Memorial Day Weekend

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This weekend is the unofficial start of summer and Chicago always kicks off the summer cycling season with Bike the Drive. The ride is open to all cyclists and it’s one of only times you can enjoy a ride on Chicago’s beautiful Lakeshore Drive. There’s still time to register to be part of this non-competitive event. For detail, click here. For information on all other cycling events, see below. WELCOME SUMMER!!

Events:

Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Races –If you’re from the Midwest and you’re a bike racer, this holiday weekend series is a must! There are four days of racing, beginning with a road race on Friday. Saturday is the famed Snake Alley Criterium, where racers climb the very crooked, steep, brick road lap after lap. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium, which is known for the speed bump at the bottom of the descent. Finally the Quad Cities Criterium is on Monday, which is flat and fast. For series information, click here.

Master’s Memorial Day Weekend Omnium – If you plan on staying close to home for the holiday weekend, and you are eligible to race in the master’s category, then plan to race in this series. The 3 day event is held at the Oak Wood Business Park in Wood Dale. Each day is a separate course, with the degree of difficulty building each day. For race details, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – Take advantage of this road race that’s relatively close to home. It’s an 8.1 mile loop with one main hill to contend with that even non-climbers can feel confident about. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Midwest Cycling Challenge – Next weekend head out to Indianapolis for a weekend of serious track cycling. Racers from around the country come out to compete in this two day event which features mass start and timed events. For race information, click here.

Coming up:

Women’s Dirt Days #2 – No matter if you’re a seasoned mountain bike rider or new to off-road adventures, the women’s dirt days are great. Event #2 will be held at Palos, so it’s close to home and the trails offer everything from the very technical to fun and flowy. For event details, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This race brings out an entire community to enjoy a full day of racing and family fun. For racers, the course is fast and technical. After racing there’s music, food and all kinds of fun. For race information, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This race course twists and turns through neighborhood streets and skirts along the Kankakee River to finish. It’s a scenic, yet technical race and well worth the short drive. For race information, click here.

Bong and a Half – This is the second race of this time trial series, this time covering a lap and a half of the loop. It’s all right turns with a few rollers. For race information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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Sprinters Dream Omnium

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The weather looks promising for this weekend, which is a welcome comfort after the last few weeks of cold, wind and rain. Don’t waste a perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. The racing schedule is filling up, so don’t miss out on all the fun. Check the listings below for several riding options ahead.

Events:

Fat & Skinny Tire Fest – This Indiana road omnium series is has some surprises in store for each stage. Friday’s time trial is Eddy Merckx style, so no aero equipment allowed. Saturday’s road race is an 8.8 mile loop with fast turns and some good climbs. Finally, Sunday’s criterium is flat and on a particularly short .55 mile oval loop, which should be fast and furious. For information on the series, click here.

LAPT/Trek Road Race – Most road races have a nasty climb to shake up the field, but this course is a little more forgiving as far as climbing is concerned. The course loop is just shy of 7 miles and has a maximum 4 percent grade. If you’re a little intimidated by climbing, but want to do a few road races, this may be a great place to start. For race information, click here.

Sanders Park Criterium – Just over the border in Racine, Wisconsin, this 1.2 mile loop has gently rolling hills, but no real corners. For race information, click here.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Dream Omnium – Calling all sprinters! Come out to the Ed Rudolph Velodrome tomorrow, Saturday May 21 for a day of sprinting competition. The event is a great place to practice and hone your sprinting tactics. For more information on the event, click here.

Coming up:

Quad Cities Memorial Day Weekend Races –If you’re from the Midwest and you’re a bike racer, this holiday weekend series is a must! There are four days of racing, beginning with a road race on Friday. Saturday is the famed Snake Alley Criterium where racers climb the very crooked, steep, brick road lap after lap. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium, which is known for the speed bump at the bottom of the descent. Finally the Quad Cities Criterium is on Monday, which is flat and fast. For series information, click here.

Master’s Memorial Day Weekend Omnium – If you plan on staying close to home for the holiday weekend, and you are eligible to race in the master’s category, then plan to race in this series. The 3 day event is held at the Oak Wood Business Park in Wood Dale. Each day is a separate course, with the degree of difficulty building each day. For race details, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Don’t get too wrapped up in the holiday weekend and forget to plan ahead for the following weekend. We have two great local races coming up, so be sure to pre-register!

First up is the Glencoe Grand Prix, which is a fast and technical course. There’s all kinds of activities in conjunction with the race, so it’s an all-around great event. For race information, click here. Day two of this post-holiday weekend is the Cobb Park Criterium, and it’s another course known for its technical aspects. It’s a short drive south to Kankakee and the race will not disappoint. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Fox River Omnium

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Fox River Grove is known for its Ski jump, but bike racers associate this town with climbing. If you’re headed out to race in the Fox River series, each day you’ll be met with a hill, with the real climbing happening on Sunday. If you choose another cycling option this weekend, there’s still plenty to do and no rain in the forecast. Get out and enjoy!

Events:

CWEC Clinic #6 Cycling Strategy – In bike racing, being the strongest rider doesn’t mean you’re the guaranteed winner. Bike races are like chess matches and there’s lots of strategy that goes into a win – that’s what makes them so fun! Join the CWEC and Paul Swinand for a presentation on racing tactics at the Elgin race on Saturday. For more information, click here.

Fox River Omnium – This two day series includes Saturday’s Elgin Cycling Classic. This race is known for a somewhat technical descent/climb combo, which, if mastered, can be the key a successful finish. Sunday is the Fox River Grove Criterium. This race is for the mountain goats, as it has a significant climb followed by a twisty descent. For event details, click here.

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another multi-day racing event! This one includes two short, but challenging time trials and two criteriums, over 3 days. If you’re looking to improve your abilities as an all-around rider, this series will certainly help. For race information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Sprinters Dream Omnium – Calling all sprinters! Come out to the Ed Rudolph Velodrome on Saturday, May 21 for a day of sprinting competition. You’ll be matched up against competitors based on your flying 200 time and then it’s all about tactics and going fast. For more information on the event, click here.

Coming up:

Fat & Skinny Tire Fest – This Indiana road omnium series is has some surprises in store for each stage. Friday’s time trial is Eddy Merckx style, so no aero equipment allowed. Saturday’s road race is an 8.8 mile loop with fast turns and some good climbs. Finally, Sunday’s criterium is flat and on a particularly short .55 mile oval loop, which should be fast and furious. For information on the series, click here.

LAPT/Trek Road Race – Most road races have a nasty climb to shake up the field, but this course is a little more forgiving as far as climbing is concerned. The course loop is just shy of 7 miles and has a maximum 4 percent grade. If you’re a little intimidated by climbing, but want to do a few road races, this may be a great place to start. For race information, click here.

Sanders Park Criterium – Just over the border in Racine, Wisconsin, this 1.2 mile loop has gently rolling hills, but no real corners. For race information, click here.

Kankakee 20K Time Trial – This out and back course covers mostly flat country roads, with the biggest climb coming at an overpass. It’s a great course for hammering out a strong effort. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Monsters of the Midway (MoM)

View looking directly east toward the lake from just west of Cottage Grove, from the University of Chicago architectural guidebook titled Building Ideas, published summer of 2013. (Photo by Tom Rossiter)

We’ll have sunshine and 60 degree temps throughout the weekend and that’s just what we need to make the best of this Mother’s Day weekend. Wishing all moms a very happy Mother’s Day and may your weekend include adventures on your bike. Take a look below for all your upcoming cycling activities.

Events:

La Crosse Omnium – Looking to test your ability to be a good all-around racer? Head north to La Crosse for this three day series which includes a time trial, road race and a criterium. It’s a solid weekend of racing which is sure to test your strengths. For race information, click here.

CWEC’s Clinic #5 Vision – This clinic gives you the tools necessary to manage riding in all situations. Whether riding in a group, cornering or moving at light speed, you’ll learn what to focus on to be prepared. The clinic will be held from 11:15am till 12:15pm. Both MoM women’s races are after the clinic, but it may be a good idea to get most of your warm-up in beforehand so you’ll just need a little touch-up before the races begin. For clinic details, click here.

Monsters of the Midway –Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so it’s time for MoM at the University of Chicago campus. This classic race features wide open corners and long straight-aways; one side is typically into the wind and the other has a serious tailwind. It’s close to home and always fun, so don’t miss out. For race information, click here.

Dirt Days #1 – Whether you’re new to mountain biking or are a serious shredder, this series is all about fun for everyone. This series is not about racing, it’s just about getting out and riding the trails. First up is a day at Kettle Moraine. For ride details, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – This is the first of this series of races held around the Bong Recreational area. The first race is 20K and it’s one loop around with all right turns. There are a few rollers, but the roads are generally smooth. For race details, click here.

Track Cycling:

2016 Season Begins – The 2016 track racing season begins this coming Thursday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. It’ll be a busy few days leading up to the opening night with an upgrade clinic on Saturday and number pick-up/social on Monday night. For information on all the upcoming events, click here.

Coming up:

Fox River Omnium – This two day series includes Saturday’s Elgin Cycling Classic. This race is known for a somewhat technical descent/climb combo, which, if mastered, can be the key a successful finish. Sunday is the Fox River Grove Criterium. This race is for the mountain goats, as it has a significant climb followed by a twisty descent.  For event details, click here.

North East Wisconsin Omnium – It’s another multi-day racing event! This one includes two short, but challenging time trials and two criteriums, over 3 days. If you’re looking to improve your abilities as an all-around rider, this series will certainly help. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Lincoln Park Criterium

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My wish for this weekend is to have any rain occur after 5pm but before 7am. This will give everything green a chance to grow, while allowing us to ride and race without finishing up cold and wet. There are lots cycling events coming up that you don’t want to miss. Let’s hope Mother Nature is good to us and gives us chance to enjoy being outside while it’s dry. Check below for a list of events.

Events:

Lincoln Park Criterium – Saddle up for fun at Montrose and the Lakefront tomorrow. Each section of this course requires a bit of strategy. You’ll need to manage your position for the typically strong crosswinds provided by the lake, as well as navigate the famous hairpin turn. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This is one of my favorite crit courses. It’s another course held in a park where the race is run on the loop around the facility. It has a fun descent with a big sweeper corner and a two-step climb on the opposite end. For race information, click here.

HillBilly Gravel Grinder – For those who are into gravel and adventure, this is one epic ride for you. It’s a 100 mile gravel course, located west of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Cue sheets are provided, but it’s an unsupported ride. For details on the event, click here.

Sussex Criterium – Looking for a fun, fast and not-too-technical crit course? This course features wide open roads that surround the Sussex Corporate Center. The race is just a bit northwest of Milwaukee, so it’s relatively close to home. For information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday & Tuesday Night Training – If you’re looking to get in some training time on the track, don’t miss out on the training sessions at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. Monday nights are coached and geared towards development. Tuesday nights are open training. May 7th the fundamental training will focus on upgrading men from Cat 5 to Cat 4, to be eligible to race on Thursday nights. For track information, click here.

Coming up:

La Crosse Omnium – Looking to test your ability to be a good all-around racer? Head north to La Crosse for this three day series which includes a time trial, road race and a criterium. It’s a solid weekend of racing which is sure to test your strengths. For race information, click here.

CWEC’s Clinic #5 Vision – This clinic gives you the tools necessary to manage riding in all situations. Whether riding in a group, cornering or moving at light speed, you’ll learn what to focus on to be prepared. The clinic will be held from 11:15am till 12:15pm. Both MoM women’s races are after the clinic, but it may be a good idea to get most of your warm-up in beforehand so you’ll just need a little touch-up before the races begin. For clinic details, click. here.

Monsters of the Midway –Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time for MoM at the University of Chicago campus. This classic race features wide open corners and long straight-aways; one side is typically into the wind and the other has a serious tailwind. It’s close to home and always fun, so don’t miss out. For race information, click here.

Dirt Days #1 – Whether you’re new to mountain biking or are a serious shredder, this series is all about fun for everyone. This series is not about racing, it’s just about getting out and riding the trails. First up is a day at Kettle Moraine. For ride details, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – This is the first of this series of races held around the Bong Recreational area. The first race is 20K and it’s one loop around with all right turns. There are a few rollers, but the roads are generally smooth. For race details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

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It’s an action-packed weekend for Chicago-area cyclists! Many local racers headed south to compete in the Joe Martin Stage race in Arkansas. The pro 1-2 fields started racing yesterday, while the 3-4 and masters categories will begin tomorrow. The results are always posted quickly, so you can keep up-to-date with your favorite rider’s progress. For race information, click here. If you’re staying closer to home, there are plenty of cycling events to keep you riding all weekend. Check below for some local options.

Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – We’re all geared up and ready for tomorrow’s women’s clinic! If you’re at all curious about racing or riding on the track, be sure to join us! We’ll cover everything from the basics of riding a fixed gear bike to track racing tactics. The track season begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome, so this clinic is perfectly timed for you to start the season off right. For clinic information click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium –This course is a Wisconsin classic. It’s located in a park near Milwaukee and the course loops around the perimeter. There’s a fun descent and climb which is not-too-tough, if you manage your momentum. For race information, click here.

Mad City Velo Criterium –This D-shaped, 1K course is held in an industrial park. There are a few corners, but they’re pretty wide open, so it’s not too technical. The race is located near Madison, so once you’re finished, you can spend a little time in a fun city before heading home! For race information, click here.

Mooresville Challenge – Head over to the Indianapolis area for a circuit-like crit course that touts a pack splitter hill. Plan ahead if you want to race, as it’s an early start and you need to factor in the time change. For race details, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Training Sessions – New to the track or want to work on track racing tactics? Attend these weekly training clinics held each Monday night from 6:30PM till 9:30PM at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. The clinics begin this Monday, April 25. For track information, click here.

Coming up:

Lincoln Park Criterium – You don’t often find a bike race within city limits, but XXX-Racing brings us this great event. Located at Montrose and the lakefront, this course offers its famous hairpin turn and typically a lot of wind. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This is one of my favorite crit courses. It’s another course held in a park where the race is run on the loop around the facility. It has a fun descent with a big sweeper corner and a two-step climb on the opposite end. For race information, click here.

HillBilly Gravel Grinder – For those who are into gravel and adventure, this is one epic ride for you. It’s a 100 mile gravel course, located west of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Cue sheets are provided, but it’s an unsupported ride. For details on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Barry Roubaix

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I think most of us would like a do-over for last weekend. The snow and ice we woke up to on Saturday morning really took away from our outdoor plans. This weekend, however, looks to be very promising, which is great because there’s plenty to do outside. Check the listings below for some cycling opportunities in our area.

Events:

Barry Roubaix – Gravel races are becoming increasingly more popular, and Barry Roubaix is no exception, as it’s the largest gravel race in the world! If you’re going for the big win, there’s money and prizes to be claimed. Still, for those who just want to get out and enjoy a scenic ride in the country, this event is great. There are 62, 36 and 22 mile courses. For event details, click here.

Menomonee Park Criterium – This scenic course comes with twists and soft turns as you wind your way around the park. There’s no real elevation change, so speed should play a factor in the outcome of the races. For race details, click here.

CWEC Clinic #3 – Due to weather conditions, the skills and drills clinic was cancelled last Saturday, but is rescheduled for this Sunday. Head out to Edge Athlete Lounge for an 11:30 sign in and Noon clinic start. When the clinic is over, stick around for a viewing party of the National Criterium championships. For information on CWEC clinics, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K TT – This time trial course is a favorite with the locals, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without challenges. The course is used in the spring, and then again in late summer, so the natural shelter from trees varies significantly based on the season. The course also offers up rolling hills and chip and seal pavement, which can test your focus. Are you looking to conquer? Head out to test your skills on Sunday. For race information, click here.

Coming up:

Crankshaft Comedy – Come out for a little comic humor to benefit Friends of Big Marsh on Wednesday evening. The event will be held at Township in Logan Square at 7PM. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic Track racing begins mid-May at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. If you’re interested in racing or learning about track racing, this clinic is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of the track and riding a fixed gear bike. The clinic also includes some mock racing. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23. For information, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium –This course is a Wisconsin classic. It’s located in a park near Milwaukee and the course loops around the perimeter. There’s a fun descent and climb which is not-too-tough if you manage your momentum. For race information, click here.

Mad City Velo Criterium –This D-shaped, 1K course is held in an industrial park. There are a few corners, but they’re pretty wide open, so it’s not too technical. The race is located near Madison, so once you’re finished, you can spend a little time in a fun city before heading home! For race information, click here.

Mooresville Challenge – Head over to the Indianapolis area for a circuit-like crit course that touts a pack splitter hill. Plan ahead if you want to race, as it’s an early start and you need to factor in the time change. For race details, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Lincoln Park Criterium – You don’t often find a bike race within city limits, but XXX-Racing brings us this great event. Located at Montrose and the lakefront, this course offers its famous hairpin turn and typically a lot of wind. For race information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This is one of my favorite crit courses. It’s another course held in a park where the race is run on the loop around the facility. It has a fun descent with a big sweeper corner and a two-step climb on the opposite end. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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