Late Season Cycling

It’s late summer and we see a bit of a transition in the cycling events being offered up. While in this transition there are so many options for riding and racing, you’ll have to decide what the best fit is for you. Check the options below then get out and have fun.

Events:

Ride Like an Egyptian – This event is a benefit for the historic Egyptian Theater in Dekalb. It’s a 25 mile loop which can be repeated based on your goal mileage. Will it be 25, 50, 75, or the full 100 miles, that’s up to you! The course has a central rest stop loaded up with ride treats and drinks, but it’s an indoor facility with air conditioning and real restrooms! For more information, click here.

The Bank of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – It’s a few hours’ drive south to southern Illinois, but it’s worth the trip for this exciting race that’s been building momentum over the last few years. It’s a flat seven corner course with a few tight corners, making it a crit racers delight. The race is part of a community festival, so there’s plenty of fun to have post-race. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Road Race – Two things seem to be synonymous with the town of New Glarus; hills and beer! If you’re looking for a challenging road race, be sure to head north to the rolling hills on the rural roads of southwest Wisconsin! And, when you wrap up your race, be sure to sit back and enjoy a nice beer! For more information, click here.

Gateway Motorsports Park Criterium – If you plan on heading south to race in Edwardsville on Saturday, make it worth the drive and stay to race on Sunday in Madison. While Saturday’s race is technical, Sunday’s race, which is held on a motor speedway, is a much more fluid course. For more information, click here.

Double Bong – Wisconsin State Time Trial Championship – This is the third and final event of the Bong series and it’s two laps around the course for a total distance of 40K. The course is rolling, but has all right turns, keeping you away from any traffic. For more information, click here.

The Wright Ride – Oak Park is home to many Frank Lloyd Wright homes and this ride offers up an architectural tour of the homes as well as well as options for a few scenic miles in the western burbs. Ride routes include distances of 10, 30, 50 and 72 miles. For more information, click here.

Bike Psychos Century Ride – It’s not quite fall, but century rides are starting to pop up each weekend. This event is in its 35th year and offers ride routes of 35, 50, 70 and 124 miles! The event begins in Coal City. For more information here.

Track Cycling:

Illinois State Timed Events State Championships – It’ll be two full days of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome this weekend. Saturday will be the sprint tournament and the team sprint events. Sunday will be the timed events, including the team pursuit. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Points Race – We’re moving along in all the state championship races and this coming Thursday will be the State Points races, which also honor former local racers. The men will be riding in honor of Franco Panveno and the women will be riding in honor of Amy Tremelling. It’ll be another night of serious racing! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Relay Cross – Ready or not, it’s time for cyclo-cross racing! The season opener is a challenging, but lighthearted event with teams of two battling it out over grass, pavement and barriers. This year’s course has moved to the north side of the city to Warren Park. Grab your partner and get set for a solid team effort. For more information, click here.

Return to Cherry Valley Time Trial – 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. There may be some advantages to racing later in the season, but it’s still a challenging course with its rolling hills and chip and seal pavement. Are you up for the challenge? For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Boulevard Lakefront Tour

It’s mid-August and while the major multi-day bike races are over for the season, there are still loads of options for riding and racing. From track to road and even gravel, there are events galore! Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

WoMo Ride – This month’s ride will be led by the ladies on the BFF Racing team. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am and make a stop at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The no-drop ride will head north to Highland Park. On the way home, there may be a more spirited pace option. For more information, click here.

Project Echelon Omnium – Road season continues with this triple event weekend. The two day event includes a time trial, circuit race and criterium. You can go for the overall omnium or race each event individually. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the perfect course for speed in this race of truths. Located in Tolano, just south of Champaign, this course is flat and the pavement is smooth with only one real turn. For more information, click here.

Little Apple 100 – It’s a new gravel race and it’s close to home. Head south to Manhattan for this gravel-fest. You can choose from either a 50K or 100K. For more information, click here.

Wood Dale Criterium – If you’ve been a racer in Chicago for any length of time, you’ve probably made your way over to this course in Wood Dale. The loop has only one real corner, so it’s not too technical. For more information, click here.

Boulevard Lakefront Tour –Explore many of Chicago’s neighborhoods and historic treasures at your pace and on your bike. You can choose from distances of 12, 22 or 32 miles. It’s a great event and the proceeds go to the Active Transportation Alliance, an organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of all active people in our area. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Roger Delange/Elaine Nekritz Scratch Race Championships – Next Thursday it’s a scratch race bonanza at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome, with headliner events in both the men’s and women’s fields. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Timed Events State Championships – It’ll be a full day of sprints, timed and team events next Saturday at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. It’ll be a fast and powerful day of racing. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Ride Like an Egyptian – This event is a benefit for the historic Egyptian Theater in Dekalb. It’s a 25 mile loop which can be repeated based on your goal mileage. Will it be 25, 50, 75, or a full 100 miles, that’s up to you! The course has a central rest stop loaded up with ride treats and drinks, but it’s an indoor facility with air conditioning and real restrooms! For more information, click here.

The Bank of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium – It’s a few hours’ drive south to southern Illinois, but it’s worth the trip for this exciting race that’s been building momentum over the last few years. It’s a flat seven corner course with a few tight corners, making it a crit racers delight. The race is part of a community festival, so there’s plenty of fun to have post-race. For more information, click here.

New Glarus Road Race – Two things seem to be synonymous with the town of New Glarus; hills and beer! If you’re looking for a challenging road race, be sure to head north to the rolling hills on the rural roads of southwest Wisconsin! And, when you wrap up your race, be sure to sit back and enjoy a nice beer! For more information, click here.

Gateway Motorsports Park Criterium – If you plan on heading south to race in Edwardsville on Saturday, make it worth the drive and stay to race on Sunday in Madison. While Saturday’s race is technical, Sunday’s race, which is held on a motor speedway, is a much more fluid course. For more information, click here.

The Wright Ride – Oak Park is home to many Frank Lloyd Wright homes and this ride offers up an architectural tour of the homes as well as well as options for a few scenic miles in the western burbs. Ride routes include distances of 10, 30, 50 and 72 miles. For more information, click here.

Bike Psychos Century Ride – It’s not quite fall, but century rides are starting to pop up each weekend. This event is in its 35th year and offers ride routes of 35, 50, 70 and 124 miles! The event begins in Coal City. For more information here.

Have a great weekend!

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Palos Meltdown

 

With so much to do, the summer is keeping us busy and time is flying by. This first weekend of August brings us plenty of options for cycling. Whether you choose to hit the trails or stay on the road, there’s a lot of fun ahead and there’ll be plenty of sunshine and warm temps.

Events:

Women’s Dirt Days – It’s event #3 in this summer mountain bike series. This one is timed perfectly for a Palos Meltdown preview. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, these events are great at accommodating everyone and making the experience fun. For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – It’s two days of events at Palos. Saturday they’ll have demo rides, a women’s clinic, course pre-rides and a festival. Sunday is the main event and the course features a little of everything; climbing, technical single track and some open space. For more information, click here.

Adam Hartwig Memorial Road Race – This is a new Wisconsin road race. The course is an eleven mile loop with an average grade of 5.6 percent and several corners. The race is just north of Milwaukee, so it’s just a couple hours drive for some challenging and technical road racing. For more information, click here.

Brian Akers Memorial Time Trial – This time trial is a flat a19K course with sweeping corners to help you keep your speed. If you’re looking for a fast course, this event is perfect for you. For more information, click here.

Two Rivers ABR Road Race Championship – This is a flat road race course. What it lacks in elevation, it makes up for in challenging cross winds. It’s just a short drive south to Aroma Park. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

ABR National Track Championships – It’ll be a full day of track racing at Kenosha’s Washington Park Velodrome with mass start, team and individual events. It all happens on Saturday. Registration begins at 8am and racing begins at 9am. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Keirin Championships – It’ll be an exciting night for the Sprinters on Thursday with the Illinois State Championship keirin event. This is an event where the riders are brought up to speed following a motorcycle and with a lap and a half remaining, the motor pulls off and the race to the line begins. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

WoMo Ride – This month’s ride will be led by the ladies on the BFF Racing team. The ride will depart from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am and make a stop at Pratt and Ridge at 8am. The no-drop ride will head north to Highland Park. On the way home, there may be a more spirited pace option. For more information, click here.

Project Echelon Omnium – Road season continues with this triple event weekend. The two day event includes a time trial, circuit race and criterium. You can go for the overall omnium or race each event individually. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Time Trial – It’s the perfect course for speed in this race of truths. Located in Tolano, just south of Champaign, this course is flat and the pavement is smooth with only one real turn. For more information, click here.

Little Apple 100 – It’s a new gravel race and it’s close to home. Head south to Manhattan for this gravel-fest. You can choose from either a 50K or 100K. For more information, click here.

Wood Dale Criterium – If you’ve been a racer in Chicago for any length of time, you’ve probably made your way over to this course in Wood Dale. The loop has only one real corner, so it’s not too technical. If you’re looking to keep your road season going, don’t miss out. For more information, click here.

Have a good weekend!

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Intelligentsia Cup Continues

It’s a lively weekend for racing and riding around Chicago. We’ve seen some great racing so far in the Intelligentsia Cup and that will continue through the weekend. If you’re looking to stay away from the criterium scene, there’s a time trial or an organized group ride. The weather is perfect, so don’t waste these perfect summer day and get out and ride!

Events:

Intelligentsia Cup continues –Today is the Elmhurst Cycling Classic, which draws huge community support and a course that includes some technical corners and a leg stinging false flat. Saturday is the Tour of Lake Ellyn, which is a technical and challenging course in a somewhat tranquil setting. The final race is the William Blair Grand Prix on Sunday in the west loop. It’s mostly a four corner crit, with the added big city gritty feel. For details on the series, click here.

Big Marsh Bike Convergence – Join in one of the many community rides converging at the Big Marsh this Saturday. The ride is to highlight underserved communities for active transportation. For more information, click here.

ABR State Time Trial Championship – Calling all time trial specialists to the ABR state championships. It’s a challenging out and back course which features a slight grade and hills. It will test your mental and physical fitness over the distance of 40K. Head out to Paw Paw for this exciting event. For more information, click here.

Muncie Grand Prix – If you’re looking for a change of pace, head to Muncie, Indiana for their Grand Prix. The course is just shy of a mile and includes five corners and a round-about to challenge your technical expertise. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

ABR National Track Championships – It’ll be a full day of track racing at Kenosha’s Washington Park Velodrome with mass start, team and individual events. It all happens next Saturday. Registration begins at 8am and racing begins at 9am. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Dirt Days – It’s event #3 in this summer mountain bike series. This one is timed perfectly for a Palos Meltdown preview. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, these events are great at accommodating everyone and making the experience fun. For more information, click here.

Palos Meltdown – It’s two days of events at Palos. Saturday they’ll have demo rides a women’s clinic, course pre-rides and a festival. Sunday is the main event and the course features a little of everything; climbing, technical single track and some open space. For more information, click here.

Adam Hartwig Memorial Road Race – This is a new race course which is an eleven mile loop with an average grade of 5.6% and several corners. It’s sure to be a new favorite. For more information, click here.

Brian Akers Memorial Time Trial – This time trial is a flat a19K course with sweeping corners to keep your speed. If you’re looking for speed, this event is perfect for you. For more information, click here.

Two Rivers ABR Road Race Championship – This is a flat course, but what it lacks in elevation, it makes up for in challenging cross winds. It’s just a short drive south to Aroma Park. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Giro Rosa

While the Tour de France is rolling along the French countryside, there’s a UCI pro women’s tour being battled in Italy. This year’s Giro Rosa is 10 grueling days of racing, wrapping up this Sunday. While not as well recognized as the men’s race in France, this course and field is just as impressive. To see all the race updates, click here.

While we may not see as much fanfare in our local races, they still mean a lot to us. Check the listings below for a few options nearby.

Events:

Illinois State Criterium Championships – Have a state championship in your goals for the season? Head to Bloomington for this fun and challenging course on Saturday. The course features climbing, descending and a nice sweeper corner. For more information, click here.

Indy Criterium – There’s no state title on the line, but there is a big prize list, so the race will draw fast fields. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Master’s & Junior Nationals – It’s double the action in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania as the US Juniors and Masters Track Cycling Championships are underway. Many of the events have been contested, but the action will continue through Sunday. For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

Intelligentsia Cup – Chicago’s premier cycling event is coming up soon. It’s 10 days of racing throughout Chicago and suburbs. The courses and competition are always top-notch. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Tour de France Begins

 

The Tour de France begins tomorrow in Noirmoutier-en-L’lle. The first stage will be a flat and very fast 201 kilometers and it will be all about the sprinters. Despite any controversy surrounding the race, we’ll all be anxious to see the race unfold over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for all the excitement and carry some of that energy into your training! Check out the listings below for some local cycling fun.

Events:

WoMo Ride – It’s the July edition of this Chicago women’s ride. July’s ride will be led by the Chicago Women’s Elite team. As always, the ride departs from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am, with a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The ride heads as far north as Highland Park and is no-drop ride. On the way home there’s an option for a more spirited return to the city as well. For more information, click here.

Fitchburg Festival of Speed – Looking for a flat fast crit this weekend? Head north to the Agora complex near Madison for this inaugural event. For more information, click here.

Herscher 2-Person Time Trial – Grab your teammate and head south to Herscher for the 2-person time trial. Share the work of covering the distance and get a great sense of accomplishment and cooperation. The event is 50K for most categories and 25K for some. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Midwest Challenge – This two- day series on July 6th & 7th   is an annual event at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. It’s a great opportunity to compete in all your favorite track events, against some of the toughest competition in the country. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Thursday Night Short Track Racing at Big Marsh – Looking for some off-road fun during the week? Head to the Big Marsh on the south side on Thursday nights this summer. It’s a 1.2 mile circuit that includes singletrack, gravel and pavement. The first event is this Thursday, July 12. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Criterium Championships – Have a state championship in your goals for the season? Head to Bloomington for this fun and challenging course next weekend. The course features climbing, descending and a nice sweeper corner. For more information, click here.

Indy Criterium – There’s no state title on the line, but there is a big prize list, so the race will draw fast fields. For more information, click here.

Plan Ahead:

Intelligentsia Cup – Chicago’s premier cycling event is coming up soon. It’s 10 days of racing throughout Chicago and suburbs. The courses and competition are always top-notch. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Tour de Fat

With the 4th of July holiday just days away, you’ll want to be sure to plan ahead to get in your favorite summer activity – cycling. There are lots of options to choose from, so whether you’re looking to race or just enjoy a pleasant ride, you’re covered. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Tour of America’s Dairyland Continues – The race series continues today and through the end of the weekend. Tomorrow is the Downer Avenue Classic, which was once a course only raced by the pro men’s field and now is open to all fields! It’ll be hot out there, but there’s nothing better than warm weather and bike races! For details on all the races, click here.

Tour de Fat – It’s all about bikes, beer and music at this festival so if you’re looking for some summer fun that includes all of your favorites, be sure to attend Tour de Fat. For more information, click here.

Great Lakes State Classic RR & Meijer State Games TT – If you’re looking for something a little different this weekend and are willing to travel a few miles, head to Grand Rapids, Michigan for this event. All the action begins at the Berlin Raceway and extends out into the countryside for scenic and challenging courses. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Midwest Challenge – This two- day series on July 6th & 7th   is an annual event at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. It’s a great opportunity to compete in all your favorite track events, against some of the toughest competition in the country. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

4th of July Century – You know you’ll want to be on your bike on the 4th of July and if you’re looking to get in some miles, head to Plainfield for this holiday ride. You can choose from distances between 30 and 100 miles. For more information, click here.

WoMo Ride – It’s the July edition of this Chicago women’s ride. July’s ride will be led by the Chicago Women’s Elite team. As always, the ride departs from the Rapha Clubhouse at 7:30am, with a pick-up at Pratt & Ridge at 8am. The ride heads as far north as Highland Park and is no-drop ride. On the way home there’s an option for a more spirited return to the city as well. For more information, click here.

Fitchburg Festival of Speed – Looking for a flat fast crit next weekend? Head north to the Agora complex near Madison for this inaugural event. For more information, click here.

Herscher 2-Person Time Trial – Grab your teammate and prepare for next weekend’s 2-person time trial. Share the work of covering the distance and get a great sense of accomplishment and cooperation. The event is 50K for most categories and 25K for some. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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