Monthly Archives: February 2012

Leap Year February

Just a few days left in this leap year February and then we head into March where the pre-season road racing gets underway. Time to turn up the training a notch so you’ll be in top form for what’s ahead. Join us at Higher Gear’s Computrainer studio. There are classes and training sessions throughout the week. To view the schedule or to register click here

2012 Indoor TT Series Race #2. Ready for a little bit of pain and suffering? Put on your cycling battle gear prepare to duke it out on this 10K rolling hill course. For race info click here

Women’s Cycling Social. Every once in a while it’s nice to take a step back to enjoy a nice evening with your friends. This Monday Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder is hosting a social for all women cyclists. Be sure to register for the event in order to be entered in the raffle at

Chicago Bike Swap. Still looking for that one rare bike part or to sell off a bike or two? Head out to the Chicago Bike Swap next Saturday. The event will also feature demonstrations and games and even an after party at Goose Island Brew Pub. Proceeds from the bike swap benefit the nonprofit Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago Bike Winter and the Chainlink. For details on the event click here

And because it’s always nice to end on a positive note, here  are the photos from this year’s women’s dinner taken by Amy Dykema. Enjoy and have a great weekend!


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Women’s Cycling Social

Each day the sun stays out just a little longer and with these mild temps, you can’t help but get excited for spring and the upcoming cycling season. Get in that training so you’ll be ready to go when the gun goes off. If you’re looking for a place to ride and a little company, join the crew at Higher Gear for one of their indoor computrainer sessions. For a schedule of rides and to register, click here


Women’s Cycling Social. Come hang out with your fellow women cyclists at this social event. It’s free and all women interested in cycling are encouraged to attend. The event is Monday, February 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Heritage Bicycles, 2959 N Lincoln Chicago, IL. The event is hosted by Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder.  Be sure to rsvp to be eligible for the prizes at

ABD Indoor TT Series Race #2.   The second race in this series is a rolling 10K course. Test your fitness or go for the competition. For details click here

Women’s Weekend at Ray’s Mtb. I just had my first trip to Ray’s a few days ago and I had a blast! There’s something for everyone and it’s a great place to gain confidence and build skills. Add in the bonus of Women’s Weekend and it just doesn’t get much better. Make plans to head out for one or all three days of Women’s Weekend. For details click here

Kenosha Velosport Annual Spring Training Races. With the winter we’ve had, you may be racing these early spring races in shorts and a jersey. The races are March 11, 18 and 25 for details click here

Gapers Block Crits. New to bike racing? Want to gain a little experience with crit racing before the season really gets going? Head out to the Gapers Block crits, a week-long series on the same course, with mostly the same participants. For details click here

Have a great weekend and enjoy the wonderful weather.

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Local Hero – Greta Neimanas

Congratulations to Greta Neimanas for her second place finish at the 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships! Greta is from Chicago and started racing her bike just a few short years ago. I’ve had the pleasure of racing with her both on the road and on the track and I couldn’t be happier for her success. She’s worked hard and put in many hours to achieve her goals. Click here to read more about her second place finish.

Achieving your goals takes dedication and hard work. Whatever your goal(s), make the commitment to see them through. Do your goals involve cycling? Get your training in with the crew at Higher Gear’s Computrainer center. For a schedule of group and individual training sessions click here


Hillsboro-Roubaix. Registration for the 11th annual Hillsboro-Roubaix road race opens on Wednesday, February 15.  HR is like the season opener for local bike racers and since so many participate, it fills up fast. For details and to register for the race, click here 

Women’s Cycling Social. Team Kenda p/b Geargrinders is hosting a women’s cycling social on Monday, February 27 in Chicago. It’s free and there will be prizes! For details on the event and to RSVP click here

Women’s 2012 Cycling Clinic. This year’s Women’s Cycling clinic will be on Sunday, April 22. It’s an all-day event for riders of every level. Get ready for the upcoming cycling season and plan to attend! For details and to register click here

Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Punxsutawney Phil vs Woodstock Willie

Groundhog’s day was just a few days ago and it seems there’s some debate about how much winter we have left this year. My bet’s on Woodstock Willie since his prediction is that Spring is on its way! Besides, we’ve been enjoying a very mild winter so far, which has been a real bonus for area cyclists. I’ve been commuting on my bike on a regular basis and have enjoyed every moment of the mild temps.

When it comes to training, you can go with a sure thing and reserve a spot at Higher Gear’s indoor computrainer facility. For a full schedule of classes and open training times, click here


Bicycle Dreams –the movie about RAAM. Looking for a little inspiration? Come out to see an award winning movie at the ViaDuct Theatre on Thursday, February 16. A portion of the proceeds will go to Chainlink – a Chicago cycling community \website. For details on the event and to purchase tickets click here

MATTS ABR TT Series Race #2. The second race of this series features a rolling 10K time trial. Are you ready for the challenge or are you looking to test your fitness? Come out and find out how ready you are. For details click here

Chicago Cycling Social. Get ready to mingle with Chicago’s cycling community at the Chicago Cycling Social hosted by Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder on Monday, February 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. RSVP and other information will be available in the coming days. Stay tuned! #chibikesocial

Gapers Block Crits. Registration is open for this year’s Gaper’s Block Crit Series. The races are near Calumet Park at 5PM, March 26-29. This series is great to get your feet wet in crit racing, and you get to repeat the course for several days in a row! For more information click here

Have a great weekend!

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