Monthly Archives: February 2013

Moving Right Along

February has hardly been a slow month for cycling, but everything certainly ramps up in March for the road season. There are clinics, a beginner race series as well as a “pre-season” oldie but goodie series for the beginner to the seasoned rider. Get set, the fun is just about to begin. Check the listings below for information on the upcoming events and plan to get an early start to your season.
Events:
ABD Indoor TT Series Race #2 – There’ll be a watt-fest this weekend as the second of this indoor time trial series gets underway. Test your current fitness or go for the win. For race day details click here. http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/TT13_flyer.pdf
Half Acre’s Indoor Time Trial – This time trial is being held on a Friday night, so it has the makings of a good competition as well as a festive occasion…. The course is a 5 mile rolling landscape with some nifty prizes set out to be your carrot. The event will also be collecting donations for Dustin Valenta, a bike messenger who was injured in traffic. Follow the link below for information. https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/212008732271082/?suggestsessionid=9984e3fc1cb86ff452f3498dd6a82552
Illinois Women Cyclists Spring Thaw Icebreaker – Calling all women cycling enthusiasts. Step outside of your lycra gear and spend an evening socializing with other women as passionate about riding as you are. The event will be held on Monday, March 4 at Bangers & Lace in Chicago. For details click here. http://www.meetup.com/Illinois-Women-Cyclists/
Chicago Bike Swap – This event will be more than just your typical bike & parts shopping extravaganza. The event will also include a Racing Panel to provide a look into the racing scene in Chicago. The event is put on by the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit organization which promotes cycling and other outdoor activities. For more information click here. http://chicagobikeswap.org/
Kenosha Velosport’s 34th Annual Spring Crit Series – Whether you’re new to bike racing or have been around for a few laps, this series is always great to get in a few tune-up races. The course is just over the border, in Wisconsin. For race details click here on the link. https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/132009693637498/
Gapers Block Crits – If you are new to racing, you’ll want to make it out to this week-long criterium series. Registration for the series opens on Sunday. For details click here . https://www.bikereg.com/Net/15540
Keep training and have a great weekend!

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Women on the Move

IcebreakerBike racing and group riding can be a little intimidating. Large groups riding shoulder to shoulder at a high rate of speed can look a little scary from the outside. I can tell you that with a little knowledge, you can build the confidence you need to absolutely love bike racing! In the Chicagoland area, there are a group of women bound and determined to get you over your fears and encourage you to love the sport as much as they do. Through get-togethers, clinics and information spread out through various mediums, they’re making it easy for you to step right in. As the 2013 season approaches, we’ve got a full line-up of events to get you going, see the details below.
Events:
2013 Indoor TT Series Race #2 – The second of this series will be held on February 24. The rolling 10K course will test your fitness and get you into the racing spirit. For race information click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events_files/TT13_flyer.pdf.

Illinois Women Cyclists Spring Thaw Icebreaker – Want to meet local women cyclists and racers? Whether you’re new to the scene or have been around for a while, this event is designed to bring everyone together to share information on current opportunities and just enjoy the company of fellow riders. The event will be held on Monday, March 4 at Bangers & Lace in Chicago. For details click here http://www.meetup.com/Illinois-Women-Cyclists/.

Chicago Bike Swap – Looking for that odd bike part or a good deal on cycling equipment, attend the Chicago Bike Swap on Saturday, March 9. The event is put on by the Active Transportation Alliance, which is a non-profit organization which promotes cycling and other outdoor activities. For more information on the event click here http://chicagobikeswap.org/.

Half Acre Women’s/Girls/Trans Road Racing Clinic – Talk about a hot clinic, this event filled up within days! The clinic will cover the nuts and bolts of bike racing and it’s great for anyone interested in getting into bike racing. There is a waitlist, so if you’re interested, be sure to get on the waitlist as soon as possible. The event is free thanks to the Illinois Cycling Association. For information on the event click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/18356.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic (Part 1) – Interested in learning how to ride a fixed gear bike or race at the velodrome? This series is designed to help you get your feet wet, build a little confidence and maybe start racing. The first event will be held on May 4th at the Northbrook Velodrome from 8A M to noon. The second event will be held at the Chicago Velo Campus. More details to follow.
Have a great weekend!

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Never a Dull Moment

army corpDavid LombardoThere never seems to be a dull moment in the cycling world – even in winter! Many fellow Chicagoans are still coming down off the high from Cyclo-cross Worlds, which were held in Louisville. The Masters events were held throughout the week and the racers were challenged by water, snow, mud and ruts, and not necessarily in that order. The Elite racers had a different course and their races were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. With flood waters rising, the organizers moved all the races to Saturday, and the Army Corp of Engineers worked tirelessly to keep the course free of flood water. Talk about DRAMA!
The juniors were the first of the elite races to go off on Saturday. Chicago’s very own, David Lombardo represented Team USA and was doing well until a mechanical left him without the ability to pedal his bike. He carried on, running with his bike to the finish. In the women’s race, Team USA’s Katie Compton took the silver medal. Also taking an impressive 10th placing was local rider, Kaitlin Antonneau. The last race of the day was the men’s elite field and by then, the course was an absolute mud pit. It was a challenging day for all the racers and I was proud to be in the company of so many who cheered on every rider, no matter what country they represented. It was awesome!
It’s hard to come down off such a high, but hopefully everyone came home inspired to carry on and train hard for the upcoming season. Below are a few options for this and upcoming weekends.
Events:
Ray’s Mountain Bike Milwaukee – Meet Cam Zink & Tyler McCaul at Ray’s this weekend. The event is free for spectators, but with the price of admission, you can get out there and practice your own mountain bike skills alongside the guest riders.
Women’s Weekend –No matter what your mountain bike skill level is, Ray’s women’s weekend is perfect for you! They’ll have several pro women riders spread out among the different sections, where they’ll give instruction and provide feedback. What’s even better is the Friday session is free! Mark your calendars now and make plans to head to Ray’s March 15-17.
For details on all the events at Ray’s and general information click here http://www.raysmtb.com/mke/index.php.

Have a great weekend!

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