Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tour de France

The Tour starts tomorrow and continues through July 22. The first stage is prologue (short time trial) in Liege, Belgium, followed by several sprinter-friendly stages. The real race for the yellow will begin in the mountains – that’s when the daily drama will keep us glued to our TV’s. Are you ready?? For details on this year’s event click here.
We won’t be riding in the Tour, but most of us have some riding goals for the season. Check below for a list of rides and races in our area. Have fun!

Sunday ride. This Sunday’s loop is the Mafia Lite. The route is 61 miles (not 50 as I once listed). The ride will depart at 8AM from Higher Gear Highland Park and average 19mph.
Tuesday Women’s ride. This ride departs from HG Wilmette at 9:30AM. The 1.5 hour ride is split into groups based on ability.
Wednesday Women’s ride. This Wednesday is the 4th of July, so there will be no ride. Join us the following week for another round of paceline skills & great conversation.
Fredo’s Ride. Join Fredo on a fast paced group ride each Thursday night during the summer. The ride departs from HG Wilmette at 5:30PM and averages 20+mph.

Events:
Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD). The racing series continues this weekend with two heavy-hitter courses. Saturday is Downer Ave in Milwaukee, which is a classic course. Up until a few years ago, only the pro’s race here! Sunday it’s off to Madison for the Capitol crit, another classic. For race information click here
Tour de Villas. This race exudes 4th of July spirit. Its run through a small neighborhood, where it seems everyone, including the mayor, comes out to cheer you on. The course is not too technical, so it’s great for beginners and experienced racers alike. For details click here
ABR Illinois Criterium Championships. Another championship jersey is on the line! Head out to Wood Dale, the ABR state championship title. For race details click here

Coming Up:
Superweek. This race series runs daily from July 6 through the 22nd. Check the schedule for races in your category. For details click here
Morton Bank Cycling Classic. Head down to Peoria for a full day of racing and a great prize list. For details click here
Have a happy & safe 4th of July!

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ToAD

Summer is officially here! This is the time of year everyone looks forward to. Be sure to take advantage of the longer days and warm weather. There are activities for all levels of cyclists from the hard core racers to the recreational riders who enjoy a workout and the company of a group ride. Pick something that suits your style and make the most of your summer.
Rides:
Sunday ride. This Sunday is Lynn’s choice, which is the Pyramid loop. The loop is just shy of 55 miles and will average 19mph. The ride will depart at 8AM from Higher Gear Highland Park.
Tuesday Women’s ride. This ride departs from HG Wilmette at 9:30AM. The 1.5 hour ride is split into groups based on ability.
Wednesday Women’s ride. Our Wednesday ride focuses on bike handling and paceline skills! The ride departs from HG HP at 6:30PM and averages 17mph for 23 miles.
Fredo’s Ride. Join Fredo on a fast paced group ride each Thursday night during the summer. The ride departs from HG Wilmette at 5:30PM and averages 20+mph.
Events:
Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD). The series began yesterday and will continue through July 1. It’s fast becoming the Midwest’s favorite cycling events with varied courses and a professional staff to make things go as smoothly as possible. For schedule and race details click here
ABR Illinois State Time Trial Championship. This 40K time trial is always challenging with winds and elevation changes. If you’re up for the challenge, make the championship your goal. For details click here
Wonder Lake Criterium. This race is a bit more local and is set right next to a lake – if you can take that in while you’re racing : ) For details click here
Chicago Velo Campus Sunday Race Series. The Junior Track Championships will start things off and then there will be a full slate of races for all categories. Check out what’s happening on the South Side and head down for a great series for details click here
Coming Up:
Tour de Villas. This race has a real hometown USA feel to it. The race is run through a quiet neighborhood where everyone seems to take part of the festivities. The course is not too technical, so it’s great for beginners and experienced racers alike. For details click here
ABR Illinois Criterium Championships. Held on a familiar course in Wood Dale, it’s not too technical, but it has its challenges. For race details click here
Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 2 Person Time Trial. You have a few weeks to prepare, so get your partner and set out to compete in this challenging but fun event. For details click here

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Father’s Day

There’s no better time to be a cyclist than summertime in Chicago. This week was Bike to Work Week, which seemed better than ever this year. On my ride in to work today, I was greeted by representatives from Clif Bar and Naked Juice, who were passing out products – nice! Last night at the Northbrook Velodrome, the PACT Dish Network team sponsored a 100 lap points race for the men’s 1/2/3 field, which ended up being a great show! As we move towards the weekend, there’s still plenty of action with the Illinois State Road Race. Check the details below and make the most of your summer cycling opportunities.

Rides:

Sunday. This Sunday’s ride route is the Mafia-Lite loop. The 50 mile loop takes you just shy of the Wisconsin border. The ride will depart from Higher Gear Highland Park at 8AM and average 19mph.

Tuesday Women’s ride. This ride departs from HG Wilmette at 9:30AM. The 1.5 hour ride is split into groups based on ability.

Wednesday Women’s ride. Our Wednesday ride focuses on bike handling and paceline skills! The ride departs from HG HP at 6:30PM and averages 17+mph for 23 miles.

Fredo’s Thursday Ride. Join Fredo on his fast paced Thursday evening ride. It departs from HG Wilmette at 5:30PM and will average 20+mph.

Events:

O’Fallon Grand Prix. This race series starts today with a time trial. Tomorrow’s road race is also the Illinois State Road Race Championship and Sunday will wrap things up with a criterium. The races are located in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, so be sure to allow plenty of time to make it to the start of your race. For details on all the events click here

Chainlink Biking Semester: Racing 101. For all those curious about getting into bike racing, attend this informational clinic on Tuesday evening. For details click here

Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) starts June 21 and runs through July 1. It’s a series of races throughout Wisconsin. It’s only been held for a few years, but has been gaining popularity because it’s a well-organized event. For a full schedule of races click here

Get out and enjoy this great summer weather!

 

Francine

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Bike to Work Week

Bike to Work Week starts tomorrow , June 9 and runs through Friday, June 15. Make a commitment to pedal your way to work a few days this coming week and continue to make riding part of your daily commute. There are lots of activities all week, including a commuter challenge and a festival in Daley Plaza on Friday. For details click here

Rides:

Sunday ride. This Sunday the group will head out on the Pyramid loop, which is 50 miles and will average 19mph. The ride will depart promptly at 8AM from Higher Gear Highland Park. The North Shore Half Marathon is also this Sunday, so please allow extra time to arrive for the ride since the race will head through downtown Highland Park.

Tuesday Women’s ride. This ride departs from HG Wilmette at 9:30AM. The 1.5 hour ride is split into groups based on ability.

Wednesday Women’s ride. Our Wednesday ride focuses on bike handling and paceline skills! The ride departs from HG HP at 6:30PM and averages 17mph for 23 miles.

Friday Women’s ride. This ride departs from HG Wilmette at 5:30AM for a 1 hour, 17mph ride.

 

Events:

Tour of Galena. The action starts today with a hilly circuit race for a few categories and the rest of the categories will begin tomorrow There’s great scenery, challenging terrain and competition. Good luck to all the racer! For details on the events, click here

 

Spring Prairie Road Race – Wisconsin State Road Race. The Spring Prairie course is fitting for a state championship with one painful hill, false flats and guaranteed crosswinds. Are you ready for the challenge? Head out to southern Wisconsin on Sunday for a great race. For details click here

Plan Ahead:

Venus de Miles Women’s Ride. Make plans to participate in this Women only event on July 29. With two routes (25 and 61 miles) and a great post event party, you won’t want to miss out on all the fun. The ride  benefits the Greenhouse Scholars, for detail click here

Wrigley Road Tour. Start your training now to prepare for this year’s Wrigley Road Tour. Proceeds from the event benefit World Bicycle Relief and Chicago Cubs Charities. For details click here

Have a great weekend!

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