A Cyclists Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is all about the heart. Typically candy, cards and a night out with your sweetie is what it takes to make your heart happy. Cyclists have another view on how to have a happy heart and that is to ride. Make sure your heart is happy and strong and get in your riding this weekend. Check below for all the heart-happy Valentine’s Day opportunities.

Events:

Winter Bike Art Show – Looking for the arts in cycling? Attend the 19th annual Winter Bike Art Show, which is a showcase of the creative talent in our cycling community. The show opens this evening at 5:30pm and will continue over the weekend. For details on the event, click here.

Fat Cupid Classic – Valentine’s Day doesn’t get much better than this! Take part in this fat tire race which takes place on groomed cross country ski trails. The race is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, so there’s a bit of a drive ahead for this sweetheart event. For race details, click here.

Intent’s Indoor It Takes Two Time Trial – Partner up for this 15K time trial event on Valentine’s Day. Your combined team time will go up against other paired riders to see who has the fastest time of the day. For race information, click here.

Women in Cycling Film Viewing – Attend this mini film festival and discussion celebrating women in cycling, sponsored by Women Bike Chicago and Greeline Wheels. The event will be held at Greenline Wheels in Oak Park on Tuesday, February 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Coming up:

Winter Bike Swap – In its 6th year, this annual bike swap offers up a bit of a twist to the traditional bike swap. It’s held at Jaks Tap in the west loop and there’ll be bikes, gear, socializing and networking with a good representation from all parts of the cycling community. For information on the event, click here.

CWEC Clinic Series Event #1 – Looking to have a successful cycling season? That takes goals and planning. If you’re looking for help in the process, attend this “Planning a Season” clinic on Saturday the 20th. For information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series Race #3 – It’s back to a flat 10K course, which will be great for those able to push a big gear and might be challenged a bit by going uphill. Keep building your fitness and your overall points in the MATT’s series! For race information, click here.

Plan Ahead

Women’s Weekend at Ray’s – This year’s event is the first weekend in March. Reserve your spot now for a fun weekend of indoor mountain biking with coaching and tips from Leigh Donovan and her team. There’s something for every level and Ray’s is a great place to practice, practice, practice! For information and registration, click here.

Resource’s for Women Cyclists

Women’s Cycling Resource – A shout-out to the chainlink’s relaunched resource section dedicated to women’s cycling. Please bookmark this link for a comprehensive list of resources for women cyclists.

Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Early Spring Predictions

Punxsutawney Phil

To the excitement of many, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from Gobblers Knob without seeing a shadow, thus predicting an early spring! Whether you believe in the forecast or not, the weather will warm enough to get outside and ride this weekend. There are not too many events this weekend, but it’s easy enough to join a group or take your training on the road. Have fun!

Events:

Bumble Bounce – There may not be a frozen tundra, but you still may find the Bumble creature out on course for tomorrow’s fat tire race. The race is located in Port Washington, Wisconsin, so it’s just north of Milwaukee. Head north for some fat tire fun. For race information, click here.

Coming up:

Winter Bike Art Show – Looking for the arts in cycling? Attend the 19th annual Winter Bike Art Show, which is a showcase of the creative talent in our cycling community. For details on the event, click here.

Fat Cupid Classic – Valentine’s Day doesn’t get much better than this! Take part in this fat tire race which takes place on groomed cross country ski trails. The race is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, so plan ahead to make the trip for this sweetheart event. For race details, click here.

Intent’s Indoor It Takes Two Time Trial – Partner up for this 15K time trial event on Valentine’s Day. Your combined team time will go up against other paired riders to see who has the fastest time of the day. For race information, click here.

Women in Cycling Film Viewing – Attend this mini film festival and discussion celebrating women in cycling, sponsored by Women Bike Chicago and Greeline Wheels. The event will be held at Greenline Wheels in Oak Park on Tuesday, February 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

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UCI World Cyclo-Cross Championships

Hoogerheide

We’re in for a bit of a heatwave this weekend, with temps reaching into the mid 40’s. Be sure to get outside and feel the freedom only a great bike ride can bring!

There may be a heatwave in Chicago, but things will really be heating up in a place about four thousand miles away. The cycling world will turn its focus to Hoogerheide, Belgium this weekend with the 2016 UCI World Championship Cyclo-Cross races. We’ll have newly crowned champions this Sunday, will your favorite be among them? For information on the event, click here.

 

Events:

Cold Roll – Looking for a way to cure the winter blues? Take part in this fat bike retreat and adventure. The two day event will take place at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, overlooking Lake Bloomington (IL). There’ll be riding, hiking, yoga and more and it all benefits Easter Seals. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series Event #5 – This fat bike series has added a new race to the schedule and it’s this Saturday. The race will be held in Minooka Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I doubt there will be much snow to plow through, but it’s possible you may be treated to a preview of the mountain bike trails that are scheduled to open this coming June – who knows?? Whatever the course, the event should be fun. For details, click here.

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – If you’re looking for a good deal on bikes, bike parts or other cycling equipment, then you should head out to the bike swap this Sunday. Plan to arrive early for the best finds and stay late for the best deals. For more information on the event, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series Event #2 – The annual series continues with a hilly 10k course to challenge the limits of your power. For details on the event, click here.

Intent Indoor Time Trial #2 – There’s a second option for indoor time trials with Intent’s race. The course is similar to the ABD race, except there’s an additional 5K to cover. For race details, click here.

Coming up:

Frosty Hog Fat Tire Relay Race – Next weekend, head north to Cudahy, Wisconsin for this fat tire relay race. The course is located in Sheridan Park, which is located along Lake Michigan, and may create a great environment for a fierce course. For race details, click here.

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series Event #6 – The fat bike series continues with a trip north to Fon du Lac, where there certainly is a better chance of snow. The race is located in Roosevelt Park, which is at the southern edge of Lake Winnebago. Plan ahead to make a trip north for a great adventure. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Annual Women’s Dinner

womwn's dinner

We’re well into January and seem to be experiencing a bit of a warming trend, which is awesome no matter if you train inside or outside. The days are also getting a little longer so we’re certainly headed in the right direction! Keep the focus on your season goals, as it’ll be here before you know it. Lots of cycling events around town to keep you busy. Check the details below to plan out your adventures.

 

Events:

Fattyooshko Fat Tire Bike Race –The outdoor cycling fun continues with this fat bike race. It’ll be hot laps around Kosciusko Park in Milwaukee. Enter as an individual or team up for a relay. If you need a fat bike, some may be available to rent. For information, click here.

Annual Women’s Dinner –The annual women’s dinner is tomorrow night and we’re set for a great evening of celebrating 2015’s season and making a toast to a great 2016. We’re l looking forward to catching up with our favorite racers and riders and enjoying an amazing dinner. The event is at Leigh Thompson’s home in Winnetka at 6:30PM. For more information, click on the Facebook link here.

New Year’s Social – SCVA – Join the South Side Velodrome Association at Revolution Brewing to toast a few pints and to raise funds for the velodrome. The event is on Sunday and will include a silent auction with items from some great local vendors. Do your part to help the velodrome continue to be part of Chicago. For event details, click here.

Coming up:

Chicago Winter Bike Swap – If you’re looking for a good deal on bikes, bike parts or other cycling equipment, then you should head out to the bike swap next Saturday. Plan to arrive early for the best finds and stay late for the best deals. For more information on the event, click here.

Cold Roll – Looking for a way to cure the winter blues? Take part in this fat bike retreat and adventure. There’ll be riding, hiking, yoga and more and it all benefits Easter Seals. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series Event #2 – The annual series continues with a hilly 10k course to challenge the limits of your power. For details on the event, click here.

Intent Indoor Time Trial #2 – There’s a second option for indoor time trials with Intent’s race. The course is similar to the ABD race, except there’s an additional 5K to cover. For race details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Roller Coaster Weather

Roller Coaster

It’s been a roller-coaster week in the weather department with some crazy highs and lows, and it looks like the trend will continue. If you’ve continued to ride through the changes, you can certainly appreciate how amazing it is to pedal into the warm air after carefully bundling up and braving the cold. Soak up that heat before the chill returns and enjoy a great weekend of riding – indoors or outside!

Events:

Intent Multisport Indoor Time Trial Series Event #1 – Keep up the intensity by challenging yourself to an indoor time trial this weekend. This event will be held on Sunday in Woodridge and feature a 20K flat course. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series Race #4 – The fat bike series heads to Kletzsch Park in Glendale, Wisconsin, which is a Milwaukee suburb. It’s a beautiful park with a small waterfall, which may be frozen on Sunday. Bundle up if you head north to race, it’s gonna be a cold one. For race information, click here.

New Year’s Social – SCVA – Join the South Side Velodrome Association at Revolution Brewing to toast a few pints and to raise funds for the velodrome. The event is on Sunday and will include a silent auction with items from some great local vendors. Do your part to help the velodrome continue to be part of Chicago. For event details, click here.

Coming up:

Winter Bike to Work Day & Winter Bike Challenge – Are you up to the challenge of commuting during the winter? Join other Chicagoans and the Active Transportation Alliance as they kick off this challenge with the Winter Bike to Work Day, which is next Friday, January 22. For details on all the events, click here.

Annual Women’s Dinner – Next Saturday, January 23rd, is the annual women’s dinner. It’s always a great time to catch up with your favorite racers and riders, enjoy an amazing dinner catered by Kathy Corbett and go home with an award reflective of your seasons accomplishments. The event will be held at Leigh Thompson’s home in Winnetka at 6:30PM. For more information, and to rsvp, click on the Facebook link here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cyclo-Cross National Championships

Biltmore-autumn

It’s all about national championships this week. The stage for this series is on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina. Such an amazing setting, most would never imagine would be a championship course for cyclo-cross. The course includes some flat sections, a pass through a barn, a flyover and some steep elevation we’re not accustomed to in the Midwest.
Back home the weather is a bit of a roller-coaster, so your cycling activities may need to be inside, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do. Check below for this weekend’s options.
Events:
National Cyclo-Cross Championships –It’s been a successful week so far for Chicagoans competing in the cyclo-cross championships. Dani Arman took the top spot in the 23-34 non championship race on Tuesday and others have had top finishes in their fields. There’s still more to come for our racers, including Dani. To check on results or upcoming races, click here.
Irish National Cyclo-Cross Championships – It’s all about nationals this week, but for Maria Larkin, it’s the Irish National Championships. Maria calls Chicago home, now, but she is from Ireland and she’s gearing up for the big race on Sunday. Last year she took silver and we’re hoping for a repeat or better this time around. To read a little of her story, click here.
Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap – It’s short notice, but if you don’t have plans for tomorrow, then you should plan to head to Madison for this annual event. If you’re looking for some new-to-you equipment or that hard to find component, the bike swap is the place to go. Get there early to find the best equipment, stay late for the best deals. For information, click here.
ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – Event #1 – It’s that time of year again! When the conditions outside are cold and snowy, the solution to keep race-ready is to compete in this annual indoor race series. The first event features a 10K flat course, which means you just pour out steady power for as long as it takes. Each of the indoor courses is held at the Winfield Central High School. For more information, click here.
Coming up:
Women Bike Chicago Launch Party – Come check out the latest effort for women cyclists in Chicago. Attend this launch party at BFF Bikes on Thursday, January 14 at 6:30PM. The event is free and there will be prizes and raffle items. For information on Women Bike Chicago or the event, click here.
Annual Women’s Dinner – Plan ahead to attend the annual women’s dinner. It’s always a great time to catch up with your favorite racers and riders, enjoy an amazing dinner catered by Kathy Corbett and go home with an award reflective of your seasons accomplishments. The event will be held at Leigh Thompson’s home in Winnetka on January 23. For more information, click on the Facebook link here.
Have a great weekend!

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Happy New Year

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Welcome in the New Year! It’s a time of celebration, a time to reflect and a time to set new goals for the coming year. The opportunities are endless, so go into this new year with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and passion for the things that make your life complete.

Events:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Race Series Event #3 –You’d think it would be time to stay inside this time of the season, but with today’s fat bikes, which can conquer just about any terrain, the racing continues! This weekend’s race will be held at Whitnall Park, near Milwaukee. This park hosts the classic Whitnall Park criterium during the road season. This time around it’ll be a bit different going off-road and through the snow. Should be a fun adventure. For race information, click here.

National Cyclo-Cross Championships – The national championships for cyclo-cross begin this Tuesday, January 5th and continue through the 10th. The races will be held in Asheville, North Carolina. Events will include non-championship, juniors, masters, U23 and elite races. Good luck to all those from our area competing at this national level event. For information on the event, click here.

Coming up:

ABD Indoor Time Trial Series – Event #1 – It’s that time of year again! When the conditions outside are cold and snowy, the solution to keep race-ready is to compete in this annual indoor race series. The first event features a 10K flat course, which means you just pour out steady power for as long as it takes. Each of the indoor courses is held at the Winfield Central High School. For more information, click here.

Annual Women’s Dinner – Plan ahead to attend the annual women’s dinner. It’s always a great time to catch up with your favorite racers and riders, enjoy an amazing dinner catered by Kathy Corbett and go home with an award reflective of your seasons accomplishments. The event will be held at Leigh Thompson’s home in Winnetka on January 23. For more information, click on the Facebook link here.

Enjoy the beginning of this New Year!

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