Monthly Archives: November 2012

Illinois State CX Championships

If you’ve been around for any of the previous Illinois State CX championships, you know this year is an odd one! Typically there’s snow and it’s FREEZING – that is, temps in the teens or below. Brrrr! Not sure how we lucked out, but this year it’s going to be downright balmy. Don’t let a big gift go to waste, get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Rides:

Saturday Trail Ride – Head out with Lynn this Saturday for a ride on the DPR trail. The ride will depart at 8AM from the Daniel Wright woods parking lot.

Chicago Velo Campus – The CVC will be open this Saturday and Sunday for training from 10:30AM til 4PM. For details and to register, click here.

Sunday Ride – This Sunday we’re heading into the city for a ride on the lakefront path. The ride will depart from Montrose and the lakefront path at 8AM. We’ll make it back in time to spectate most of the races.

Events:

Illinois State CX Championship – It’s the final Chicross Cup Series event of the season and it’s the Illinois State Championship.  Don’t miss out on any of the action and make your way to Montrose. See you there! For race info click here.

Booty Cross in Madison – For a Wisconsin option, head to Madison for Booty Cross. The race will be held in Hiestand Park. For details click here.

 

Coming up:

Wisconsin State Championships and Midwest Regional Championships – This two day championship event will be held at Badger Park in Madison. For those planning to race nationals, this is your opportunity to get a preview of the course. For race details click here.

Miller Chill Cross – Head south for a change of pace and see what the racing is like in Bloomington, IL. For race details click here.

Enjoy life to the fullest and get out and play!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Can you believe this Thursday is Thanksgiving? Where did the time go? Hopefully your holiday will include visiting with friends and family and enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. One more reason to be thankful is the beautiful weather forecasted for the next week. Be sure to get outside and ride, as these days won’t last much longer.

Rides:

Saturday Trail Ride – Join Lynn for an afternoon ride on the DPR trail. The ride will depart from the Daniel Wright woods parking lot at 1:30PM on Saturday.

Sunday Trail Ride – Join us for an endurance ride on the DPR trail. The ride will depart from the Daniel Wright woods parking lot at 7:30AM and it’s generally a 3 hour loop.

Fredo’s Thursday Night Trail Ride – This Thursday evening, it is predicted that Fredo will be in a food coma; therefore he will be unable to lead the ride.  See you next week!

Events:

Chicross Cup Series Race #11 – Melas CX Racin Basin. The promoters of this week’s race are known for their over-the-top obstacles. It all started in 2003 with the “Pit of despair”, which some of us remember pretty vividly. This year’s course features the “racin basin” which is a drainage area, where riders may drain all the energy from their legs; hmmm?! Are you up for the challenge?  For race details click here.

Kringle Kross – This race may be named after a pastry, but it may be best to hold off from eating any until after racing! This Wisconsin race is held in Hales Corner, not far from Milwaukee. For race details click here.

Jingle Cross – Head to Iowa City if you’re looking to compete against the big guns. This two day UCI series is holiday favorite (just a week early this year). For race details click here.

Coming up:

Norge Ski Jump Cross – This is the post-holiday fun/suffer-fest in Fox River Grove. There are hills, obstacles and plenty of grass to help burn those unwanted calories. For race details click here.

Have a great holiday!

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Weekend Warm-up

Don’t miss out on the warm weather forecasted for this weekend. The warm-up won’t last long, so enjoy every ounce of the great outdoors while it’s pleasant. There are lots of rides and races, just see the list below for details.

Rides:

Saturday Trail Ride – Join Lynn and Fredo for an afternoon ride on the DPR trail. It should be delightfully warm and rain free! The ride will depart from the Daniel Wright woods parking lot at 1:30PM on Saturday.

Sunday Trail Ride – Join us for an endurance ride on the DPR trail. The ride will depart from the Daniel Wright woods parking lot at 7:30AM and it’s generally a 3 hour loop.

Fredo’s Thursday Night Trail Ride – Join Fredo on Thursday nights during the fall. The ride departs Higher Gear Wilmette at 5:30PM and heads north to Highland Park and back on the Greenbay trail. Don’t forget your lights!

Events:

Chicross Cup Series Races #9 & #10 – Head out to Hilton Indian Lakes on Saturday and stay for a double race weekend.  There are plenty of bonuses to this weekend series including a locker room and a great place to hang out before and after the races. For race details click here.

Cam-Rock CX Classic – This area is better known for mountain biking, so maybe it’ll be a technical cross course? The course is located near Madison, Wisconsin. For race details click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Series Race #11 – The Melas CX Basin Racin’ race in Mt Prospect is the last Chicross cup race before the state championships at Montrose. For race details click here.

Jingle Cross – This series is typically the weekend after Thanksgiving, but this year it’s a week early. It’s a UCI race so there’ll be plenty of competition and great spectating as well. For race details click here.

Norge Ski Jump Cross – I’m sure it’s crossed a few people’s minds about having a cross course include a ski jump, but no such luck : ) There are still plenty of hills and obstacles to make this a fun and exciting course.  Interested? For race details click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Time Change Weekend

Time once again to adjust the clocks and gain an hour of sleep! Get that one-time energy boost and prepare for a great ride or race. Check the details below for a full list of cycling activities this weekend and next.

Rides:

Sunday Trail Ride – This Sunday we’ll head back out on the DPR trail, departing from Daniel Wright woods parking lot at 7:30AM.

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:

Estabrook Park – This cyclo-cross course is an oldie but goodie. It’s a little on the technical side with portions that are certainly off the beaten path! Lots to take in at this park located on the northeast side of Milwaukee. For race details click here.

7th Annual Sadie Hawkins Day Style Ride – Grab your partner and get ready to GO! This event is a team race followed by awards, raffle and a dance party. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Center. For more information on the event, click on the following link. http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/pages/Sadie-Hawkins-Day-Style-Ride/81165684942

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 in Woodstock is a long course with varied terrain including hills, off camber sections and of course, barriers. For race details click here.

Coming up:

Chicross Cup Series Races #9 & #10 – Hilton Indian Lakes Resort is host to a two day cross race weekend. Pack your bag and stay, there’ll be lots of fun on and off the race course.

 

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to set your clock back.

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