Fox River Grove

Being a mountain goat might be helpful in a few of the events scheduled for this weekend. There’s plenty of climbing and power required to succeed, but plenty of fun and exciting challenges as well. The local calendar is full of activities, so select your elevation choice wisely : )

Events:

May WoMo Ride – This Saturday the ladies from the BFF Cycling Team will be leading the monthly women’s ride. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am, with a pick-up on the north side at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. From there the group will head to Highland Park for a coffee stop before returning to the city. For more information, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – If you’re looking for a road race that’s relatively close to home, head to Palmyra on Saturday. The course is an 8.1 mile scenic loop with rolling hills. For more information, click here.

Fox River Grove Criterium – Attention all power climbers! Head out to this unique course where you’ll challenge your climbing skills on the first half of the course and descending skills on the other half. For more information, click here.

O’Fallon Grand Prix – It’s a bit of a drive to southern Illinois, but it’s well worth it for this challenging road course. For more information, click here.

Harvard 33.3K TT – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For more information, click here.

 

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Structured Training – If you’re looking to train specifically for the track, then head out to the Monday night training sessions. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here. There will be no training on the 27th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Thursday Night Racing – The featured event for this Thursday is the Madison! This event is one of the more exciting races to watch and race. Teams of two combine efforts in a points race, exchanging places with hand slings. Come out and see what it’s all about. For more information, click here.

Sprinters Dream Omnium Series – This is the first in a series of three match sprint competitions held over the summer. The day begins with a 200 meter qualifier, followed by pairings for match sprints. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

LaBaugh Woods Practice Races – This weekly series has been extended through June 11th. Each Tuesday the first race goes off at 6:30pm. For more information, click here.

Bikes to Beer – Join the crew at BFF Bikes on their next beer run. This edition the riders will head to the Ravinia Brewing Company where they’ll sample some beer and grab a snack before heading home. The Metra is nearby for those looking for a lift home. The ride is next Saturday, May 25th departing at 9am. For more information, click here.

Quad Cities Memorial Day Races – The heavy-hitters will be heading to the Quad Cities next weekend for a historic series of races. There are four days of racing, each course having a unique series of challenges. First up is the Burlington Road Race on Friday which is an out and back course on gently rolling terrain. Saturday is the famed, Snake Alley Criterium which races up a steep and crooked cobbled climb. Sunday is the Melon City Criterium which is a loop around a park that includes climbing and descending. The descent includes a speed bump at the bottom for extra thrills. Finally Sunday is the Quad Cities Criterum. This course has changed locations over time, but it’s always a fast event. For details on the series, click here.

ABD Master’s Memorial Day Races – If you’re looking to race over the holiday weekend, but want to stay close to home, this series fills the need. Saturday and Sunday’s races will be held in Wood Dale on the business park course. Monday the series heads to West Chicago to the Old Pella Windows course.  For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

This weekend we celebrate women and the role of mothers. It’s a time to feel empowered by the role and responsibility, but also a reminder to stay true to ourselves. Get out and do what makes you happy and take advantage of a little pampering as well. It’ll be a brisk, but bright weekend with plenty of opportunities to have fun. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Region Riot Criterium – This 1.3 mile race course is flat and fast, so if you’re looking for some great criterium racing that’s close to home, you’re in luck! After the race, stick around for food, music and fun. For more information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This classic Wisconsin race course is a 1.2 mile loop around a park. It includes an uphill climb to the start/finish and a sweeping descent with a wide open corner which is great for keeping your momentum. For more information, click here.

Cindyrella Classic – Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with two days of riding and make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Saturday’s ride is in West Bend and Sunday’s ride is in Cedarburg. Choose between 10 or 24 mile courses. For more information, click here.

Cyclo-Femme Ride – Be part of a women’s ride that spans the globe. Locally you can join the Highland Park Women’s group for their pedals not petals ride which is a 35 mile loop departing at 8:30am from Buffalo Grove. For more information, click here. There’s also a Cyclo-Femme ride in Elgin which departs at 2pm and will follow the Fox River trail to East Dundee. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Monday Night Structured Training – If you’re looking to train specifically for the track, then head out to the Monday night training sessions. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Thursday Night Racing – It’s the second week of racing and we’re already looking to break records. This evening’s main events are the ten and five mile record attempts. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

LaBaugh Woods Practice Races – This weekly series has been extended through June 11th. Each Tuesday the first race goes off at 6:30pm. For more information, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – If you’re looking for a road race that’s relatively close to home, head to Palmyra next weekend. The course is an 8.1 mile scenic loop with rolling hills. For more information, click here.

Fox River Grove Criterium – Attention all power climbers! Head out to this unique course where you’ll challenge your climbing skills on the first half of the course and descending skills on the other half. For more information, click here.

O’Fallon Grand Prix – It’s a bit of a drive to southern Illinois, but it’s well worth it for this challenging road course. For more information, click here.

Harvard 33.3K TT – This course is nicknamed the big dipper for its shape. It’s one of the smoothest courses around with the exception of the dipper section. This event is great for the time trial specialists as well as triathletes and those looking to compete without a pack of riders. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

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Track Season Begins

May is officially Bike Month and we’re getting the month started with some well-deserved mild temperatures and sunny skies! Put away your rain boots and head to the dry roads this weekend. There’s plenty to do in our area. Check the listings below for a few ideas.

Events:

LaCrosse Omnium – This three day series includes a time trial today, a road race on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday. See how you stack up as an all-rounder and head north for a solid weekend of racing. For more information, click here.

Monsters of the Midway – It’s the second and final race in this cross town classic series. This week the race will be held on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. The course is known for its long straight-aways, wide open corners and wind off the lake. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Track Cycling Clinic –Track cycling season begins this coming week and if you’re looking to take part in racing, but have no experience, this event is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of riding a fixed gear bike and track racing. This FTW event will be held on Sunday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. For more information, click here.

Racing Number Pick-up & Opening Night Pre-registration– Track season is here! The first night of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome is this Thursday, May 9th. Avoid the lines on Thursday and come out on Monday to pre-register. There will also be a Rapha pop-up store. The event is from 6-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Monday Night Structured Training – If you’re looking to train specifically for the track, then head out to the Monday night training sessions. Registration is at 6:30pm and warmup begins at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

LaBaugh Woods Practice Races – This weekly series has been extended through June 11th. Each Tuesday the first race goes off at 6:30pm. For more information, click here.

Region Riot Criterium – This 1.3 mile race course is flat and fast, so if you’re looking for some great criterium racing that’s close to home, you’re in luck! After the race, stick around for food, music and fun. For more information, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium – This classic Wisconsin race course is a 1.2 mile loop around a park. It includes an uphill climb to the start/finish and a sweeping descent with a wide open corner which is great for keeping your momentum. For more information, click here.

Cindyrella Classic – Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with two days of riding and make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Saturday’s ride is in West Bend and Sunday’s ride is in Cedarburg. Choose between 10 or 24 mile courses. For more information, click here.

Cyclo-Femme Ride – Be part of a women’s ride that spans the globe. Locally you can join the Highland Park Women’s group for their pedals not petals ride which is a 35 mile loop departing at 8:30am from Buffalo Grove. For more information, click here. There is also a Cyclo-Femme ride in Elgin which departs at 2pm and will follow the Fox River trail to East Dundee. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend.

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Lincoln Park Criterium

There’s a full line-up of events this weekend, so we’re holding out hope that we’ll be spared from the cold winter mix that’s in the forecast. Check the listings below for all the exciting options and cross your fingers that we’ll have a pleasant weekend.

Events:

April WoMo Ride – It’s the first women’s ride of the season and the ladies from the XXX-racing team will be the leading the group. The ride departs from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am on Saturday. The route heads north to Highland Park where there’ll be a coffee stop before returning to the city. For more information, click here.

BFF’s Bikes to Beer – If you love biking and beer, be sure to join this group of riders on this month’s ride to Bulldog Brewing. The 40 mile ride departs from BFF Bikes on Saturday, April 27th at 9am and will head south to Whiting, Indiana. There’s an option to take the Metra back to the city after visiting the brewery. For more information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – It’s the first race in this cross town classic series. The race is held in Lincoln Park on Sunday. This close-to-home course is famous for its hairpin turn and wind off the lake. For more information, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K TT – This 20K course is used twice a season. First in the spring, and then again in late summer when the added tree cover can provide a little relief from the elements. It’s a challenging course with rolling hills and chip and seal pavement. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Road to Junior Nationals Fundraiser – Help promote junior cycling and encourage the Kenosha juniors to strive to achieve at this year’s national championship. The Kenosha Velosport team is hosting a chicken dinner fundraiser this Saturday. The event is from 12:30 to 5PM; sit-down or carry out is available and there are also raffles. For more information, click here.

Monday Night Structured Training – The first night of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome is Thursday, May 9th. If you’re looking to train specifically for the track, then head out to the Monday night training sessions. Registration is at 6:30PM and warmup begins at 7PM. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling Clinic –Track cycling season is just around the corner and if you’re looking to take part in racing, but have no experience, this event is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of riding a fixed gear bike and track racing. This FTW event will be held on Sunday, May 5th at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

LaBaugh Woods Practice Crit Series – If you’re looking to sharpen your criterium racing skills, take part in this weekly series. The races are held each Tuesday in April and the first race goes off at 6pm. For more information, click here.

Ladies Night – Looking for a fun cycling themed evening? Attend ladies night at the Trek store in Highland Park on Thursday, May 2. The event will include a no-drop ride, presentations, a raffle and refreshments. For more information, click here.

LaCrosse Omnium – This three day series includes a time trial on Friday, a road race on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday. See how you stack up as an all-rounder and head north for a solid weekend of racing. For more information, click here.

Monsters of the Midway – It’s the second and final race in this cross town classic series. This week the race will be held on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. The course is known for its long straight-aways, wide open corners and wind off the lake. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Holiday Weekend

We’re heading into the holiday weekend with a better forecast than last week. There’s no races nearby, but there are plenty of local rides and open roads to get your cycling fix. Get out and enjoy some great spring weather.

Events:

Whitnall Park Spring Classic – The only race scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled due to poor road conditions L If you have pre-registered for the event, the promoters are issuing refunds. For details, click here.

Coming Up:

LaBaugh Woods Practice Crit Series – If you’re looking to sharpen your criterium racing skills, take part in this weekly series. The races are held each Tuesday in April and the first race goes off at 6pm. For more information, click here.

April WoMo Ride – It’s the first women’s ride of the season and the ladies from the XXX-racing team will be the leading the group. The ride departs from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am on Saturday, April 27th. The route heads north to Highland Park where there’ll be a coffee stop before returning to the city. For more information, click here.

BFF’s Bikes to Beer – If you love biking and beer, be sure to join this group of riders on this month’s ride to Bulldog Brewing. The 40 mile ride departs from BFF Bikes on Saturday, April 27th at 9am and will head south to Whiting, Indiana. There’s an option to take the Metra back to the city after visiting the brewery. For more information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – It’s the first race in this cross town classic series. The race is held in Lincoln Park on Sunday, April 28th. This close-to-home course is famous for its hairpin turn and wind off the lake. For more information, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K TT – This 20K course is used twice a season. First in the spring, and then again in late summer when the added tree cover can provide a little relief from the elements. It’s a challenging course with rolling hills and chip and seal pavement. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Ladies Night – Looking for a fun cycling themed evening? Attend ladies night at the Trek store in Highland Park on Thursday, May 2. The event will include a no-drop ride, presentations, a raffle and refreshments. For more information, click here.

Monsters of the Midway – It’s the second and final race in this cross town classic series. This week the race will be held on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. The course is known for its long straight-aways, wide open corners and wind off the lake. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling Clinic –Track cycling season is just around the corner and if you’re looking to take part in racing, but have no experience, this event is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of riding a fixed gear bike and track racing. This FTW event will be held on Sunday, May 5th at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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A Roubaix Weekend

 

It’s a Roubaix themed weekend with the infamous Paris Roubaix race in France and the Barry Roubaix race, which is relatively local. Both courses feature challenging obstacles. In France the challenge is the cobblestones and in Michigan it’s gravel and sand. What cycling adventure will you be up for this weekend? Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Barry Roubaix – This Michigan gravel race has become the main event for gravel in the Midwest. The race offers 22, 36, 62 (metric century) and 100 mile courses, all of which are challenging. The gun goes off early tomorrow morning. Good luck to all the racers! For more information, click here.

UW Whitewater Race Weekend– It’s two days of racing in southern Wisconsin. Saturday’s event is a road race, which are few and far between around here, so don’t miss out on a great opportunity.  Sunday’s race is a criterium, which should provide plenty of speed for a thrilling race. For more information, click here.

Paris Roubaix Viewing Party – If you didn’t make your way to France to see this race, you can still catch all the action at this viewing party at Johnny Sprockets. The party begins at 4pm on Sunday. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

LaBaugh Woods Practice Crit Series – If you’re looking to sharpen your criterium racing skills, take part in this weekly series. The races are held each Tuesday in April and the first race goes off at 6pm. For more information, click here.

Whitnall Park Spring Classic – Speaking of classics, this Wisconsin race is just that. The course makes a loop around a park and features climbing and descending. It’s a fun event and one not to miss. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Lincoln Park Criterium – It’s the first of this cross town crit classic series, held in Lincoln Park on Sunday, April 28th. This close-to-home course is famous for its hairpin turn and wind off the lake. For more information, click here.

Ladies Night – Looking for a fun cycling themed evening. Attend ladies night at the Trek store in Highland Park on Thursday, May 2. The event will include a no-drop ride, presentations, a raffle and refreshments. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling Clinic –Track cycling season is just around the corner and if you’re looking to take part in  racing, but have no experience, this event is perfect. You’ll learn the basics of riding a fixed gear bike and track racing. This FTW event will be held on Sunday, May 5th at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Skyway Crit Series

As we head into April this weekend, we also head straight into the spring classics. At home there are the tried and true road races and now the newer gravel races. In Europe, the one day classics are in full swing. Catch onto the excitement and get out and ride. There are plenty of options ahead. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races – It’s the third and final week of this series. One last chance to get some pre-season races under your belt! For more information, click here.

Autobahn Spring Classic – Want to feel like Speed Racer? You can fulfill your need for speed on this race car track in Joliet. For more information, click here.

Pastry-Brest-Pastry – If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, head out to this pastry-filled ride. It’s 65 miles of mixed terrain, self-supported fun with four checkpoints stocked with donuts. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Skyway Criterium Series – If you’re new to bike racing, this series is just for you! It’s four consecutive days of racing where the only thing on the line is an opportunity to grow. The series is April 1-4 at Calumet Park. For more information, click here.

Rough Road 100 – Head to Morris next Saturday for some gravel fun. You can select from a metric century or go for the full 100 miles. Like the European classics, this race is divided up into sectors, each having a distinct challenge. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Crit – You get a second chance to race on a race car track next Sunday at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit. This course has plenty of twist and turns, but no real corners so it offers up a different challenge then most four corner crits. It’s a great course for the early season. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Barry Roubaix – This Michigan gravel race has become the main event for gravel in the Midwest. The race offers a 22, 36, 62 (metric century) and 100 mile courses, all of which are challenging. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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