Chicago’s Winter Bike to Work Rally

Winter has arrived and for those looking to have some fat-tire fun, things are looking good. The temperatures are still moderate so heading outside will be pleasant. Whether you stay inside to train or head outside, there’s plenty to do this weekend. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Winter Bike Rally – Join your fellow bike commuters at this annual rally in Daley Plaza tomorrow (Friday) morning from 7 till 9am. There’ll be treats from Dark Matter Coffee and Eli’s Cheesecake to give your morning a big boost. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Race #4 – This event will be held at Renger Park Beach in West Bend, Wisconsin. The course offers up varied terrain including single track and open fields. Get your fat bike fix! For more information, click here.

DIY Balaclava & Gaiter Making Party – Drop in at this event and get tips and encouragement for riding through the winter months. They’ll have a workshop where you can learn how to make your own cold weather gear. The event will be held at the Bucktown/Wicker Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. For more information, click here.

Frosty Hog Fat Tire Relay Race – Partner-up for some fat tire racing fun this Sunday. The race will be held in Humboldt Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s a low-key race with plenty of goodies for participants. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Slip N Ride Relay – This relay race takes on an interesting twist by adding a sledding element to the mix. Pair up with two of your buddies and head out to Silver Lake Park in Salem Wisconsin. For more information here.

Have a great weekend!

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Bike Swap

We’ve got a mixed bag of weather conditions forecasted for this weekend, but no worries, there’s plenty of exciting events to keep you busy inside or out. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Atwood Fat Bike Race #3 – This Saturday head to Rockford’s Atwood Park Center for a day full of fat tire racing. You’ll race over the Phase I trails with categories from beginner to advanced. For more information, click here.

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap – If you’re looking for a good deal or the opportunity to clear space for more cycling gear, then you’ll want to head to Madison on Saturday. Arrive early for the first pick and stay late for the best deals. Whatever your strategy, it’s worth a trip. The event will be held at the Alliant Energy Center. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series Event #1 – Looking for some friendly competition or to test your fitness level? Take part in this series of indoor time trials located at Winfield Central School in Winfield. All three indoor races feature a 10K rolling course so make plans to do the set and see how much you improve. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series

We’re still experiencing some incredible weather for this time of the year. This weekend the forecasted precipitation is dwindling, so outdoor riding options are increasing. Head out on the road or trails and have some fun. See the list below for options in our area.

Events:

Hugh Jass Race #3 – This Saturday head to the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for the third race in this fat bike series. The race is included in the park’s Fatter by the Lake weekend retreat, so there’s a full schedule of fun on and off the bike. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Atwood Fat Bike Race #3 – Next Saturday head to Rockford’s Atwood Park Center for a day full of fat tire racing. You’ll race over the Phase I trails with categories from beginner to advanced. For more information, click here.

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap – If you’re looking for a good deal or the opportunity to clear space for more cycling gear, then you’ll want to head to Madison next Saturday. Arrive early for the first pick and stay late for the best deals. Whatever your strategy, it’s worth a trip. The event will be held at the Alliant Energy Center. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Goal Setting Season

In a flash 2019 will come to a close and we’ll welcome in the new year. Time to reflect on our accomplishments and set new goals for the upcoming season. We’ve been blessed with some spectacular weather, so take advantage of this opportunity and get outside and ride and get a jump-start on your upcoming season.

Events:

Festive 500 – Ride 500 hundred kilometers in the eight days between Christmas and New Year’s. it’s a great way to stay focused on your goals and stay away from all the holiday treats! Ride on your own and track your progress, or join the group heading out of the Chicago Rapha Clubhouse. For more information, click here.

In an effort to elevate women’s cycling, Rapha is conducting a survey to understand why we ride. If you have a moment, participate in the survey by clicking on this link.

Bikes to Beer – This edition of Bikes to Beer will be heading to the Whiner Beer Company in the Historic Back of the Yards neighborhood. The ride will depart from BFF Bikes at 1pm on Sunday. It’s a 20-mile loop at a casual 13 to 15 mph pace. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

Coming Up:

Hugh Jass Race #3 – Next weekend, head to the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for the third race in this fat bike series. The race is included in the park’s Fatter by the Lake weekend retreat, so there’s a full schedule of fun on and off the bike. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!

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Festive 500

This will be a quiet weekend with the upcoming holiday. There are no races in the area, but with the fantastic weather forecast, it would be a crime not to ride. Head out on the road or trails and escape some of the hectic holiday scene.

Coming Up:

Festive 500 – Ride 500 hundred kilometers in the eight days between Christmas and New Year’s. it’s a great way to stay focused on your goals and stay away from all the holiday treats! Ride on your own and track your progress, or join the group heading out of the Chicago Rapha Clubhouse. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – This edition of Bikes to Beer will be heading to the Whiner Beer Company in the Historic Back of the Yards neighborhood. The ride will depart from BFF Bikes at 1pm on Sunday, December 29. It’s a 20-mile loop at a casual 13 to 15 mph pace. For more information or to rsvp, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Afterglow – A Bike Race

It’s a big weekend for bike racing with events happening close to home and out west, the 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships are in full swing. If you’re staying local, there are race options both days. If a good ride is what you’re looking for, head out on the road or trails. The air will be crisp, but with proper layering, you can enjoy a great ride. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:
Furrow Euro CX 2019 – Head out to El Paso for a family-friendly event at Furrow Farm. The course includes hills, creek crossings and other farm fun obstacles. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Race #2 – Get your fat on and head to the Trek headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin for the second event in this series. The course has been used for cyclocross races, but the obstacles will take on a new twist when riding a fat bike. For more information, click here.

Afterglow – A Cyclocross Race – This weekend’s race will be held in Douglas park on the south side of the city. It’s one of Chicago’s historic parks and It’s a real gem. That course offers up a 1.5-mile loop that’ll challenge the heartiest of racers. Proceeds from the event benefit West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:
With the holidays coming up soon, there is a short break in cycling events.

Have a great weekend!

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Midwest Regional CX Championships

It’s a no excuse weekend in Chicagoland with crisp fall weather temps, perfect for getting out and riding. There are races each day, offering up two very different experiences. If you’re not interested in racing, then get on the road or trails and just put in some quality miles.

Events:

Atwood Fat Bike Race #2 – Head to Rockford’s Atwood Park for a fun day of racing on the Phase I trails. There are beginner and expert level categories, with great competition for all levels. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #11 – The final event in this series is also the Midwest Regional Championships. The course is located at Montrose and the lakefront, a location which has hosted many state championships. Highlights of this course are cricket hill, a few off-camber sections and the ever-changing sand along the lakefront. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Furrow Euro CX 2019 – Head out to El Paso for a family-friendly event at Furrow Farm. The course includes hills, creek crossings and other farm fun obstacles. For more information, click here.

Afterglow – A Cyclocross Race – Next weekend’s race will be held in Douglas park on the south side of the city. It’s one of Chicago’s historic parks and It’s a real gem. The course offers up a 1.5-mile loop that’ll challenge the heartiest of racers. Proceeds from the event benefit West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

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