March Rolls In…

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They say March rolls in like a lion and out like a lamb, well, let’s hope so! I can tolerate a little more winter weather as long as I know more spring-like weather will be coming soon. The new month brings us potentially warmer weather, added daylight and the start of the outdoor road cycling season. Let’s welcome in this new month and all that is ahead.

Events:

Half Acre Time Trial Series – Looking for a tough training session before getting your weekend started? Half Acre has you covered for a few weeks! The series begins this evening and continues next Friday and on 3/20 at hpiChicago. For more information, click here.

Movie Night @ BFF Bikes – Attend Movie Night at BFF bikes this Saturday. The featured movie is Wadja, which is about a Saudi Arabian girl going great lengths to get her first bicycle. The event is free. Please rsvp to annie@bffbikes.com.

Coming Up:

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 next Saturday 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 next Saturday, March 7 at Johnny Sprockets. For more information or to register, click here.

Specialized Time Trial Series Race #5 – The final race in the Specialized indoor series will be held next Saturday at Amphibian Multisport. For information on the race or to register, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races –This is the surest sign spring is right around the corner. In its 36th season, this series is like a rite of passage for new racers.  There’s typically a good mix of weather as well. Some race days are balmy and others are downright frigid, but the racers come, nonetheless. For details on the series, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Keep your heart pumping and maintain your fitness with cycling. Whether you have big goals for the upcoming season, or just want to be fit to enjoy the great outdoors, cycling will get you there. There are plenty of group fitness classes and competitions to keep you going during the winter months. Check below for what’s ahead.

Events:

Chicago Bike Swap – There’s still time and the opportunity to get in on a good deal on bike parts and equipment. Attend the 6th annual Chicago Bike Swap at Jak’s Tap, located at 901 West Jackson Blvd on Saturday from 11am to 4pm. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Team Snow Bike Enduro –Fat bikes are fun, but a fat bike team race is even better. The race is just over the border where there’s still plenty of snow and groomed trails. Rentals available if you don’t own a fat bike, so don’t delay and secure your spot. For information on the event, click here.

Specialized Indoor Time Trial Race Series – Event #4 – The next event in this series will be held at Higher Gear in Wilmette on Saturday, February 21. For information or to register, click here.

ABD Indoor TT Series Race #3 – This week’s race is a rolling course, but there’s no coasting on the downhill if you want to win! All the indoor races will be held at the Winfield Central School in Winfield, IL. For details on the event, click here.

Movie Night @ BFF Bikes – Attend Movie Night at BFF bikes on Saturday, February 28. The featured movie is Wadja, which is about a Saudi Arabian girl who goes to great lengths to get her first bicycle. The event is free. Please rsvp to annie@bffbikes.com.

Key Words Cycling Clinic – The racing season is coming soon, and each year Half Acre Cycling presents the Gapers Block criterium series for new racers. In advance of the series, Half Acre is partnering with Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling (CWEC) to put on this clinic to prep riders for a great start to the season. This clinic is great for all cyclists, including new racers, experienced racers and commuters. The event will be held at Johnny Sprockets on Saturday, March 7. More details to follow.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Time Trial Weekend

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It’s a time trial kind of weekend in Chicagoland with two options for racing on Sunday. Will you go solo or will you make it a team event? We’re also having a warmup this weekend with temps nearing 40 degrees! Be safe if you’re heading out on the roads and watch for slick spots where the snow has melted. As always, check the weather and check the listings below for cycling adventures ahead!

Events:

Chicago Bike Winter Art Show – Looking for a cultural activity that still involves your favorite sport? Attend the Chicago Bike Winter Art Show this evening from 6-11PM at Genesis Art Supply at 2525 N. Elston. For details on the event, click here.

Specialized Indoor Time Trial Race Series – Event #3 – Event #3 is this Sunday at the Village Cycle Sport in Arlington Heights. There are lots of prizes for each race and for the overall competition. For information or to register, click here.

FFC & Trimonster Training Indoor TT Series –There’s no shortage of indoor time trials to keep you fit or in race mode. This series will be held at the Lincoln Park Fitness Formula training center. The first of the three will be a 2 person team time trial, which will be an interesting twist to your typical indoor TT. For details on the series or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Team Snow Bike Enduro –Fat bikes are fun, but a fat bike team race is even better. There’s plenty of snow to keep things challenging, so don’t miss out on this winter fun fest. There are rentals available if you don’t own a fat bike, so don’t delay and secure your spot. For information on the event, click here.

Specialized Indoor Time Trial Race Series – Event #4 – The next event in this series will be held at Higher Gear in Wilmette on Saturday, February 21. For information or to register, click here.

Ray’s Indoor Park Women’s Weekend 2015 – Plan ahead to attend this year’s women’s weekend at Ray’s. 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.

 

Have a great weekend!

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February Begins

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February is knocking on our door and with that the hope of getting one step closer to spring. We’ll all be watching to see what the groundhog thinks this coming Monday. Will it be six more weeks of winter, or will we be spared and enjoy an early spring? One thing for sure is that the days are getting longer and it’s nice to see a little more light in the morning and in the evening.

Riding outside this winter hasn’t been terrible, certainly not like last year. There are also plenty of local events to keep you motivated an on-track with your training.

Events:

ABD Indoor TT Series Race #2 – Welcome February by getting in a little competition. The second race in ABD’s indoor series is a downhill course, so be prepared to push a big gear! All the indoor races will be held at the Winfield Central School in Winfield, IL. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Specialized Indoor Time Trial Race Series – Event #3 – Event #3 will be held at Village Cycle Sport in Arlington Heights on Sunday, February 8. The course has not yet been disclosed, but insiders say it will be rolling terrain. For information on the series or to register, click here.

FFC & Trimonster Training Indoor TT Series –There’s no shortage of indoor time trials to keep you fit or in race mode. This series will be held at the Lincoln Park Fitness Formula training center. The first of the three will be a 2 person team time trial, which will be an interesting twist to your typical indoor TT. For details on the series or to register, click here.

Ray’s Indoor Park Women’s Weekend 2015 – Plan ahead to attend this year’s women’s weekend at Ray’s. 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.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Weekend

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It’s another big weekend for women in Chicagoland with the women’s dinner on Saturday and the Townhall for the Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling (CWEC) program on Sunday. The weather is also delightful for January, so outdoor rides are possible and should be pleasant! What more could you ask for in the middle of winter?

Events:

Specialized Indoor Time Trial Series – Event #2 – The Specialized indoor time trial series continues this Saturday at Mill Race Cyclery in Geneva, IL. This week’s course covers rolling terrain, so it will be challenging for all. To register or for more information, click here.

Women’s Dinner- We’re all set for Saturday night! We have a large and mixed group of riders, including recreational, endurance, road, track, cross and mountain biking. There should be lots of laughter and plenty of good conversation! Thanks to Leigh Thompson for opening up her home for our event and to Kathy Corbett, for providing her culinary expertise!

 

I had a few requests for previous years photos, and I couldn’t come up with a group shot (we will take one this year and post it!) but Amy Dykema has shared her set from the 2012 dinner here.

 

CWEC Town Hall – Want to know all about the biggest thing to hit the Chicago Cycling scene? Attend the Town Hall this Sunday at Edge Athlete Lounge on Elston. Make sure you and your team are represented! For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

ABD Indoor TT Series Race #2 – This week’s race is a downhill course, so be prepared to push a big gear! All the indoor races will be held at the Winfield Central School in Winfield, IL. For details on the event, click here.

Specialized Indoor Time Trial Race Series  – Event #3 – Event #3 will be held at both Village Cycle Sports locations; Elk Grove Village and Arlington Heights on Sunday, February 8. The course has not yet been disclosed, but insiders say it will be rolling terrain. For information on the series or to register, click here.

Enjoy the great weather and have a great weekend!

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Chicago Bike Swap

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It’s going to be downright balmy this weekend in Chicagoland! With the snow melt and warm temperatures, many will probably take their training outdoors. Whether inside or out, there’s good stuff ahead!

While we look ahead, we also want to take a step back and celebrate the success stories from Cross Nationals. Did you know there were national championships in more than one country last week? Ireland had their Championships last weekend and the Cuttin Crew Racing Team was represented! Maria Larkin is from Ireland, but school and work brought her to our fine city of Chicago. Last weekend while others were competing in Austin, Maria was in Ireland, competing in their national competition! Maria not only raced well, but came in second, behind Ireland’s 6 time national champion. Pretty amazing!! To see some of the action from last week’s race, click here.

Events:

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Ready, Set, Go! The Chicago Winter Bike Swap is tomorrow at Harper College. Head out to find great deals on everything cycling. Get there early to make sure you don’t miss out on the best selection.  For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Specialized Indoor Time Trial Series – Event #2 – Local Specialized dealers are putting on a time trial series throughout the winter season. Each race is 20 minutes long with varying terrain. The catch is covering the furthest distance over the course of all the races. Racers can race multiple races at each event to add to mileage to their overall total. For those who might not be the fastest, there is still a way to compete for the overall. The next race will be held at Mill Race Cyclery in Geneva, IL. For event details, click here.

Women’s Dinner- We’re looking forward to a wonderful evening with friends and lots of great conversations about cycling. The annual women’s dinner is next Saturday at Leigh Thompson’s home in Winnetka and will be catered by Kathy Corbett. This event is open to all women cyclists. If you’re planning on joining us, please rsvp directly to me or on the Facebook link so we can get a full count of those attending. Thanks! For event details, click here.

 

CWEC Town Hall – Want to know all about the biggest thing to hit the Chicago Cycling scene? Attend the Town Hall on Sunday, January 25th and see what it’s all about and how you can be a part. The goal is to have representatives from all Chicago teams in attendance – make sure you’re not left out! For details on the event, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling

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It’s been a big week for cycling in Chicago with the introduction of Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling (CWEC). This program addresses the challenges faced by category 1 / 2 women in our area, and frankly, around the country. Women wanting to compete in professional level races, but are limited by a multitude of challenges. Whether you’re a rider with aspirations of competing at a higher level, someone who is looking to give back to the sport, or someone who is looking to connect with fellow racers, CWEC offers something for everyone.  It’s your community, find out how you can be a part of it. For information on CWEC, click here.

Events:

Cyclo-cross National Championships – They’re moving full speed ahead with the races in Austin, Texas. Racing began on Wednesday and will continue through Sunday. Many Chicagoans have made the journey south to be part of the festival.  A few have competed already while others wait anxiously for their turn. So far we’ve had one victory with Graciela Val winning the stars and stripes jersey in the 75+ category – way to go!! There’s still plenty ahead so be sure to root for your fellow Chicagoans! For details on the event, click here.

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap – Tis the season for bike swaps! The Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin will be full of action this Saturday as this annual cycling event gets underway.  Doors open at 8:30AM. Get there early for the best deals. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Race Series Event #1 – One season ends and another begins! The 2015 indoor time trial series begins this Sunday at the Winfield Central School.  This week’s course is rolling terrain, so prepare for some uphill challenges! Whether you’re looking for a challenging workout with a few friends or working on mastering the mind game behind being a good time trial racer, this event is perfect for you. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Looking for a good deal on cycling equipment or gear? Or, are you looking to unload some gear to get something new? The Chicago Winter Bike Swap is the perfect opportunity to manage all your cycling equipment and gear needs. The event will be held at Harper College on Saturday, January 17th. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Dinner- Join us for a wonderful evening of great food, friends and a chance to share stories from the past cycling season. This event is open to all women cyclists. Whether you’re a commuter, triathlete, bike racer or want to get into the sport.  The event is on Saturday, January 24th at 7PM at Leigh Thompson’s home in Winnetka. The dinner will be catered by Kathy Corbett and will include options for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike! For details or to RSVP, click here.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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