Happy 4th of July!

Fireworks behind statue of liberty

Fireworks behind statue of liberty

Happy 4th of July! It’s time for summertime fun with backyard barbecue’s, parades and hanging out with friends and families. It’s also time to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity; cycling! This weekend we finally seem to be getting a break in the weather, so get out and enjoy!

Events:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #3 – Hitting the trails is a great way to get-away over the holiday weekend. You won’t actually have to travel far, as this event will be held on the trails at Palos. It’s always fun to get in a little off-road time and hanging out with a great bunch of ladies will make the experience even better. For details on the event, click here.

Track Events:

Amy Tremelling Memorial Points Race & Ladies Night – This coming Thursday is Ladies Night at Northbrook, featuring a high-powered points race in honor of  former stand-out bike racer, Amy Tremelling. The evening is sponsored by BFF Racing, which is totally fitting for a women’s night! For details on the events, click here.

Team Pursuit Showdown – The team pursuit is one of my favorite races on the track. It’s challenging, but if done well, it’s like a beautifully choreographed ballet. Organize your team and head to Indianapolis. For details on the event, click here.

IL State Masters Track Championships – Calling all master’s track racers. Head out to Northbrook next Saturday for a full day of races. The event will feature both mass start and individual races. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Winfield Criterium – This race has become a local favorite. The course winds its way through a suburban neighborhood, climbing to its highest point and then descending down to the start/finish with a few twists and turns. It’s fun and challenging. For race information, click here.

Wisconsin State Road Race Championships – It’s back to Spring Prairie for a climbing-fest for the state’s championship jerseys. It’s also back to a retro course, which features a flat start/finish line instead of a hill. Are you up for the challenge? For race information, click here.

Indy Crit – You can make Indy a big racing weekend with the team pursuit on Friday and the Indy crit on Saturday. The crit is in the heart of downtown and features a figure 8 course with the start and finish on bricks near Monument Circle. For details on the event, click here.

Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 2 Person Time Trial – Pair up with your favorite training partner and put a strategy together to cover the distance in this race as fast as you can. It’s all about teamwork and hard work, but the efforts can be so rewarding. For details on the event, click here.

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – This monumental women’s race is next weekend! The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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ToAD Continues

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We’re heading into the last weekend of June and there’s all sorts of fun cycling events to fill your days. Are you looking for a fast paced crit or the opportunity to go all-out and test your mental and physical strength? If so, there are great road racing options. You may be looking to keep you efforts short but explosive. If so, head to the velodrome! Lastly, if you’re looking for an escape from the city, but still looking for a thrill ride, then it’s mountain biking for you! Pick your poison and have fun on your bike!

Events:

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –It’s the final few days of this year’s Tour of America’s Dairyland. There’s been a ton of great racing and this weekend the action will continue. Saturday is the Downer Classic in Milwaukee, which is a historic course. The final stage will be the East Tosa criterium, which has all the charm of a neighborhood race, but it’ll still be fast. For information on the Tour, click here.

ABR Illinois State 40K TT Championship – Looking to add a state championship to your cycling achievements? Plan to head out to Paw Paw, Illinois to compete on this challenging out and back course. Nothing worth having comes easy, so prepare to race hard to achieve your victory. For race details, click here.

Track Events:

Sprinters Omnium II – Head out to the Ed Rudolph velodrome tomorrow for another round of sprints. The tournament is from 9AM until 2PM. For more information, click here.

Keirin Night – This coming Thursday, the featured race at Northbrook is the Keirin. This is an exciting race for competitors and spectators alike. Racing begins at 6:45PM. For track or schedule information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #3 – Hitting the trails is a great way to get-away over the holiday weekend. You won’t actually have to travel far, as this event will be held on the trails at Palos. It’s always fun to get in a little off-road time and hanging out with a great bunch of ladies will make the experience even better. For details on the event, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Solstice

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The official start of summer is this Sunday, so, just as the racing is heating up, so too should the temps (I hope)! There’s plenty of riding and racing ahead. Check the listings below.

Events:

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –Wisconsin’s biggest racing series kicked off yesterday with the Shorewood Criterium, and there’s plenty of racing ahead including several criteriums, a circuit race and a road race. This series also loops in several classic race courses, including Downer Ave in Milwaukee. Click here for Tour and stage details.

Scarlet Fire 30KTT – Located in Garden Prairie, this time trial course is a little rangy, but nothing too technical. For details on the event, click here.

Track Events:

Illinois & Wisconsin Junior State Track Championships – The junior track championships for both Illinois and Wisconsin will be tomorrow at the Ed Rudolph velodrome in Northbrook. There should be plenty of competition and larger fields of riders. For details on the event, click here.

Thursday Night Racing at Northbrook – This Thursday’s featured race is the Tomasz Pac Points race, sponsored by PACT-Dish Network Cycling. This is typically a longer points race, so endurance racers should be gearing up for a great event. For information on the races, click here.

Coming Up:

ABR Illinois State 40K TT Championship – Looking to add a state championship to your cycling achievements? Plan to head out to Paw Paw, Illinois to compete on this challenging out and back course. Nothing worth having comes easy, so prepare to race hard to achieve your victory. For race details, click here.

Set a Goal:

Wolfgang Freitag 50K 2 Person TT – Plan ahead, find a partner and practice up for the upcoming 2 person time trial on Sunday, July 12. It’s a different effort than an individual time trial, but working with a teammate can be extremely rewarding. For details on the upcoming event, click here.

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Midwest Challenge

Major Taylor Velodrome

You might think the Midwest Challenge is having to deal with this miserable weather, but that’s not quite it. We may still be challenged by the weather, but we’re hoping things will clear up in enough time to get the track races underway in Indianapolis for the Midwest Challenge. Read on ahead for details on the road and track cycling events in our area.

Events:

Wisconsin State Criterium Championships – You may not be from Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t compete in their championship races (you just can’t be awarded the championship). Located southwest of Milwaukee, this 8 corner crit course is flat and fast. For race information, click here.

Track Events:

Midwest Challenge- It’s a weekend full of high caliber track racing this weekend in Indianapolis. There are both mass start and timed events. For event details, click here.

Illinois & Wisconsin Junior State Track Championships – The junior track championships for both Illinois and Wisconsin will be held next weekend at the Ed Rudolph velodrome in Northbrook. There should be plenty of competition and larger fields of riders. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –Wisconsin’s biggest racing series begins Thursday, June 18. There are 11 stages throughout the state, which draw riders from around the country and beyond. Click here for Tour and stage details.

Scarlet Fire 30KTT – Located in Garden Prairie, this time trial course is a little rangy, but nothing too technical. For details on the event, click here.

Set a Goal:

Wolfgang Freitag 50K 2 Person TT – Plan ahead, find a partner and practice up for the upcoming 2 person time trial on Sunday, July 12. It’s a different effort than an individual time trial, but working with a teammate can be extremely rewarding. For details on the upcoming event, click here.

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Tour of Galena & Keirin Racing

Galena

It may be the first weekend in June, but it feels like April because of the chilly temps. Despite the roller coaster weather, the racing season is charging forward with lots of fun and adventure. Check the listings below for cycling events in our area.

 

Events:

Tour of Galena – The race begins today with a circuit race for the pro ½ fields. The remaining stages include a time trial, road race and a criterium. Riders can compete in the overall or each stage independently. This race is a great opportunity for all riders, as it has some challenging courses and great competition. For race information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Event #2 –Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker, or just beginning, this series is perfect to get out and have fun on the trails in a non-competitive environment. Event #2 will be this Sunday at the Kettle, setting off from the John Muir trailhead. For more information, click here. Plan ahead for event #3, which will be at Palos on July 5!

Bong and a Half Time Trial – It’s back to the Bong course and this time it’s for a lap and a half. If you’re new to time trials or even a seasoned racer, you can always appreciate this course. All right turns, no turn-arounds and no crossing traffic. For race information, click here.

Track Events:

Keirin Night at Northbrook – This coming Thursday, Northbrook’s featured race is the Keirin. This is a race where riders are paced up to speed by a motored vehicle, often a derny, after several laps, the derny pulls off and the race for the win begins. It’s an exciting race to participate in as well as spectate. Come out and check it out. For information on the racing, click here.

Midwest Challenge- Head to Indy for a weekend full of high caliber track racing. There are both mass start and timed events. For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

Wisconsin State Criterium Championships – You may not be from Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t compete in their championship races (you just can’t be awarded the championship). Located southwest of Milwaukee, this 8 corner crit course is flat and fast. For race information, click here.

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) –Wisconsin’s biggest racing series begins Thursday, June 18. There are 11 stages throughout the state, which draw riders from around the country and beyond. Click here for Tour and stage details.

Set a Goal:

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Glencoe Grand Prix & Illinois State Criterium Championships

 

GGP ClinicThere’s no shortage of excitement this weekend with a USA Crits Championship race tomorrow and the Illinois State Criterium Championship on Sunday. Toss in some crazy weather and we’re in for a wild ride! Have fun!!

 

Events:

CWEC Development Series Event #7 –Our final Development series clinic is this evening. We’re teaming up with riders from the Pepper Palace professional cycling team to help you learn skills and tactics which will be essential for racing well at tomorrow’s Glencoe Grand Prix. For clinic details, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This race draws riders from near and far to compete, as it is part of USA Crits Championship series. The course is technical and fast with a bit of an elevation change. Come out and race and then stay for all the festivities. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This year’s Illinois State Criterium Championships will be held at Cobb Park in Kankakee. This is a classic course with loads of history, including having several Tour de France riders compete here, back in the day! It has some technical corners as it loops around the park and through the neighborhood. For race details, click here.

For the Love of Mud – Come out to see a great cyclo-cross movie at the Logan Theater and raise money for the Big Marsh Park. It’s 278 acres of open space on the south side of the city. The goal is to make the space an eco-friendly outdoor recreation destination. Come out for a fun evening and help make this project a success. For event information, click

Track Events:

Sprinters Omnium I – Saturday will be the first in a series of sprint tournaments at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. Racing begins at 9AM. For event information, click here.

Madison Races – The main event in this coming Thursday’s lineup is the Madison. The race is a team event, where riders take turns being in field through a hand sling exchange. It’s always exciting and even more fun to watch. Racing begins at 6:45PM each Thursday evening during the summer at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbook.

Coming Up:

Tour of Galena – It’s the only stage race anywhere close to home, so it’s a great opportunity for racers to experience the challenge of a multi-day/stage cycling event. The courses are challenging and have a fair amount of climbing in scenic Galena. You can go for the overall or compete in each stage independently. For race information, click here.

LAPT/Trek Midwest Road Race –Our neighbors to the north have some great road race courses and this weekend is no different. Located about 30 miles north of Lake Geneva, this 7.5 mile loop has some spectacular scenery and the climbing is not too crazy. For race details, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Event #2 –Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker, or just beginning, this series is perfect to get out and have fun on the trails in a non-competitive environment. Event #2 will be held at the Kettle, setting off from the John Muir trailhead. For more information, click here.

Set a Goal:

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Memorial Day Weekend

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As we head into the unofficial start of summer, there’s no shortage of cycling events to fill your holiday weekend. From crits to road races and fun rides, you’re covered! Now, if the weather cooperates, we should be doing great. Check the listing below for all the cycling events in our area.

Events:

Memorial Day Weekend Races –There’s a lot of great racing and tradition in this holiday weekend of racing in the Quad Cities. The series stars off with a road race on Friday, followed by the infamous Snake Alley Criterium on Saturday, the Melon City Criterium on Sunday and the flat and fast Quad Cities Criterium on Monday. The courses are challenging and the competition is always tough. It’s a series every racer should conquer. For event details, click. here.

Memorial Day Weekend Master’s Crit Series – This master’s series is close to home and offers great racing action for the entire weekend. All three races are in the same complex, but have a slightly different course each day. For series information, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – There are not too many road races, so if you’re looking for something other than a crit, this race is perfect for you. It’s a 23 mile loop in scenic and hilly southern Wisconsin. For race information, click here.

MOSH Criterium – Located just west of Milwaukee, this race course packs a lot of punch in a .8 mile loop. There are both left and right hand turns and 50 feet of climbing each lap. For race information, click here.

Concordia University Criterium – Can’t get your fill of crits, no worries, the Concordia crit is located on the university campus and it’s just north of Milwaukee. For race information, click here.

Bike the Drive – Looking for a fun cycling event where there’s no pressure to compete and the goal is just to have a good time and enjoy the scenery? Head out to this annual ride where you’re treated to a ride on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive! For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

CWEC Development Series Event #7 –It’s the final event in our Development series and we’re teaming up with riders from the Pepper Palace professional team to help you learn skills and tactics which will be essential for racing well at Glencoe Grand Prix. For clinic details, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This race draws riders from near and far to compete, as it is part of USA Crits Championship series. The course is technical and fast with a bit of an elevation change. Come out and race and then stay for all the festivities. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This year’s Illinois State Criterium Championships will be held in Cobb Park in Kankakee. This is a classic course with loads of history, including having several Tour de France riders compete here, back in the day! It has some technical corners as it loops around the park and through the neighborhood. For race details, click here.

For the Love of Mud – Come out to see a great cyclo-cross movie at the Logan Theater and raise money for the Big Marsh park. It’s 278 acres of open space on the south side of the city. The goal is to make the space an eco-friendly outdoor recreation destination. Come out for a fun evening and help make this project a success. For event information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

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