There 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.
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!