Memorial Day Weekend

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As we head into the unofficial start of summer, there’s no shortage of cycling events to fill your holiday weekend. From crits to road races and fun rides, you’re covered! Now, if the weather cooperates, we should be doing great. Check the listing below for all the cycling events in our area.

Events:

Memorial Day Weekend Races –There’s a lot of great racing and tradition in this holiday weekend of racing in the Quad Cities. The series stars off with a road race on Friday, followed by the infamous Snake Alley Criterium on Saturday, the Melon City Criterium on Sunday and the flat and fast Quad Cities Criterium on Monday. The courses are challenging and the competition is always tough. It’s a series every racer should conquer. For event details, click. here.

Memorial Day Weekend Master’s Crit Series – This master’s series is close to home and offers great racing action for the entire weekend. All three races are in the same complex, but have a slightly different course each day. For series information, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – There are not too many road races, so if you’re looking for something other than a crit, this race is perfect for you. It’s a 23 mile loop in scenic and hilly southern Wisconsin. For race information, click here.

MOSH Criterium – Located just west of Milwaukee, this race course packs a lot of punch in a .8 mile loop. There are both left and right hand turns and 50 feet of climbing each lap. For race information, click here.

Concordia University Criterium – Can’t get your fill of crits, no worries, the Concordia crit is located on the university campus and it’s just north of Milwaukee. For race information, click here.

Bike the Drive – Looking for a fun cycling event where there’s no pressure to compete and the goal is just to have a good time and enjoy the scenery? Head out to this annual ride where you’re treated to a ride on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive! For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

CWEC Development Series Event #7 –It’s the final event in our Development series and we’re teaming up with riders from the Pepper Palace professional team to help you learn skills and tactics which will be essential for racing well at Glencoe Grand Prix. For clinic details, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This race draws riders from near and far to compete, as it is part of USA Crits Championship series. The course is technical and fast with a bit of an elevation change. Come out and race and then stay for all the festivities. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This year’s Illinois State Criterium Championships will be held in Cobb Park in Kankakee. This is a classic course with loads of history, including having several Tour de France riders compete here, back in the day! It has some technical corners as it loops around the park and through the neighborhood. For race details, click here.

For the Love of Mud – Come out to see a great cyclo-cross movie at the Logan Theater and raise money for the Big Marsh park. It’s 278 acres of open space on the south side of the city. The goal is to make the space an eco-friendly outdoor recreation destination. Come out for a fun evening and help make this project a success. For event information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

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Fox River Grove Omnium

 

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There’s a full line-up of cycling events this weekend beginning this evening with the East Dundee Shootout which, is part of the Fox River Grove Omnium series. From clinics to time trial to courses of varying terrain, we’ve got you covered this weekend. Read on for all the details.

Events:

CWEC Development Clinic Series Events #46–We have a full line-up of events in conjunction with the Fox River Grove Omnium this weekend beginning with a Meet n Greet with Alison Powers this evening, a Vision skills clinic on Saturday, and a Follow-Up Discussion with Alison on Sunday. For details on Saturday’s Vision clinic, click here. For details on all the CWEC FRG events, click here.

Fox River Grove Omnium – This three day series includes a fast twilight crit this evening. Saturday’s a somewhat technical course, which includes a fast downhill/uphill combo. Sunday’s race is for the mountain goats, with a repeat of a long uphill and downhill, lap after lap! For information on the FRG series, click here.

Wheel & Sprocket Criterium – You’ll have to travel a bit to get to this race from Chicago, but if you’re into flat, fast and not-too technical courses, it may be worth the drive. For race information, click here.

Kankakee 20K TT – If you’re looking to improve on your time trial skills, this is a great course. It’s relatively flat and not too technical, except for one tight spot as you cross over a narrow bridge. It’s a great place to focus on going fast! For race information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Silver Lake Criterium – This race is labeled a crit, but it’s more like a circuit course. It’s a scenic 1.5 mile loop with rolling hills, and a few technical spots. For race details, click here.

Coming Up:

Memorial Day Weekend Master’s Crit Series – This is a great master’s series that’s close to home but provides great racing action for the entire weekend. All three races are in the same complex, but have a slightly different course each day. For series information, click here.

Bike the Drive – Looking for a fun cycling event where there’s no pressure to compete and the goal is just to have a good time and enjoy the scenery? Head out to this annual ride where you’re treated to a ride on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive! For event details, click here.

CWEC Development Series Event #7 –It’s the final event in our clinic series and we’re teaming up with riders from the Pepper Palace professional team to help you learn skills and tactics which will be essential to the Glencoe Grand Prix. For clinic details, click here.

For the Love of Mud – Come out to see a great cyclo-cross movie at the Logan Theater and raise money for the Big Marsh park. It’s 278 acres of open space on the south side of the city. The goal is to make the space an eco-friendly outdoor recreation destination. Come out for a fun evening and help make this project a success. For event information, click here.

Set a Goal:

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Wishing all moms a very happy Mother’s Day. Make time to enjoy your big day and may it include your favorite sport, cycling! Take a look below for all your upcoming cycling activities.

Events:

Monsters of the Midway – It’s Mother’s Day weekend and it’s time for Monsters of the Midway (MOM). The course is located on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. This annual race is a favorite among local riders. The course features long straight-aways and wide open corners and since the course is so close to the lakefront, wind is always a factor! For details on the event, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium –This is one of my favorite courses. Like many classic Wisconsin races, this is held in a park and the course travels the perimeter. There is one sweeping turn at the bottom of a hill, but it’s not too technical. There is a two-step uphill, but it’s not too tough and makes the racing exciting. For more information, click here.

Annual Cyclofemme Ride – If you’re looking for an enjoyable ride that’s not too fast, has plenty of good conversation and allows you time to enjoy the scenery, this Mother’s Day ride is just for you! The ride will depart from BFF Bikes on Armitage in the City. For ride details, click here.

Thursday Night Track Racing – Opening night for the 2015 track racing season at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook is Thursday, May 14! There will also be a pre-season social and bike swap on Monday, May 11. Come out, pick up your race number, see if there are any good deals, hang out with your favorite riders and get ready for the racing to begin. For information on upcoming events, races and clinics at Northbrook, click here.

Coming Up:

CWEC Development Clinic Series Events #46–We have a full line-up of events in conjunction with the Fox River Grove Omnium (May 15, 16 & 17) including a Meet n Greet with Alison Powers on Friday night, Vision skills clinic on Saturday, and a Follow-Up Discussion with Alison on Sunday. For details on Saturday’s Vision clinic, click here. For details on all the CWEC FRG events, click here.

Fox River Grove Omnium – This three day series includes a fast twilight crit on Friday night. Saturday’s a somewhat technical course, which includes a fast downhill/uphill combo. Sunday’s race is for the mountain goats, with a repeat of a long uphill and downhill, lap after lap! For information on the FRG series, click here.

Wheel & Sprocket Criterium – You’ll have to travel a bit to get to this race from Chicago, but if you’re into flat, fast and not-too technical courses, it may be worth the drive. For race information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Silver Lake Criterium – This race is labeled a crit, but it’s more like a circuit course. It’s a scenic 1.5 mile loop with rolling hills, and a few technical spots. For race details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy May Day!

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Happy May Day! Looks like the new month is bringing the warm weather we’ve been dreaming about for so long. There’s an assortment of cycling activities ahead including mountain biking, road riding and track cycling. Get out and try a little of everything, especially if you haven’t tried it before!

 

Events:

Women’s Dirt Days Event #1 – It’s time once again to hit the trails with Pretty Fast Women’s Cycling, headed up by Becky Mikrut. Event #1 is at Kettle Moraine in southern Wisconsin. No matter what your level, this group is welcoming and all about having fun on mountain bikes. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix –This is a great course which features one technical turn, changes in elevation, and a stroll through the park! It’s a lot of fun and not too far away. For race information, click here.

LaCrosse Omnium – It’s three days of racing which includes a time trial, road race and criterium. It’s a bit of a drive, but well worth it to get in some great racing. For details on the event, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – It’s time once again to head to southern Wisconsin for the first in a series of three time trials. The course is a single loop with four right turns on a rolling course. It’s probably the safest tt course around since you never cross traffic. For more information on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Monsters of the Midway – Next weekend is Mother’s Day and so is Monsters of the Midway (MOM). The course is located on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. This annual race is a favorite among local riders. The course features long straight-aways and wide open corners and since the course is so close to the lakefront, wind is always a factor! For details on the event, click here.

Thursday Night Track Racing – Opening night for the 2015 track racing season at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook is Thursday, May 14. There will also be a pre-season social and bike swap on Monday, May 11. Come out, pick up your race number, see if there are any good deals, hang out with your favorite riders and get ready for the racing to begin. For information on upcoming events, races and clinics at Northbrook, click here.

CWEC Development Clinic Series Events #46–We have a full line-up of events in conjunction with the Fox River Grove Omnium (May 15, 16 & 17) including a Meet n Greet with Allison Powers on Friday night, Vision skills clinic on Saturday, and a Mentoring clinic on Sunday. Allison will be around all weekend to offer up expert advice. Don’t miss out on the racing or the knowledge. For details on Saturday’s Vision clinic, click here. For information on the FRG series, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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Women’s Track Cycling Clinic

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Go fast, turn left! That’s the motto for this weekend as we anxiously await the upcoming track season. Don’t miss out on the Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the Northbrook Velodrome on Saturday (rain date is Sunday). Saturday’s weather looks questionable, so please check out the updates on either the twitter site, @edrudolphvelo or the Facebook link listed below. We’ll make it a great weekend!

Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Interested in learning how to ride a track bike or race on a velodrome? Attend the annual women’s clinic and learn everything from the basics to racing strategy. The event is free for any junior rider, thanks to the Cuttin Crew race team! For clinic details, click here. If you need to borrow a bike for the event, check out the google doc on the Facebook event page to access available bikes.

Whitnall Park Spring Classic – This is a classic Wisconsin race course. It’s located in a park and features great climbing and descending in a mile loop. Put it on your list of have-to-do races. It’s located just outside of Milwaukee and it’s certainly worth the trip. For race information, click here.

Fitchburg Fast & Furious Criterium –Located near Madison, Wisconsin, the 1KM course is flat and not too technical. For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Women’s Dirt Days Event #1 – It’s time once again to hit the trails with Pretty Fast Women’s Cycling, headed up by Becky Mikrut. Event #1 is at Kettle Moraine in southern Wisconsin. No matter what your level, this group is welcoming and all about having fun on mountain bikes. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix –This is a great course which features one technical turn, changes in elevation, and a stroll through the park! It’s a lot of fun and not too far away. For race information, click here.

LaCrosse Omnium – It’s three days of racing which includes a time trial, road race and criterium. It’s a bit of a drive, but well worth it to get in some great racing. For details on the event, click here.

Stay dry and have a great weekend!

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Spring Super Criterium

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The momentum has really picked up for Chicago area cyclists. Last Saturday the lakefront was buzzing with racers competing in the Lincoln Park Crit and the action has continued all week with the Gapers Block series. Even with the crazy weather, the races still played out. There’s no sign of slowing down with a full line-up of events headed our way. See the listings below for cycling opportunities.

Events:

Spring Super Criterium – Get your engines started, it’s time for the Spring Super Crit at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. This course will make you feel like Speed Racer as you whirl through its twists and turns. Plan to make your way out to race and then stay for the skills clinic and make it a great bike racing day. For more information on the event, 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 and will be held on-site beginning at 12:15. Registration will be open up to 10 minutes before the start. For more information, click here.

John Fraser Memorial Time Trial – This is the final race in the indoor series – and it’s outside! The course is 10k with double 180’s. This course is almost guaranteed to be windy as there is little shelter from the wind as you pass by empty cornfields. If you’re up for a challenge, this event is for you! For information on the race, click here.

Greg Bednorski Memorial Crit #1–If you’re looking for more crit action on Sunday, head north to Madison. The course is located in a business park and the roads are pretty wide open and not too technical. It’s a great course for the start of the season. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Hillsboro Roubaix –Each spring, cyclists flock to the southern Illinois town of Hillsboro to compete in one of the biggest road races in the state. This year there will be a combined women’s field, but categories will be scored separately. All women will ride the 29 mile loop. For information on the event, click here.

Menomonee Park Criterium –This race is run on a non-technical loop surrounding a park, so it’s free from the distractions of city courses. It’s also great for newer riders, but fun for everyone. For information on the event, click here.

Cherry Valley 20K TT – You’ll get off to a good start in this race when you begin just after a bumpy set of railroad tracks. You’ll also be treated to shelter from trees instead of cornfields. The challenges will come in the form of rolling hills and chip and seal pavement. It’s a local favorite, so if you’re looking to improve your time trial skills, make sure to take part. For information on the event, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Interested in learning how to ride a track bike or race on a velodrome? Attend this annual women’s clinic and learn everything from the basics to racing strategy. The event is free for any junior rider, thanks to the Cuttin Crew race team! For details on the event, click here. If you need to borrow a loaner bike for the event, check out the google doc on the facebook event page to access available bikes.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Lincoln Park Criterium

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Ready or not, the road racing season gets underway this weekend in Chicago with Lincoln Park on Saturday and the entire Gapers Block series throughout the week. Let’s hope for the best, weather-wise and get this season off to a great start.

Events:

Lincoln Park Criterium – The stage is set for tomorrow’s race. A quick preview of the course reveals relatively smooth road conditions, with the exception of some bumps on the backside of the course. Depending on the way the wind is blowing, the rough spots may or may not be a factor in the race. Everything gets underway bright and early tomorrow. For information on the race, 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.

Coming Up:

Spring Super Criterium – You may not get a motor to power your way through this race, but you’ll still get to race on a real car racing track. This is always a fun course with some great twists, but really only one corner. Plan to make your way out to race and then stay for the skills clinic and make it a great bike racing day. For more information on the event, 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.

John Fraser Memorial Time Trial – This is the final race in the indoor series – and it’s outside! The course is 10k with two turnarounds. Be prepared for a fast all-out effort that will keep you on your toes, navigating the course. For information on the race, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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