Gravel Grinders Weekend

We’re in for a wet weekend around here, but there are many hearty souls that’ll brave the elements for an exciting challenge. This weekend has two gravel events; one local and on not-so-far away. You can bet no matter what the weather, they’ll be well attended. We have a full schedule of rides and races. Check below for details.

Events:

Chicago Women’s Monthly Ride (WOMO Ride) – Meet and ride with women of Chicago! The first of this monthly series is this Saturday. The ride will depart from Wicker Park and head north to Highland Park. There’ll be a no-drop option as well as a faster, more spirited ride. Due to the predicted weather, the ride may be postponed until Sunday. Check the Facebook page for updates. For event details, click here.

Barry Roubaix – This Saturday, many local riders will be getting their gravel grind on in Michigan in this early season challenge. The race offers 22, 36 and 62 mile courses, with categories across the board, including open, age group, single speed and tandem. For event information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criterium Series – It’s the third and final weekend for this pre-season series in Kenosha. One more chance to get in a good workout and test your fitness before the official season begins. For more information, click here.

Pastry-Brest- Pastry – Do you think riding your bike, eating doughnuts, and having a beer sounds fun? The organizers of this gravel ride in North Aurora do! Take part in this 60 mile journey, where 60% of the riding surface is unpaved. Get out, have some fun and get some miles under your belt before the season gets going. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Cycling Indoor TT Series – It’s time for the indoor races to head outside. This race is the final in this time trial series. It’s a ten mile course, which departs from Maple Park. For race information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Series – Looking for some early season criterium action, then head to Madison, Wisconsin on April 2 and April 8. The course is located in an industrial park, which isn’t too technical and great for this time of the year. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Calling all beginner racers to the line for this annual pre-season criterium training series. It’s four consecutive days of racing, giving you the chance test what works best for you in racing situations. The series runs from April 3 through 6 at Calumet Park. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.
Have a great weekend!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Looks like this holiday has shed a little luck on Chicago with a terrific turnaround in the weather department. We had almost blizzard-like conditions on Monday, but today it all seems to be melting away and the prospect of outdoor fun this weekend is looking bright! There are so many options for riding events this weekend and the momentum keeps building. Check the listings below for outdoor opportunities.

Events:

Braver Than The Elements Ride – The weather doesn’t seem to cooperate for Chicago’s Braver than the Elements rides. The recent snowfall has left the initial route for this spring ride a bit sketchy, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. The new route will head north to Northbrook and back, with a loop around the velodrome just for fun. Before heading out, there’ll be treats from the Spoke & Bird restaurant and Big Star tacos for the post ride. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer Ride #1 – Looking for a recreational ride with a twist? Join BFF Bikes as they head to local breweries each month. This Saturday they’ll head to Pipeworks Brewery for a tour. For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join the Wheeling Wheelmen in this annual spring event. You can choose from either 16, 20 or 36 mile loops, all starting from the Wauconda High School. The post ride celebration will include entertainment from the Acoustic Soul Generations band. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Criterium Series – It’s the second weekend for this trilogy of races in Kenosha. This Sunday’s weather is certainly much more pleasant than last week, so if you’re on the fence, the temps should give you a bit of a push to get out there! For more information, click here.
Coming Up:

Pastry-Brest- Pastry – Do you think riding your bike, eating doughnuts, and having a beer sounds fun? The organizers of this gravel ride in North Aurora do! Take part in this 60 mile journey, where 60% of the riding surface is unpaved. Get out, have some fun and get some miles under your belt before the season gets going. For more information, click here.

Barry Roubaix – Next weekend many local riders will be heading to Michigan for this spring gravel fest. There are 22, 36 and 62 mile courses, with categories across the board, including open, age group, single speed and tandem. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Skyway Classic Criterium Series – Calling all beginner riders to the line for this annual pre-season criterium training series. It’s four consecutive days of racing, giving you the chance test what works best for you in racing situations. The series runs from April 3-6 at Calumet Park. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.
Have a great weekend!

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Time Change Weekend

We’re jumping ahead with the time change this weekend and our first outdoor pre-season race. There’ll be a chill in the air, but the thrill of racing outside will keep you warm. Get ready to roll, the cycling season is upon us. Check the listings below for local options.

Events:

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 first event in this series is this Sunday, and continue the next two Sunday’s. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Braver Than The Elements Ride – The weather didn’t cooperate for the Chicago edition of this a few months ago, but we’re on for a spring version next Saturday. The ride will be an out and back loop to Batavia with treats from the Spoke & Bird restaurant before and Big Star tacos for the post ride. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer Ride #1 – Looking for a recreational ride with a twist? Join BFF Bikes as they head to local breweries each month. This month they’ll head to Pipeworks Brewery for a tour. For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join the Wheeling Wheelmen in this annual spring event. You can choose from either 16, 20 or 36 mile loops, all starting from the Wauconda High School. The post ride celebration will include entertainment from the Acoustic Soul Generations band. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – Event #4. This is the final indoor event in this series, with the final race being held outside in April. This week’s the race is back to the 10K rolling hills course. For race information or to register, click here.

Plan Ahead:

HAC Women-Trans Gender Neutral Beginner Clinic – Are you interested in racing your bike, but want to cut out some of the learning curve? Make plans to attend this beginner clinic on March 12. They’ll cover a variety of topics including race strategy, cycling gear and more. For more information or to register, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. For event details, click here.
Have a great weekend!

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International Women’s Day

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#BeBoldforChange. That’s the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, which is this Wednesday, March 8. This movement promotes women in social, economic, cultural and political achievement. I believe the sport of cycling helps women to be empowered in sport and in life. Set your goals and keep moving forward!

If you have big goals for the upcoming season and want to not only gain fitness, but race strategy as well, watch as many of the Spring Classics as possible. You’ll see team tactics unfold. You can watch riders manage their energy; conserving until key moments in the race. Last week’s main event was the Omloop Het Nieusblad and this weekend will be the Strade Bianche. Most of the spring cycling classics can be live-streamed and the bigger races may be covered by your cable provider. Check them out!

Events:

International Women’s Day Ride – There will be a lunchtime ride in celebration International Women’s Day. If you can spare a few minutes this Wednesday, meet up with the Rowdy Tuff Girls on the Lakefront path, just behind the Shedd Aquarium at 12:15PM. For ride details, click here.

Coming Up:

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.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – Event #4. This is the final indoor event in this series, with the final race being held outside in April. This week’s the race is back to the 10K rolling hills course. For race information or to register, click here.

Plan Ahead:

HAC Women-Trans Gender Neutral Beginner Clinic – Are you interested in racing your bike, but want to cut out some of the learning curve? Make plans to attend this beginner clinic on March 12. They’ll cover a variety of topics including race strategy, cycling gear and more. For more information or to register, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. More details to follow, but be sure to put the date on your calendar.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicago Bike Winter Art Show

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We’ve got a mixed bag of weather this weekend, so the hearty will still get their training in outdoors, but it’s nearly March and spending a few more hours on the trainer isn’t so bad for the rest of us. There’s plenty of indoor cycling activities to take part in this weekend, including an art show. Whatever you do, enjoy the journey on your bike and get ready because spring is right around the corner.

Events:

Chicago Bike Winter Art Show – The 20th annual art show is this Friday and Saturday at Convert Loft on Lincoln Avenue. Mix and mingle with fellow cyclists while enjoying cycling-specific artwork. For more information, click here.

UCI World Cup Track Cycling – World Cup track cycling is here! This Friday through Sunday, the Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles will be host to this UCI event which will feature all the crowd favorites, including the Keirin, the Madison and the Team Pursuit, among others. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

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.

Plan Ahead:

HAC Women-Trans Gender Neutral Beginner Clinic – Are you interested in racing your bike, but want to cut out some of the learning curve? Make plans to attend this beginner clinic on March 12. They’ll cover a variety of topics including race strategy, cycling gear and more. For more information or to register, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike or ride on a velodrome? Attend this beginner women’s clinic on April 22 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and learn everything from the basics to trying your hand at some race strategy. It’s all in a low-key environment to help you overcome any fears or just get an understanding without feeling pressured. More details to follow, but be sure to put the date on your calendar.

 

Have a great weekend.

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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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