Cyclocross Nationals in Full Swing

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It’s been another brutal weather week in Chicago, but if you look ahead, things are definitely looking up. The forecast for the coming week includes temps in the forties, and that’ll feel downright balmy compared to ZERO! The days are also getting longer and by the end of the month, we’ll see a noticeable difference. Keep your focus and power through this season. It’ll all pay off very soon.

There’s still quite a bit of action in the cycling world with national championships out east and some fun events at home. Check the listings below for details.

Events: 

USA Cyclocross Nationals – All eyes have been on Hartford, Connecticut this week as the USA Cyclocross Nationals are underway. Chicagoland’s very own Sydney Guagliardo took the win in the women’s 35-39 race. We’re so proud!! There’s more ahead and changing course conditions to boot! For event details, click here.

ABD Cycling Indoor TT Series Event # 1 – Whether you’re looking for a little motivation for your winter training or you’re looking to keep your racing edge sharp, this time trial series is for you! The first event is this Sunday at the Windfield Central High School. This weekend’s race is a 10K flat course, which is all about power. For information or to register, click here.

Cyclocross Nationals Viewing Party – Join your fellow cycling friends to watch the Elite Men’s and Women’s Cyclocross Nationals races at Rapha Chicago on Sunday from noon till 2pm. For event details or to RSVP, click here.

Coming Up:

Winter Bike to Work Rally – Have you been braving the cold this season and continued commuting to work? Or, are you looking for a little motivation to get back out? Join fellow cyclists at Daly Plaza on January 13 from 6:30am til 8am to kick-off the Winter Bike Challenge. They’ll have Dark Matter coffee, Eli’s cheesecake and lots of giveaways. You’ll have a chance to mix and mingle and get you commuter challenge off to a good start. For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Challenge – Participate in this two week bike challenge from January 13-27. The contest provides incentives for both new riders as well as seasoned veterans. For more information and to register, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclocross Nationals

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As we wrap up 2016, it’s a time to look back at all our accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to 2017 with new goals for another successful riding and racing season. The best way to move forward is to set goals, stick with your plan and stay consistent in your routine.

You’ll be able to start the New Year off right with a ride outside. The temperature this weekend is forecasted to be pretty terrific for winter weather, so don’t pass up a good opportunity. Check the listings below for upcoming events.

Events: 

USA Cyclocross Nationals – All the preparation and discipline, especially through the holidays, is going to pay off in a few short days. Cross Nationals begin this coming Tuesday and continues through Sunday in Hartford, Connecticut. There’ll be some terrific battles to take home the prized national championship jerseys. Good luck to all those representing the Chicagoland area. For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Cycling Indoor TT Series Event # 1 – Whether you’re looking for a little motivation for your winter training or you’re looking to keep your racing edge sharp, this time trial series is for you! The first event is next Sunday at the Windfield Central High School. First up in the series is a 10K flat course, which is all about power. For information or to register, click here.

Cyclocross Nationals Viewing Party – Join your fellow cycling friends to watch the Elite Men’s and Women’s Cyclocross Nationals races at Rapha Chicago next Sunday from noon till 2pm. For event details or to RSVP, click here.

Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!

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Rapha Festive 500

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What a difference a week makes. Last week at this time we were heading into a brutal weather pattern that kept even some of the most die-hard riders inside. This weekend we’ve got a big warmup, so in-between rushing from one holiday party to the next, be sure to get out and pedal your bike.

Events: 

Rapha Festive 500 – Looking to keep fit over the holidays? Challenge yourself to ride five hundred kilometers in the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It just takes a moment to register and then track your miles. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

USA Cyclocross Nationals –No skipping workouts over the holiday’s if you’re planning on making nationals your goal race for this season! This year’s cross nationals will be held in Hartford, Connecticut, January third through the eighth. Good luck to all those representing the Chicagoland area. Bring home some hardware! For event details, click here.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Midwest Cyclocross Regional Championships

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Winter doesn’t officially begin for a few more days, but if this past week is any indication of what’s to come, we’re going to have to put on our tough Midwestern pants and plow through the upcoming months. The outdoor events this weekend will be for the hearty. No worries, there are plenty of local indoor riding options out there to keep you working towards your 2017 riding goals.

Events: 

Braver than the Elements – Women around the world will be participating in this annual winter ride. Unfortunately, the Chicago edition will be postponed until a time where it is safe for riders to participate. The ride may be postponed, but there’ll still be a party at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse tomorrow morning. Come out, have some treats and hang with local cycling enthusiasts! For details, click here.

Peoria Frosty CX – This race will live up to its name with the wintery conditions in our forecast. This will be the more local option for racing this weekend, so if you’re just looking to have fun and stay in shape, this may be your pick event for the weekend. For event information, click here.

Midwest Cyclocross Regional Championships – Looking to do one better than a state championship? You’ll have your chance tomorrow in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The course will feature an uphill start, off camber sections, a ride on the snow covered speedway, and a spin through the Barn o’ Barriers. For a preview of the course and conditions, click here. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

Next week is a holiday weekend, so there are no events scheduled.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Afterglow

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The changing weather may have an interesting affect on this weekend’s riding and racing activities. There’s snow headed our way, which may not be the worst thing for an adventurous cyclists. With the right equipment, whether that means a cross, mountain or fat bike, a ride in fresh snow can be really fun. For skilled riders, the snow may bring and advantage to those racing. For those not accustomed to plowing through the snow, it will be a great chance to pick up new skills. There are still lots of events coming up, so add a few layers and keep riding!

 

Events: 

Afterglow – This fun-spirited race returns to Humboldt Park tomorrow morning. The race will have your typical category and age group events, but it will also have single speed, fat bike categories – and the Grudge Match! Proceeds benefit West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs, so you’ll have a lot of fun doing something you can feel good about. For event information, click here.

Hugh Jass Race #5 – Take part in this fat bike winter series. The series encourages cycling outdoors in the winter months. Bring your own fat bike or rent one! This event will be held at Canal Shores in Evanston. For race information, click here.

Miller Chill – Head down to Bloomington’s for this late season race. The event is held in Miller Park and the course features a stone bridge flyover, a sandy beach crossing and hills. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Braver than the Elements – Join with women around the world to brave the elements and get outside and ride. The Chicago ride will begin at the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse on Saturday, December 17. The 60 mile ride will depart at 9am and there will be treats before, during and after the. It may be a chilly day, so dress warm and prepare for lots of fun. For event details, click here.

Peoria Frosty CX – If you’re not ready to throw in the towel on your cross season, you’re in luck! Head out to Peoria for a little more fun. The race may well live up to its frosty name with next week’s temperatures predicted to be downright chilly. For event information, click here.

Midwest Cyclocross Regional Championships – Looking to do one better than a state championship? You’ll have your chance next Saturday in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. It’s a two-day cross fest near Madison which features the championship event on Saturday and another great race on Sunday. For event information, click here.

Midwest Grand Prix of Cyclocross – This is the second day of the two-day series. Sunday’s race is a non-championship event and the course will be slightly different than Saturday. But if you’re going to make the trip, you might as well may it a double header weekend. For details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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2016 Illinois State Cyclocross Championships

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Just as December begins we hear the word, “snow”. Will it just be a threat or will it be true? We’ll find out this weekend! Whatever weather rolls in, we’ve still got plenty to do outside, especially with the Illinois State Cyclocross championships on Sunday. Check below for a list of cycling activities in our area.

Events: –

The Early History of Women’s Cycling in Chicago – We’ve come a long way, ladies! Women have struggled throughout history to gain independence and equality and the bicycle has been a big part in moving us forward. Join historian Chris Sweet at BFF Bikes for an evening of history on how the bicycle has been a part of empowering women for decades. For event information, click here.

Chicross Cup #11 – It’s the 2016 Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships at Montrose and the lakefront. It’s anyone’s guess what the conditions will be on race day. There’ve been years with frigid temperatures and years where it’s been downright balmy. The course has some guaranteed features, but with its proximity to the lake and wind, there are always plenty of course variables. Whatever the conditions, there are championships on the line and there will be battles in the field! For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Afterglow – This fun-spirited race returns to Humboldt Park. The race will have your typical category and age group events, but it will also have single speed, fat bike categories – and the Grudge Match! Proceeds benefit West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs, so you’ll have a lot of fun doing something you can feel good about. For event information, click here.

Hugh Jass Race #5 – Take part in this fat bike winter series. The series encourages cycling outdoors in the winter months. Bring your own fat bike or rent one! This event will be held at Canal Shores in Evanston. For race information, click here.

Miller Chill – Head down to Bloomington’s for this late season race. The event is held in Miller Park and the course features a stone bridge flyover, a sandy beach crossing and hills. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend

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Opt Outside

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The holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving Day. It’s a day where we can join with friends and family and celebrate all we have to be thankful for, including our health. Start your day and this season renewing your fitness and health goals. Get out, enjoy the outdoors and participate in all this world has to offer!

Events: –

Big Marsh Bike Race – Feeling a bit full from your Thanksgiving Day feast? Head out to the new Big Marsh Bike Park on Friday and burn off some of those holiday calories. You’ll be racing cross on a brand new course, you’ll be outside and you’ll be enjoying the fresh air. Skip the shopping mayhem and do something good for you. For event information, click here.

Coming Up:

The Early History of Women’s Cycling in Chicago – We’ve come a long way, ladies! Women have struggled throughout history to gain independence and equality and the bicycle has been a big part in moving us forward. Join historian Chris Sweet at BFF Bikes for an evening of history on how the bicycle has been a part of empowering women for decades. For event information, click here.

Chicross Cup #11 – It’s the 2016 Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships at Montrose and the lakefront. It’s anyone’s guess what the conditions will be on race day. There’ve been years with frigid temperatures and years where it’s been downright balmy. The course has some guaranteed features, but with its proximity to the lake and wind, there are always plenty of course variables. Whatever the conditions, there are championships on the line and there will be battles in the field! For race information, click here.

Training:

Rapha Braver Than The Elements Training Ride – Prepare for the upcoming Rapha event with a training ride this Saturday. The ride will depart from the Rapha Chicago Clubhouse and head west for a 55 mile loop. For ride details and to register, click here.

Pedaling With Purpose – Want to have a successful 2017 racing season? You’ll need to start building your fitness now so you can be ready to hit the start line in a few months. Join this structured winter indoor training program at George Garner Cyclery in Libertyville from December 3 through March 19. You’ll need your bike and a trainer. Classes meet Wednesday’s at 7:30pm and Saturday’s at 9am. For program information, click here.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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