Barry Roubaix

Barry Roubaix

 

There’s more than a chill in the air, but that doesn’t seem to be keeping hearty Chicagoans from having fun on their bikes. Good luck to all those heading to Barry Roubaix, which is the largest gravel road race in the world! It’s going to be an epic event with over three thousand riders competing on 24, 36 and 62 mile courses. Chicago should be well represented, especially in the women’s fields! For those not heading to Michigan for the weekend, below is a listing of cycling related events.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #3 –It’s the final race in this spring series and your last chance to execute the perfect strategy for a win. For race information, click here.

Fit Form & Function Clinic –Do you have questions about bike fit or proper positioning while riding your bike? Attend this clinic on Tuesday and get the answers you’re looking for. For information on the event, click here.

Women’s Night Open House and Clothing Swap –Looking to hang out with a great group of cycling enthusiasts or curious about West Town Bikes is all about? Attend this social gathering on Wednesday for an evening of food, friends and cycling. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Lincoln Park Criterium – This race is located at Montrose and the lakefront and since it’s springtime, you’re almost guaranteed wind and some type of weather. The course has long straight-aways and a hairpin turn, which make for a fun and exciting race. For more information, click here.

The (Unofficial) Illinois State Goldsprints Spring Championships – Get your crit racing on early in the day at the LPC and then spend your evening at this sprint competition. You’ll be raising money for the Northbrook Velodrome resurfacing fund, so it’s a feel- good and worthy cause. For more information, click here.

Road Racing Clinic –Looking for a little more guidance before heading into the Gaper’s Block crit series? Attend this clinic taught by Greg Meeker and gain some valuable knowledge to prepare you for racing your bike. For more information, click here.

Gapers Block Criterium Series – Calling all new racers to the line! It’s springtime and it’s Gapers Block time. This four day series is designed to immerse you in crit racing, by racing the same course and most likely the same competitors, day after day. If you’re new to racing, this is a great opportunity for you! For information on the series, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit on April 11. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Spring Racing and Riding Options

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Hold on to your helmets, a great rush of springtime events is heading our way. Make sure you’re ready and map out a course for your best season ever. There are rides, races and plenty of clinics ahead, so do your best to take it all in. Check the listing below for a glimpse at the current cycling events.

 

Events:

Half Acre Time Trial Series – The final Friday night Half Acre/hpiChicago computrainer series event is this evening. One more opportunity to power through a competition ahead of your weekend fun.  For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join the Wheeling Wheelmen for their annual spring ride. Ride options include 16, 20 and 36 mile routes in scenic Wauconda, IL. For event details, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #2 –It’s round #2 in this spring series. Will you be looking to correct the mistakes made in race #1 or add to your success in the overall? It’s a great series and if you’re looking for a tune-up before the main season, these races are a great option. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #3 –It’s the final race in this spring series and your last chance to execute the perfect strategy for a win. For race information, click here.

The (Unofficial) Illinois State Goldsprints Spring Championships – Challenge your competitors to a sprint competition and raise money for the Northbrook Velodrome resurfacing fund. For more information, click here.

Lincoln Park Criterium – This race is located at Montrose and the lakefront and since it’s springtime, you’re almost guaranteed wind and some type of weather. The course has long straight-aways and a hairpin turn, which make for a fun and exciting race. For more information, click here.

Road Racing Clinic –Looking for a little more guidance before heading into the Gaper’s Block crit series? Attend this clinic taught by Greg Meeker and gain some valuable knowledge for racing your bike. For more information, click here.

Gapers Block Criterium Series – Calling all new racers to the line! It’s springtime and it’s Gapers Block time. This four day series is designed to immerse you in crit racing, by racing the same course and most likely the same competitors, day after day. If you’re new to racing, this is a great opportunity for you! For information on the series, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit on April 11. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Spring Road Racing Begins

We’ve got the luck of the Irish on our side this week with some great weather for the foreseeable future! You can head out the door with a layer or two and feel the wind flow over your face without the fear of frostbite! If you’ve been itching to get outside, this is your opportunity!

Events:

Ray’s Indoor Park Women’s Weekend 2015 –Women’s weekend has kicked off Friday at Ray’s in Milwaukee. Events include coaching by pro mountain bikers, and there are women specific specials all weekend. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor TT Series Event #4 – This is the last indoor race for this series (the final race in the series will be held outside on April 12). The challenge for this week is to keep the pressure on the pedals on this downhill course. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #1 –The outdoor road racing season begins this Sunday with this classic Wisconsin series. The course is not too technical and if you’re looking to get a jump on your competition, this series is a great option. For details on the series, click here.

Coming Up:

Half Acre Time Trial Series – The final Friday night Half Acre/hpiChicago computrainer series event is next Friday. The courses are relatively short, so it’s an all-out effort. It’s a light-hearted atmosphere and a perfect way to start your weekend. For more information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – Join he Wheeling Wheelmen for their annual spring ride. Ride options include 16, 20 and 36 mile routes in scenic Wauconda, IL. For event details, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races #2 –It’s round #2 in this spring series. Will you be looking to correct the mistakes made in race #1 or add to your success in the overall? It’s a great series and if you’re looking for a tune-up before the main season, these races are a great option. For race information, click here.

CWEC’s Development Series Event #2-Want to improve your confidence on the bike? Attend this skills clinic and practice everything from balancing to bumping –safely! The clinic is in conjunction with the Super Crit on April 11. For more information, click here.

Have a great day!!

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Spring Forward

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Times, they are a changing! This weekend we turn the clocks ahead begin the journey into longer days and warmer weather. While we’re not out of the woods with the cold, the upcoming forecast is looking promising for riding outside. There’s plenty ahead, inside and out. Check the listings below for your cycling options.

 

Events:

Half Acre Time Trial Series – The Friday night Half Acre/hpiChicago computrainer races are on again this evening. Begin your weekend festivities guilt-free by powering through a race and burning off a little reserve! For more information, click here.

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 tomorrow 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 at Johnny Sprockets at 11AM. For more information or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Ray’s Indoor Park Women’s Weekend 2015 –Women’s weekend is next weekend at Ray’s in Milwaukee. 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.

Kenosha Velosport Spring Training Races –The outdoor road racing season begins next weekend with this classic Wisconsin series. The course is not too technical and if you’re looking to get a jump on your competition, this series is a great option. For details on the series, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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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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