Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. What could be better than dressing in costume, having a little candy and feeling like a kid? Take the fun one step further and get on your bike! Whether you ride on the road, trail or race, costumes will be a big hit this weekend!

Rides:

Saturday Intensity Ride – We’re changing things up a bit this week and having a Saturday road ride instead of a Sunday ride. It’ll be chilly, but we’re going to be working hard, so you’ll stay warm! Join us at 8AM in Fort Sheridan at the south end of the parade loop. The ride will last about 2 hours.

Fredo’s Thursday Night Trail Ride – Join Fredo on the Greenbay trail on Thursday nights during the fall. The ride departs Higher Gear Wilmette at 5:30PM. Bring your lights and fun spirited attitude – they’re always fun!

Events:

Chicross Cup Series race #7 – Campton Cross is located in St Charles and is one of the original CCC race courses. Show off your Halloween spirit and dress in costume for the race. There will be a prize awarded for the best costume! For race details click here.

Coming up:

Bike Film Festival – Chicago – Looking for a little something different, but still bike related? The Bike Film Festival Chicago includes rides, movies, social gatherings and more. For festival details click here.

Chicross Cup Series race #8 – PSI-clocross for Life is next weekend in Woodstock, IL. For race details click here.

 

Don’t forget to dress up for Halloween & have a great weekend.

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Kit up n Chat Ride

It’s time once again for the annual Kit up n Chat ride hosted by the ladies of the Project 5 racing team. Join in the fun as we head out on the roads of the western burbs. There’s a little of everything, including a few good hills, which created a bit of fun in last year’s ride ; ) It’s a great opportunity to meet local racers and riders in a non-competitive environment. See you there! For details click on the following link http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/events/243615359095228/

Rides:

Sunday Ride. The weather forecast for Sunday is rain-free, so we’ll plan to head out on the trails. We’ll depart from the Daniel Wright Woods (Everett & St. Mary’s) at 7:30AM on Sunday.

Fredo’s Ride.  Are you up to the challenge of a nighttime trail ride? Join Fredo as he heads out on the Greenbay trail on Thursday night. The ride departs from Higher Gear Wilmette at 5:30PM. Bring your cross bike and lights

Events:

Chicross Cup Series Race #6 – ABD Sunrise Park in Bartlett is set for this weekend. It’s been raining all week, so who knows what the course will be like on Sunday.  There was plenty of practice riding in the mud last weekend, so we’ll see if those skills will be helpful again this week. For race details click here.

Petego race Series – The final series of races at the Chicago Velo Campus will go on this Sunday and next. Head down to the south side to spectate or participate on this incredible track. For race and track info click here.

Coming up:

Chicross Cup Series Race #7 – It’s Campton Cross in St Charles next weekend. For details click here.

Chainlink’s Halloween Party with Working Bikes Co-op – Join fellow cyclists for an evening of fun with musical performances, raffles and all-around good time. For details on the event click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Triple Challenge Weekend

It’s a triple dose of Chicross Cup races this weekend. The fun begins tonight on the Psycho-cross course in Wauconda, followed by Psycho-cross (day) and Carpetersville. If you enjoy racing cross for the fun of riding in mud and slick conditions, this weekend may be spectacular.  We’ll see what the weekend brings, weather-wise. I hope it’s dry, at least during the day! Check below for a listing of what’s coming up.

Rides:

Sunday Trail Ride – It may be great to race cross in adverse conditions, but it’s not so wonderful on a training ride. Let’s hope the weather cooperates for our Sunday ride. If it’s not raining, we’ll head out on the DPR trail from the Daniel Wright woods at 7:30 AM.

Thursday Night Trail Ride – Join Fredo for an evening trail ride along the Greenbay trail. The ride departs from Higher Gear Wilmette at 5:30 PM. Make sure your lights are fully charged!

Events:

Psycho-cross After Dark- The first race starts at 7PM so you’re gonna need your lights. It’s not your typical lineup, so be prepared for some crazy fun. For details click here.

Chicross Cup Race #4 – It’s Psycho-cross in Wauconda. This course is known for lots of open power stretches and a flyover. For race details click here.

Chicross Cup Race #5 – Day two of this triple header weekend is Carpentersville. This course is a bit more technical than Saturday’s race, so if that’s your strength, save yourself for Sunday. For race details click here.

Further Cross – Held on the same course as last year’s cross national championships at Badger Prairie Park in Verona, WI. For race details click here.

 

Coming up:

5th Annual Kit up and Chat Ride – Join the ladies of the Project 5 team on their annual post road season ride and picnic. Whether you’re a casual rider, triathlete, roadie, this event welcomes all women to share their experiences of riding.  For details click http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/events/243615359095228/

Chicross Cup Race #6 – Next week the series heads to Sunrise Park in Bartlett. For race details click here.

 

Stay dry and have a great weekend!

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Marathon Weekend

It’s marathon weekend in Chicago. Good luck to all the runners, it’s going to be a perfect marathon day! While it’s perfect running weather, it’s time to bundle up on the bike. We’ll still have plenty of riding this weekend, but it’s going to take a little thought before heading out the door. Check the temps and then don’t forget to cover your fingers, toes and head! See the list below for local rides, races and events.

Rides:

Saturday No Drop Ride. This 2 hour ride departs from Higher Gear Wilmette at 7AM. Riders enjoy a scenic ride along Sheridan Road.

Sunday Ride. We’ll be heading out on the trails again this Sunday. We will depart from the Daniel Wright Woods (Everett & St. Mary’s) at 7:30AM on Sunday.

Fredo’s Ride.  Fredo’s Thursday ride will be hitting the Greenbay trail this Thursday. Bring your cross bike and lights for a bit of an adventure! The ride departs from HG Wilmette at 5:30PM.

Events:

ICA 2012 Banquet. Leave the spandex at home and join local bike racers in toasting an awesome 2012 season. The event will be held at the Goose Island Brewery. For more information click here.

Chicross Cup Series race #3 – This week’s race is on the south side of the city at Dan Ryan woods. The course looks like a good mix of technical and power sections. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get to the race as there may be extra traffic with the marathon. For race details click here.

Sprint Omnium. It’s make up time for the previously rained out sprint omnium at the Chicago Velo Campus. Lots of great racing, an exciting velodrome and plenty of prizes! For details click here.

ABR Team Time Trial Championship. The road season continues – at least for another week. Get your team and head down to Kankakee for a challenging, yet rewarding race. For race details click here.

Awards & Legends Dinner. Celebrate the 2012 Northbrook track racing season with great friends at an awesome restaurant. The fun begins at 5PM at EJ’s Place in Skokie. For event details click here.

Coming up:

Double Header Weekend.  Next weekend is a no rest weekend with both the Psycho-Cross race on Saturday and Carpetersville on Sunday. For scheduling details click here.

5th Annual Kit-up n Chat Ride. Join the ladies from the Project 5 Racing team in their annual ride and picnic. All our welcome and it is a no-drop ride followed by a picnic at the Twin Lakes Park in Westmont. Click on the link for more details or to rsvp. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/243615359095228/

Have a great weekend!

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