Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships

We’re continuing with our weather roller coaster. We’re out of the cold and snow and we’re headed for a little warmth and rain. With the Illinois State Cyclo-cross championships on Sunday, this weather pattern will make for some interesting course terrain. There should be plenty of mud and some surfaces might be slick, so prepare your equipment set-up carefully. Make the best of what the weekend has to offer and be sure to keep moving. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Major Taylor Birthday Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this national ride that honors cyclist Major Taylor. The ride is on Saturday and it departs from the Daniel Ryan Woods at 10am. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championship – This is the last year for the state championships to be held at Montrose. Over the years there’ve been a few constants on this course like Cricket hill, lakefront sand and hundreds of hecklers. The biggest variable has always been the weather, with some years bringing snow and cold while other years it’s been downright balmy. Looks like this year there’ll be mild temps and maybe a bit of rain, which will be a delight to many racers. It’ll be a race not to miss. For more information, click here.

Corn-Cross – This beginner-friendly race is held in Weaver Park in Urbana. The course features grassy hills, off camber descents and flat power sections. After the race stick around for food and beer and an after Party at Riggs Beer Company. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Furrow Euro CX – This race is part of the HICX series and it’s held on Furrow Farm in El Paso. There’ll be the typical course challenges like barriers, hills and grass, but for a twist, you’ll ride through a barn. For more information, click here.

Afterglow – A Cyclo-cross race. This event is all about having fun and getting in a good workout. Held in Douglas Park, the course offers plenty of obstacles including sand and grass. Proceeds from the event go to West Town Bikes and Blackstone Bikes youth programs. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Battle of Waterloo

After a few weeks of cold weather and snow, we’ve been given a little reprieve. Get out and enjoy the warm weather this weekend is providing and burn off a few of those holiday calories. There’s a great race to our north and plenty of open roads nearby to pedal your way to fun.

Events:

Battle of Waterloo CX – This fun and demanding course runs through Fireman’s Park in Waterloo, Wisconsin. You’ll battle hills, sand and wooded areas while getting a little relief from a few stretches of pavement! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Major Taylor Birthday Ride – Join in the Chicago edition of this national ride that honors Major Taylor. The ride is next Saturday and it departs from the Daniel Ryan Woods at 10am. For more information, click here.

Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championship – This is the last year for the state championships to be held at Montrose. Over the years there’ve been a few constants on this course like Cricket hill, lakefront sand and hundreds of hecklers. The biggest variable has always been the weather with some years bringing snow and cold while other years it’s been downright balmy. We’ll see what Mother Nature delivers for this year, but whatever the weather, it’ll be a race not to miss. For more information, click here.

Corn-Cross – This beginner-friendly race is held in Weaver Park in Urbana. The course features grassy hills, off camber descents and flat power sections. After the race stick around for food and beer and an after Party at Riggs Beer Company. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Major Taylor Cross Cup

We’ve had a bit of snow this week and that may lead to sloppy conditions for racing this weekend. There’ll be an added degree of difficulty with a softer riding surface. Enjoy the challenge and focus on improving or using your bike handling skills to achieve success. There’s still fun to be had outdoors, check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

ABR WIIL Awards Banquet – If you’ve taken part in any of the ABR races this year, you’ll want to make plans to attend this event to collect your awards and mingle with your friends. The event will be held at The Grove Banquets & Catering in Buffalo Grove on Saturday. Awards for Wisconsin and Illinois series, including rider of the year will be awarded. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Events #10 & #11 – It’s a two-day festival in this cross series and it all happens at the Pheasant Run Resort. The course features grassy power sections, off-camber berms and a sand pit. Finish your first day of racing and stay over for round two. You’ll get to hang out with all your friendly competitors at the resort and then save yourself a few zzzz’s since you won’t have to drive over in the morning. For more information, click here.

Major Taylor Cross Cup – The heavy hitters in the cyclo-cross world will be headed to Indianapolis this weekend for two days of racing, including UCI events. The event is held at the Indy Cycloplex center. It’s a challenging course with some significant elevation changes, at least for our neck of the woods! For more information, click here.

GP Jo VanDeraffe – This race is held in Mitchell Park in Milwaukee. It’s no ordinary park and while the landscape offers plenty of challenges for a cross race, you may also want to stick around to check out the horticulture domes when you wrap up. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Friends of Big Marsh Black Friday Event – Instead of heading to the shopping malls on Friday, opt outside and spend the day racing at the Big Marsh on the city’s south side. The event begins at 8am on Friday, November 23rd. For more information, click here.

BFF Bikes to Beer – Join the crew at BFF Bikes for a post-holiday ride to Three Floyds Brewery. The ride will depart from the shop on Friday at 8:30am and head to Munster, Indiana for beer and snacks. The total distance is 70 miles, but there is an option to head home on the train as well. For more information, click here.

Battle of Waterloo CX – This fun and demanding course runs through Fireman’s Park in Waterloo, Wisconsin. You’ll battle hills, sand, wooded areas while getting just a little relief from a few stretches of pavement! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fat Katz Cross

We’ve been given a dose of winter with cooler than average temperatures and wet snow. Depending on what kind of rider you are, your approach to this weather could vary significantly. The cross racers will be making plans to swap out tires and adjusting air pressure for the conditions. For those not racing, a little extra prep will get you out the door and onto the road or trails. There’s still plenty of fun to be had outside, so make a plan and get out. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Sun Prairie Cup – This race held in Sheehan Park is described as fun, fast and technical. For post-race festivities, they’ll have hot food served up by Nitty Gritty and beer. Head to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin for good times. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #8 – Last year they switched the course from Melas Park to Heritage Park in Wheeling, so it was new to everyone. The newness is behind us and the scoop is for a course that doesn’t look too intimidating, it is actually quite challenging. For more information, click here.

Scoville CXlassic – This course is held on the former Scoville golf course so there should be mixed terrain and sand! It’s located in Decatur and this race is part of the HICX series. For more information, click here.

Fat Katz Cross Race – The course is described as one of the smoothest in the WCA series – I’m guessing that means it’s going to be very fast! The main feature is a stair run-up, which will likely cause some lung searing breaths. Free beer after the race and burgers and brats for sale – that totally sounds like Wisconsin! For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

ABR WIIL Awards Banquet – If you’ve taken part in any of the ABR races this year, you’ll want to make plans to attend this event to collect your awards and mingle with your friends. The event will be held at The Grove Banquets & Catering in Buffalo Grove on Saturday, November 17. Awards for Wisconsin and Illinois series, including rider of the year will be awarded. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Series Events #10 & #11 – It’s a two-day festival of this cross series and it all happens at the Pheasant Run Resort. The course features grassy power sections, off-camber berms and a sand pit. Finish your first day of racing and stay over for round two. You’ll get to hang out with all your friendly competitors at the resort and then save yourself a few zzzz’s since you won’t have to drive over in the morning. For more information, click here.

Major Taylor Cross Cup – The heavy hitters in the cyclo-cross world will be headed to Indianapolis next weekend for two days of racing, including UCI events. The event is held at the Indy Cycloplex center. It’s a challenging course with some significant elevation changes, at least for our neck of the woods! For more information, click here.

GP Jo VanDeraffe – This race is held in Mitchell Park in Milwaukee. It’s no ordinary park and while the landscape offers plenty of challenges for a cross race, you may also want to stick around to check out the horticulture domes when you wrap up. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Time Change and Groundhogs

By now we’re adjusting to the cooler fall temperatures and this weekend we’ll add one more adjustment for the season – the time change. You’ll get an extra hour of sleep for Sunday’s activities, so make the most of this great season and get out and ride. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Cross Classic – This classic cross course is set in a Milwaukee park and includes off-road single track sections and only a little bit of grass, so it’s somewhat technical but very fun. This course should be on your to-do list! Post-race there’s free beer/soda and a brat for all participants. For more information, click here.

2019 State Championship Course Preview – This race is part of a Two day festival put on by Psimet. Day one is a preview of next year’s state championship course, so if you want to have an edge on next season, be sure to be there on Saturday! For post-race fun, there’ll be a gathering and even a movie! For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 – Day two brings us Groundhog Psi-Clocross. Woodstock is the location for the movie set for Groundhogs Day and it’s also time change weekend, so the promoters always have a little fun with that! Sunday’s event will include an onsite food truck for post-race munchies. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Sun Prairie Cup – This race held in Sheehan Park is described as a fun, fast and technical. For post-race festivities, they’ll have hot food served up by Nitty Gritty and beer. Head to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin for good times. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #8 – Last year they switched the course from Melas Park to Heritage Park in Wheeling, so it was new to everyone. The newness is behind us and the scoop is for a course that doesn’t look too intimidating, it is actually quite challenging. For more information, click here.

Scoville CXlassic – This course is held on the former Scovill golf course so there should be mixed terrain and sand! It’s located in Decatur and this race is part of the HIXC series. For more information, click here.

Fat Kats Cross Race – The course is described as one of the smoothest in the WCA series – I’m guessing that means it’s going to be a very fast course! Free beer after the race and burgers and brats for sale – that totally sounds like Wisconsin! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Campton Cross

It’s going to be a perfect crisp fall weather weekend and with so many ride options to choose from, you might have a tough time figuring out what you want to do. Make the effort to get out and put in a few miles. Next week is Halloween, so you’ll need to have a good offset to the extra candy calories. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Sunny Cross – You’ll have to travel a bit to get to this race which is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but it may be worth the drive. The event will be held at the Sunny View Expo Center, which may sound like your typical indoor facility, but it’s not. It’s an outdoor event center that even includes a BMX track. The course offers up a berm, barns and sand. They also have an indoor heated warm-up area and Appleton Brewery will be there for your post-race beverage. For more information, click here.

Candy Cross – You may not need to dress up to get any candy, but you’ll have to dress for success in the holiday themed race. The race is located in Charleston and the course features rolling hills, fast straight-aways and a stair run-up. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #6 – This week the series heads to St. Charles for Campton Cross. This course offers varied terrain including long gravel sections, climbs over landscape timbers, twisty grass sections, off camber sections and pump track style rollers, to name a few. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Cross Classic – This classic cross course is set in a Milwaukee park and includes off-road single track sections and only a little bit of grass, so it’s somewhat technical but very fun. This course should be on your to-do list! Post-race there is free beer/soda and a brat for all participants. For more information, click here.

2019 State Championship Course Preview – This race is part of a Two day festival put on by Psimet. Day one is a preview of next year’s state championship course, so if you want to have an edge for next season, be sure to be there on Saturday! For post-race fun, there’ll be a gathering and even a movie! For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 – Day two brings us Groundhog Psi-Clocross. Woodstock is the setting for the movie Groundhogs Day and it’s also time change weekend, so the promoters always have a little fun with that! Sunday’s event will include and onsite food truck for post-race munchies. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Gobble Cross

It’s another mild fall weekend in Chicagoland, which is perfect for cyclo-cross fun. Whether you stay around town or travel to you cycling destination, you’ll be all set weather-wise. Check the listings below for a few options nearby.

Events:

Gobble Cross – This race is located in Donovan Park in Peoria. It’s a scenic park with rolling hills and some wooded sections, which should add technical and power elements to this course. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #5 – This week’s event heads to Sunrise Park in Bartlett. There’s a lot of grass to this course, so it definitely requires power. The course also features a few wooded sections, a short off camber section and the famous “Heckle Hill”. For more information, click here.

Track Cycling:

Track Cycling Banquet – Track season in Chicago has officially ended for 2018. To celebrate all of the successful racing, join your fellow trackies for an evening at EJ’s on Sunday. The event will include a cocktail hour, dinner, awards and silent auction. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Sunny Cross – You’ll have to travel a bit to get to this race which is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but it may be worth the drive. The event will be held at the Sunny View Expo Center, which may sound like your typical indoor facility, but it’s not. It’s an outdoor event center that even includes a BMX track. Check it out! For more information, click here.

Candy Cross – You may not need to dress up to get any candy, but you’ll have to dress for success in the holiday themed race. The race is located in Charleston and the course features rolling hills, fast straight-aways and a stair run-up. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #6 – This week the series heads to St. Charles for Campton Cross. This course offers varied terrain including long gravel sections, climbs over landscape timbers, twisty grass sections, off camber sections and pump track style rollers, to name a few. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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