Being a mountain goat might be helpful in a few of the events scheduled for this weekend. There’s plenty of climbing and power required to succeed, but plenty of fun and exciting challenges as well. The local calendar is full of activities, so select your elevation choice wisely : )
May WoMo Ride – This Saturday the ladies from the BFF Cycling Team will be leading the monthly women’s ride. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am, with a pick-up on the north side at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. From there the group will head to Highland Park for a coffee stop before returning to the city. For more information, click here.
Palmyra Road Race – If you’re looking for a road race that’s relatively close to home, head to Palmyra on Saturday. The course is an 8.1 mile scenic loop with rolling hills. For more information, click here.
Fox River Grove Criterium – Attention all power climbers! Head out to this unique course where you’ll challenge your climbing skills on the first half of the course and descending skills on the other half. For more information, click here.
O’Fallon Grand Prix – It’s a bit of a drive to southern Illinois, but it’s well worth it for this challenging road course. For more information, click here.
Harvard 33.3K TT – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For more information, click here.
Monday Night Structured Training – If you’re looking to train specifically for the track, then head out to the Monday night training sessions. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here. There will be no training on the 27th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
Thursday Night Racing – The featured event for this Thursday is the Madison! This event is one of the more exciting races to watch and race. Teams of two combine efforts in a points race, exchanging places with hand slings. Come out and see what it’s all about. For more information, click here.
Sprinters Dream Omnium Series – This is the first in a series of three match sprint competitions held over the summer. The day begins with a 200 meter qualifier, followed by pairings for match sprints. For more information, click here.
LaBaugh Woods Practice Races – This weekly series has been extended through June 11th. Each Tuesday the first race goes off at 6:30pm. For more information, click here.
Bikes to Beer – Join the crew at BFF Bikes on their next beer run. This edition the riders will head to the Ravinia Brewing Company where they’ll sample some beer and grab a snack before heading home. The Metra is nearby for those looking for a lift home. The ride is next Saturday, May 25th departing at 9am. For more information, click here.
Quad Cities Memorial Day Races – The heavy-hitters will be heading to the Quad Cities next weekend for a historic series of races. There are four days of racing, each course having a unique series of challenges. First up is the Burlington Road Race on Friday which is an out and back course on gently rolling terrain. Saturday is the famed, Snake Alley Criterium which races up a steep and crooked cobbled climb. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium which is a loop around a park that includes climbing and descending. The descent includes a speed bump at the bottom for extra thrills. Finally Sunday is the Quad Cities Criterum. This course has changed locations over time, but it’s always a fast event. For details on the series, click here.
ABD Master’s Memorial Day Races – If you’re looking to race over the holiday weekend, but want to stay close to home, this series fills the need. Saturday and Sunday’s races will be held in Wood Dale on the business park course. Monday the series heads to West Chicago to the Old Pella Windows course. For more information, click here.
Have a great weekend!