It seems like a lifetime ago when I was running marathons. Having run Boston a few times, I have to say, it’s a race like no other. The city of Boston and communities on the route are relatively small and they seem to embrace the event. Little kids set up stations and hand out water, cut up oranges and sponges. The ladies at Wellesley provide a tunnel of cheering that encourages even the pro’s to fan out of formation in order to catch a little attention. It is an awesome feeling of welcome and celebration. My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this tragedy. Even though I’m no longer running marathons, I am an athlete and will stand together with those who have been affected by this tragedy.
Show your support and show your commitment to your sport and take part in your community this weekend! The cycling community has plenty to share, so get out and enjoy.
Saturday Morning Ride. Local women racers have organized another women’s ride tomorrow morning. The ride will depart from Chicago (Damen & Clybourn/Diversey) at 7:30AM and head to Highland Park and back. Ride pace determined by the group. For details, click here http://www.meetup.com/Illinois-Women-Cyclists/events/114306042/.
Cherry Valley 20K TT- Planning on doing a stage race or triathlon? Get the practice you need to fine tune your TT skills at this race. For race details, click here http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/cherryvalley.htm.
Whitnall Park Criterium. This course is on my favorites list. It’s located in a park, so it’s closed off from regular traffic. It’s a 1.1 mile loop which includes descending and climbing and feels a little like riding a roller coaster. For race details, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-1463.pdf.
Cobb Park Criterium – This race has some history behind it. In its heyday, members of the professional 7-11 team competed here! It’s fairly technical and totally flat; a crit riders dream! For race details, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-1518.pdf.
Kettle Moraine Klassic Spring Road Race – The roads in the Kettle Moraine are scenic, smooth and have a varied terrain, so this road race is bound to be good. There aren’t many road races in our area so take advantage of a great opportunity. For race details, click here http://wicycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Kettle-Moraine-Klassic-Road-Race-2013.pdf.
Be safe and have a great weekend!