Gold Sprints

There’s still a chill in the air, but the sting of the cold is certainly less as we head into the weekend. Whether you head outdoors or stay inside to fulfill your training, just keep with it!

Events:

Bikes of Wrath – What better way to spend a cold winter evening than attending a movie night – about cycling. The story is about a group of Australians cycling from Oklahoma to California in honor of western migration. Part of the adventure is the encounter with everyday American’s along the way. Movie night is Wednesday, February 20th. For more information, click here.

Official (Unofficial) Illinois State Gold Sprints – Get your sprint game on in this lighthearted, competitive event on Thursday, February 21st from 6-9pm at Chrome Chicago. Hosted by Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race – Plan a Winter Biking adventure to Charlevoix, Michigan. The event is Saturday, February 23rd.  It’s two hours of endurance riding over rolling and wooded terrain. For more information, click here.

Frostbite 40 – If you’re a gravel grinder, you won’t want to miss out on this early season race. It’s a self-supported 30, 40 or 50 mile race. The event is free, but donations to the local food bank are appreciated. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicago’s Winter Bike Swap

It was a cold start to this morning, providing another dip to our roller coaster weather. The cold didn’t deter everyone from heading outside and that was evident at this morning’s Winter Bike to Work Rally where the heartiest of riders came out for a little celebration. Whatever your preference, there’s plenty of cycling related activities ahead. Check the listings below for a few offerings.

Events:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Race #6 – Experience Whitnall Park’s scenic wooded Alpha trail during this Fat Bike race. The course is in the Milwaukee area, so it’s a short drive for some great winter fun. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial #2 – Round two in this winter indoor series is this Sunday. The course will once again be 10K of rolling hills. The event will be held at Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Winter Bike Swap – There are many reasons to attend this Sunday’s Bike Swap. You could attend solely to socialize, but there are also deals to made and treasures to be found. Check it all out this Sunday at Harper College from 9:30am until 3:30pm. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Bikes of Wrath – What better way to spend a cold winter evening than attending a movie night – about cycling. The story is about a group of Australians cycling from Oklahoma to California in honor of western migration. Part of the adventure is the encounter with everyday American’s along the way. Movie night is Wednesday, February 20th. For more information, click here.

Official (Unofficial) Illinois State Gold Sprints – Get your sprint game on in this lighthearted, competitive event on Thursday, February 21st from 6-9pm at Chrome Chicago. Hosted by Ed Rudolph Velodrome. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race – Plan a Winter Biking adventure to Charlevoix, Michigan. The event is Saturday, February 23rd.  It’s two hours of endurance riding over rolling and wooded terrain. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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2019 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships

We welcome in February with temperatures that are a true contrast to a few days ago. Gone is the Polar Vortex and in its place are much milder temperatures. Enjoy the weekend, whether you choose to train inside or out.

There’s certainly plenty of cycling action to keep you entertained including the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships Bogense, Denmark. We’ll be rooting for a few favorites including USA’s Katie Compton and local favorite, Kaitlin Keough. To learn more about the races this weekend, click here.

Events:

Fat Sunday’s – If you’re looking for a fun and non-competitive group ride, join Zion Cyclery’s Fat tire ride. You’ll travel along Lake Michigan over a mix of trail and sand. The ride departs at 11am on Sunday. For more information, click here.

Winter Bike to Work Rally – Chicago’s bike to work rally has been rescheduled for next Friday, February 8th. The event will be held at Daley Plaza from 7-9am. There’s free coffee and cheesecake to get your morning started. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Race #6 – Experience Whitnall Park’s scenic wooded Alpha trail during this Fat Bike race. The course is in the Milwaukee area, so it’s a short drive for some great winter fun. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial #2 – Round two in this winter indoor series is next Sunday. The course will once again be 10K of rolling hills. The event will be held at Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Bikes of Wrath – What better way to spend a cold winter evening than attending a movie night – about cycling. The story is about a group of Australians cycling from Oklahoma to California in honor of western migration. Part of the adventure is the encounter with everyday American’s along the way. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicago Winter Bike To Work Rally Postponed

A full dose of winter is here bringing more snow and frigid temps. While there may be a few hearty riders braving the cold, most of us will keep our training indoors and dream of warmer days. Stay focused and keep with your plan so you’ll be ready when the cycling season begins.

Events:

Winter Bike to Work Rally – The annual winter rally which was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to weather related safety concerns. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Friends of Big Marsh Party – Attend the “Leaving the Nest Taking Flight” event this coming Tuesday, January 29 at Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom. It’s the official launch of 2019 campaign. Dinner to be provided and there will be a silent auction. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Bikes of Wrath – What better way to spend a cold winter evening than attending a movie night – about cycling. The story is about a group of Australians cycling from Oklahoma to California in honor of western migration. Part of the adventure is the encounter with everyday American’s along the way. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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January Snow-Fest

 

It’s January in Chicago and snow is on the way! For those heading out on fat bikes, the buildup to the snow-fest is in full swing. If you’re looking to stay inside, grab your towel, tunes and trainer and hunker down for some quality training. Embrace the season and stay inspired for what’s ahead.

Events:

Fatty Rides – Looking to enjoy riding outside with a few companions? Make plans to join this fat bike group trail ride on Sunday at Silver Lake Park in Salem, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Biking for Change and Empowerment – Hear from a panelist of cyclists how Chicagoans are using bikes to make change and empower people locally and globally. The event is presented by the Design Museum of Chicago and Bikes n’ Roses and will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at the Expo 72 Gallery. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Winter Bike to Work Rally – Are you braving the elements and making your way to work on your bike during the winter months? You’ll be recognized for your efforts at the annual bike to work rally in Daley Plaza on Friday, January 25th. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Bikes of Wrath – What better way to spend a cold winter evening than attending a movie night – about cycling. The story is about a group of Australians cycling from Oklahoma to California in honor of western migration. Part of the adventure is the encounter with everyday American’s along the way. For more information, click here.

Stay warm & have a great weekend!

 

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Indoor Racing Series Begins

What a difference a week makes when it comes to temperatures in Chicago. Last week we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather, this week we’re back to a chill. No worries though, there’s plenty of cycling activities ahead. Whether your plans are to stay inside or head outside, there’s plenty to do. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap – Are you looking to pick up some new-to-you cycling equipment or perhaps sell off a few items? Bike Swaps are a great place to mix and mingle in the off-season and get your cycling equipment in order. The event is Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Event #1 – If you’re ready to test your fitness or get into your competitive mode, this indoor series is perfect. The series consists of four races; three are indoor and the final is outside. First up is a 10K rolling course which will be held at the Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Hugh Jass Fat Bike Race #5 – If you’re looking for outdoor fun in the winter, riding a fat bike is a sure way to conquer any challenging terrain. This week the Hugh Jass series heads to the New Fane Trails in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest. For more information, click here.

Fat Bikes 101 Women & Girls – Interested in all there is to know about riding fat bikes? Attend this clinic on Sunday in Salem, Wisconsin. Loaner bikes are available or you can bring your own. For more information or to register, click here.

Coming Up:

Fatty Rides – Looking to enjoy riding outside with a few companions? Make plans to join this fat bike group trail ride next Sunday at Silver Lake Park in Salem, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Biking for Change and Empowerment – Hear from a panelist of cyclists how Chicagoans are using bikes to make change and empower people locally and globally. The event is presented by the Design Museum of Chicago and Bikes n’ Roses and will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at the Expo 72 Gallery. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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New Year

It’s the New Year, a time to finalize our goals and get to work building for a successful upcoming season. With the holidays behind us, we can get back to a routine, which for many of us is comforting. Although there’s plenty of trainer time ahead, we have some pretty terrific weather for the beginning of January, so take advantage of the opportunity and get outside and ride.

Events:

Fatter By The Lake – If you’re up for some fat bike fun, then head to Zion on Sunday for this ride along the lake. If you don’t own a fat bike or are in the market for the latest model, there will be a fleet of demo bikes and bikes for loan. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap – Are you looking to pick up some new-to-you cycling equipment or perhaps sell off a few items? Bike Swaps are a great place to mix and mingle in the off-season and get your cycling equipment in order. The event is next Saturday the 12th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. For more information, click here.

ABD Indoor Time Trial Event #1 – If you’re ready to test your fitness or get into your competitive mode, this indoor series is perfect. The series consists of four races; three are indoors and the final is outside. First up is a 10K rolling course which will be held at the Winfield Central School. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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