Another Winter Warm-up

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The calendar may say it’s winter, but step outside and you’ll feel spring! We’ve got another spectacular weather weekend here in Chicago. Like last weekend, the group rides will be in full swing, so catch a ride with your favorite group or find a quiet road to train. Check below for upcoming cycling opportunities.

Events:

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series Event #3 – It’s back to a flat course for this weekend’s time trial challenge. Keep your racing edge sharp as we build towards racing season and head out to Winfield Central School to be part of the action. For event information or to register, click here.

Rapha Chicago February Lecture Series – The Rapha lecture series continues. This Wednesday’s lecture will feature Robbie Ventura of Vision Quest Coaching and former US Postal domestic professional racer. Robbie will be speaking on coaching and goal setting. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

UCI World Cup Track Cycling – World Cup track cycling is coming to the United States. The Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles will be host to this UCI event on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25. They’ll be featuring all the crowd favorites, including the Keirin, the Madison and the Team Pursuit, among others. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criterium Series – A sure sign that spring is on its way is the Kenosha Training Criterium Series. Many of us made our entry into the sport by trying a few of these pre-season races. They’re local and low-key, but just enough to get your season started. The races will be held on March 12, 19 and 26. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

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The Unofficial Illinois State Goldsprint Championships

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We’ve got another warmup this weekend with temps reaching the mid-forties. There may not be any local races, but the group rides should be in full swing! Enjoy this md-winter heat wave and get outside and enjoy.

Events: 

Frozen Fat Fondo Fest – You’ll have to travel a bit to race this weekend, but there’s fun in Davenport, Iowa this Saturday with this three hour challenge. The goal is to complete as many laps as you can in three hours. You can compete as solo rider or get a team of three together to share the effort. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha Chicago February Lecture Series – This Wednesday’s lecture feature will be a Round Table Discussion on Bike Fit with Velosmith’s Tony Bustamante and Rachel Wills presenting. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

The Unofficial Illinois State Goldsprint Championships – The Northbrook Cycle Committee’s having a fundraiser, but you’ll have to muscle-up to do your part! It’s an indoor sprint competition which will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm at Chrome Chicago. For more information, click here.

ABD’s Indoor Time Trial Series Event #3 – It’s back to a flat course for next weekend’s time trial challenge. Keep your racing edge sharp over these winter months and head out to Winfield Central School to be part of the action. For event information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Winter Bike Swap

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The conditions are favorable for riding outside this weekend. For those looking for an adventure on the trails, there’s still a bit of snow and enough cold to keep it for Saturday, if you head north. Around town the chill will ease as the weekend rolls on, so with a dry road, you’re free to roll! There’s a sampling of cycling related events headed our way. Check the listings below for details.

Events: 

Fat Abominable Snow Bike Scramble – Looking for an opportunity to race your fat bike in a casual setting? Head up to Silver Lake Park in Wisconsin for a lighthearted off-road race. Proceeds from the race go to funding the trail system, so it’s a feel-good/fun event! For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Swap 2017 – Looking for another opportunity to buy or sell some cycling equipment? Head to Jaks Tap from 11am until 4pm on Saturday. This is a bit easier to attend if you’re a city dweller and it’s a pretty low-key environment. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha’s February Lecture Series – This Wednesday’s lecture is on Cross Training. Newt Cole of Morningbird Studio will be on hand to talk about training for cyclists. The event will be held at the Chicago Rapha Clubhouse. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Trans/Gender Neutral Beginning Road Clinic – Are you looking to get into bike racing but would like to know some of the ins and outs before you step up to the line? Plan to attend this clinic sponsored by Half Acre Cycling on March 12. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Take the skills you learn at the road clinic and put them to the test in this beginner criterium series. It’s four days of racing, so you’ll have an opportunity to keep trying day after day to achieve your goals. The series goes from April 3-6 at Calumet Park on the south side of the city.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross World Championships

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The hot spot in cycling this weekend will be Bieles, Luxenbourg, where the UCI World Cyclocross Championships will be held. If you’re not already headed there, you can still see what’s up by clicking here. They’ll also have a recap of the races at the Rapha Clubhouse.

If you’re sticking around town, there’s still plenty to do. You can bundle up and head outside to ride. Or you can choose from an assortment of cycling related activities held inside. For a list of local cycling activities, check the listing below.

Events: 

Women’s Pro Cycling with Sarah Connolly – Struggling to follow the women’s pro cycling circuit? Join the ladies at BFF Cycling for an informative clinic led by Sarah Connolly. For clinic details and to register, click here.

ABD Cycling’s Indoor Time Trial Event #2 – It’s round two of this annual indoor series. This week’s course is a rolling 10K, which will challenge your power to weight number. All indoor events are held at Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Looking for a good deal on a bike or bike parts? The bike swap is a great place to find good deals, cycling treasures and hang out with your friends in the cycling community. This event takes place on Sunday at Harper College. For more information, click here.

CX Worlds Svenness Live with Bill Schieken – Head out to the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse for a recap of the results of Cyclocross Worlds with Bill Schieken of CXHairs. For event information and to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Fat Abominable Snow Bike Scramble – Looking for an opportunity to race your fat bike in a casual setting? Make plans to head up to Silver Lake Park in Wisconsin for a lighthearted off-road race. For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Swap 2017 – Looking for another opportunity to buy or sell some cycling equipment? Head to Jaks Tap from 11am until 4pm next Saturday. This is a bit easier to attend if you’re a city dweller and it’s a pretty low-key environment. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Trans/Gender Neutral Beginning Road Clinic – Are you looking to get into bike racing but would like to know some of the ins and outs before you step up to the line? Plan to attend this clinic sponsored by Half Acre Cycling on March 12. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Take the skills you learn at the road clinic and put them to the test in this beginner criterium series. It’s four days of racing, so you’ll have an opportunity to keep trying day after day to achieve your goals. The series goes from April 3-6 at Calumet Park on the south side of the city.

Have a great weekend!

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Ride to Women’s March – Chicago

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Holy heat wave, it’s warm in Chicago! Don’t let this warm weather event pass you by without getting outside. There’s plenty to do and see on your bike this weekend, so get out have some fun before we switch back to winter.

Events: 

Ride to Women’s March – Empowered women of Chicago, this ride is for you! Join Mia Moore and others as they ride together to get in a workout and then head to the Women’s March downtown. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse Chicago. For ride and event details, click here.

Metro Mountain Bikers Social Ride – This ride was intended to be a stroll around and over frozen lakes near Milwaukee. Since there isn’t a hint of frost, I think this event will have a few detours, but it should still be fun. If you’re looking to get out on your fat bike with friends, head north for some off-road fun. For event details, click here.

I Am Fat – For those looking for endurance miles on a fat bike, this event will work for you. It’s a three hour event which can be ridden solo or as a team of three. The event is held in Iowa City, so it’s a bit of a hike to get there, but if you’re up for the challenge, the drive will be worth it. For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Pro Cycling with Sarah Connolly – Struggling to follow the women’s pro cycling circuit? Join the ladies at BFF Cycling for an informative clinic led by Sarah Connolly. For clinic details and to register, click here.

ABD Cycling’s Indoor Time Trial Event #2 – It’s round two of this annual indoor series. This week’s course is a rolling 10K, which will challenge your power to weight number. All indoor events are held at Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Looking for a good deal on a bike or bike parts? Maybe you’re looking for that one part that’ll get your bike rolling again. The bike swap is a great place to find good deals, cycling treasures and hang out with your friends in the cycling community. This event takes place next Sunday at Harper College. For more information, click here.

CX Worlds Svenness Live with Bill Schieken – Head out to the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse for a recap of the results of Cyclocross Worlds with Bill Schieken of CXHairs. For event information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross Nationals in Full Swing

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It’s been another brutal weather week in Chicago, but if you look ahead, things are definitely looking up. The forecast for the coming week includes temps in the forties, and that’ll feel downright balmy compared to ZERO! The days are also getting longer and by the end of the month, we’ll see a noticeable difference. Keep your focus and power through this season. It’ll all pay off very soon.

There’s still quite a bit of action in the cycling world with national championships out east and some fun events at home. Check the listings below for details.

Events: 

USA Cyclocross Nationals – All eyes have been on Hartford, Connecticut this week as the USA Cyclocross Nationals are underway. Chicagoland’s very own Sydney Guagliardo took the win in the women’s 35-39 race. We’re so proud!! There’s more ahead and changing course conditions to boot! For event details, click here.

ABD Cycling Indoor TT Series Event # 1 – Whether you’re looking for a little motivation for your winter training or you’re looking to keep your racing edge sharp, this time trial series is for you! The first event is this Sunday at the Windfield Central High School. This weekend’s race is a 10K flat course, which is all about power. For information or to register, click here.

Cyclocross Nationals Viewing Party – Join your fellow cycling friends to watch the Elite Men’s and Women’s Cyclocross Nationals races at Rapha Chicago on Sunday from noon till 2pm. For event details or to RSVP, click here.

Coming Up:

Winter Bike to Work Rally – Have you been braving the cold this season and continued commuting to work? Or, are you looking for a little motivation to get back out? Join fellow cyclists at Daly Plaza on January 13 from 6:30am til 8am to kick-off the Winter Bike Challenge. They’ll have Dark Matter coffee, Eli’s cheesecake and lots of giveaways. You’ll have a chance to mix and mingle and get you commuter challenge off to a good start. For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Challenge – Participate in this two week bike challenge from January 13-27. The contest provides incentives for both new riders as well as seasoned veterans. For more information and to register, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross Nationals

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As we wrap up 2016, it’s a time to look back at all our accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to 2017 with new goals for another successful riding and racing season. The best way to move forward is to set goals, stick with your plan and stay consistent in your routine.

You’ll be able to start the New Year off right with a ride outside. The temperature this weekend is forecasted to be pretty terrific for winter weather, so don’t pass up a good opportunity. Check the listings below for upcoming events.

Events: 

USA Cyclocross Nationals – All the preparation and discipline, especially through the holidays, is going to pay off in a few short days. Cross Nationals begin this coming Tuesday and continues through Sunday in Hartford, Connecticut. There’ll be some terrific battles to take home the prized national championship jerseys. Good luck to all those representing the Chicagoland area. For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Cycling Indoor TT Series Event # 1 – Whether you’re looking for a little motivation for your winter training or you’re looking to keep your racing edge sharp, this time trial series is for you! The first event is next Sunday at the Windfield Central High School. First up in the series is a 10K flat course, which is all about power. For information or to register, click here.

Cyclocross Nationals Viewing Party – Join your fellow cycling friends to watch the Elite Men’s and Women’s Cyclocross Nationals races at Rapha Chicago next Sunday from noon till 2pm. For event details or to RSVP, click here.

Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!

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