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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George Garner Sr Memorial Race @ Melas

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The winds are changing and they’re bringing in a blustery chill that we’ve seemed to escape until now. Layer up to head outside. There’s still plenty of fun ahead and you’ll want to be sure you burn as many calories before Thursday’s big feast. Check below for a few cycling options nearby.

Events: –

Furrow Euro –Cross country running meets cyclo-cross in this dual discipline event held on Furrow Farm in El Paso (near Bloomington). The course is wide open, so there’s nowhere to hide from the wind and there are a few rollers, twists and turns to make things fun. For race information, click here.

Sijan Cross Race – This race is held in Sijan Park in Milwaukee, a place honoring a local war hero. You’ll want to channel some of Lance Sijan’s tenacity as you go to battle for a little cross victory. For race information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #10 – George Garner Sr. Memorial race at Melas. There’s been a last minute name change to this race with the passing of George Garner Sr. in October. Honor a man who brought so much innovation to the cycling world. He developed a passion for bicycles at a young age and carried that with him to the end. Be inspired to give it your all on this unusual course with its main feature being a large retention basin. For race information, click here.

Cross the Isthmus Cross – This race will involve water, hills and heckling. Are you up for the challenge of the Madison Isthmus? For race information, click here.

Sadie Hawkins Style Ride – Grab your partner and plan your strategy for this stylish-scavenger hunt type race. All proceeds benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Organization. Meet in Palmer Square Park at 3pm and the race begins at 4pm. The post-race party will be held at Big Chicks. For information on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Big Marsh Bike Race – Wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving? Looking to stay away from the shopping mayhem and just enjoy the great outdoors? Head out to the Big Marsh Bike Park and get your cross racing on! You’ll feel spectacular after racing hard and burning off a few holiday meal calories. For event information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

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 – Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships at Montrose. With this course being located on the lakefront, there’s always potential for course changes, just depending on how the wind blows. There’ll always be Cricket hill, sand and wind, but it’s anyone’s guess for much past that. It’s always a lot of fun and it’s for the big prize! For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Battle of Waterloo

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You may feel as though you’ve already been through a battle this week with the election just days ago, but we must regroup and move forward to do our part to make things better for everyone. We are lucky to have an outlet to provide us with a release from the stresses we encounter. Get out, enjoy the great outdoors and ride your bike. We have a full slate of local events and the weather continues to amaze.

 

Events: –

Chicross Cup Events #8 &#9 – The two-day cross extravaganza begins tomorrow at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. You’d assume this would be a pure power course since the races are held on a golf course, but not so! The terrain is surprisingly varied with a steep dirt hill, sand traps and berms, all of which will test your technical skills. Since it’s a two day event, many racers opt to stay at the resort to minimize travel AND to enjoy the party atmosphere on Saturday night. For race information, click here.

Battle of Waterloo – You might not see Napoleon, but there will probably be some great battles held on this course. The event takes place at Fireman’s park in Waterloo, Wisconsin. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Night at Rapha Chicago  – Come enjoy wine, food and good conversation with a great community of women cyclists on Wednesday evening at the new Rapha Chicago location. For information and to RSVP, click here.

Furrow Euro –Cross country running meets cyclo-cross in this dual discipline event held on Furrow Farm in El Paso (near Bloomington). The course is wide open, so there’s nowhere to hide from the wind and there are a few rollers, twists and turns to make things fun. For race information, click here.

Sijan Cross Race – This race is held in Sijan Park in Milwaukee, a place honoring a local war hero. You’ll want to channel some of Lance Sijan’s tenacity as you go to battle for a little cross victory. For race information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #10 – This is the final regular race in the Chicross Cup series before the State Championships. Melas Racin Basin is an unusual course in that its main feature is a large retention basin, which adds a lot of elevation changes over the course of the race. For race information, click here.

Cross the Isthmus Cross – This race will involve water, hills and heckling. Are you up for the challenge of the Madison Isthmus? For race information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Big Marsh Bike Race – Wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving? Looking to stay away from the shopping mayhem and just enjoy the great outdoors? Head out to the Big Marsh Bike Park and get your cross racing on! You’ll feel spectacular after racing hard and burning off a few holiday meal calories. For event information, click here.

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.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Fall Back Weekend

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We’re not thinking of turning back time in Chicago with the Cubs winning their first World Series title in over one hundred years. But, we do need to make sure we set our clocks back one hour on Saturday evening for the end of daylight savings. The extra hour of rest will give you a boost for your Sunday riding. The weather continues to be great, so check out the listings below and plan out your weekend bike adventure.

Events: –

Wildlife Spooky CX – The Halloween-themed races continue this week at the Wildlife Prairie State Park, near Peoria. This area has a mountain bike/outdoor park, including a pump track, so it seems like the perfect location for a cross course with some technical elements. For race information, click here.

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Classic – This was always one of my favorite courses for cross. It’s located in a Milwaukee park and has some great technical areas as well as some grassy power sections. Head out to race and enjoy free beer and sausage after! For race information, click here.

Big Marsh Opening Day – Come out and see what this newly completed outdoor urban oasis is all about. For the grand opening they will have hikes, tours and you’ll be able to get in some riding on the bike park features. For event details, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 –Groundhog Psiclocross. Several years back they filmed the movie, Groundhogs Day in Woodstock and this race is celebrating that connection. In the movie, Bill Murray’s character kept repeating the same day over and over until he got things right. Psimet is taking a somewhat similar approach to this race by continually evolving the course, making it more interesting each year. Head out and see what changes are in store for this year. For race information, click here.

Camrock Cross –This area is well known to mountain bikers, with the Camrock mountain bike race held here earlier in the summer. The park has over 400 acres of land with lots of trails for riding and hiking, so it’s a great place for an interesting cross course. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Events #8 &#9 – Rest up for this two-day cross extravaganza held at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. Many racers opt to stay at the resort to minimize travel AND to enjoy the party atmosphere on Saturday night. For race information, click here.

Battle of Waterloo – You might not see Napoleon, but there will probably be some great battles held in this Wisconsin park. For race information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Big Marsh Bike Race – Wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving? Looking to stay away from the shopping mayhem and just enjoy the great outdoors? Head out to the Big Marsh Bike Park and get your cross racing on! You’ll feel spectacular after racing hard and burning off a few holiday meal calories. For event information, click here.

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.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicago Cubs and the Blues Brothers

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It’s a history making weekend in Chicago with the Cubs hosting their first World Series game in seventy one years. The city is buzzing with excitement and hope for a long-awaited win. How fitting is the timing of the World Series and the first race up for the weekend – Rhythm and Blues, a true Chicago connection. We’ve got another great weekend of weather ahead and so much to celebrate. Get out and have fun!

 

Events: –

Rhythm & Blues Revue –Before heading to the Cubs game, Jake and Elwood will probably be in Evanston to take park in the annual Rhythm & Blues cross race. The course is located at the Canal Shores Golf Course in Evanston, so it’s just a short ride from Wrigley. The event includes a kid’s ride and Specialized will be on hand with a demo fleet. There’s plenty of fun for everyone. For more information, click here.

Halloween Cylclocross Classic – Head out to this holiday-themed race located in Milwaukee’s Washington Park, which is an eco-friendly urban oasis. Race hard and then chill in the park and explore the Urban Ecology Center after. For event information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #6 – This week the series heads to St Charles for Campton Cross. This is one of the original Chicross Cup courses and was once known for its technical elements and elevation changes. Over time, some of the technical elements have been replaced with more power sections, but it remains a series favorite. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Wildlife Spooky CX – The Halloween-themed races continue next week at the Wildlife Prairie State Park, near Peoria. This area has a mountain bike/outdoor park, including a pump track, so it seems like the perfect location for a cross course with some technical elements. For race information, click here.

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Classic – This was always one of my favorite courses for cross. It’s located in a Milwaukee park and has some great technical areas as well as some grassy power sections. Head out to race and enjoy free beer and sausage after! For race information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 –Groundhog Psiclocross. Several years back, they filmed the Groundhogs Day movie in Woodstock, so this race is celebrating that connection. In the movie, Bill Murray’s character kept repeating the same day over and over until he got things right. Psimet is taking a somewhat similar approach to this race by continually evolving the course, making it more interesting each year. Head out and see what changes are in store for this year. For race information, click here.

Camrock Cross –This area is well known to mountain bikers, with the Camrock mountain bike race held here earlier in the summer. The park has over 400 acres of land with lots of trails for riding and hiking, so it’s a great place for an interesting cross course. For race information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Big Marsh Bike Race – Wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving? Looking to stay away from the shopping mayhem and just enjoy the great outdoors? Head out to the Big Marsh Bike Park and get a preview of the soon-to-be –open city Adventureland. You’ll feel spectacular after racing hard and burning off a few holiday meal calories. For event information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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