Monthly Archives: January 2013

Snow Days

snow-ride-540x405It’s been a brutal week weather-wise, but the heartiest of riders have still been outside toughing it out in the cold. I made it out on Wednesday and by then, it really wasn’t all that bad. If you’re considering riding in the cold, but are unsure of where to start, take a moment and read the article I wrote for the Way2goodlife blog. Click here http://www.way2goodlife.com/2013/01/bike-winter.html.

Events:
Eau Claire Bike & Sport Powder Keg – If you’re up for a road trip to get in a little winter racing, then head north to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for their fat tire bike and snowshoeing races. Bike races include solo and 2 or 4 person team events. For race details click here http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/PowderKeg.html.
Annual Women’s Cycling Dinner – Tomorrow is the big day we’ve all been waiting for, the Annual Women’s Dinner! The evening will be filled with stories from the past season and plans for the upcoming 2013 season. If you haven’t rsvp’d, please let me know as soon as possible. The details are located at https://www.facebook.com/events/224135311056101/?ref=2. Hope to see you there
Coming Up:
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships- Louisville 2013 –For the first time – ever, the elite cyclo-cross world champions will be held in the United States. It’s just a short drive down to Louisville to see the best of the best compete for the world titles. Don’t miss this potential once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and make your way south for all the excitement. For details click here http://www.louisville2013.com/site/index.php.
Have a good weekend!
Francine

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2013 Women’s Cycling Dinner

SRAM SLOWe’ve seen and heard some discouraging news in cycling this week. Although it’s sad, it shouldn’t deter the rest of us from doing what we love to do – ride our bikes! As a kid, the bike was our first vehicle for freedom and in some ways, it’s what keeps us so young today. Focus on what matters to you and train to be the best you can be. Cycling is our escape from the challenges of our daily lives. Remember that and get out and ride!
Events:
2013 Chicago Winter Bike Swap – This is a great event where you can pick up everything from that odd bike part to a bike or cycling gear and equipment. The event is held at Harper College in Palatine from 9:30AM to 3:30PM tomorrow. For information on the event click here.
ABD Indoor Time Trial – The cyclo-cross season is still carrying on from 2012, but for the roadies, a new season is just beginning. Test out your current fitness level at the first indoor time trial of the season. This Sunday’s course is a flat 10K event. For details click here.
Coming Up:
Annual Women’s Cycling Dinner – Next Saturday we’ll gather at Kathy Corbett’s home for a fun-filled evening to share our memories of the 2012 season and look ahead to 2013. The event will include a delicious meal prepared by Kathy, which will include entrees for vegans, vegetarians and gluten free diets. The event will also include an awards presentation, honoring all who attend for their accomplishments in cycling. Follow the link on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/224135311056101/?ref=2 or if you have any questions, please send me an e-mail. Hope to see many of you there!
Have a great weekend!
Francine

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Cyclo-Cross US National Championships

The Cyclo-cross National Championships are underway in Madison. The course conditions seem to be a moving target things seem to change both daily and hourly. Some racers have experienced cold temps, snow and icy ruts. Others have had moderate temps, which melted the snow and exposed a bit more mud. Now it’s gone totally Belgian with rain, mud and slop! That’s cross racing for you. Gotta plan for every condition and embrace the challenges that come with them.
Chicago area riders are doing well against the rest of the nation. Congratulations to all who have raced and good luck to those getting ready to go! For race results and a schedule of the remaining races click here http://www.usacycling.org/2013/cyclo-cross-nationals.
Events:
Women’s Dinner – Our annual Women’s Dinner is right around the corner. It’s a great time to reminisce about the previous season and set goals for the New Year. Join us for a great night, the details are as follows:
• Saturday, January 26th at 7PM
• Kathy Corbett’s home – 1616 Woodlawn Avenue, Glenview
• Cost is $30.00 which includes dinner and awards (Kathy will have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, but if you have any special dietary needs, please let me know)
• Please reply by e-mail to rsvp
• You may also rsvp on facebook https://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=tn_tnmn#!/events/224135311056101/
• Event is byob
Cyclo-cross World Championships. Last year the Cyclo-Cross Master’s World Championships were held in the United States for the first time. This year both the Master’s and the UCI championships will be held here. This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to race and or spectate at this major event. It’s just a short drive away in Louisville, Kentucky. If you can make it there, you should! Click here http://www.louisville2013.com/site/index.php for details on the entire series.
Have a great weekend!
Francine

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Power Packed Week

Some of us have had a little downtime from the 2012 racing season and have started to plan out and train for the 2013 season. That’s not the case for cross racers – they’ve got a few weeks to go to make it to the end and it’ll be a BIG end at that! With a UCI Series this weekend followed by Nationals and Worlds, the best is yet to come. Good luck to all Chicago-area racers!
Events:
New Year’s Resolution Races – These races are shaping up to be quite a series, especially for women. There are riders coming from all over the country to participate in all three categories (women’s 2/3, ¾ and UCI) Chicago’s own Liz So will represent Chicago in the UCI field, woohoo! For race details click here.
US National CX Championships – There’ll be a few days rest and then it’s back to work, mid-week in Madison for the National Championships. As of last weekend, the course was covered in snow, but there’s a warm-up on the way that could melt away everything. Will it be white or will there be a mud fest? My guess is it’s going to get a little technical, which should make a few people happy. Good luck to all who are racing. For event details click here.
Coming Up:
Women’s Dinner – Don’t miss out on all the fun at this year’s event. It’s a great time to catch up with all your cycling friends – without lycra and a helmet! This event is open to all women cyclists. Whether you’re a commuter, triathlete, bike racer or want to get into the sport, this event is all about you! Details are as follows:
• Saturday, January 26th at 7PM
• Kathy Corbett’s home – 1616 Woodlawn Avenue, Glenview
• Cost is $30.00 which includes dinner and awards (Kathy will have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, but if you have any special dietary needs, please let me know)
• Please reply by e-mail to rsvp
• Event is byob
Cyclocross World Championships – The cross season just keeps on going! Both the Master’s and UCI World Cyclocross championships are in Louisville this year. The Master’s will kick things off on January 29 and the UCI events will begin on February 2. Click here for details on the entire series.
Have a great weekend!

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