It’s March, a month that brings hope and excitement with longer days, the beginning of Spring and the start of the road racing season in Chicago. There are lots events planned over the next few weeks, all to get you out the door and on your bike. Here we go!
Spring Thaw Icebreaker- New to the racing scene? Come out to Bangers & Lace at 1670 W. Division from 6-8PM this Monday evening. The event will be a great time to meet and mingle with the women in the local racing scene. There’ll also be information about getting into racing and events coming up this season. Don’t miss out. For details go to the following facebook link https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/135941339907793/
Chicago Bike Swap – The bike swap in next Saturday at UIC. You can reserve a table to sell your equipment or you can search the tables for the parts you’re looking for. Besides items for sale, there will be lots of other cycling activities including a racing panel. For event details go to http://www.chicagobikeswap.org
Women’s Night Out – This night is just for the ladies with special guest speakers, a flat tire clinic and lots of goodies! The event will be held on Wednesday, March 13 from 4-8PM at M&M Cyclery. The first 50 guests to rsvp will receive a goodie bag. For details click here http://e2.ma/webview/wioie/abcc1778de5d883d2ee5188f8d62f249.
Women’s Weekend at Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park – Whether you’re a novice mountain biker or are more into the extreme stunts, Ray’s has everything for you! The women’s event is an event not to miss. There will be several pro women mountain bikers on hand to provide instruction and ride around with you. This year’s event is March 15-17. For details click here http://www.raysmtb.com/mke/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=89.
Half Acre’s Women & Transgender Racing Clinic. This clinic is sold out and that’s good and bad. We’re happy to see that so many women are interested in learning about bike racing, but we’re sad that for those who didn’t get in to this year’s clinic
Women’s Track Cycling Clinic Series – The dates are set for this year’s Women’s Track Cycling Series. The first event will be held at the Northbrook Velodrome on Saturday, May 4 and will focus on the basics. The second event will be held at the Chicago Velo Campus and will include certification on the 166 meter, 53 degree banked track! The CVC clinic will be held on Saturday, June 15. More details to follow. Mark your calendars!!
Half Acre’s Gaper’s Block Crit Series – The women’s category 4 field is already sold out for this event, another fantastic victory for women’s cycling. There are still slots open in other fields and it would be a good idea to see if there’ll be a waitlist. Click here http://www.halfacrecycling.org/ for information on Half Acre events and contact information.
Kenosha Velosport Spring Criterium Training Races- This is the series 34th annual event. Instead of the flat loop, which we used to race at Parkside College, the new course features a rolling landscape. For details click on the facebook link http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=350559611728802&set=a.350559608395469.77794.156028847848547&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=n
Have a great weekend & welcome to March!