Thanksgiving Week

This weekend leads us into the holiday season with a short work week and Thanksgiving on Thursday. Go big and get in as much racing and riding as possible to balance the festivities ahead. We finally have seasonal temperatures and with the right gear, you can pedal for miles. Get out and have fun! Check the listings below for a few local options.

 

Events:

Chicross Cup Events 9 & 10 – It’s two days of cross fun at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. The course features pavement, sand, tall grass and a spectator friendly area near a hilly off-camber section – great for hecklers! After Saturday’s races, make plans to stay over and enjoy hanging out with all your friends. For more information, click here.

 

Wisconsin State Cyclocross Championships – This is the final race of the Wisconsin state series and it’s located at the Trek headquarters in Waterloo. The course will be different than the one used in the earlier Wisconsin CX series race, but promises to be even better and have fewer ruts! It’ll be a cyclocross celebration with food, beer and fun. For more information, click here.

 

Coming Up:

Region Riot Cyclocross – There’ll be a break in the Chicross Cup series next weekend, but you won’t have to travel far to get in your cross fix. The Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana will be host to this cross event. The course is a 1.5 mile spectator friendly loop with plenty of challenges for racers. For more information, click here.

 

Have a great holiday week!

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Illinois State Cyclocross Championships

This Saturday is the final Illinois State Championship of the year. While we should have season appropriate temperatures this weekend, you’ll still need to do some planning before heading out the door. The mornings will be a little frosty and the ground hard-packed and slick, while the afternoon should bring warmer temps and a softer riding surface. Plan for layers and a few adjustments to your bike and you’ll be set for success.

Events:

Illinois State Cyclocross Championships – This year’s cyclocross championships are on a familiar course, but new location for the main event. The course will be in Emricson Park in Woodstock on Saturday. The course features a sandpit, a forest section, dirt climbs and a few fun descents. For more information, click here.

Sun Prairie Cup – This race, held in Sheehan Park is described as fun, fast and technical. If you’re taking part in the Wisconsin cross series, then head to Sun Prairie for this race on Saturday. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 – It’s groundhog Psi-clocross and you may think time is repeating itself, but have no fear, this is a two-day event in Woodstock. Go for the championship jersey on Saturday and the overall series points on Sunday. For more information, click here.

Scovill CXlassic – This race is in Decatur and is part of the HIXC series. The course is run on the former Scovill golf course so there’ll be plenty of sand and elevation changes.  For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Bikes to Beer – The brewery rides continue this month with a trip to Marz Community Brewing in the Bridgeport neighborhood. The ride will depart from BFF Bikes on Saturday at noon. It’s approximately ten miles to the destination with plenty of public transportation options for the return trip if you don’t want to ride. For more information, click here.

Major Taylor Cross Cup UCI & OVCX Weekend – Head to Indianapolis for this two-day elite level cyclocross extravaganza. There are hills to climb, off camber sections and plenty of obstacles to contend with, making it a fun and interesting course. For more information, click here.

Gobble Cross – Get in the spirit of the season and head out to Peoria for this turkey-themed event. The course is located in Donovan Park and is part of the HICX series. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #8 – This week the series heads to Wheeling’s Heritage Park. This course was re-introduced to the Chicross Cup series last year and while at first glance, it may look small and lacking features, it is shockingly challenging. Be prepared for a tough course! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Gravel Grand Fondo

Mother Nature really threw us a curve ball this week with significant snowfall on the last day of October. Although the temps and riding conditions have changed, it’s still possible to get in some great riding this weekend. Bundle up, make the necessary adjustments to your bike for whatever course you plan to ride and press on! Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

Events:

Ill Kanza – Get your gravel on in this grand fondo tomorrow. The race starts and finishes in Kansas, Illinois. There are route options from 22-102 miles to choose from and a scenic course with rolling hills and rough roads. For more information, click here.

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Cyclocross Classic – This classic cross course is in a park in Milwaukee. The course offers a full range of technical and power sections to challenge not only the technically skilled, but the power riders as well. 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.

Battle of Waterloo CX – Napoleon may be missing from this battle, but it should still be a challenge. Located in Firemen’s Park in Waterloo, Wisconsin, this course will lead you into and out of the woods with plenty of hills and barriers to cross. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Illinois State Cyclocross Championships – This year’s cyclocross championships are on a familiar course, but new location for the main event. The course will be in Emricson Park in Woodstock on Saturday. For more information, click here.

Sun Prairie Cup – This race, held in Sheehan Park is described as fun, fast and technical. If you’re taking part in the Wisconsin cross series, then head to Sun Prairie for this race on Saturday. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #7 – You may think time is repeating itself, but have no fear, this is a two-day event in Woodstock. Go for the championship jersey on Saturday and the overall series on Sunday. For more information, click here.

Scovill CXlassic – This race is in Decatur and is part of the HIXC series. The course is run on the former Scovill golf course so there’ll be plenty of sand and elevation changes.  For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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Happy Halloween

It’s going to be a crisp fall weather weekend in Chicago and although there may be a dab of rain, we should be able to outrun the wet weather if our timing is good. Get your Halloween-themed gear ready and head out the door for plenty of cycling fun. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt – If you’re looking for an adventure this Saturday, head out to Palatine for this cycling scavenger hunt. The event is open to everyone, so bring your friends and family and let the searching begin. For more information, click here.

Candy Cross CX – Halloween is almost here and they’re ready to celebrate the holiday at this HICX series race In Charleston. It’s a power course with plenty of wide open grassy sections, an off camber hill and a set of stairs to run up. For more information, click here.

Cross Fire – This is another course that’s been used for elite level cyclo-cross races in the past. Located in Angell Park in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, the course features grassy power sections, a hill and plenty of twists and turns. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #5 – This week the race heads to Sunrise Park in Bartlett. The course is in a park that has wide-open grassy sections, a few short wooded sections, a short off camber section and the infamous Heckle Hill, which is a steep short and twisty hill that presents challenges to riders and entertainment to the spectators. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Ill Kanza – Get your gravel on in this grand fondo next Saturday. The race starts and finishes in Kansas, Illinois. There are route options from 22-102 miles to choose from and a scenic course with rolling hills and rough roads. For more information, click here.

Estabrook Park Beer Garden Cyclocross Classic – This classic cross course is located in a park in Milwaukee. The course offers a full range of technical and power sections to challenge not only the technically skilled, but the power riders as well. 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.

Battle of Waterloo CX – Napoleon may be missing from this battle, but it should still be a challenge. Located in Firemen’s Park in Waterloo, Wisconsin, this course will lead you into and out of the woods with plenty of hills and barriers to cross. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Capentersville Cross

It looks like the weather will be cooperating this weekend and that’s great news for the promoters of the Chicross Cup series. The last few weekends have been challenging with last minute venue changes due to all the water and potential for course damage. Time to breathe a sigh of relief and get out and enjoy some great fall weather. Check the listings below for a few options

Events:

Bikes to Beer – The October edition of this ride will head to the North Shore Cider Company. It’s a fifteen mile loop from BFF Bikes to Evanston and back. The group will depart at 4:30pm on Saturday and the pace will be determined by the group. For more information, click here.

GPJO – This race course was previously held in Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park, but this year they’re headed to the Trek factory in Waterloo, Wisconsin. This course has been used for world class events, so get ready for some great racing. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #4 – This week the race heads to Carpentersville. The course is on the grounds of a boarded up middle school and while it’s a relatively small space, it’s filled with plenty of twists and turns and ups and downs. It’s a tough course so be prepared for some work! For more information, click here.

Tough Udder CX – You might be racing with the animals at this race which is held on Oakridge Farm, just west of Milwaukee. It’s a new course design with a fast start that leads into a technical section in the woods. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Candy Cross CX – Halloween is almost here and they’re ready to celebrate the holiday at this HICX series race In Charleston. It’s a power course with plenty of wide open grassy sections, an off camber hill and a set of stairs to run up. For more information, click here.

Cross Fire – This is another course that’s been used for elite level cyclo-cross races in the past. Located in Angell Park in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, the course features grassy power sections, a hill and plenty of twists and turns. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #5 – This week the race heads to Sunrise Park in Bartlett. The course is in a park that has wide-open grassy sections, a few short wooded sections, a short off camber section and the infamous Heckle Hill, which is a steep short and twisty hill that presents challenges to riders and entertainment to the spectators. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicross Cup Heads To Palos

We’ve enjoyed a good run of warm weather, but it looks like the temperatures are going to drop a bit over the weekend. There’s plenty of cycling action ahead, so just add a layer or two and head out the door. Check the listings below for a few options.

Events:

Pumpkin Hop Cross – It’s two days of racing in Beardstown, not far from Peoria. Friday’s event is run in the dark, so you’ll need lights for a fun and spooky nighttime race. Saturday’s daylight race is a technical course for those looking to capitalize on their skills. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #3 – This week the series heads to Pulaski Woods in Willow Brook. This is a new venue, but a familiar area for mountain biking and of cyclo-cross racing of another era. There’s sure to be hills, single track, barriers and lots of fun. For more information, click here.

Badger Prairie Cross –This race has become a favorite among cyclo-cross racers. The course presents all the elements of a challenging race, so you won’t be disappointed. The race is located in Verona, Wisconsin, not far from Madison. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Bikes to Beer – The October edition of this ride will head to the North Shore Cider Company. It’s a fifteen mile loop from BFF Bikes to Evanston and back. The group will depart at 4:30pm on Saturday and the pace will be determined by the group. For more information, click here.

GPJO – This race course was previously held in Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park, but this year they’re headed to the Trek factory in Waterloo, Wisconsin. This course has been used for world class events, so get ready for some great racing. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #4 – This week the race heads to Carpentersville. The course is on the grounds of a boarded up middle school and while it’s a relatively small space, it’s filled with plenty of twists and turns and ups and downs. It’s a tough course so be prepared for some work! For more information, click here.

Tough Udder CX – You might be racing with the animals at this race which is held on Oakridge Farm, just west of Milwaukee. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Pumpkin Cross

Like flipping a switch, the heat from earlier in the week has changed to mild fall temperatures. That switch came just after another good soaking which is having an impact on some of this weekend’s races. If you’re riding or racing on the road, you should be fine, but the cyclo-cross scene has had to make a few changes to bypass the water and allow the racing to continue. Check the listings below for all the details.

Events:

Grafton Pumpkin Cross – Looking for the complete fall festival? Head out to Lime Kiln Park in Grafton, Wisconsin. The course includes a big climb, a slalom descent, gravel and more. For post-race fun there’s a food truck, music, beer and of course, pumpkins. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #2 – This week the series was supposed to head to Hopkins Park in Dekalb, but with the heavy rains, the course has been moved to Indian Lakes. Last week’s race was moved to this location, too. While familiar, it’s a great save! For more information, click here.

Al Stern Marathon Road Race – They say fall is a great time to put in some mileage and if that’s what you’re looking to do, then you should head to St. Anne this Sunday. The course is a loop just shy of eleven miles and is flat. Your battles will come with the distance and wind. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Pumpkin Hop Cross – It’s two days of racing in Beardstown, not far from Peoria. Friday’s event is run in the dark, so you’ll need lights for a fun and spooky nighttime race. Saturday’s daylight race is a technical course for those looking to capitalize on their skills. For more information, click here.

Chicross Cup Event #3 – Next week the series heads to Pulaski Woods in Willow Brook. This is a new venue, but a familiar area for mountain biking. There’s sure to be hills, single track, barriers and lots of fun. For more information, click here.

Badger Prairie Cross –This race has become a favorite among cyclo-cross racers. The course presents all of the elements of a challenging race, so you won’t be disappointed. This race is located in Verona, Wisconsin, not far from Madison. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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