Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

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Go fast, turn left! That’s the motto for this weekend as we anxiously await the upcoming track season. Don’t miss out on the Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the Northbrook Velodrome on Saturday (rain date is Sunday). Saturday’s weather looks questionable, so please check out the updates on either the twitter site, @edrudolphvelo or the Facebook link listed below. We’ll make it a great weekend!

Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Interested in learning how to ride a track bike or race on a velodrome? Attend the annual women’s clinic and learn everything from the basics to racing strategy. The event is free for any junior rider, thanks to the Cuttin Crew race team! For clinic details, click here. If you need to borrow a bike for the event, check out the google doc on the Facebook event page to access available bikes.

Whitnall Park Spring Classic – This is a classic Wisconsin race course. It’s located in a park and features great climbing and descending in a mile loop. Put it on your list of have-to-do races. It’s located just outside of Milwaukee and it’s certainly worth the trip. For race information, click here.

Fitchburg Fast & Furious Criterium –Located near Madison, Wisconsin, the 1KM course is flat and not too technical. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Dirt Days Event #1 – It’s time once again to hit the trails with Pretty Fast Women’s Cycling, headed up by Becky Mikrut. Event #1 is at Kettle Moraine in southern Wisconsin. No matter what your level, this group is welcoming and all about having fun on mountain bikes. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix –This is a great course which features one technical turn, changes in elevation, and a stroll through the park! It’s a lot of fun and not too far away. For race information, click here.

LaCrosse Omnium – It’s three days of racing which includes a time trial, road race and criterium. It’s a bit of a drive, but well worth it to get in some great racing. For details on the event, click here.

Stay dry and have a great weekend!

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Spring Super Criterium

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The momentum has really picked up for Chicago area cyclists. Last Saturday the lakefront was buzzing with racers competing in the Lincoln Park Crit and the action has continued all week with the Gapers Block series. Even with the crazy weather, the races still played out. There’s no sign of slowing down with a full line-up of events headed our way. See the listings below for cycling opportunities.

Events:

Spring Super Criterium – Get your engines started, it’s time for the Spring Super Crit at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. This course will make you feel like Speed Racer as you whirl through its twists and turns. Plan to make your way out to race and then stay for the skills clinic and make it a great bike racing day. For more information on the event, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit and will be held on-site beginning at 12:15. Registration will be open up to 10 minutes before the start. For more information, click here.

John Fraser Memorial Time Trial – This is the final race in the indoor series – and it’s outside! The course is 10k with double 180’s. This course is almost guaranteed to be windy as there is little shelter from the wind as you pass by empty cornfields. If you’re up for a challenge, this event is for you! For information on the race, click here.

Greg Bednorski Memorial Crit #1–If you’re looking for more crit action on Sunday, head north to Madison. The course is located in a business park and the roads are pretty wide open and not too technical. It’s a great course for the start of the season. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hillsboro Roubaix –Each spring, cyclists flock to the southern Illinois town of Hillsboro to compete in one of the biggest road races in the state. This year there will be a combined women’s field, but categories will be scored separately. All women will ride the 29 mile loop. For information on the event, click here.

Menomonee Park Criterium –This race is run on a non-technical loop surrounding a park, so it’s free from the distractions of city courses. It’s also great for newer riders, but fun for everyone. For information on the event, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K TT – You’ll get off to a good start in this race when you begin just after a bumpy set of railroad tracks. You’ll also be treated to shelter from trees instead of cornfields. The challenges will come in the form of rolling hills and chip and seal pavement. It’s a local favorite, so if you’re looking to improve your time trial skills, make sure to take part. For information on the event, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Interested in learning how to ride a track bike or race on a velodrome? Attend this annual women’s clinic and learn everything from the basics to racing strategy. The event is free for any junior rider, thanks to the Cuttin Crew race team! For details on the event, click here. If you need to borrow a loaner bike for the event, check out the google doc on the facebook event page to access available bikes.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Lincoln Park Criterium

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Ready or not, the road racing season gets underway this weekend in Chicago with Lincoln Park on Saturday and the entire Gapers Block series throughout the week. Let’s hope for the best, weather-wise and get this season off to a great start.

Events:

Lincoln Park Criterium – The stage is set for tomorrow’s race. A quick preview of the course reveals relatively smooth road conditions, with the exception of some bumps on the backside of the course. Depending on the way the wind is blowing, the rough spots may or may not be a factor in the race. Everything gets underway bright and early tomorrow. For information on the race, click here.

The (Unofficial) Illinois State Goldsprints Spring Championships – Get your crit racing on early in the day at the LPC and then spend your evening at this sprint competition. You’ll be raising money for the Northbrook Velodrome resurfacing fund, so it’s a feel- good and worthy cause. For more information, click here.

Road Racing Clinic –Looking for a little more guidance before heading into the Gaper’s Block crit series? Attend this clinic taught by Greg Meeker and gain some valuable knowledge to prepare you for racing your bike. For more information, click here.

Gapers Block Criterium Series – Calling all new racers to the line! It’s springtime and it’s Gapers Block time. This four day series is designed to immerse you in crit racing, by racing the same course and most likely the same competitors, day after day. If you’re new to racing, this is a great opportunity for you! For information on the series, click here.

Coming Up:

Spring Super Criterium – You may not get a motor to power your way through this race, but you’ll still get to race on a real car racing track. This is always a fun course with some great twists, but really only one corner. Plan to make your way out to race and then stay for the skills clinic and make it a great bike racing day. For more information on the event, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit on April 11. For more information, click here.

John Fraser Memorial Time Trial – This is the final race in the indoor series – and it’s outside! The course is 10k with two turnarounds. Be prepared for a fast all-out effort that will keep you on your toes, navigating the course. For information on the race, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Barry Roubaix

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There’s more than a chill in the air, but that doesn’t seem to be keeping hearty Chicagoans from having fun on their bikes. Good luck to all those heading to Barry Roubaix, which is the largest gravel road race in the world! It’s going to be an epic event with over three thousand riders competing on 24, 36 and 62 mile courses. Chicago should be well represented, especially in the women’s fields! For those not heading to Michigan for the weekend, below is a listing of cycling related events.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #3 –It’s the final race in this spring series and your last chance to execute the perfect strategy for a win. For race information, click here.

Fit Form & Function Clinic –Do you have questions about bike fit or proper positioning while riding your bike? Attend this clinic on Tuesday and get the answers you’re looking for. For information on the event, click here.

Women’s Night Open House and Clothing Swap –Looking to hang out with a great group of cycling enthusiasts or curious about West Town Bikes is all about? Attend this social gathering on Wednesday for an evening of food, friends and cycling. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Lincoln Park Criterium – This race is located at Montrose and the lakefront and since it’s springtime, you’re almost guaranteed wind and some type of weather. The course has long straight-aways and a hairpin turn, which make for a fun and exciting race. For more information, click here.

The (Unofficial) Illinois State Goldsprints Spring Championships – Get your crit racing on early in the day at the LPC and then spend your evening at this sprint competition. You’ll be raising money for the Northbrook Velodrome resurfacing fund, so it’s a feel- good and worthy cause. For more information, click here.

Road Racing Clinic –Looking for a little more guidance before heading into the Gaper’s Block crit series? Attend this clinic taught by Greg Meeker and gain some valuable knowledge to prepare you for racing your bike. For more information, click here.

Gapers Block Criterium Series – Calling all new racers to the line! It’s springtime and it’s Gapers Block time. This four day series is designed to immerse you in crit racing, by racing the same course and most likely the same competitors, day after day. If you’re new to racing, this is a great opportunity for you! For information on the series, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit on April 11. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Spring Racing and Riding Options

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Hold on to your helmets, a great rush of springtime events is heading our way. Make sure you’re ready and map out a course for your best season ever. There are rides, races and plenty of clinics ahead, so do your best to take it all in. Check the listing below for a glimpse at the current cycling events.

 

Events:

Half Acre Time Trial Series – The final Friday night Half Acre/hpiChicago computrainer series event is this evening. One more opportunity to power through a competition ahead of your weekend fun.  For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join the Wheeling Wheelmen for their annual spring ride. Ride options include 16, 20 and 36 mile routes in scenic Wauconda, IL. For event details, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #2 –It’s round #2 in this spring series. Will you be looking to correct the mistakes made in race #1 or add to your success in the overall? It’s a great series and if you’re looking for a tune-up before the main season, these races are a great option. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #3 –It’s the final race in this spring series and your last chance to execute the perfect strategy for a win. For race information, click here.

The (Unofficial) Illinois State Goldsprints Spring Championships – Challenge your competitors to a sprint competition and raise money for the Northbrook Velodrome resurfacing fund. For more information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – This race is located at Montrose and the lakefront and since it’s springtime, you’re almost guaranteed wind and some type of weather. The course has long straight-aways and a hairpin turn, which make for a fun and exciting race. For more information, click here.

Road Racing Clinic –Looking for a little more guidance before heading into the Gaper’s Block crit series? Attend this clinic taught by Greg Meeker and gain some valuable knowledge for racing your bike. For more information, click here.

Gapers Block Criterium Series – Calling all new racers to the line! It’s springtime and it’s Gapers Block time. This four day series is designed to immerse you in crit racing, by racing the same course and most likely the same competitors, day after day. If you’re new to racing, this is a great opportunity for you! For information on the series, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit on April 11. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Spring Road Racing Begins

We’ve got the luck of the Irish on our side this week with some great weather for the foreseeable future! You can head out the door with a layer or two and feel the wind flow over your face without the fear of frostbite! If you’ve been itching to get outside, this is your opportunity!

Events:

Ray’s Indoor Park Women’s Weekend 2015 –Women’s weekend has kicked off Friday at Ray’s in Milwaukee. Events include coaching by pro mountain bikers, and there are women specific specials all weekend. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor TT Series Event #4 – This is the last indoor race for this series (the final race in the series will be held outside on April 12). The challenge for this week is to keep the pressure on the pedals on this downhill course. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #1 –The outdoor road racing season begins this Sunday with this classic Wisconsin series. The course is not too technical and if you’re looking to get a jump on your competition, this series is a great option. For details on the series, click here.

Coming Up:

Half Acre Time Trial Series – The final Friday night Half Acre/hpiChicago computrainer series event is next Friday. The courses are relatively short, so it’s an all-out effort. It’s a light-hearted atmosphere and a perfect way to start your weekend. For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join he Wheeling Wheelmen for their annual spring ride. Ride options include 16, 20 and 36 mile routes in scenic Wauconda, IL. For event details, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #2 –It’s round #2 in this spring series. Will you be looking to correct the mistakes made in race #1 or add to your success in the overall? It’s a great series and if you’re looking for a tune-up before the main season, these races are a great option. For race information, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit on April 11. For more information, click here.

Have a great day!!

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Spring Forward

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Times, they are a changing! This weekend we turn the clocks ahead begin the journey into longer days and warmer weather. While we’re not out of the woods with the cold, the upcoming forecast is looking promising for riding outside. There’s plenty ahead, inside and out. Check the listings below for your cycling options.

 

Events:

Half Acre Time Trial Series – The Friday night Half Acre/hpiChicago computrainer races are on again this evening. Begin your weekend festivities guilt-free by powering through a race and burning off a little reserve! For more information, click here.

Key Concepts Cycling Clinic –New to bike racing or want to get a better understanding of how to navigate the road with a little more confidence? Attend this informative clinic tomorrow and give yourself an edge as you prepare for the upcoming cycling season.  This is the first in a series of clinics brought to you by the Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling program (CWEC) and is in conjunction with Half Acre Cycling’s beginner Gapers Block criterium series. The event is at Johnny Sprockets at 11AM. For more information or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Ray’s Indoor Park Women’s Weekend 2015 –Women’s weekend is next weekend at Ray’s in Milwaukee. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the pros and practice your mountain bike skills on everything from the very basic to the over-the-top extreme. For more information or to register, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races –The outdoor road racing season begins next weekend with this classic Wisconsin series. The course is not too technical and if you’re looking to get a jump on your competition, this series is a great option. For details on the series, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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