Jingle Cross

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It’s the last full weekend in September and it still feels like summer! Get out, enjoy the great weather and take part in all the cycling community has to offer. There are options for every type of rider. Check below for options in our area.

Events:

Jingle Cross – They’re off to a soggy start at the races in Iowa, which, by cross racers standards, creates the perfect course conditions. This is an epic weekend of racing with all levels, including UCI competing. The races have already started today and will continue on Saturday and Sunday as well. For event information, click here.

Fall Fling Continues– The series continues this weekend with one more criterium and a time trial. Saturday’s race is labeled a circuit course, as it is the longest of the three criteriums. The time trial is 9.5 miles with two 180 degree turns, so it’ll be fast and a little technical. For series information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – In its 43rd year, this century ride highlights the beautiful roads of southwest Michigan. There are multiple route options, including flat or hilly routes. It’s a fully supported event and of course, there’ll be apple cider! For event information, click here.

Kickstand Classic –Looking for a new concept in bike racing – one where it doesn’t matter if you’re dressed in spandex or your comfy jeans? Head out to Bartlett for an exciting day of racing where you’ll compete in groups of similarly matched abilities in either a 10, 14.5 or 19 mile race. It’s all about fun and it’s a fundraiser for the Active Transportation Alliance. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Al Stern Marathon Road Race – Al Stern has been a fixture in the cycling community for a long time. He’s known for his ability to cover the distance, so it’s only fitting that this race would have his name on it. Depending on your race category, you may compete in distances ranging from 54 to 119 miles. If you’re looking to conquer the distance, this race is what you’re after. For race information, click here.

Pumpkin Pie Century – What could be better than your favorite fall treat and a bike ride? This fully supported event has 25, 45, 63 and 100 mile options. The ride begins in Ottawa, which is near Starved Rock. Get out and enjoy the scenery. For event details, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #2 – The series starts up again as we head into October and over to Hopkins Park near Dekalb. It’s a figure 8 configuration with a flyover as its main feature. The course also includes a short section of single-track, some off camber sections and some open grassy sections. For race information, click here.

Coming Soon:

Rapha Chicago – Chicago is getting its very own Rapha store! Plan on coming out for the grand opening festivities. There’ll be guest appearances as well as cocktails and Half Acre Beer. For details on the store and the upcoming events, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Fall Fling

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We’ve crossed the midway point in September and the riding options are noticeably different from just a few weeks ago. For the racers, we’re charging into cyclo-cross season and for those looking to wind down from a busy road racing season or for the recreational rider, there are lots of century ride options. Check below for local options.

Events:

Trek CX Cup – It’s a big cross weekend in Waterloo, with events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Today they’ll have a clinic for women category 4 and junior riders. Tomorrow and Sunday the racing gets underway with both UCI and amateur level races. It’s an action-packed weekend from start to finish! For event information, click here.

Fall Fling – This series wraps up the local criterium racing for the season. If you’ve still got some road racing left in you, head out to this series in the western suburbs. The series consists of three criteriums and one time trial, held over two weekends. For series information, click here.

Northshore Century – A local favorite for this time of the year! This fully supported ride begins in Evanston, and riders can choose from 25 50, 62 and 100 miles – which will get you all the way to Kenosha and back. For ride information, click here.

Coming Up:

Jingle Cross – The 2016 cyclo-cross season is getting off to a blazing start with back-to-back UCI races. The second of the heavy hitters is Jingle Cross, which is typically held in late November. There may be a little less ho-ho-ho this year, but the racing will be just as spectacular. For event information, click here.

Fall Fling Continues– The series continues this weekend with one more criterium and a time trial. Saturday’s race is labeled a circuit course, as it is the longest of the three criteriums. The time trial is 9.5 miles with two 180 degree turns, so it’ll be fast and a little technical. For series information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – In its 43rd year, this century ride highlights the beautiful roads of southwest Michigan. There are multiple route options, including flat routes or hilly routes. It’s a fully supported event and of course, there’ll be apple cider! Registration closes soon, for event information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Team Time Trial

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We’ve got a lot on the schedule for the next few weeks as we head into the fall season of racing and riding. The best thing is there’s something for everyone. Road racing and riding, cross racing and clinics and whatever else you can dream of doing on your bike. The weather’s perfect, so get out and have some fun on your bike!

Events:

Team Time Trial – This is an exceptional event. It combines teamwork, skill and a bit of pain, but, it by far, is one of the most rewarding cycling events around. Gather your teammates, work on communication and skills and prepare to head out to Harvard, Illinois tomorrow morning. For race information, click here.

Harmon Hundred – 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.

Chicross Cup Series Race #1 – Here we go! The chicrosscup series gets underway with the first race in LaBagh Woods. This park has a little bit of history with cross racing in Chicago and it’s also used for practice crits in the summer. It should be a perfect location to get the series started. For race information, click here.

The Svens are Coming – Looking to work on your cross skills to improve your placing in races? Attend these cross clinics by World Champion racers. This is a pretty fantastic opportunity, so don’t miss out on the fun and a great learning opportunity. For clinic information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fall Fling – Got some road racing left in you? Head out to this annual series in the western suburbs. The series consists of three criteriums and one time trial, held over two weekends. Each course gets a little more technical, but nothing too crazy. For series information, click here.

Rapha – Trek before the Trek Cup – Join the Rapha crew for this Wednesday morning ride. They’ll have their new mobile clubhouse, Fran’s, and they’ll be serving up coffee, beverages and donuts! You may have to play hooky or show up a little late for work to attend this 40 mile ride, but it’ll get your day off to a great start. For information and to register, click here.

Trek CX Cup – It’s a big weekend for cross with events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! They’ll have rides, a clinic and some awesome racing! For event information, click here.

Northshore Century – A local favorite for this time of the year! This fully supported ride begins in Evanston, and riders can choose from 25 50, 62 and 100 miles – which will get you all the way to Kenosha and back. For ride information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Jingle Cross – It’s back-to-back UCI Cyclo-cross weekends in the Midwest with Trek CX Cup and Jingle cross, so this season is getting off to a blazing start. There’ll be a little less ho-ho-ho at this year’s Jingle Cross, since it’s being held in September, but the racing will be just as spectacular. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend

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Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer. No need to fret as there’s still plenty of great weather ahead! At this point in cycling, we begin to change our focus. For some it’s a time to decompress from a busy season of racing and just enjoy riding for fun. Others have been building up for the start of the cyclo-cross season. Whatever direction you’re headed, there’s so much ahead! Check below for a few options in our area.

Events:

Gateway Cup – It’s the season finale for heavy-hitter road races. The Gateway Cup includes four races over the Labor Day weekend in St Louis. The courses are challenging and the competition is tough as well. If you’re looking for one more chance to mix it up on the road, be sure to head south for this event. For race information, click here.

Bryce Master 30K TT – Located in Garden Prairie, this course is well known by time trial specialists. It’s a little rangy and isn’t completely flat, but a good course to put in a good effort. For race information, click here.

Track Racing:

We’re wrapping up the 2016 season at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. Last night’s racing included the Illinois State Madison Championships and the final opportunity for points towards the Rider of the Year competition. That means this coming Thursday is all about fun! There’ll be racing, the track stand competition and the end of the season barbeque! Come check out what track racing is all about. For information, click here.

Coming Up:

Team Time Trial – This is an exceptional event. It combines teamwork, skill and a bit of pain, but, it by far, is one of the most rewarding cycling events around. Gather your teammates, work on communication and skills and prepare to head out to Harvard, Illinois next weekend. For race information, click here.

Harmon Hundred – 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.

Chicross Cup Series Race #1 – Here we go! The chicrosscup series gets underway with the first race in LaBagh Woods. This park has a little bit of history with cross racing in Chicago and it’s also used for practice crits in the summer. It should be a perfect location to get the series started. For race information, click here.

The Svens are Coming – Looking to work on your cross skills to improve your placing in races? Attend these cross clinics by World Champion racers. This is a pretty fantastic opportunity, so don’t miss out on the fun and a great learning opportunity. For clinic information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

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Transition Weekend of Racing

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This weekend is a transition weekend for cycling. With state championship jerseys on the line for the road and the first cyclo-cross race of the season, we’re seeing that transition from summer to fall racing. There’s still so much fun ahead, check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Bloomington Criterium – Head south for this year’s Illinois State Criterium championships in Bloomington. It’s a fun course in the downtown area which has climbs, descents and plenty of corners. For race information, click here.

Jackson Park Relay Cross –The start of cross season in Chicago kicks off with this lighthearted and competitive team event. The race fills up fast, so at this point if you’re not registered, you may be waitlisted or a spectator, but don’t miss out, it’s always lots of fun. For race information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley 20K TT – It’s round two for this course in 2016. This course was used earlier in the spring when the tree cover was much less and the temps were a little cooler. The trees may bring some shelter from the sun at this time of the year, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For race information, click here.

Track Racing:

We’re close to wrapping up the 2016 season at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The next two Thursday’s will bring plenty of action and a lot of fun. This Thursday we’ll have the Illinois State Madison championship. This is a unique race where racers fling their teammates back into the field, just before exiting for a rest. It’s crazy and a whole lot of fun. Come out to race or come out to see what track cycling is all about. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Gateway Cup – It’s the season finale for heavy-hitter road races. The Gateway Cup includes four races over the Labor Day weekend in St Louis. The courses are challenging and the competition is tough as well. If you’re looking for one more chance to mix it up on the road, be sure to head south for this event. For race information, click here.

Bryce Master 30K TT – Located in Garden Prairie, this course is well known by time trial specialists. It’s a little rangy and isn’t completely flat, but a good course to put in a good effort. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Midwest Road Race

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Take your pick this weekend with a great assortment of local races. From road racing to the track, there’s something for everyone. The Women’s Midwest Road Race Championship is a highlight of the weekend. It’s a women’s only race with category and age group divisions. See below for a listing of all the racing opportunities coming up.

 

Events:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – You’ll need to head south for crit racing this weekend. This race is just outside of St. Louis, but it offers up a great technical course which is just shy of a mile with seven corners. For those with great technical skills, this course is perfect for you! For race information, click here.

Women’s Midwest Road Race Championship – Looking to go beyond a state championship? This women’s race pulls together women from the entire Midwest to compete for glory and a championship jersey. The road race is flat, but the obstacles will include wind and GRAVEL! If you’re not too sure about racing, but want to be part of this women’s event, you can volunteer. For all the details on this special event, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial – We’re back to this course for the third and final time of the season. This time it’s two loops around the course, which again, is all right turns with a few rollers. For race information, click here.

Track Racing:

Illinois State Championship Timed Events – Looking to compete on the track, but not in mass start events? The timed events are the perfect opportunity to ride a hard solo to achieve victory. Along with the timed events, there will also be match sprints, team sprints and team pursuits. The racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. For a listing of each day’s events, click here.

The next two Thursday nights will feature the Illinois State Points races and the Illinois State Madison championships at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Bloomington Criterium – Head south for this year’s Illinois State Criterium championships in Bloomington. It’s a fun course in the downtown area which has climbs, descents and plenty of corners. For race information, click here.

Jackson Park Relay Cross – It’s that time of year again, wow, how time flies! The start of cross season in Chicago kicks off with this lighthearted and competitive team event. The race fills up fast, so at this point if you’re not registered, you may be waitlisted or a spectator, but don’t miss out, it’s always lots of fun. For race information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley 20K TT – It’s round two for this course in 2016. This course was used earlier in the spring when the tree cover was much less and the temps were a little cooler. The trees may bring some shelter from the sun at this time of the year, but the course still offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which will put you to the test. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Masters Track National Championships

USA Masters Track Nationals

It’s been an inspiring week with the Olympics in Rio. In cycling, we’ve witnessed a nail biting road race. Mara Abbott’s finish may have been heartbreaking, but she’s a true champion. We’ve also seen Kristin Armstrong power her way through the time trial for another gold medal. Track cycling began yesterday and will continue through the weekend, so there’s so there’s plenty to keep us at the edge of our seats.

Closer to home we have time trials, criteriums and track racing. Take that inspiration and apply it at home in one of the local events. Check below for a few options coming up.

 

Events:

Kirkie Vie 20K Time Trial – In its twelfth run, this race will feature a slightly new course which will exclude “the wall”, but will still be a challenging course. For race information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Looking to earn a jersey for the race of truths? The championship event is in Paw Paw on Sunday. You can compete in age group or category fields. Racers will cover either 20K or 40K, depending on age. The roads are smooth and have some rolling terrain. For more information, click here.

ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships –One more jersey on the line with the ABR Illinois State Criterium Championships. The course is a familiar one, as it’s used multiple times over the course of the racing season. It’s not too technical with just a couple of sweeping turns. There are age group and category options. For more information, click here.

Track Racing:

Masters Nationals –Racing got underway for the 2016 Masters Nationals Track Cycling Championships on Tuesday. Racers from around the country have been competing in mass start and timed events throughout the week. Team competitions will be on Sunday, which is always a fun way to wrap up the racing. Chicago has been well represented with many championship and podium finishes. To see the details of all the races, click here.

Roger DeLanghe & Illinois State Scratch Races – It’ll be a hot night of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome this coming Thursday evening with the annual Scratch race championships. Roger DeLanghe was a fixture at our track for years and so for many, this race is very special. For more information on the racing, click here.

Illinois State Championship Timed Events – Looking to compete on the track, but not in mass start events? The timed events are the perfect opportunity to ride a hard solo to achieve victory. Along with the timed events, there will also be match sprints, team sprints and team pursuits. The racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. For a listing of each day’s events, click here.

Coming Up:

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – You’ll need to head south for crit racing next weekend. This race is just outside of St. Louis, but it offers up a great technical course which is just shy of a mile with seven corners. For those with great technical skills, this course is perfect for you! For race information, click here.

Women’s Midwest Road Race Championship – Looking to go beyond a state championship? This women’s race pulls together women from the entire Midwest to compete for glory and a championship jersey. The road race is flat, but the obstacles will include wind and GRAVEL! If you’re not too sure about racing, but want to be part of this women’s event, you can volunteer. For all the details on this special event, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial – We’re back to this course for the third and final time of the season. This time it’s two loops around the course, which again, is all right turns with a few rollers. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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