Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

Let’s hope for an overachieving weather weekend. The forecast is promising, but since we’ve had to tolerate the winter-like weather the past few weeks, we can certainly hope for something a little better. There are plenty of cycling options this weekend, check below for details.

Events:

Women’s Track Clinic – If you’re curious about fixed gear bikes and riding or racing on a velodrome, this clinic will provide you with all you need to get started. There are loaner bikes available, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try! The clinic will be held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome tomorrow. For more information, click here.

Barry Roubaix – The premier Midwestern gravel race is Barry Roubaix and racers are set to go tomorrow morning. The race offers four distances; 22, 36, 62 and new this year, 100 miles! No matter the distance, the race is designed to challenge all. For more information, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This classic crit course is a loop around a park near Milwaukee. It has a fun and fast descent with a tighter than 90 degree at the bottom before it flattens out. There is a two-step climb and a rolling finish. Whether you’ve raced on this course before or not, it’s a favorite and should be on your list of must-do events! For more information, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer – The next bike to beer ride is on Sunday. The group will be heading to Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs. The round trip is approximately 45 miles. Bring money for food, as there will be food trucks. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo Ride #1 – The first women’s ride is set for Saturday, April 28. They’ll now be departing from the Rapha store at 1514 N Milwaukee at 7:30am and they’ll make their usual pickup at 8am at Pratt & Ridge. From there the group will head north to Highland Park. If you’re looking for a nice group of ladies to ride with, this is perfect for you. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics Event #1 – First up in the crosstown classic series is the Lincoln Park Criterium. The course is known for its hairpin turn and the wind that blows in from the lake. It’s a great event to get your season rolling. For more information, click here.

Muskego Criterium – This race is a criterium, but it’s a bit like a circuit course. It loops around a park, but on one side you climb and the other you descend. Nothing too technical, but a nice sweeper at the bottom of the descent. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Crosstown Classic Event #2 – The second race of this series is Monsters of the Midway. This course is known for its long straight-aways and wide open corners. It’s also known for wind that’s a headwind in one direction and a serious tailwind the other. The course is great for beginners and experienced racers, alike. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix – You’ll have to head south for this race, but that means it’ll most likely be a little warmer! This course has a little of everything; a few technical corners, a flat section and a punchy little climb. It’s always a fun race and you can put your skills to the test! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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O’Fallon Road Race

One thing you can rely on in our area is unpredictable weather in the springtime. That’s what we’ve experienced this week anyway; snow on Monday, and 70’s on Thursday! This weekend will be no different and it will be a test to dodge raindrops and snow as we try to get outside to ride and race. There’s a full lineup of events to take part in, check the listings below.

Events:                                                                                                                                                           

O’Fallon Grand Prix Road Race – Think all road races in Illinois are flat? Not so if you head south! This race is located near St. Louis, so prepare for a drive and a challenging road race course. For more information, click here.

Menomonee Falls Criterium – Like many Wisconsin races, this criterium is located in a park setting. The course winds around the outskirts of the park and has one technical corner as you head to the start/finish line. It’s close to Milwaukee, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Crit – This Wisconsin crit course is located at the Madison International Speedway. Unlike Blackhawk Farms, this course resembles a large wide and flat velodrome. If you’re looking for something that’s not too technical, this is a good option. For more information, click here.

An Evening With Katie Compton – Spend an evening with a 14-time national cyclocross champion and World cyclocross silver medalist. Katie Compton will be in Chicago this Thursday at the Goose Island Brewery for a Q&A session. Tickets are $15.00 and proceeds go to Big Marsh. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Track Clinic – If you’re curious about fixed gear bikes and riding or racing on a velodrome, this clinic will provide you with all you need to get started. There are loaner bikes available, so there’s no excuse to not give it a try! The clinic will be held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome on Saturday, April 21.Rain date Sunday, April 22. For more information, click here.

Barry Roubaix – The premier Midwestern gravel race is just around the corner and it’s called Barry Roubaix. The race offers four distances; 22, 36, 62 and new this year, 100 miles! No matter the distance, the race is designed to challenge all. For more information, click here.

Whitnall Park Criterium – This race is a criterium, but it’s a bit like a circuit course. It loops around a park, but on one side you climb and the other you descend. Nothing too technical, but a nice sweeper at the bottom of the descent. For more information, click here.

BFF’s Bike to Beer – The next bike to beer ride is next Sunday. The group will be heading to Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs. The round trip is approximately 45 miles. Bring money for food, as there will be food trucks. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Crosstown Classics – They’ve made an omnium out of these two Chicago classics. On the north side, the Lincoln Park Crit is Saturday, April 29. The following week racing will be on the south side with Monsters of the Midway on Saturday, May 5. For information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Spring Super Crit

Mother Nature isn’t playing nice and instead of mild spring temperatures, it feels more like winter. But, if you have a hearty spirit and the proper gear, getting outside to ride and race this weekend is doable! There are plenty of options, check below for a few in our area.

Events:

WOMO Ride #1- The first of the 2018 all-women rides will be postponed until Saturday, April 28th.The predicted temps for this weekend are a bit too low to provide the experience this ride should. Make plans to come out in a few weeks! For more information, click here.

Rough Road 100 – If you’re looking for gravel, head out to this spring classic in Morris. You can choose from either 64k or 100K. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Crit – You’ll switch gears from Saturday’s gravel to Sunday’s solid surface on the race track at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway. It’s become a pre-season favorite with its unique location which offers wide open corners and indoor restroom facilities! For more information, click here.

John Fraser 10 mile TT – This is the final race in ABD’s winter time trial series. The 10 mile race begins in Maple Park. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing (April 9-12), which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

O’Fallon Grand Prix Road Race – Think all road races in Illinois are flat? Not so if you head south! This race is located near St. Louis, so prepare for a drive and a challenging road race course. For more information, click here.

Menomonee Falls Criterium – Like many Wisconsin races, this criterium is located in a park setting. The course winds around the outskirts of the park and has one technical corner as you head to the start/finish line. It’s close to Milwaukee, so it’s not too far away. For more information, click here.

Great Dane Velo Club Spring Crit – This Wisconsin crit course is located at the Madison International Speedway. Unlike Blackhawk Farms, this course resembles a large wide and flat velodrome. If you’re looking for something that’s not too technical, this is a good option. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Barry Roubaix – The premier Midwestern gravel race is just around the corner and it’s called Barry Roubaix. The race offers four distances; 22, 36, 62 and new this year, 100 miles! No matter the distance, the race is designed to challenge all. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Clinics – Track racing season is just around the corner and if you’re curious about riding and racing a fixed gear bike on a velodrome, you should attend one or both of the upcoming clinics. The first clinic is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. For more information, click here. The second clinic is at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha on May 6th. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics – They’ve made an omnium out of these two Chicago classics. On the north side, the Lincoln Park Crit is Saturday, April 29. The following week racing will be on the south side with Monsters of the Midway on Saturday, May 5. For information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Holiday Weekend

It’s springtime in Chicago and that means we have some unpredictable weather to deal with. This weekend you’ll have to dodge the raindrops and bundle up to make outdoor riding doable. There’s plenty ahead as we head into this holiday weekend. Get out and enjoy.

Events:

Skyway Crit Series Recon Ride – If you’re thinking of participating in the upcoming beginner race series, this recon ride is a great opportunity to prepare you for what’s ahead. You’ll get a chance to ride the course, ask questions and set your mind at ease so you’re ready to roll when the races begin. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WOMO Ride #1- The first of the 2018 all-ladies rides begin next Saturday. The ride will depart from 1501 N. Damen in Wicker Park at 7:30am. From there the group will head north for a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The full group will head north to Highland Park for a quick stop before heading back to the city. This is a great ride for beginners and advanced riders. So, if you’re looking for a group of ladies to ride with, this is perfect! For more information, click here.

Rough Road 100 – If you’re looking for gravel, head out to this spring classic which begins in Morris on Saturday, April 7. You can choose from either 64k or 100K. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Crit – You’ll switch gears from Saturday’s gravel to Sunday’s solid surface on the race track at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway. It’s become a great pre-season race with its unique location which offers wide open corners and indoor restroom facilities! For more information, click here.

John Fraser 10 mile TT – This is the final race in ABD’s winter time trial series. The 10 mile race begins in Maple Park. For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing (April 9-12), which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Women’s Track Clinics – Track racing season is just around the corner and if you’re curious about riding and racing a fixed gear bike on a velodrome, you should attend one or both of the upcoming clinics. The first clinic is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. For more information, click here. The second clinic is at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha on May 6th. For more information, click here.

Crosstown Classics – They’ve made an omnium out of these two Chicago classics. On the north side, the Lincoln Park Crit is on Saturday, April 29. The following week racing will be on the south side with Monsters of the Midway on Saturday, May 5. For information and to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Cycling and Doughnuts

We have a sweet weekend ahead with bike swaps, bike races and doughnuts! With all the options, there’s sure to be something cycling related for you. Check the list below for all the upcoming cycling activities in our area.

 

Events:

Kenosha Velodrome Swap Meet– Looking for a good deal on bike parts and equipment? A bike swap is a sure bet for finding gems; new and old. The event is Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Local 72 Union Hall. For more information, click here.

Chicago Women’s Bike Clothing Swap – This is kind of a last minute add, but if you’re looking for some new to you cycling clothing or are looking to unload a few favorites, this is a great event. It’s tomorrow from 4-6pm and it’ll be a bit of a cycling social as well. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Pre-season Races – It’s the final event in this 3 weekend series in Kenosha. The course is a 1.2 mile loop near the Kenosha Airport. For race information, click here.

Pastry-Brest-Pastry – It’s 65 miles of self-supported, mixed terrain riding and there are 4 checkpoints where you can refuel with doughnuts! The event begins at the Pedal & Spoke in North Aurora. For more information, click here.

Screw City Cyclocross Classic – You may think that cyclocross racing is in the rear view mirror, but it’s alive and well in Rockford! Head out this Sunday for some off-road fun. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Skyway Crit Series Recon Ride – If you’re thinking of participating in the upcoming beginner race series, this recon ride is a great opportunity to prepare you for what’s ahead. You’ll get a chance to ride the course, ask questions and set your mind at ease so you’re ready to roll when the races begin. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead: The last week of the month is a little bit quiet with the Easter holiday, but the quiet ends and the racing action begins the very next weekend. From Saturday, April 7 through Thursday, April 12 it’s bike racing time!

Rough Road 100 – Head out to this spring gravel classic which begins in Morris on Saturday, April 7. You can choose from either 64k or 100K. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Crit – You’ll switch gears from Saturday’s gravel to Sunday’s solid surface on the race track at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway. It’s become a great pre-season race with its unique location which offers wide open corners and indoor restroom facilities! For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing (April 9-12), which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

You’ll have the luck of the Irish as you head out to ride this weekend. Whether you plan to ride or race, you’ll have options and favorable weather. The calendar is filling quickly, so plan ahead and get set to roll.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Pre-season Races – It’s week 2 of this 3 weekend series in Kenosha. Last week there was a good turnout for racers and this weekend should be even better. The course is a 1.2 mile loop near the Kenosha Airport. For race information, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Ride – It’s the annual Wheeling Wheelmen spring ride. Select from either 16, 20 or 36 mile routes. The event begins in Wauconda, so you can escape from the city and enjoy a few miles on scenic country roads. For more information, click here.

Ladies Groad Ride – This event is geared to get you ready for the upcoming gravel races. It will be a 40 mile loop of road, gravel and crushed limestone. The ride begins in Aurora at the Endiro Coffee shop. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Kenosha Velodrome Swap Meet– Looking for a good deal on bike parts and equipment? A bike swap is a sure bet for finding gems; new and old. The event is next Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Local 72 Union Hall. For more information, click here.

Pastry-Brest-Pastry – It’s 65 miles of self-supported, mixed terrain riding. There are 4 checkpoints where you can refuel with doughnuts! The event begins at the Pedal & Spoke in North Aurora. For more information, click here.

Screw City Cyclocross Classic – You may think that cyclocross racing is in the rear view mirror, but it’s alive and well in Rockford! Head out next Sunday for some off-road fun. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead: You’ll be immersed in racing if you gear up for the following events. The action begins on Saturday, April 7 and continues through Thursday, April 12. Check below for details.

Rough Road 100 – Head out to this spring gravel classic which begins in Morris on Saturday, April 7. You can choose from either 64k or 100K. For more information, click here.

Spring Super Crit – You’ll switch gears from Saturday’s gravel to Sunday’s solid surface on the race track at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway. It’s become a great pre-season race with its unique location which offers wide open corners and indoor restroom facilities! For more information, click here.

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing (April 9-12), which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Pre-Season Road Racing Begins

Pre-season road racing gets underway this weekend with the Kenosha criterium series. There’ll be a chill in the air, but you can get out and test the legs and your competition. We spring forward somewhere between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, so be sure to set your clock ahead and get to bed early so you’re ready for racing.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Pre-season Races – Get a jump on your racing season by participating in this annual series. The first event is on Sunday and the series continues for the next two Sunday’s. This year’s course is a 1.2 mile loop near the Kenosha Airport. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

St Patrick’s Day Ride – It’s the annual Wheeling Wheelmen spring ride. Select from either 16, 20 or 36 mile routes. The event begins in Wauconda, so you can escape from the city and enjoy a few miles on scenic country roads. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Skyway Classic Crit Series – Are you curious about bike racing and looking for an opportunity to give it a try? The Skyway Classic series is designed to introduce you to the sport without all the hubbub of a large scale event. There are four consecutive days of criterium racing, which gives you the opportunity to try and see what works and what doesn’t. For more information, click here.

Women’s Track Clinics – Interested in learning to ride and race a fixed gear bike on the velodrome? There are two upcoming beginner clinics.

The first is at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook on April 21st. For information, click here.

The second will be at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha on May 6th. For information, click here.

Plan ahead so you’re ready to roll when the season begins.

Have a great weekend!

 

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