Lincoln Park Criterium

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My wish for this weekend is to have any rain occur after 5pm but before 7am. This will give everything green a chance to grow, while allowing us to ride and race without finishing up cold and wet. There are lots cycling events coming up that you don’t want to miss. Let’s hope Mother Nature is good to us and gives us chance to enjoy being outside while it’s dry. Check below for a list of events.

Events:

Lincoln Park Criterium – Saddle up for fun at Montrose and the Lakefront tomorrow. Each section of this course requires a bit of strategy. You’ll need to manage your position for the typically strong crosswinds provided by the lake, as well as navigate the famous hairpin turn. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This is one of my favorite crit courses. It’s another course held in a park where the race is run on the loop around the facility. It has a fun descent with a big sweeper corner and a two-step climb on the opposite end. For race information, click here.

HillBilly Gravel Grinder – For those who are into gravel and adventure, this is one epic ride for you. It’s a 100 mile gravel course, located west of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Cue sheets are provided, but it’s an unsupported ride. For details on the event, click here.

Sussex Criterium – Looking for a fun, fast and not-too-technical crit course? This course features wide open roads that surround the Sussex Corporate Center. The race is just a bit northwest of Milwaukee, so it’s relatively close to home. For information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday & Tuesday Night Training – If you’re looking to get in some training time on the track, don’t miss out on the training sessions at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. Monday nights are coached and geared towards development. Tuesday nights are open training. May 7th the fundamental training will focus on upgrading men from Cat 5 to Cat 4, to be eligible to race on Thursday nights. For track information, click here.

Coming up:

La Crosse Omnium – Looking to test your ability to be a good all-around racer? Head north to La Crosse for this three day series which includes a time trial, road race and a criterium. It’s a solid weekend of racing which is sure to test your strengths. For race information, click here.

CWEC’s Clinic #5 Vision – This clinic gives you the tools necessary to manage riding in all situations. Whether riding in a group, cornering or moving at light speed, you’ll learn what to focus on to be prepared. The clinic will be held from 11:15am till 12:15pm. Both MoM women’s races are after the clinic, but it may be a good idea to get most of your warm-up in beforehand so you’ll just need a little touch-up before the races begin. For clinic details, click. here.

Monsters of the Midway –Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time for MoM at the University of Chicago campus. This classic race features wide open corners and long straight-aways; one side is typically into the wind and the other has a serious tailwind. It’s close to home and always fun, so don’t miss out. For race information, click here.

Dirt Days #1 – Whether you’re new to mountain biking or are a serious shredder, this series is all about fun for everyone. This series is not about racing, it’s just about getting out and riding the trails. First up is a day at Kettle Moraine. For ride details, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – This is the first of this series of races held around the Bong Recreational area. The first race is 20K and it’s one loop around with all right turns. There are a few rollers, but the roads are generally smooth. For race details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

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It’s an action-packed weekend for Chicago-area cyclists! Many local racers headed south to compete in the Joe Martin Stage race in Arkansas. The pro 1-2 fields started racing yesterday, while the 3-4 and masters categories will begin tomorrow. The results are always posted quickly, so you can keep up-to-date with your favorite rider’s progress. For race information, click here. If you’re staying closer to home, there are plenty of cycling events to keep you riding all weekend. Check below for some local options.

Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – We’re all geared up and ready for tomorrow’s women’s clinic! If you’re at all curious about racing or riding on the track, be sure to join us! We’ll cover everything from the basics of riding a fixed gear bike to track racing tactics. The track season begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome, so this clinic is perfectly timed for you to start the season off right. For clinic information click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium –This course is a Wisconsin classic. It’s located in a park near Milwaukee and the course loops around the perimeter. There’s a fun descent and climb which is not-too-tough, if you manage your momentum. For race information, click here.

Mad City Velo Criterium –This D-shaped, 1K course is held in an industrial park. There are a few corners, but they’re pretty wide open, so it’s not too technical. The race is located near Madison, so once you’re finished, you can spend a little time in a fun city before heading home! For race information, click here.

Mooresville Challenge – Head over to the Indianapolis area for a circuit-like crit course that touts a pack splitter hill. Plan ahead if you want to race, as it’s an early start and you need to factor in the time change. For race details, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Training Sessions – New to the track or want to work on track racing tactics? Attend these weekly training clinics held each Monday night from 6:30PM till 9:30PM at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. The clinics begin this Monday, April 25. For track information, click here.

Coming up:

Lincoln Park Criterium – You don’t often find a bike race within city limits, but XXX-Racing brings us this great event. Located at Montrose and the lakefront, this course offers its famous hairpin turn and typically a lot of wind. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This is one of my favorite crit courses. It’s another course held in a park where the race is run on the loop around the facility. It has a fun descent with a big sweeper corner and a two-step climb on the opposite end. For race information, click here.

HillBilly Gravel Grinder – For those who are into gravel and adventure, this is one epic ride for you. It’s a 100 mile gravel course, located west of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Cue sheets are provided, but it’s an unsupported ride. For details on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Barry Roubaix

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I think most of us would like a do-over for last weekend. The snow and ice we woke up to on Saturday morning really took away from our outdoor plans. This weekend, however, looks to be very promising, which is great because there’s plenty to do outside. Check the listings below for some cycling opportunities in our area.

Events:

Barry Roubaix – Gravel races are becoming increasingly more popular, and Barry Roubaix is no exception, as it’s the largest gravel race in the world! If you’re going for the big win, there’s money and prizes to be claimed. Still, for those who just want to get out and enjoy a scenic ride in the country, this event is great. There are 62, 36 and 22 mile courses. For event details, click here.

Menomonee Park Criterium – This scenic course comes with twists and soft turns as you wind your way around the park. There’s no real elevation change, so speed should play a factor in the outcome of the races. For race details, click here.

CWEC Clinic #3 – Due to weather conditions, the skills and drills clinic was cancelled last Saturday, but is rescheduled for this Sunday. Head out to Edge Athlete Lounge for an 11:30 sign in and Noon clinic start. When the clinic is over, stick around for a viewing party of the National Criterium championships. For information on CWEC clinics, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K TT – This time trial course is a favorite with the locals, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without challenges. The course is used in the spring, and then again in late summer, so the natural shelter from trees varies significantly based on the season. The course also offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which can test your focus. Are you looking to conquer? Head out to test your skills on Sunday. For race information, click here.

Coming up:

Crankshaft Comedy – Come out for a little comic humor to benefit Friends of Big Marsh on Wednesday evening. The event will be held at Township in Logan Square at 7PM. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic Track racing begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. If you’re interested in racing or learning about track racing, this clinic is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of the track and riding a fixed gear bike. The clinic also includes some mock racing. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23. For information, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium –This course is a Wisconsin classic. It’s located in a park near Milwaukee and the course loops around the perimeter. There’s a fun descent and climb which is not-too-tough if you manage your momentum. For race information, click here.

Mad City Velo Criterium –This D-shaped, 1K course is held in an industrial park. There are a few corners, but they’re pretty wide open, so it’s not too technical. The race is located near Madison, so once you’re finished, you can spend a little time in a fun city before heading home! For race information, click here.

Mooresville Challenge – Head over to the Indianapolis area for a circuit-like crit course that touts a pack splitter hill. Plan ahead if you want to race, as it’s an early start and you need to factor in the time change. For race details, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Lincoln Park Criterium – You don’t often find a bike race within city limits, but XXX-Racing brings us this great event. Located at Montrose and the lakefront, this course offers its famous hairpin turn and typically a lot of wind. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This is one of my favorite crit courses. It’s another course held in a park where the race is run on the loop around the facility. It has a fun descent with a big sweeper corner and a two-step climb on the opposite end. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Spring Super Criterium

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Congrats to all the racers and promoters who braved the elements over the last week to make the Skyway Classic series a success. It’s been a brutal week weather-wise, making conditions for bike racing less than ideal. But it seems there is a bright future for many new riders and I know I’m looking forward to seeing all the new faces on the road! Hopefully the crazy snow/rain/wind mix is behind us as we move into the weekend. There’s lots of action ahead. Check below for local options.

Events:

Skills & Handling Clinic – In conjunction with the Super Criterium, the CWEC will be hosting a race day clinic. Learn skills and drills to help you become more confident on the bike so you are better equipped to handle any situation that comes your way. For clinic information, click here.

Spring Super Criterium – Do you feel the need for speed? Head out to Blackhawk Farms Raceway and speed away in tomorrow’s race. The course is wide open but has a couple of twists and turns. Aside from racing, the track offers a few perks not typical to most races. There are indoor bathrooms with showers and a place to grab a snack – yes!! For race details, click here.

John Fraser Memorial Time Trial – This is the fifth and final event of the ABD indoor TT series, and this one is outside! The 10 mile course is held in Maple Park, and although it’s flat, there’s always wind to contend with. For race information, click here.

Coming up:

Barry Roubaix – Gravel races are becoming increasingly more popular, and Barry Roubaix is no exception, as it’s the largest gravel race in the world! If you’re going for the big win, there’s money and prizes to be claimed. Still, for those who just want to get out and enjoy a scenic ride in the country, this event is great. There are 62, 36 and 22 mile courses. For event details, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K TT – This time trial course is a favorite with the locals, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without challenges. The course is used in the spring, and then again in late summer, so the natural shelter from trees varies significantly based on the season. The course also offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which can test your focus. Are you looking to conquer? Head out to test your skills on Sunday. For race information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic Track racing begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. If you’re interested in racing or learning about track racing, this clinic is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of the track and riding a fixed gear bike. The clinic also includes some mock racing. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23. For information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Skyway Classic Series

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There’s no fooling around on the first day of April. Time to get excited about your cycling and all this season has to offer. The Illinois outdoor season begins this week with the Skyway Classic and things just keep rolling after that. Check the information below for cycling events in our area.

Events:

CWEC’s Clinic Series Event #2 – Saturday at 8AM, in conjunction with the Skyway Series, the CWEC will have a course recon event. Riders should meet at the Edge Athletes Lounge and a group will ride down to the race course at Calumet Park and practice skills to get you ready for the series and racing in general. For information on the clinic, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criteriums – This is the third and final race of the series. The course is not too technical, with just one somewhat tight corner. For series information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Ready or not, the four day Skyway Classic Series begins on Monday! Whether you’re new to racing or trying to earn upgrade points, this series is a must. For series information, click here.

Coming up:

John Fraser Memorial Time Trial – This is the fifth and final event of this series and its outdoors! The 10 mile course is held in Maple Park, and although it’s flat, there’s always wind to contend with. If you’re interested, sign up soon to get a good start time. For race information, click here.

Spring Super Criterium – Do you feel the need for speed? Plan to head out to Blackhawk Farms Raceway and speed away in next weekend’s race. The course is wide open but has a couple of twists and turns. Aside from racing, the track offers a few perks not typical to most races. There are indoor bathrooms with showers and a place to grab a snack – yes!! For race details, click here.

Skills & Handling Clinic – In conjunction with the Super Crit, the CWEC will be hosting a race day clinic. Learn skills and drills to help you become more confident on the bike to better handle any situation that comes your way. For clinic information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic Track racing begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. If you’re interested in racing or learning about track racing, this clinic is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of the track and riding a fixed gear bike. The clinic also includes some mock racing. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23. For information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Easter Weekend

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We’ve had a few showers this week and the temps have dipped a bit, but all-in-all, we’re having a great spring. One bonus of the showers is that they bring out the green grass and flowers, which is always a treat after a long period of gray. Get out, enjoy a local group ride or head out to race. Spring is in the air and it just keeps getting better from here!

Events:

Marian Midwest Cycling Classic Criterium – If you want to race this weekend you’ll need to head to Indianapolis. This race is a bit like a circuit course, as its 2.5 miles long and has some climbing, descending and technical aspects. This is a great one to work on your skills and test your fitness. Don’t forget Indy is an hour ahead, so plan for the time difference. For information in the event, click here.

Coming up:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criteriums – This is the third and final race of this series. The course is perfect for beginners and seasoned racers getting back to the road after a long indoor season. It’s not too technical, other than one somewhat tight corner. For series information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – We’re a little over a week away from this great spring series. This race series is designed to immerse new racers into bike racing, but without all the stress. There’s four days of racing beginning on Monday and continuing through Thursday. If you’re interested in racing, this series is a must. For series information, click here.

CWEC’s Clinic Series Event #2 – In conjunction with the Skyway Series, the CWEC will have a course recon event. Riders should meet at the Edge Athletes Lounge and a group will ride down to the race course. For information on the clinic, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic Track racing begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. If you’re interested in racing or learning about track racing, this clinic is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of the track and riding a fixed gear bike. The clinic also includes some mock racing. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23. For information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Spring Crits Continue

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We’ve had luck on our side with the weather so far this year and that’s making riding and racing outside a very doable thing. This weekend get your crisp weather gear on and head out to ride. See details below for a few options in our area.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criteriums – This spring series continues with race #2. The course is perfect for beginners and seasoned racers getting back to the road after a long indoor season. It’s not too technical, other than one somewhat tight corner. For series information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – With the great weather we’ve been having, the St Patrick’s Day ride is your ticket to a scenic outdoor adventure! There are 16, 20 and 36 mile ride loops, so a little something for everyone. For post ride festivities, they’ll have the Acoustic Soul Generations band playing. Come out for this non-competitive and fun ride. For ride information, click here.

Coming up:

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Attention all new racers! Come out to this annual bike race series which is designed to give you lots of experience in bike racing, but without all the stress. Its four days of racing, which is plenty to get you immersed in the sport. If you’re interested in racing, this series is a must. For series information, click here.

CWEC’s Clinic Series Event #2 – In conjunction with the Skyway Series, the CWEC will have a course recon event. Riders should meet at the Edge Athletes Lounge and a group will ride down to the race course. For information on the clinic, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic Track racing begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. If you’re interested in racing or learning about track racing, this clinic is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of the track and riding a fixed gear bike. The clinic also includes some mock racing. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23. For information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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