fall Fling

It’s a transitional weekend for riding around here. Some are gearing up for the big cross season, others are hanging on to every last ounce of the road and track season, still others are just ready to kick back and enjoy a casual ride on a crisp fall day. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of options ahead.

Events:

Fall Fling Race Series – Not ready to throw the towel in on the road season? No worries, the ABD fall series will help fill that end of the season void with four fun-filled races. The first two will be held this weekend. The first course is held on a big square course just outside the Pella Windows factory. It’s fast and fun and not too technical. The second race is held across the road in an industrial park. The course is a little longer, and maybe a tad more technical, but lots of fun. For race details, click here.

Trek CXC Cup – It’s the 2nd annual 2-day Trek Collective Cup Cyclo- cross series being held in Waterloo, Wisconsin, which is home to Trek headquarters. The elite women’s race will feature Katie Compton, so racing and spectating will be fantastic! For more information, click here.

East Troy Twilight Cross – This race embodies working hard and having fun! A few of the races will be held during “typical” race hours and the others will be after dark. The promoters are readying the course with lights and other special effects – should be fun! For information on the event, click here.

North Shore Century – For those wanting to get out and just enjoy the scenery while getting in some miles, this ride is perfect! In its 30th year, the Evanston Bike Club has this event down to a science! Pick your route, either 25, 50, 62 (metric century) or the full 100 miles. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Race Series Event #1 – The first stop in this year’s race series is Caldwell Woods. This is a change from previous years in Jackson Park, so it’s a new course and a new opportunity to set the bar. For race series information, click here.

Habhacwtbcx Funbanger – Confused? Don’t worry, it all makes sense when you figure out what’s going on!  Half Acre Beer and Half Acre Cycling are teaming up to put together a fundraiser for West Town Bikes Cyclo-cross program. West Town Bikes provides opportunities through cycling, including mentoring, sponsorship and coaching. It’s a chance to give someone a great outlet they might never have. It’s a win-win for all involved. For more information on the event and West Town Bikes, click here.

Have a great weekend!Fall Ride

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Chequamegon

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It’s Chequamegon time again! Each September, me and thousands of other cyclists head to Hayward, Wisconsin for the Fat Tire Festival. The festival includes several races, but is highlighted by Saturday’s point-to-point 40 mile, and shorter 16 mile mountain bike races. This year has been a bit more challenging for the community, as last week a storm hit the area causing lots of damage including power outages, downed trees and flooding. The community has been working feverishly since the storm to clear the courses and make any necessary changes to the routes. There’s a “portage” area on the long course to pass high water and a slight divert off the Birkebeiner ski trail to protect the integrity of the trail, but other than that, the courses are ready for race day. The rest of the challenge is up to each of us to ride hard, fast and smart. Check out what Chequamegon is all about and check in on all your fellow Chicagoans participating this weekend. For information on the festival, click here.

If you’re home this weekend, there’s still plenty of riding. Check the listing below for upcoming options.

Events:

MATTS Season Finale – It’s the final time trial in the MATTS series and it’s located in Garden Prairie. The distance is 27K for all riders, except for Junior’s and 70+, who will race over a 20K loop. Get geared up and head out to the Rockford area for one more all-out effort. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Fall Fling Race Series – Not ready to throw the towel in on the road season? No worries, the ABD fall series will help fill that end of the season void with four fun-filled races. The first two will be held next weekend. The first course is held on a big square course just outside the Pella Windows factory. It’s fast and fun and not too technical. The second race is held across the road in an industrial park. The course is a little longer, and maybe a tad more technical, but lots of fun. For race details, click here.

Women’s Events:

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – 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 on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclists and Coffee

Some things are just meant to go together, like Winnie the Pooh and honey and cyclists and coffee. All the coffee/espresso loving cyclists in the Chicago area are in for a big treat with Tillie the Rapha trailer making the rounds. Last night Tillie came out to the Northbrook Velodrome and kept the octane level high for all the state championship races by handing out espresso all evening long. If you missed last night’s opportunity, fear not, Tillie will be making another appearance on Sunday! Pre-ride Stumptown espresso will be served up from 6:30AM till 8AM at Velosmith in Wilmette. Skratch Labs drink will also be provided for your ride bottle. Get your buzz on!!

You may miss the caffeine jolt if you don’t make it out to Velosmith, but that’ll be okay as long as you’re riding your bike. Check the listing below for the weekend’s events.

Events:

ABR Team Time Trial –There’s still time to get your friends together for one of the best cycling races around – the team time trial. Guaranteed to be one of the most challenging and rewarding races you’ll do. Race day is this Sunday! For details on the event, click here.

Chicago Velo Campus Race Series #8 – This is the final event of the summer season and its racers choice, so arrive early and cast your vote. Registration begins at noon and racing starts at 2PM. For more information, 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 on Saturday in Horner Park. For more information and to register, click here.

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – 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 on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

MATTS Season Finale – It’s the final time trial in the MATTS series and it’s located in Garden Prairie. The distance is 27K for all riders, except for Junior’s and 70+, who will race over a 20K loop. Get geared up and head out to the Rockford area for one more all-out effort. For details on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 Rapha Coffee Camper

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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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