Bloomington Criterium

Bloomington Crit

It’s the final weekend of August, but we’re not quite ready to transition to the fall season. There’s a full slate of road and track races, including championship events. Make the most of the warm weather and head out the door on your bike!

Events:

Bloomington Criterium – Don’t hang up the road bikes just yet. The Bloomington criterium comes close to the end of the road season, but it’s anything but boring. It’s an eight corner crit with climbing and descending each lap. It’s pretty technical and being able to manage your momentum is key. For race information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This Midwest 20K time trial is a good mix of trees and cornfields and begins in the Deer Run Forest Preserve. There are four corners and a turnaround, but it’s not too technical. For race information, click here.

Track Events:

Illinois State Track Timed Events – One of the original dates was rained out, so they have rescheduled the Team Sprint, Individual Pursuit, Team Pursuit and the Women’s 500 meters events for this Monday, August 31. For information on the races, click here.

Illinois State Madison Championships –This Thursday’s track championship race is the Madison. It’s a team event, which is all about endurance, speed and most importantly, good exchanges. For information on the races, click here.

Coming Up:

Rapha Pop-Up – There’s a lot of excitement brewing about Rapha Pop Up Chicago. They’ll kick things off with a grand opening event on Thursday, September 3, and throughout the month of September there’ll be weekly rides and events. The first ride will be on Saturday, September 5. For details on all the events, click here.

MATTS Finale TT – This time trial course in Harvard, Illinois, is used a few times during the racing season. The roads are pretty pristine for the early part of the course, but are a little bumpy before the turnaround. The course, at 34.7K is a little shy of the standard 40K, but it’s a local favorite. It’s the final in the MATT’s series, so if you’re in the running, you better be there! For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Relay Cross

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Instead of a baton, you’ll need a bike to complete an exchange in this weekend’s relay race. The excitement’s been building for weeks as cross racers get ready for the first big event of the season. And, although the seasons are shifting, there’s still plenty of the summer season racing ahead. Read on for cycling events in our area

 

Events:

Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Nothing worth having comes easy and that’ll certainly be the case in the state time trial championships. The race is located in Paw Paw and features smooth pavement, but with rolling terrain and one turnaround. Riders will compete for both 20K and 40K distances, depending on age groups. For race details here.

Relay Cross at Jackson Park – It’s the pre-season tease with relay cross this weekend. This lighthearted event gives cross racers a taste of what’s ahead. It’s competitive and fun, so grab your partner and plan to be a part of the action. For event details, click here.

Boulevard Lakefront Tour – Looking for an adventure in the city? The Boulevard Lakefront Tour is back and should be better than ever. Choose from distances of 14 to 63 miles and tour parts of the City you might typically never get a chance to see. For information on the event, click here.

Track Events:

Illinois State Points Race Championships – The championship races continue for track racers at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. This week it’s the points race, which is an endurance race of sorts where points are awarded for sprints every 5 laps; 5 for first, 3 for second, 2 for third and 1 for forth. At the end of the race, the person with the most amount of points wins. It’ll be an exciting night of racing, so come out and race or spectate! For information on the races, click here.

Coming Up:

Bloomington Criterium – Don’t hang up the road bikes just yet. The Bloomington criterium comes close to the end of the road season, but it’s anything but boring. It’s an eight corner crit with climbing and descending each lap. It’s pretty technical and being able to manage your momentum is key. For race information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – This Midwest 20K time trial is a good mix of trees and cornfields and begins in the Deer Run Forest Preserve. There are four corners and a turnaround, but it’s not too technical. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Polonaise Championships

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Get your Polska on this weekend by coming out to the new Gift from the Heart Grand Prix in Schiller Park! From crits to cross, this weekend’s forecast is perfect for outdoor cycling adventures. See the details below for events in our area. Have fun!

Events:

Kirkie Vei 20K TT – If you’re looking for flat and fast, this isn’t your course. Touted as technical and hilly, this course is sure to challenge the focus of the seasoned time trial racer. For details on the event, click here.

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – It’s a bit of a drive to this race, as it’s located near St Louis, but it’s well worth it. The course is flat with 7 turns, several of which are tight and technical. There is substantial prize money and a downtown festival with lots of fans. For information on the event, click here.

Women’s Cyclo-cross Clinic – Ready or not, cyclo-cross season is right around the corner! If you’re looking for a tune-up or a chance to hone your skills to prepare for the upcoming season, this is your chance. The clinic is for intermediate and advanced riders and will be held at Big Marsh Chicago. For information on the clinic, click here.

Gift from the Heart Grand Prix/Polonaise Championship – This local race is new to the Chicago racing scene, but they’re doing it up big! The course features two 90 degree turns and one sweeping turn on a 1.3km course. They will also be awarding the top Polish riders in each category and with the amount of local Polish-American riders, there should be some great racing! For details on the event, click here.

Track Events:

Illinois State Elite Timed Championships – The timed events for the Elite State Championships will be held on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For more information on the races, click here.

Elaine Nekritz Race/ Women’s Illinois State Scratch Race – This week’s the big race week for the women at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The Elaine Nekritz race awards both the title for the event as well as the Illinois State Scratch race championship. It’ll be a great night of racing, so come out and be a part of the action. For information on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Illinois State Time Trial Championships – Nothing worth having comes easy and that’ll certainly be the case in the state time trial championships. The race is located in Paw Paw and features smooth pavement, but with rolling terrain and one turnaround. Riders will compete for both 20K and 40K distances, depending on age groups. For race details here.

Relay Cross at Jackson Park – Most cross events are competitive and fun, but this one gets bonus points on both marks. It’s a great way to gear up for the season, so grab your partner and plan to be a part of the action. For event details, click here.

Boulevard Lakefront Tour – Looking for an adventure in the city? The Boulevard Lakefront Tour is back and should be better than ever. Choose from distances of 14 to 63 miles and tour parts of the City you might typically never get a chance to see. For information on the event, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Palos Meltdown

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There’s a beautiful forest preserve in the near west suburbs of Chicago, and it has a past! The Palos forest preserve was once the location for nuclear testing during World War II, thus the name of the mountain bike race, the Palos Meltdown. The area is clear of any radioactive activity and it’s a beautiful place to hang out and of course, ride a bike. This weekend you can get in a little history lesson and spend some time in the great outdoors. Check below for the Meltdown as well as other great cycling events.

Events:

ABR Illinois State Criterium Championship – Located in Wood Dale, this course is an oldie but goodie. It’s not too technical, it’s close to home and there’s another jersey on the line! Check the ABR website for details.

Demo Days & Palos Meltdown – Take part in all the fun happening at Palos this weekend. On Saturday you can test out new bikes and componentry at Demo Days. SRAM, Giant, Specialized and Niner will be at Pulaski Woods at 10AM, so if you’re in the market for a new bike or just want to check things out, this is a perfect opportunity! Sunday is race day and this year’s course will feature a newly developed section of trail, so it should be better than ever. For more information, click here.

Villa Park Grand Prix – Looking for a race that’s local and is a basic, flat, four corner crit? Villa Park is your answer! Click here for information on the event.

Double Bong Time Trial – We’ve gone around once, added a half and now it’s a double for the Wisconsin State time trial championships on the Bong TT course. For details on the event, click here.

Track Events:

Roger Delange and Illinois State Scratch Race Championships – This is the biggest race of the year at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. It draws riders from near and far and the competition and speed are always blazing. The winner of the Roger Delange race will be crowned with both the Illinois State Scratch race title and victor of the prestigious race. Come out to race or come out to spectate. It’s going to be a great night! For information on the races, click here.

Coming Up

Kirkie Vei 20K TT – If you’re looking for flat and fast, this isn’t your course. Touted as technical and hilly, this course is sure to challenge the focus of the seasoned time trial racer. For details on the event, click here.

Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – It’s a bit of a drive to this race, as it’s located near St Louis, but it’s well worth it. The course is flat with 7 turns, several of which are tight and technical. There is substantial prize money and a downtown festival with lots of fans. For information on the event, click here.

Women’s Cyclo-cross Clinic – Ready or not, cyclo-cross season is right around the corner! If you’re looking for a tune-up or a chance to hone your skills to prepare for the upcoming season, this is your chance. The clinic is for intermediate and advanced riders and will be held at Big Marsh Chicago. For information on the clinic, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Mass Ave Criterium

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We’re heading into August, but there’s still plenty of racing on the horizon. From big to small, dirt to road, there’s something for every cyclist. Check the listings below and make the best of this sunny summer weekend on your bike.

Events:

Mass Ave Criterium – This weekend’s big event is the Mass Ave Criterium in downtown Indianapolis. There’ll be fast racing, big prize money and an all-day festival with lots of fans. For information on the event, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days #4 – The group is headed back to Palos and just in time for a preview of next week’s Palos Meltdown race. As always, these events are open to women of any ability and are a great opportunity to have fun on the trails. For more information, click here.

Bryce Master 19K Time Trial –Looking for a fast time trial course? This course is flat with only a few sweeping turns, and with the improved road surface, you’re sure to hit top cruising speeds. For information on the event, click here.

Two Rivers Road Race – This is a flatlander’s road race, located near Kankakee. It’s also the ABR Illinois State Road Race, so there are lots of jerseys on the line. Head south on Sunday and be prepared to ride! For details on the event, click here.

Track Events:

Madison Night – There are many exciting races on the track, but the Madison is always a crowd favorite. It’s a mass start event with two-person teams exchanging positions throughout the race by hand sling. It takes a lot of skill and good tactics to do well. Come out to race or spectate, it’s going to be a good night! For information on the races, click here.

Coming Up:

ABR Illinois State Criterium Championship – Located in Wood Dale, this course is an oldie but goodie. It’s not too technical, it’s close to home and there’s another jersey on the line! Check the ABR website for details.

Villa Park Grand Prix – Looking for a race that’s local and is a basic, flat, four corner crit? Villa Park is your answer! Click here for information on the event.

Palos Meltdown – The trails have finally dried up and they are in good condition for this local mountain bike race. This year’s course will feature a newly developed section of trail, so it should be better than ever. For more information, click here.

Double Bong Time Trial – We’ve gone around once, added a half and now it’s a double for the Wisconsin State time trial championships on the Bong TT course. For details on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the big blue moon tonight!

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Intelligentsia Cup

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The heat has finally made it to Chicago and just in time for the hot competition you’ll find at the races this weekend. Things kick off this evening with the Beverly Classic and continue on all weekend. Get out, race, spectate and have some summer fun.

Events:

2015 Intelligentsia Cup –The Intelligentsia Cup series begins today with the Beverly Classic, followed by the South Chicago Bike Race and finishing off the weekend with the Illinois State Road race in Willow Springs. For information on all the races, click here.

Dr Craig C Schultz 40K Memorial TT – This 40K TT in Cordova, Illinois is a super flat out and back course with smooth roads! Can’t get much better for super-fast times, so if you’re looking to PR in this distance, this is a great course. For race information, click here.

Track Events:

Sprinters Omnium III – Tomorrow is the third and final sprinters omnium for the season at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. The event with feature match sprints, 4 lap scratch races and win and out. For details on the event, click here.

Fast Friday 2 & Master’s Prep – This weekend Indy has a big lineup of racing. Whether you’re gearing up for a National event or just looking for some good competition, this event will be worth your while. The featured races will be the elimination, points the scratch. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

2015 Intelligentsia Cup Continued – The racing continues next week with two very technical courses and another two that are a little less so. First up is the Waukegan crit, which is a four corner crit in the downtown area. Friday the series heads to Elmhurst for slightly technical course and a slight grade into the start/finish area. Saturday is the Lake Bluff crit, which is technical due to tight corners and narrow roads. Finally, the series wraps up in Chicago with the Chicago crit in the west loop. This is another 4 corner crit, which is a bit more forgiving than Saturday. Head out for all the fun! For details, click here.

Venus de Miles – If you’re looking to spend the day doing all the things you love, then you should head out to the Venus de Miles ride (or run) this Sunday. This women’s event begins with either a 25 or 62 mile ride and then you’ll be welcomed back to food and all types of pampering activities. The event benefits the Greenhouse Scholars Foundation. For details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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It’s Tour Time

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It’s Tour de France time and if you’ve lacked that extra bit of motivation for your riding, the Tour can certainly get you back on the right track. There’s plenty of options for racing, so there’s no excuses! Get out, have fun and then go home and watch the Tour!

Events:

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 – 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 – It’s all about teamwork in this race, so pair up with your favorite training partner and plan to work hard together to cover the distance – fast! For details on the event, click here.

Track Events:

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

10 & 5 Mile Record Attempts – Next Thursday we’ll make another attempt to set new track records in both the 5 and 10 mile distances. For information on the races, click here.

Fast Friday 2 & Master’s Prep – Next weekend Indy has a big lineup of racing. Whether you’re gearing up for a National event or just looking for some good competition, this event will be worth your while. The featured races will be the elimination, points and the scratch. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

2015 Intelligentsia Cup – It’s round two for the big series of road races in our area. The Intelligentsia Cup is 7 days of racing over 2 weeks in the Chicago area. The series begins with a neighborhood race, the Beverly Classic, followed by the South Chicago Bike Race and finishing off the weekend with the Illinois State Road race in Willow Springs. For information on all the races, click here.

Dr Craig C Schultz 40K Memorial TT – Next week it’s off to Cordova, Illinois for this 40K time trial. It’s touted as a super flat out and back course, which should make for super-fast times. For race information, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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