Stranger Things and Cyclo-cross Racing

It feels as though fall is settling in and we have mild temperatures for the foreseeable future – great news to cyclo-cross racers! There’s no shortage of cyclo-cross races to fill your weekend and have a bit of Halloween fun as well. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Stranger ThinCX –This nighttime cyclo-cross race is sure to give you your Halloween/Stranger Things fix. The race is part of a two-day series in Beardstown, which is near Peoria. Bring your headlights and prepare to speed away from any scary shadows. For more information, click here.

El Cincxo de Pumpo – Day two offers up more of the Stranger Thincx course, but in the daylight. The course is well designed and fairly technical, making it more than just a typical power course. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #4 – This week the series heads to Carpentersville where the course has made headlines in this week’s news for its upgraded design. It’s about a mile and a half course which features several corners, elevation changes, and some technical elements. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Gobble Cross – This race is located in Donovan Park in Peoria. It’s a scenic park with rolling hills and some wooded sections, which should add technical and power elements to this course. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #5 – This week’s event heads to Sunrise Park in Bartlett. There’s a lot of grass to this course, so it definitely requires power. The course also features a few wooded sections, a short off camber section and the famous “Heckle Hill”. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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A Return to Local Racing

After two weeks of world cup racing, we circle back to more local competition. There are multiple cyclo-cross options, including a return to the Chicross Cup series. There’s also a marathon road race to get in your late season miles. Check the listings below for your options.

Events:

Mongo Cross – If you’re looking for a great course with a local feel, head to McNaughton Park in Pekin. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Cross – Looking for the complete fall festival? Head out to Lime Kiln Park in Grafton, Wisconsin. The course includes a big climb, a slalom descent, gravel and more. For post-race fun there’s a food truck, music, beer and of course, pumpkins. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #3 –This week the race series heads to the Dan Ryan Woods on the city’s south side. This city park has several natural features that provide technical and challenging aspects on the course. For more information, click here.

Al Stern Marathon Road Race – If you’re looking to build miles in the late season, head to Aroma Park this Sunday. It’s a mostly flat 10.9 mile loop which will be used to cover distances of 54.5 to 119.9 miles, depending on your category. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Stranger ThinCX –This nighttime cyclo-cross race is sure to give you your Halloween/Stranger Things fix. The race is part of a two-day series in Beardstown, which is near Peoria. Bring your headlights and prepare to speed away from any scary shadows. For more information, click here.

El Cincxo de Pumpo – Day two offers up more of the Stranger Thincx course, but in the daylight. The course is well designed and fairly technical, making it more than just a typical power course. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #4 – This week the series heads to Carpentersville. It’s a small course but features a lot of corners and elevation changes, so you’ll want to be properly fueled to maintain your pace through the entire race. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Jingle Cross

 

The temps have dipped a little lower this week and it’s beginning to feel a lot like fall. These mild temps are perfect for enjoying all kinds of riding and that’s what’s offered up this weekend. From road to cross to gravel, you’re covered. Check the listings below for options.

Events:

Jingle Cross – The second weekend of World Cup Cyclo-cross racing in the Midwest is Jingle Cross in Iowa City. Don’t be confused by the name, it was once held Thanksgiving weekend, but with riders from around the world coming to the Midwest for Trek CX, they moved up the race to make it worth their while for the travel. Don’t miss all the excitement as riders battle it out on the course and on the fan favorite Mt. Krumpit. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Continues – The series continues with a brand new criterium course on Saturday in Geneva. The course features straight-aways, corners and curves, in a loop that’s just shy of a mile! Sunday is the time trial in Maple Park. It’s a 9.5 mile course with two 180 degree turnarounds. For more information, click here.

ILL Kanza – Ready for another gravel adventure? Head to Kansas, Illinois on Saturday. You can choose from ride distances of 22 to 72 miles of gravel, rolling hills and scenic wooded areas. For more information, click here.

Half Acre’s CX Eliminator – Held at Big Marsh Bike Park, this race begins with a non-elimination race for each group, which sets up the seeding for rounds of elimination heats. It’ll be a lighthearted, but competitive event. They’ll also have Specialized demo bikes a Taco Truck and more! For more information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – Head out to Three Oaks, Michigan on Sunday for one of the Midwest’s largest cycling events. There are seven ride routes between 15 and 100 miles, with opportunities to add on or shorten along the way. Upon completion of the event, enjoy apple cider and a pasta dinner. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Mongo Cross – If you’re looking for a great course with a local feel, head to McNaughton Park in Pekin. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Cross – Looking for the complete fall festival? Head out to Lime Kiln Park in Grafton, Wisconsin. The course includes a big climb, a slalom descent, gravel and more. For post-race fun there’s a food truck, music, beer and of course, pumpkins. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #3 –This week the race series heads to the Dan Ryan Woods on the city’s south side. This city park has several natural features that provide technical and challenging aspects on the course. For more information, click here.

Al Stern Marathon Road Race – If you’re looking to build miles in the late season, head to Aroma Park next Sunday. It’s a mostly flat 10.9 mile loop which will be used to cover distances of 54.5 to 119.9 miles, depending on your category. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

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Trek CX Cup

Saturday is the autumnal equinox, officially ushering in the fall season. And, in the span of one day, we go from 90 degrees to 60. This drop in temperature should be a welcome change for those competing in events this weekend. Whatever you chose, get out and have fun!

Events:

Trek CX Cup – It’s the first of back to back World Cup cyclo-cross races in the Midwest. First up is Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin! There’ll be UCI races on Friday and Sunday and the World Cup event on Sunday. There’ll also be category and age group racing throughout the weekend. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling – There’s been a few last minute changes in this year’s Fall Fling series. There’ll be three events, each held in different locations. First up is the criterium in Wood Dale on Sunday. Although this is a change of venue for the series, it’s a familiar course and not too technical. The remaining events will be held next weekend with a criterium in Geneva and a time trial in Maple Park. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Jingle Cross – The second weekend of World Cup Cyclo-cross racing is in the Midwest is Jingle Cross in Iowa City. Don’t be confused by the name, it was once held Thanksgiving weekend, but with riders from around the world coming to the Midwest for Trek CX, they moved up the race to make it worth their while for the travel. For more information, click here.

Fall Fling Continues – The series continues with a brand new criterium course on Saturday in Geneva. The course features long straight-aways, corners and curves – should be fun! Sunday is the time trial in Maple Park. It’s a 9.5 mile course with two 180 degree turnarounds. For more information, click here.

ILL Kanza – Ready for another gravel adventure? Head to Kansas, Illinois next Saturday. You can choose from ride distances of 22 to 72 miles of gravel, rolling hills and scenic wooded areas. For more information, click here.

Half Acre’s CX Eliminator – Held at Big Marsh Bike Park, this race begins with a non-elimination race for each group, which sets up the seeding for rounds of elimination heats. For more information, click here.

Apple Cider Century – Head out to Three Oaks, Michigan next Sunday for one of the Midwest’s largest cycling events. There are seven ride routes between 15 and 100 miles, with opportunities to add on or shorten along the way. Upon completion of the event, enjoy apple cider and a pasta dinner. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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One Day One Hundred Bikes

It’s another action packed weekend for cyclists in Chicago. Whether you want to race, do some exploring or just get in a few miles, there’s a limitless supply. The weather is perfect so there are no excuses. Get out and have fun!

Events:

One Day One Hundred Bikes – Join in this weekend celebration and fundraiser for the World Bicycle Relief, which provides bicycles to people in third world countries and dramatically improves their lives. Friday and Saturday include viewing the “Filmed by Bike” movie. Saturday will also include several options for group rides and a spin challenge. For more information, click here.

Birds Bikes and Beer – If you’re looking for a low-key event that brings together lots of outdoor activities, head to the Big Marsh tomorrow. There’ll be birding and nature explorations with Great Lakes Audubon Society and Ornithological Society. Plus they’ll have BMX demos, free mountain bike rentals and clinics. The event is from 2-6pm. For more information, click here.

Women’s 100K Rapha Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this all-women ride on Saturday. It brings together women of the cycling community around the world. It’s a great event and it’s a no-drop ride. For more information or to register, click here.

Sven-Nado! A Cyclocross Clinics – Want to sharpen your cyclocross skills? This is your chance to learn from two world champions who just happen to both have the name Sven. The clinics are Saturday and Sunday at Caldwell Woods. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Event #2 – Head to Caldwell Woods for week 2 of Chicago’s cross series. Back in the day, this Chicago Park had toboggan slides on the park hills. The slides are long-gone, but the hills are still there to provide a change in elevation. Whether hills or single track, this is a fun but challenging course. For more information, click here.

Patriot Cross – If you’re looking for a smaller venue for racing cross, then head to Rantoul. This event includes the usual categories as well as a relay race and a fat bike category. For more information, click here.

Amish Country Tour – This cycling tour offers up three routes in Illinois’ Amish country. Choose from 20, 42, or 60 mile routes where you can take a step back in time and visit Amish owned country stores and shops. For more information, click here.

Northshore Century –In its 34th year, the Northshore Century offers up scenic and well guided routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. The ride begins in Evanston and heads north along Lake Michigan and then just to the west, depending on the route. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Fall Fling – This event is made up of four events over two weekends. The first weekend offers up a criterium on Saturday and a time trial on Sunday. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup Clinics- This event offers up two cross clinics on Friday. on Friday. There’ll be one for junior girls and another for all riders. You’ll learn tips from world renowned cyclocross racer, Katie Compton. For more information, click here.

Trek CX Cup – World Cup cyclocross racing returns to the Waterloo, Wisconsin! There’ll be UCI races on Friday and Sunday, with the World Cup event on Sunday. There’ll also be category and age group racing throughout the weekend. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Transition Weekend

It’s a transition weekend of cycling where those still wanting to hold onto summer and the road season have a few rides options. For those ready for fall and the cross season, Chicago’s main series kicks off with a trip to corn country. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it with this weekend’s options. Get out and have fun!

Events:

Team Time Trial – Grab three of your favorite training partners and get ready for this annual four-person team event. You’ll achieve a new level of intensity as you work together to cover the distance. The race begins in Harvard and is 21.6 miles/34.7km. For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium – The road season continues with this challenging and somewhat technical course. The race is part of a neighborhood festival, so race and then plan to stick around for a little fun and food. For more information, click here.

Harmon Hundred – This season favorite offers up non-competitive ride routes of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles. The ride begins in Wilmot, Wisconsin and heads out on well-marked, scenic and challenging roads. If you’re looking for some late season miles, this is a great event. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Event #1 –The series kicks off with a trip to Dekalb’s Hopkins Park. It’s a great location for varied terrain, including some single track. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s 100K Rapha Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this all-women ride next Saturday. It brings together women of the cycling community around the world. It’s a great event and it’s a no-drop ride. For more information or to register, click here.

Sven-Nado! A Cyclo-cross Clinics – Want to sharpen your cyclo-cross skills? This is your chance to learn from two world champions who just happen to both have the name Sven. The clinics are Saturday and Sunday at Caldwell Woods. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Event #2 – Head to Caldwell Woods for week 2 of Chicago’s cross series. This Chicago park, where back in the day had toboggan slides on the park hills. The slides are long-gone, but the hills are still there to provide a change in elevation. Whether hills or single track, this is a fun but challenging course. For more information, click here.

Patriot Cross – If you’re looking for a smaller venue for racing cross, then head to Rantoul. This event includes the usual categories as well as a relay race and a fat bike category. For more information, click here.

Amish Country Tour – This cycling tour offers up three routes in Illinois’ Amish country. Choose from 20, 42, or 60 mile routes where you can take a step back in time and visit Amish owned country stores and shops. For more information, click here.

Northshore Century –In its 34th year, the Northshore Century offers up scenic and well guided routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. The ride begins in Evanston and heads north along Lake Michigan and then just to the west, depending on the route. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but the heat continues on the racing circuit! You’ll have to head a few hours south to get in on some intense criterium action, but locally you can choose from the roads to the trails. Check the listings below for ride options.

Events:

Gateway Cup – There’ll be some serious racing this weekend in St Louis. The racing begins today and continues through Monday. First up is the Tour de Lafayette which is a flat four corner crit. As the series continues, the courses get more technical and Sunday’s course has a bit of elevation with the Giro Della Montagna. For information on all the events, click here.

WoMo Ride – September’s edition of the women’s ride will be led by the Comrade Cycles women’s team. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30AM, with a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8AM. The group will head north to Highland Park and stop for refreshments. This is a no-drop ride and riders of all levels are encouraged to participate. For more 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, making it technical and challenging, especially for a time trial. For more information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days #4 – This is the final event in this series for the summer. The event will be held on Saturday at Silver Lake Park in Salem Wisconsin. Spend a day on the trails with this inclusive and encouraging group of ladies. For more information, click here.

Women’s Training Ride – In preparation for the Rapha 100, join in this training ride which will head to Willow Springs. It’ll be a 55 mile adventure and will help you get you set for the main event on September 15th. For more information or to register, click here.

Track Cycling:

Season Finale & Barbeque – We say goodbye to a great track cycling season with next week’s races and barbeque. It’s always a lighthearted night with a few fun events like the track stand contest. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Team Time Trial – Grab three of your favorite training partners and get ready for this annual four-person team event. You’ll achieve a new level of intensity as you work together to cover the distance. The race begins in Harvard and is 21.6 miles/34.7km. For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium – The road season continues with this challenging and somewhat technical course. The race is part of a neighborhood festival, so race and then plan to stick around for a little fun and food. For more information, click here.

Harmon Hundred – This season favorite offers up non-competitive ride routes of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles. The ride begins in Wilmot, Wisconsin and heads out on well-marked, scenic and challenging roads. If you’re looking for some late season miles, this is a great event. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Event #1 –The series kicks off with a trip to Dekalb’s Hopkins Park. It’s a great location for varied terrain, including some single track. For more information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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