Intelligentsia Cup

The heat has arrived in Chicagoland! There are lots of cycling options ahead, so prepare accordingly and you’ll be set for your adventures. Get out early, drink lots of fluids and keep the ice handy. Check the listings below for a few options in our area.

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup – This ten day series around the Chicagoland area begins tonight and continues through Sunday, July 28th. The series kicks off with the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic on the south side of Chicago. Over the weekend, they’ll head to Glen Ellyn on Saturday for a technical course with some elevation changes. Sunday is the Illinois State road race championship held in Elgin. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Time Trial – This is not your typical flat course time trial. The course features rolling hills that wander through the New Glarus countryside. There’s an 18k short course and 31k long course with a maximum grade of 8%.  For more information, click here.

Driftless Ride #2– This series continues with a two-day event beginning in Verona, Wisconsin, an area known for its scenic and hilly landscape. Rapha will provide nutrition and mechanical support for the event. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Structured Training – Structured training continues this Monday. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing – Next Thursday’s main events are the five and ten mile record attempts, which means it’ll be a fast night! Come out to try your luck at setting a new record or watch some great racing.  For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Big Marsh Short Track Racing – if you’re looking for some off-road fun in the city, then head to the Big Marsh for this short track series. The next event is Wednesday, July 24th and the course includes a mix of dirt single track, gravel, grass and pavement. For more information, click here.

Intelligentsia Cup – The series continues throughout the week and weekend, including stops on the south side, Lombard, West Dundee, Niles, Elmhurst, Lake Bluff and a final day of racing in the west loop.  Each course offers up unique challenges and fun. Don’t miss out on all the action. For more information, click here.

New Castle Criterium – If you’re looking for a change of scenery, you can head to Indiana for two days of racing. The first is a criterium in Baker Park on Saturday. The course is just shy of a mile and is flat with a few twists and turns. For more information, click here.

Muncie Grand Prix – Day two is a criterium in Muncie. The course, located in the downtown area is flat and fast with five corners and a round-a-bout. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Giro Rosa

Have you been inspired by the incredible competition at the Women’s World Cup Soccer? Women have come a long way in sports, but there’s still a long way to go. While the world is focused on the Tour de France, we should also direct our attention to the efforts of the women racing in the Giro Rosa. The series continues through the weekend. For more information, click here.

Now that your motivation is fully-charged, go out and enjoy all this summer has to offer. There are events galore, check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Tour de Goat Road Ride – Join the ladies from the Trek store in Highland Park for a 40 mile ride to the Kamins Farm Sanctuary. The ride will depart from Willow Stream Park in Buffalo Grove at 8am and head north to Grayslake. Before heading home, you can enjoy a few cuddles with the goats and other animals. For more information, click here.

Mass Avenue Criterium – It’s three consecutive days of criterium racing in Indianapolis. The events kick off tonight with the Mass Avenue Criterium.  This twilight event gets the weekend going with a flat and technical 1k course. For more information, click here.

Indy Criterium –Day two features a course which is just shy of a mile, but with plenty of corners and a long straight-away heading into the start-finish area and Monument Circle. For more information, click here.

Team Heroes & Pendleton Falls Park Crit – The Indianapolis weekend is topped off with a course on a mile loop that is four corners of fast, flat and technical fun. For more information, click here.

Fitchburg Festival of Speed – Road option number two is Wisconsin where there are two days of racing in the Madison area. Saturday is a short course criterium that is flat and fast. For more information, click here.

Wisconsin State Road Race – Day two is a road race in New Glarus, an area is known for its hills and beer, which means you can race your heart out on the road and reward yourself with a cold brew after. For more information, click here.

Womo Ride – July Edition – This month’s ride will be led by Velosmith. The ride will depart from the Rapha clubhouse on Sunday at 7:30am, making a stop at Pratt & Ridge at 8am to pick up riders on the north side. The group will then head north to Highland Park before heading back to the city. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Midwest Challenge – This annual track cycling event attracts riders from around the country. Held at the Indy Cycloplex, it will feature mass start, individual and team events. For more information, click here.

Monday Night Structured Training – Structured training continues this Monday. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing – Next Thursday’s main event is the Madison, including a co-ed race. The Madison is a points race where teams share the work by switching out positions in the field with a hand sling.  For more information, click here.

Sprinters Omnium Series – This is the final event in this three part series. The day begins with a timed 200 meter race to stage racers for the sprint competition. For more information, click here.

 

Coming Up:

Chicago Cycling Film Festival Tour – This event includes documentary short films ranging from one minute up to forty two minutes and they’re all about cycling. The films cover all types of disciplines and there is some amazing cinematography. The event will be held at the Landmark Century Center on Thursday, July 18th. For more information, click here.

Intelligentsia Cup – This ten day series around the Chicagoland area begins next Friday, July 19th and continues through Sunday, July 28th. The series kicks off with the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic on the south side of Chicago. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Time Trial – This is not your typical flat course time trial. The course features rolling hills that wander through the New Glarus countryside. There’s an 18k short course and 31k long course with a maximum grade of 8%.  For more information, click here.

Driftless Ride #2– This series continues with a two-day event beginning in Verona, Wisconsin, an area is known for its scenic and hilly landscape. Rapha will provide nutrition and mechanical support for the event. For more information, click here.

Big Marsh Short Track Racing – if you’re looking for some off-road fun in the city, then head to the Big Marsh for this short track series. The next event is Wednesday, July 24th and the course includes a mix of dirt single track, gravel, grass and pavement. For more information, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Summer Racing

The Tour de France kicks off this tomorrow in Brussels, Belgium. For the next few weeks, cycling enthusiasts around the world will be looking to see how each stage unfolds. Let the excitement begin!

Most of us will be viewing the Tour from our TV’s and computers, so we’ll be able to enjoy all the local events. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Bikes to Beer Ride – This month the group will head to Half Acre’s Balmoral Tap Room. It’s a casual 10 mile ride which departs at 6:30pm from BFF Bikes. For more information, click here.

Hersher Two Person Time Trial – It’s all about teamwork in this two-person event. You’ll cover the distance best by utilizing each team member’s strengths. The course is a 25K loop with all right turns, the challenge will come with winds and chip and seal pavement. The distance is 25K for juniors and 70+ and 50K for all other fields. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Structured Training – Structured training continues this Monday. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing –Coming up is the FTW Night featuring the Amy Tremelling and Franco Panveno Memorial points races. For more information, click here.

Midwest Challenge – This annual event attracts riders from around the country. Held at the Indy Cycloplex, it will feature mass start, individual and team events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Trail Ride & Concert – Combine all of what makes summer fun; bike riding, warm weather and concerts and make plans to attend this event on Tuesday. The concert will feature the Adam Ezra Group at Independence Grove. For more information, click here.

Movie Night: California Golde – Looking for something motivational to do on your rest day? Head over to BFF Bikes on Wednesday, July 10th for movie night. The movie is a documentary about an off-the-grid bike tour. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Mass Avenue Criterium – It’s three consecutive days of criterium racing in Indianapolis. The events kick off on Friday with the Mass Avenue Criterium.  This twilight event gets the weekend going with a flat, technical 1k course. For more information, click here.

Indy Criterium –Day two features a course which is just shy of a mile, but with plenty of corners and a long straight-away heading into the start-finish area and Monument Circle. For more information, click here.

Team Heroes & Pendleton Falls Park Crit – The Indianapolis weekend is topped off with a course on mile loop that is four corners of fast, flat and technical fun. For more information, click here.

Fitchburg Festival of Speed – Road option number two is Wisconsin where there are two days of racing in the Madison area. Saturday is a short course criterium that is flat and fast. For more information, click here.

Wisconsin State Road Race – Day two is a road race in New Glarus, an area is known for its hills and beer, which means you can race your heart out on the road and reward yourself with a cold brew after. For more information, click here.

Womo Ride – July Edition – This month’s ride will be led by Velosmith. The ride will depart from the Rapha clubhouse on Sunday at 7:30am, making a stop at Pratt & Ridge at 8am to pick up riders on the north side. The group will then head north to Highland Park before heading back to the city. For more information, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Happy 4th of July

Nothing says summer like the 4th of July! We’re heading into this holiday week with some hot races and fun events to celebrate the season. Get out, have fun and don’t miss a moment of the warm weather opportunities. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Tour of America’s Dairyland Continues – Today the series is on the north side of Milwaukee with the Bay View Criterium. It’s six corners of technical fun and speed. Tomorrow is the famed Downer Ave Criterium in Milwaukee. It’s a four corner crit, but there is a slight grade on the backside which can make it challenging lap after lap. There’s always a crowd and it’s always a great race! Sunday is the final race in the series and the race is held in East Tosa. It’s another fast and unforgiving course. For more information, click here.

Driftless Gravel Ride – Looking for a little adventure on the open roads of Illinois? Head out to this 70 mile ride which starts in Stockton. The ride is self-supported, so come prepared with all your gear and a plan to have some fun. The ride is this Sunday, but an RSVP is required. For information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Structured Training – Structured training continues this Monday. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing – There will be no racing this coming Thursday to observe the 4th of July Holiday.

Coming Up:

Dirt Days Ride #2 – Midweek Special – Get a jump on the holiday weekend by heading to the trails on Wednesday, July 3rd. The ride begins at 6:30, departing from the Wolf Road Woods. With an early departure from work, you’ll have plenty of time to get to the start. For more information, click here.

Hersher Two Person Time Trial – It’s all about teamwork in this two-person event. You’ll cover the distance best by utilizing each team member’s strengths. The course is a 25K loop with all right turns, but the challenge will come with winds and chip and seal pavement. The distance is 25K for juniors and 70+ and 50K for all other fields. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend and a safe holiday!

 

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Summer Solstice

Today is the summer solstice, marking the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. I know many of us are hoping this will be the final push to bring in warm temperatures and for the rain to end! The forecast isn’t too promising, but if we time it right, we’ll get in our riding and enjoy our long summer days. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – This eleven day series began yesterday with the Kenosha Food, Folks and Spokes criterium. This weekend the series heads to East Troy on Friday, Grafton on Saturday and Waukesha on Sunday, with the series continuing through the week. Each community embraces these summer races making it a festival for all, every day. For more information, click here.

Summer Solstice Ride – Celebrate the first official day of summer with an evening ride with the women’s group out of the Trek store in Highland Park. The 20 mile ride departs from the shop at 6:30pm and both men and women are welcome. For more information, click here. Please note, this ride will be cancelled if it’s raining.

ABR Illinois State Time Trial Championships – This championship is held on a challenging 40K course which includes rolling hills and a grade that’ll challenge your mental skills. The race is an out and back course located in Paw Paw. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Dream Omnium Event #2 – The art of match sprinting takes time to perfect, that’s why this sprint series is great. The day starts off with a flying 200 and from there you’ll be seeded into the sprint tournament. For more information, click here.

Monday Night Structured Training – Structured training continues this Monday. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing – This Thursday’s main event is the Keirin. This is an exciting sprinter’s specialty event where riders are paced up to speed by a motor scooter and the real action begins once the motor pulls off and it’s a battle to the finish. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland Continues – Next Saturday is the famed Downer Ave Criterium in Milwaukee. It’s a four corner crit, but there is a slight grade on the backside which can make it challenging lap after lap. There’s always a crowd and it’s always a great race! Sunday is the final race in the series and the race is held in East Tosa. It’s another fast and unforgiving course. For more information, click here.

LaBaugh Woods Practice Crit Series – This series has been extended, again! One more chance to practice your criterium skills without the pressure of a large-scale race. The first race goes off at 6:30pm on Tuesday. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Bike to Work Week

We’re rolling into summer and the variety of cycling events is exploding. Whether you choose to take part in a group ride or a race in the dirt, road or track, the decision is up to you. We may have to dodge a few raindrops this weekend, but it seems we’re getting pretty good at that this year. Check the listings below for a few options and get outside and ride!

Events:

Bike to work challenge – Take part in the two week event where you commit to riding to work instead of driving. Participants track their miles pedaled to and from work and compare against other teams and individuals. It’s a win-win for everyone. The challenge is June 14th through the 28th. For more information, click here.

Short Track Series #1 & Learn to Race Clinic – Head out to the Big Marsh this Saturday for the first of this short track series and clinic. The course is a mile loop made up of single track, gravel, grass and pavement. The clinic is at 1pm and the first race goes off at 2pm. For more information, click here.

Zeeland Criterium – Friday night the streets of downtown Zeeland, Michigan will be lit up with racing action. This twilight race is basic four corner criterium, extra thrills come as darkness falls. For more information, click here.

Ada Classic Criterium – This course is located in downtown Ada Village, Michigan. There are a few more corners than Friday’s race, so bring your technical expertise to the line.  For more information, click here.

Port Sheldon Road Race – Unfortunately this race has been postponed.

Track Cycling:

Illinois Master’s Timed Events Championships – Attention Master’s riders, come out to the track this Saturday for a full day of racing. The events include all timed events, match sprints and team events. The event is from 8am until 3pm at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For more information, click here.

Monday Night Structured Training – Structured training continues this Monday. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing – There are no special events this Thursday, but there will still be plenty of racing, so come on out to race or watch. For more information, click here.

Sprinters Dream Omnium Event #2 – The art of match sprinting takes time to perfect, that’s why this sprint series is great. The day starts off with a flying 200 and from there you’ll be seeded into the sprint tournament. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – Eleven spectacular days of racing in Wisconsin begins next Thursday. This series includes many historic courses and the competition will be hot! The series starts off in Kenosha with the Food, Folks & Spokes criterium. For more information, click here.

Bike to Work Rally – Join your fellow cycling commuters in Daley Center Plaza next Friday for this annual gathering. There will be giveaways, bike-themed entertainment and free t-shirts. The event will be from 7am until 9am. Don’t miss out on the fun! For more information, click here.

Summer Solstice Ride – Celebrate the first official day of summer with an evening ride with the women’s group out of the Trek store in Highland Park. The 20 mile ride departs from the shop at 6:30pm and both men and women are welcome. For more information, click here.

ABR Illinois State Time Trial Championships – This championship is held on a challenging 40K course which includes rolling hills and a grade that’ll challenge your mental skills. The race is an out and back course located in Paw Paw. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Menomonee Falls Criterium

It looks as though we might make it through the weekend without any rain and with favorable temperatures. Get out and celebrate the weather we’ve all been waiting for! There’s an assortment of cycling activities available, so pick your favorite(s) and get outside. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Bikes to Beer – The BFF Bikes group is headed to Two Brother’s Roundhouse for June’s edition of Bikes to Beer. The group will depart from the shop at 8am on Saturday, June 8th for a 40 mile ride with a stop halfway for beer and snacks. As always, there’s an option to take the Metra back to the city. For more information, click here.

Menomonee Falls Criterium – This course is a flat circuit around a park, just north of Milwaukee. The course only has one technical element, which is the corner just before the start finish line. For more information, click here.

Garden Prairie 30K Time Trial – This course has smooth roads and is not too technical, so it’s great for beginners and seasoned riders, alike. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Structured Training – Structured training continues this Monday. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing – This Thursday night’s racing features the Epic Points Night with the Tomasz 100 lap Memorial race for the men’s category 1/2/3 and women have a 50 lap points race. For more information, click here.

Illinois Master’s Timed Events Championships – Saturday, June 15th is all about individual performances. Whether you prefer endurance or sprinters events, you’ll get your chance to put yourself to the test. The event is from 8am until 3pm at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

LaBaugh Woods Practice Races – This is the final race in this weekly series, so if you’ve missed out on the earlier races, you better make it out this Tuesday for the final night. The first race goes off at 6:30pm. For more information, click here.

Bike to work challenge – Take part in the two week event where you commit to riding to work instead of driving. Participants track their miles pedaled to and from work and compare against other teams and individuals. It’s a win-win for everyone. The challenge is June 14th through the 28th. For more information, click here.

Short Track Series #1 & Learn to Race Clinic – Head out to the Big Marsh on Saturday, June 15th for the first of this short track series and clinic. The course is a mile loop made up of singletrack, gravel, grass and pavement. The clinic is at 1pm and the first race goes off at 2pm. For more information, click here.

There’s a break in the local racing before the Tour of America’s Dairyland  series, which begins on June 20th and continues through the June 30th. If you’re looking to race next weekend, there’s three days of racing in Michigan. See the details below.

Zeeland Criterium – Friday night the streets of downtown Zeeland will be lit up with racing action. This twilight race is basic four corner criterium, extra thrills come as darkness falls. For more information, click here.

Ada Classic Criterium – This course is located in downtown Ada Village. There are a few more corners than Friday’s race, so bring your technical expertise to the line.  For more information, click here.

Port Sheldon Road Race – The final day of racing in Michigan might just be the best. It’s a road race circuit that covers the shores of Lake Michigan, scenic and twisty roads through forests and fruit groves and the sand dune climb. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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