Trek CX Cup

Step outside and you’ll be blanketed in summer-like warmth, even though it is officially the first day of fall. Enjoy the heatwave and take part in all this weekend has to offer. There are races, rides, and even a film festival. Check the listing below for the upcoming cycling events.

Events:

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – Calling all girls between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend this free clinic today from 6 to 8pm in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The instructors will be super stars Katie Compton and Katie Antonneau. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! For more information, click here.

Filmed by Bike – Looking for a cycling related event that doesn’t require lycra or working out? Head out to this travelling film festival, which is also a fundraiser for West Town Bikes. Enjoy a great evening out and support a great cause. For event information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #3 – Saturday’s race features the combined courses for a longer circuit style loop. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World cup racing continues this weekend with the Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. It’s three days of events, including Friday’s clinic. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #4 – Sunday is the final day of this series and features the east course at the DuPage Business Park. For race information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – There’s more than apples at this fall festival. There are lots of options for every rider and ability level. For those looking for a flat course, there are 15, 25 and 37 mile loops. For those looking for the challenge of a climb or two, there are 50, 62, 75 and 100 mile loops. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Al Stern Marathon Road Race – If you’re looking for a generous helping of late season miles, you’ll want to head to Aroma Park next Sunday. The course is flat, but there’s always wind, so it’ll make for a competitive race. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #2 – The series is back at it with the Hopkins Park race in DeKalb. The course includes gently rolling terrain, a short section of single track and plenty of power sections. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Fall Fling

 

The transition into fall isn’t like a light switch. It’s a gradual process that transforms everything around us. Whether it’s the leaves on the trees, the reduced sunlight of our days or the heat to warm our surroundings, we are changing every day. I see a parallel between fall and the Monarch butterfly. Just as the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly and begins a new journey, we, too, transition in the fall and start a new journey. This weekend is a wonderful representation of transitions, moving slowly into a new cycling season and a colorful change of our scenery. Get out and enjoy, there are so many things to do!!

Events:

Jingle Cross – The leaves are barely starting to turn, but you’d think we’d need to be heading out the door with our snow boots with the buzz this world cup event is creating. No need to be confused, the series used to be held closer to the holidays, thus the name! The action begins today and continues throughout the weekend. For more information, click here.

Womo Ride – Although the road season is winding down, there’s still plenty of fabulous weather and great friends to share a few miles. Join the ladies of the XXX-racing team as they lead this month’s women’s ride. The ride departs from 1501 N Damen in Wicker Park at 7:30am, with a second pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The ride will head north to Highland Park before heading back home. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #1 – This four event series begins with the DuPage Business Park west criterium course. The course is mostly flat and has gentle corners, so it’s a great place to catch some speed. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #2 – The second race in this series is a time trial and if you’re going for the overall, you need to make sure to race. It’s a flat 9.5 mile course that includes two 180 turns and a few good corners, so bring your technical skills! For more information, click here.

Dirty Mudd’r –Head out to Streator tomorrow for a gravel adventure. You can select from either 35 or 62 mile loops, both are fully supported. After the ride, enjoy a post-race meal and locally crafted beer. For more information, click here.

Patriot CX – If you’re looking for more of a local cross racing scene this weekend, you’ll need to head to Rantoul. It’s a two hour drive, but racing will keep you tuned up for what’s ahead. For more information, click here.

North Shore Century – This is the Evanston Bike Club’s annual event. Riders can select from 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile rides, the furthest reaching Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – Calling all girls between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend this free clinic on Friday from 6 to 8pm in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The instructors will be super stars Katie Compton and Katie Antonneau. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #3 – Saturday’s race features the combined courses for a longer circuit style loop. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World cup racing continues next weekend with the Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. It’s three days of events, including Friday’s clinic. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #4 – Sunday is the final day of this series and features the east course at the Dupage Business Park. For race information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – There’s more than apples at this fall festival. There are lots of options for every rider and ability level. For those looking for a flat course, there are 15, 25 and 37 mile loops. For those looking for the challenge of a climb or two, there are 50, 62, 75 and 100 mile loops. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicross Cup Begins

You’ll feel like a Super Dawg this weekend if you head to Caldwell Woods for any of the weekend’s events, which include two days of cross clinics and the first of the Chicross Cup series. If you want to get out of the city for cross, you can head over the border for Wisconsin’s events. And, if you’re looking to the stick to the road, there are multiple racing and riding options. There’ll be perfect riding weather this weekend, so get out and take in all you can!

Events:

Team Time Trial – Grab three of your favorite riders and get prepared for a great team event on Saturday. This event truly embodies the spirit of teamwork because the more you work as a team, the faster you’ll go and the better you’ll do. For race information, click here.

Return of the Sven’s – Whether you’re new cyclo-cross or a seasoned rider looking to up your game, the clinics on Saturday and Sunday are a great place to start. The Sven brothers are leading the clinics, and who better to learn from than world champion/class professionals. The events will be held at Caldwell Woods. For event information, click here

Chicross Cup Event #1 – Time to get Chicago’s cross series started. The first race in this series is Caldwell Woods which is near the infamous Super Dawg drive in, but you won’t have time for hot dogs until you’re finished racing! This course offers up some elevation changes and the promotors usually do a great job of creating or capturing technical elements, so it’s not all about power. For more information, click here.

Cross Shooshko – If you’re anxious to get started in cyclo-cross racing, head north to Milwaukee. The course has rolling hills and technical sections, which is great for riders looking for something other than a power course. For race information, click here.

Harmon 100 – It’s September, so it’s primetime for centuries. Enjoy a fully supported ride on scenic and quiet roads. You can choose from 25, 50, 75 or the full 100 mile routes. For ride information, click here.

Humboldt Park Cyclo-Cross – Not to be confused with Chicago’s Humboldt Park, this park is located in Milwaukee. For the ladies, this race offers up age group and multiple category fields, so it’s a great opportunity to race on a level playing field. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer Event – Looking to get in some miles and enjoy a good beer? This time around the BFF crew will lead a group from the city to Two Brothers Roadhouse in Aurora where you can enjoy a meal and a beer. You’ll also have the option to return to the city by train or bike. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fall Fling Event #1 – This four event series begins with the DuPage Business Park Criterium in West Chicago. The course is flat and has gentle corners, so it’s a great place to catch some speed. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Event #2 – The second race in this series is a time trial, and if you’re going for the overall, you need to make sure to race. It’s a flat 9.5 mile course that includes two 180 turns and a few good corners, so bring your technical skills! For more information, click here.

Dirty Mudd’r –Head out to Streator next Saturday for a fall gravel adventure. You can select from either 35 or 62 mile loops, both are fully supported. After the ride, enjoy a post-race meal and locally crafted beer. For more information, click here.

Patriot CX – If you want to get in some cross racing next weekend, you’ll need to head to Rantoul. It’s a two hour drive, but racing will keep you tuned up at a smaller venue before the bigger races that are ahead. For more information, click here.

North Shore Century – This is the Evanston Bike Club’s annual event. Riders can select from 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile rides, the furthest reaching Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend’s Gateway Cup

Our long summer days are getting shorter each day and an added crispness in the air reminds us that our summer will be ending soon. But, with a few adjustments to our routine, there’s still so much left to enjoy outside in the warm weather. This holiday weekend is packed with racing and riding opportunities and the weather will be splendid! Get out and enjoy.

Events:

Gateway Cup – The criterium action is in full force this weekend with the Gateway Cup in St. Louis. The four day event begins today and continues through Monday.

Friday’s Tour de Lafayette is a flat, four corner crit, but a degree of difficulty is added to the evening races as the sky darkens and the lights cast shadows on the racers.

Saturday’s Francis Park course is also a four corner crit, but there is a little bit of elevation change to add a bit of a challenge.

Sunday it’s off to the Hill or Giro Della Montagna, the Italian section of town for a tough course that lives up to its name.

Monday is the final day of racing with the Benton Park Classic. This is probably the most technical of the courses; challenging, but fun!

Race one day or race all four. For event information, click here.

Velocause CX Relay – Still looking for some team cross racing? Head to Wisconsin for another opportunity to partner up for a fun day of cross. For event information, click here.

Bryce Master 30K Time Trial – This race is located in Garden Prairie, which is close to Rockford. The course features several corners and a few changes in elevation, so practice up on your handling skills to maximize your power output. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Closing Night & Cookout – It’s been a full season of racing at the Ed Rudolph velodrome with eighteen weeks in the books after the close of next Thursday’s races. Come out for the last night and enjoy some lighthearted competition, including the track stand competition and the cookout. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Team Time Trial – Grab three of your favorite riders and get prepared for a great team event next Saturday. This event truly embodies the spirit of teamwork because the more you work as a team, the faster you will go and the better you will do. There aren’t too many details at the moment, but check back on the ABR website for updates.

Return of the Svens – Whether you’re new cyclo-cross or a seasoned rider looking to up your game, the clinics next Saturday and Sunday are a great place to start. The Sven brothers are leading the clinics, and who better to learn from than world champion/class professionals. The events will be held at Caldwell Woods. For event information, click here

Cross Shooshko – If you’re anxious to get started in cyclo-cross racing, head north to Milwaukee. The course has rolling hills and technical sections, which is great for riders looking for something other than a power course. For race information, click here.

Humboldt Park Cyclo-Cross – Not to be confused with Chicago’s Humboldt Park, this park is located in Milwaukee. For the ladies, this race offers up age group and multiple category fields, so it’s a great opportunity to race on a level playing field. For more information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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Bloomington Criterium

In this final August weekend, we are on the tipping point of transitioning from road to cyclo-cross racing, so there is an abundance of options to choose from. Whether you opt for road, track or cross, there’s something exciting for you. Check the listings below for opportunities.

Events:

CX-Eliminator – This is a cyclo-cross race with a track race twist! Each category will race for one lap to be seeded into elimination rounds. From there, riders will need to hold on tight to stay away from elimination. The course is short and technical and includes grass, dirt, pavement, gravel, climbs and barriers – a real throat burner! For more information, click here.

Bloomington Criterium – Don’t hang up your road bike yet, this late season crit is one not to miss. The course includes climbing, descending and some high speed corners. It’s a quick two hour ride south for a little more road racing this season. For more information, click here.

Relay Cross – This race stirs the energy from the road to the cross season. It’s a light-hearted event, but competitive nonetheless. Grab your partner and plan your strategy for this team event. For more information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This course was used earlier in the spring. At this point of the season the trees may bring some shelter from the sun and block a bit of the wind, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Madison Championships – It’s the final track state championship for the season and a fun one at that! The Madison is a two-person team Points race. While one rider is working to advance the team, the other is out on recovery and they switch on and off with a hand sling. If you’re not going to participate, you should at least stop by and check out the action. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Gateway Cup – One last sizzling summer weekend of criterium racing in St. Louis. There are four days of racing with some great courses.

Friday’s Tour de Lafayette is a flat, four corner crit, but a degree of difficulty is added to the evening races as the sky darkens and the lights cast shadows on the racers.

Saturday’s Francis Park course is also a four corner crit, but there is a little bit of elevation change.

Sunday it’s off to the Hill or Giro Della Montagna, the Italian section of town for a challenging course that lives up to its name.

Monday is the final day of racing with the Benton Park Classic. This is probably the most technical of the courses; challenging, but fun!

Race one day or race all four. For event information, click here.

Velocause CX Relay – Still looking for some team cross racing? Head to Wisconsin for another opportunity to partner up for a fun day of cross. For event information, click here.

Bryce Master 30K Time Trial – This race is located in Garden Prairie, which is close to Rockford. The course features several corners and a few changes in elevation, so practice up on your handling skills to maximize your power output. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Illinois State Championships

We’re getting to the final stages of the road and track season and the state championship events are coming fast and furious. If you’re looking to collect a jersey or two, the next few weeks will be busy! If you’re looking to just get out and ride with friends, you’ve got that, too! Check below for a few riding options and get out and have fun!

Events:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Psimet Women’s team. The group will depart from Wicker Park (1501 N Damen) at 7:30am, with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The group will head north to Highland Park with an option to head back or continue on for a few more miles. For ride details, click here.

ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships – It’s the first time we’ve raced on this course in 2017, but for those who have been racing for a few years, this course is well-known. It’s the south course in Wood Dale’s industrial park, which is not-too technical, but still perfect for a fast crit. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the race of truth, where mental toughness and strength play equal roles in moving you forward. In this championship event, riders can compete in either 40K or 20K distances, depending on age and category. The course is flat and fast and made for speed. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Elite Timed Championships – The elite timed track championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The days will include all timed, team and sprints events. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Keirin and Scratch Race Championships –With last night’s Elaine Nekritz and Roger Delange races being rained out, next Thursday will be a BIG night in Northbrook. They’re combining the state scratch races and keirin championships on the same night, as we are running close to the end of the season. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – Head south next weekend for racing in the St Louis area. This race features a flat and fast seven corner, figure eight course and plenty of prize money. For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium. This year’s race will be held on the summit hill course. It’s a four corner crit with a pinchy little climb on the backside and a slight downhill that leads to the start/finish. There are both USAC and ABR sanctioned races and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial & Wisconsin State Championship – This course is all about right turns! It’s a slightly hilly loop around the Bong Recreational Park in southern Wisconsin. This is the final Bong event for the season, with two laps and a distance of 40K. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Palos Meltdown

There’s just about every kind of cycling event this weekend. Whether you’re looking for a road event, something on the track or even something off-road, this weekend you’re good-to-go! Let’s hope Mother Nature behaves and doesn’t lead us on roller coaster ride. The cooler temps are fine, but let’s hope the wind and rain stay far away. Check the list below for your favorite ride options.

Events:

Countryside Criterium – This race brings crit racing back to the local level. It’ll still be fast and furious, but it’ll be close to home and the field will be made up of mostly local friends. Head out to Countryside for a four corner crit that’ll be fun to race and easy to get to. For race information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Ride #4 – The ladies will head back to Palos for a fun-filled day on the trails. For anyone looking to race the Meltdown on Sunday, this will be a perfect opportunity to check out the trails and get a good mental picture for the next day. For ride information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K Time Trial – Looking for a time trial that’s flat, fast and has sweeping corners to keep your speed high? Head out to Harvard, Illinois and your wish will be granted! For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – In its 11th year, the Palos Meltdown offers up a great mountain bike race with both technical and flowy sections. Race hard and stick around for a fun and festive afternoon at the trails. For race information, click here.

Two Rivers Road Race – There aren’t too many opportunities to do road races in our area, but this one is always on the calendar. The course is flat, so your climbing abilities aren’t required. However, there always seems to be plenty of cross winds, so knowing how to manage yourself in the peloton is key. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Central States Masters Track Weekend – Head north to Kenosha’s Washington Bowl for a full line-up of track racing at the master’s level. Races include all timed, team and sprint events. There will also be one mass start 10K Points race. For more information, click here.

Roger DeLange & Elaine Nekritz Races – It’s going to be a big night at the Ed Rudolph track this coming Thursday with the Delange and Nekritz races on tap. Besides the honor of having your name on the trophy, the races will also double as the Illinois State Scratch race championships. For race details, click here.

Illinois State Elite Timed Championships – The elite timed track championships will be held next Saturday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The day will include all timed, team and sprints events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo Ride – This month’s women’s ride is being led by the Psimet Women’s team. The group will depart from Wicker Park (1501 N Damen) at 7:30am, with a pickup at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The group will head north to Highland Park with an option to head back or continue on for a few more miles. For ride details, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the race of truths, where mental toughness and strength play equal roles in moving you forward. In this championship event, riders can compete in either 40K or 20K distances, depending on age and category. The course is flat and fast and made for speed. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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