Monthly Archives: July 2012

Let the Games Begin

We’ve barely come down from our high from the Tour de France, but this year we’ll ride the wave a little longer with the summer Olympics. Cheer on your favorite athletes and be inspired to push yourself to a new level. You have the motivation, below are your options for fulfilling your goals. Get out and ride!
Rides:
Sunday Ride. Delfino will be leading the Sunday ride this week (with help from Fredo and a few others)! He didn’t have a name for his route, so we made one up – the Libertyville loop. There will be a vote for either a 40 or 60 mile ride. Arrive early so you can cast your vote! 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. Join us for pacelines and group riding skills. The ride departs from HG HP at 6:30PM and will average above 17mph.
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:
Venus de Miles Ride. The inaugural Venus de Miles Women’s ride is this Sunday! The ride routes are 25 and 61 miles. Pamper yourself after the ride with all the options available in the festival area, including manicures and pedicures! There’s still time to register and you can also register on the day of the event. For details, click here.
Sammy’s St Charles Prairie State Criterium. New to the racing circuit, this race promises to be another can’t miss event. For event details, click here.
Madison Racing. This coming Thursday’s track racing is sponsored by state representative, Elaine Nekritz. The featured event is the Madison, a race in which teams of two take turns in the field. The exchange from one rider to the next is done by the exiting rider flinging his/her partner back into the field. It’s quite exciting! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to race or spectate. For details click here.
Coming up:
Tour of Elk Grove: This is another big event on the racing circuit. For the pro and women’s pro ½ fields, the event is a stage race, listed on the National Race Calendar. The other fields race on the same course, but not as a stage race. For details on all the events, click here.
Two Rivers Road Race. This is a new road race course near Kankakee. There are many categories and the distances are worth the drive! For details, click here.
Women’s Dirt Days #5. This dirt day event is a day before the Palos Meltdown bike race, so it’s a great chance to check out the course or just get in some fun riding with a great bunch of girls. For details on the event, click on the link. http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/events/211388792321364/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
Women’s racing clinic with Rahsaan Bahati. Join us at Higher Gear Highland Park for a clinic with Professional rider, Rahsaan Bahati. He will lead a ride which will include bike safety, skills and race tactics. The event will be in conjunction with our regularly scheduled Wednesday ride on August 15. More details to follow.

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Women’s Cycling Meet n Greet

It’s another steamy weekend in Chicago, but it sure beats the cold and snow winter brings.  Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and ride!

Rides:

Sunday ride. This Sunday’s ride is the Sister’s Loop. The 40 mile ride (honest) 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. Join us for pacelines and group riding skills. The ride departs from HG HP at 6:30PM and will average above 17mph.  

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:

Women’s Cycling Meet n Greet. Whether you’re new to riding or if you’re a seasoned rider, join the ladies at the latest meet n greet event and share your adventures in cycling. The event starts at 6PM this evening, it’s free and all women are welcome! Don’t miss out. For details click on the link http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/events/416723491700023/

Superweek. There remaining Superweek races for women are the ¾ fields. There are some great courses yet to be raced, for details click here.

Coming Up:

Venus de Miles Illinois. Interested in an all-women non-competitive cycling event? The Venus de Miles ride is just for the ladies with 25 and 60 mile ride options. Proceeds for the event go to Greenhouse Scholars, so you’ll be having fun and raising money for a good cause. For details click here.

St Charles Prairie State Criterium . This race is new in 2012 and promises to be a great one. For details click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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A Big Win!

The crowd was roaring at the Northbrook Velodrome last night as Lynn Rivier took the win in the final race of the evening for the women’s category 4 field. Lynn took up track cycling last year at the youthful age of 60. Although she is often competing against ladies half or a third of her age, she is very much in the mix of things. Last night’s win came in the win and out where Lynn attacked in turn 2 and held off the field in a nail biting finish. Congratulations, Lynn, it was awesome!
There are no excuses in Lynn’s vocabulary, so make that your mantra and get out and ride. Below is a list of rides and races. Get out and enjoy!
Rides:
Sunday ride. This Sunday’s we’re doing a repeat of the Sylvan Lake loop. The 40 mile 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. Join us for pacelines and group riding skills. The ride departs from HG HP at 6:30PM and will average above 17mph.
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:
International Cycling Classic (Superweek) The racing continues with this several week series. Be sure to double check the schedules as times and categories have been altered. For a listing of all the races click here.
Women’s Cycling Meet & Greet. Whether you’re new to the cycling scene or have been around for a while, join local racers and riders at this social. For details click here

Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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Superweek

The first week of the Tour de France typically includes bumps and bruises, and this year, unfortunately, is no different. But starting tomorrow, a new kind of pain will emerge – big climbs! This is when the race really starts to settle in and the GC contenders move into view. So much more fun ahead – stay tuned!!
Around here you can get your fill of riding and racing. See the details below for the upcoming rides and races in our area.
Sunday ride. This Sunday’s loop is Sylvan Lake – a favorite of mine . The 40 mile 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. We’re back at it this Wednesday after the holiday break. The ride departs from HG HP at 6:30PM and will average above 17mph. Hope to see all the regulars and a few that haven’t been out in a while!
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:
International Cycling Classic. ICC Aka Superweek starts this evening with the Beverly criterium and runs through July 22nd with races in Illinois and Wisconsin. If you haven’t got your racing fix yet, there’s plenty ahead to keep you going. For details click here.
*Please see the ICA communication regarding a false statement that has been circulating regarding USAC riders being suspended for racing in the Superweek series, which is now sanctioned by ABR.
Morton Community Bank Cycling Classic. A great course and plenty of prizes are on the line for this year’s race. The race is the last in the Illinois Cup series, so be sure to head down to score some points! For race details click here.
Ladies Dirt Days – Event #4. Here’s another chance to hit the trails at Palos. Dirt Days are a great way to learn the trails, get in some great riding and hang out with some awesome gals. For information on the event click here.
Wolfgang Freitag Memorial Two Person TT. Don’t want to race in a mass start event, but don’t want to race alone, either? Head out to this two person event and put forth your best team skills. There are new combined categories this year, which should put another twist into the finish possibilities. For event details click here.

Upcoming Events:
Venus de Miles Women’s Ride. Make it your goal to participate in the inaugural Venus de Miles Illinois ride. You can select either a 25 or 61 mile loop for this festive cycling event. Funds from the ride benefit Greenhouse Scholars, which helps under privileged students make their way through college. For details on the event click here.

Keep cool & have a great weekend!

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