Women’s Midwest Road Race

Womens Midwest RR

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

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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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Palos Meltdown

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The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Olympics are this evening and the competition we’ve been waiting for will finally take place! Although there are many sports we’ll all enjoy, we might focus just a little more on cycling. The Road events will take place on August 6, 7 and 10. Track racing will take place on August 11, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Mountain Biking will take place on August 17, 18 and 19. Get ready to cheer on your favorite athletes! There are several ways to view all the events, for a helpful guide, click here.

There may be a lot of action in Brazil, but there’s still plenty to do in your own back yard. Check below for a listing of local events.

Events:

Couri Insurance Omnium – Here’s one more stage race to add to your calendar. It’s located just west of Milwaukee, so it’s not too far to travel. There are four stages in three days. Events include two time trials and two circuit races. For race information, click, here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #4 – It’s the super-charged Dirt Day event at Palos this Saturday. In conjunction with the Palos Meltdown festival, there’ll be a bike demo, so you can try out the latest and greatest machines. There’ll also be a CAMBr skills clinic, which will be great to improve your technical abilities. And, there will be riding with a great group of ladies on the trails. It’ll be a super-fun day, so don’t miss out! For information on the event, click here.

Mass Ave Criterium – Looking to keep rolling with the thrill of fast criterium racing? Head to Indy for this downtown race, which is building up to be an event not to miss. For race information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – Attention all mountain bikers. Take part in the 10th annual mountain bike race at Palos. It’s a short drive from the city and it features some great flowy and technical terrain. For race information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K TT – If you’re looking for a fast time trial course, this is for you. It’s flat and fast, with only two sweeping corners. For race information, click here.

Track Racing:

Masters Nationals – Masters track cyclists from around the country are headed to Indianapolis to race in this year’s track nationals. The events begin on Tuesday and run through Sunday. For a full list of events, click here.

Coming Up:

Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Looking to earn a jersey for the race of truths? The championship event is in Paw Paw next 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.

Have a great weekend!

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New Glarus Road Race

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Last Sunday brought the conclusion of the Intelligentsia Cup series, so for many, this week brought a little rest and maybe even a bit of emptiness. One thing ends and something new begins. For track cycling fans, the junior and elite nationals have been in full swing in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. We have a few riders representing Chicago, and doing so quite well! Click here to catch all the details. Closer to home there’s still plenty of racing and riding. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Great Egyptian Omnium – Head down to southern Illinois for another chance to compete in a multi-stage series. Racing begins on Saturday, July 30 and includes a time trial, road race and criterium. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Road Race –This road race was just added to the schedule and it’s a new course. What’s not new is riding in this area of Wisconsin. If you’re looking for hills and great scenery, this should be a fabulous course. When you’re finished, you can hang out and enjoy a good New Glarus beer. For race information, click here.

Grand Fondo Hundo – Looking to get in some fun miles without the stress of competition? Head out to this Grand Fondo for a metric century which will go from Wilmette to Kenosha. It’s a fully supported ride with perks along the way. For more information, click here.

Track Racing:

Sprinters Dream Omnium – This is the third and final event of this sprinters series and it’ll be held on Saturday, July 30. Events will include the flying 200, match sprints, Belgian Win and Out and a scratch race. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Couri Insurance Omnium – Here’s one more stage race to add to your calendar. It’s located just west of Milwaukee, so it’s not too far to travel. There are four stages in three days. Events include two time trials and two circuit races. For race information, click, here.

Palos Meltdown – Attention all mountain bikers. Take part in the 10th annual mountain bike race at Palos. It’s a short drive from the city and it features some great flowy and technical terrain. For race information, click here.

Brian Akers 19K TT – If you’re looking for a fast time trial course, this is for you. It’s flat and fast, with only two sweeping corners. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Intelligentsia Cup Continues

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While the men wrap up the last few days of an exciting 2016 Tour de France, the professional women’s field is preparing for La Course by le Tour de France. The women’s race will be held along the Champs Elysees in Paris, hours before the men arrive on Sunday. It’s a great time for cycling and for women in our sport. Cheer on your favorite rider and make sure to take part in your own success on the bike. Check below for local cycling options!

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup Continues – The racing picked up on Wednesday with a tough course in West Dundee, a fast flat course on the south side of Chicago. Today and tomorrow will be more technical in nature, but have a hometown feel in Elmhurst and Lake Bluff. The series will wrap up in the west loop with the Goose Island Grand Prix, which should be fast but not too technical. It’s not too late to take part in all the fun. For event details, click here.

Tour of Bloomington – That’s Bloomington, Indiana, the location where the famous cycling film, “Breaking Away” was filmed! Be part of this three stage omnium series, which includes a time trial, criterium and road race. The event begins today, Friday, July 22. For more information, click here.

Venus de Miles Women’s Ride – Take part in this all-women’s event which includes a 60 or 25 mile ride, or a 5K run. There’s always a great post ride party with lots of pampering perks! The event raises money for the Greenhouse Scholars. For more information, click here.

Track Racing:

Sprinters Dream Omnium – This is the third and final event of this sprinters series and it’ll be held on Saturday, July 30. Events will include flying 200, match sprints, Belgian Win and Out and a scratch race. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Great Egyptian Omnium – Head down to southern Illinois for another chance to compete in a multi-stage series. Racing begins on Saturday, July 30 and includes a time trial, road race and criterium. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Road Race –This road race was just added to the schedule and it’s a new course. What’s not new is riding in this area of Wisconsin. If you’re looking for hills and great scenery, this should be a fabulous course. When you’re finished, you can hang out and enjoy a good New Glarus beer. For race information, click here.

Grand Fondo Hundo – Looking to get in some fun miles without the stress of competition? Head out to this Grand Fondo for a metric century which will go from Wilmette to Kenosha. It’s a fully supported ride with perks along the way. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Rapha Women’s 100

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This weekend has many options for riders. If you’re looking for fast technical courses with lots of competition, head out to the Intelligentsia Cup series. If you’re looking to solo your efforts, then go for the time trial. Master’s track racers have a full schedule of events in the Illinois State track championships. And, finally, for those looking to get out and get some miles in with a great women’s group, there is the Rapha Women’s 100. It’s going to be beautiful this weekend, so don’t miss out on all your summer cycling options.

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup –The Intelligentsia Cup race series kicks off this evening with the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. There’ll be eight races in ten days, spread across the city and suburbs with some exciting and challenging courses. There are also additional women’s fields, which is a real bonus for those wanting a group in which they can be competitive. For series information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100 Chicago – Be part of this special women’s event that spans across the globe! In Chicago, we’ll be departing from Heritage Bicycles on Sunday, July 17th. The group will head out on a 102K ride which will include stops for treats! For those looking for a few more miles, a group will continue on to complete a 157K loop. For more information, click here.

Dr. Craig Schultz Memorial Time Trial – The ABR Regional time trial championship is Sunday, July 17 in Cordova, Illinois. Juniors will compete in a 20K race, all others will compete in the in the 40K distance. It’s a super flat and out and back, L-shaped course, which is great for power and speed! For more information, click here.

Track Racing:

Illinois State Masters Track Championships – The Illinois State Master’s track championships are this Saturday, July 16 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. Events will include all timed, team and sprint events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Intelligentsia Cup Continues – There’s a short break in the racing after Sunday, but things pick up again on Wednesday with the West Dundee River Challenge. The racing continues through next Sunday with the Goose Island Grand Prix for the finale. Lots of fun and good competition ahead. For details, click here.

Tour of Bloomington – That’s Bloomington, Indiana, the location where the famous cycling film, “Breaking Away” was filmed! Be part of this three stage omnium series, which includes a time trial, criterium and road race. The event begins next Friday, July 22. For more information, click here.

Venus de Miles Women’s Ride – Take part in this all-women’s event which includes a 60 or 25 mile ride, or a 5K run. There’s always a great post ride party with lots of pampering perks! The event raises money for the Greenhouse Scholars. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Teamwork in Cycling

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It’s often said that you can accomplish more as a team than as an individual. Not only can you accomplish more, but you can have more fun as well. This weekend’s events are all about teamwork. The teamwork required to bring together women to share the joy of riding off-road with Dirt Days. The group efforts of bringing a large group of ladies to build the race at the Winfield Criterium. And, the pinnacle of teamwork is the effort required to pull off a good time at Sunday’s 2-person team time trial. Whatever your plans, bring a friend and enjoy a great cycling experience.

 

Events:

Women’s Dirt Days #3 – The group is headed back to the Kettle for the third event in this mountain bike series. There’s a mountain bike clinic in conjunction with this dirt day, so be sure to click on the link for details and to sign up in advance to be sure you have a slot. Don’t miss out on all the fun a day on the trails can bring! For more information, click here.

Winfield Criterium – This is a great local race which features climbing and descending through a neighborhood in the western suburbs. It’s a fun and challenging course and there are multiple fields for women, including age group divisions. For race information, click here.

Indy Criterium – There’s always a thrill to ride or race your bike in areas usually off-limits to bikes. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to race your bike around downtown Indianapolis, this is your chance! There’s also eight thousand dollars in prizes and payouts, so come out and test your abilities at Indiana’s largest criterium. For race information, click here.

Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50K 2-Person Time Trial – It’s all about teamwork in this event. Stay sheltered and protected in the draft or pull hard, working together to get the fastest time possible for your team! It’s a tough race, but so much fun to share the effort with a friend. This year they’ve added a mixed gender category, so there’s plenty of options as far as partners are concerned! For race information, click here.

Track Racing:

Illinois State Masters Track Championships – The Illinois State Master’s track championships are next Saturday, July 16 at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. Events will include all timed, team and sprint events. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Intelligentsia Cup – Ready, set, Go! The Intelligentsia Cup race series begins next Friday, July 15th with the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic. There’ll be eight races in ten days, spread across the city and suburbs. There are also additional women’s fields, which is a real bonus for those wanting a group in which they can be competitive. For series information, click here.

Rapha Women’s 100 Chicago – Be part of this special women’s event that spans across the globe! In Chicago, we’ll be departing from Heritage Bicycles on Sunday, July 17th. The group will head out on a 102K ride which will include stops for treats! For those looking for a few more miles, a group will continue on to complete a 157K loop. For more information, click here.

Dr. Craig Schultz Memorial Time Trial – The ABR Regional time trial championship is Sunday, July 17 in Cordova, Illinois. Juniors will compete in a 20K race, all others will compete in the in the 40K distance. It’s a super flat and out and back, L-shaped course, which is great for power and speed! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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