Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Tour Baby!

Tour de FranceIt’s Tour time again! Strap yourself in for the all the excitement the 100th anniversary has to give. The race starts on June 29 and runs through July 21. There’s guaranteed drama every day with lighting fast sprint finishes, grueling time trials and mountains to set the stage for the overall winner of the yellow jersey. For all the details on this year’s event, click here.
France may have the attention of the larger cycling community, but locally the attention is focused on some hearty Midwest competition. See the details below for the races and events in our area.
Events:
ToAD – There are just two days left in this race series, but by no means is the competition slowing down. Tomorrow’s race is on the classic Downer Ave course and Sunday will wrap things up at the East Tosa Grand Prix. For details on the series, click here.
Tour de Villas –Looking for good competition that’s close to home. The Tour de Villas is a great course for everyone from the beginner to the elite rider. The course is flat and oval shaped, so it’s less technical than most crits. The best part is that the race is a neighborhood event, where the community welcomes the riders and the spectacle of racing. For more information, click here.
Morton Community Bank Cycling Classic – The only event where you can pick up ICA point this weekend is in Peoria. The course is flat and fast, another Midwestern gem! For more information, click here.
Midwest Dream Omnium Part II – It’s part two of this sprint series at the Northbrook Velodrome. Head out to fine tune your sprint or challenge your favorite competitor. For information on the event, click here.
Practice Crits – Working on an upgrade or a place to improve your crit skills? Head out to Labagh Woods for the practice crit series which continues on July 3, 17, 31 and August 14. For information on the series, click here.
Have a great weekend!

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The Longest Day

On the longest day of the year we celebrate the Summer Solstice and officially welcome summer. Although we seem to be sputtering along with the weather, the summer racing season is in cruise mode. There are a wide variety of options to keep you busy during the week and through the weekend. One of the season’s biggest series just got underway yesterday and will continue through the end of the month. Time to enjoy all of summer’s best!

Events:

TOAD – Tour of America’s Dairyland kicked off yesterday and will continue until through Sunday, June 30th. Some notable courses coming up are the Schlitz Park criterium, Elkhart Road race, which is held on the Road America race course and the famed Downer Ave criterium. The daily competition will be fierce, but fun. For more information, click here.

Team Apache 40K TT – Whether you’re working on improving your bike time in an Olympic distance triathlon or you want to improve your 40K time, this time trial will help conquer the task! For more information, click here.

Illinois State Junior Track Championships – This two day event will be held at both the Northbrook Velodrome and the Chicago Velo Campus. Come out to race or cheer on the up-and-coming riders. There is also a need for volunteers, so if you have some spare time and would like to help out, just show up! For more information on the series, click here.

Upcoming:

Tour de Villas – This is the epitome of a 4th of July hometown festival. Head out to this quaint neighborhood where the races will be fast and the fans and festivities will be in full force. For more information, click here.

The Late Ride – For something a little less competitive, but just a little crazy, join the folks participating in Chicago’s Late ride, which starts late on Saturday and finishes up early Sunday. For more information on the event, click here.

Helpful links:

Ed Rudolph Velodrome (Northbrook) http://www.northbrookvelodrome.org/

Chicago Velo Campus http://www.chicagovelocampus.com/

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Track vs Road Weekend

It’s a dueling sort-of weekend between road and track racing. Both local velodromes will be busy with clinics and races and the road will also offer up a full slate of events, including the state championship road race. You may need to flip a coin to help you decide what to do, but no matter what you do, you’ll have fun if you’re on your bike!

Events:

O’Fallon GP –The racing starts this evening with a series prologue followed by the Illinois State Road Race on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday. It’s a four hour drive from Chicago, but the series is worth the drive. For more information, click here http://www.ofallongrandprix.com/.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic #2 – The second in this two-part series is at the Chicago Velo Campus on the City’s south side. Come out and learn about track riding and racing on a 53 degree banked track. Track certification is included as well as a post event BBQ! Don’t miss out on all the fun. For more information, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-1657.pdf.

PetEgo Race Series – There’s no better way to improve your confidence on the track than to challenge yourself to a more technical venue. The CVC series has designed to pair you up with the appropriate competition as you progress forward. For more information, click here https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoVeloCampus#!/photo.php?fbid=10201435343747832&set=oa.535840419807356&type=1&theater

Midwest Dream Omnium – Fine tune your sprint at the first of this two-part series at the Northbrook Velodrome. The event will include match sprints, chariot and 4 lap scratch races. For more information, click here http://www.northbrookvelodrome.org/2013-midwest-dream-omnium-part-i.

Scarlet Fire Two person TT – Grab your partner and work on teamwork skills in this two-person event. The course is mostly flat, but there’ll likely be some wind to deal with. For more information, click here http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/ScarletFire.html.

xXx-Racing & ICA practice racing crits – This is the first in a series of practice races geared to helping you improve your game! For more information, click here http://illinoiscycling.org/blog/ica-xxx-racing-labagh-woods-practice-crits.

Coming Up:

TOAD – Tour of America’s Dairyland offers 11 days of challenging races throughout Wisconsin. The series attracts top level riders from across the country for some amazing competition. For event details, click here http://www.tourofamericasdairyland.com/.

Team Apache 40K TT – Located in Paw Paw, Illinois, this is another favorite TT course. This is a great distance for both time trailers and triathletes, alike, as the distance is the same as the bike portion of an Olympic distance tri. For more information, click here http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/Apache40K.html.

Good luck in your decision making and have a great weekend!

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Chicago’s Bike to Work Week

It’s been another exciting week of riding and racing in the Chicago area. Glencoe was a challenge for the women’s fields. The ¾ field had two bad crashes which prevented the completion of the race. The good news is that both ladies are on the mend and are expected to make full recoveries. In the pro ½ women’s race, the rain came down in buckets, making it difficult to see. The streets filled with lake-like puddles, but that didn’t stop the ladies from pushing forward. Kudos to all who raced last weekend! At the Northbrook Velodrome, we had another chilly, but dry night of racing. Ladies, if you’re just a little curious about racing at the track, come out and try it!

There’s no stopping the train now! We’re in full swing for summer racing with many spectacular races and events to come. Check out the list below for what’s ahead in the next few weeks.

Events:
Tour of Galena – The racing gets underway in just a few hours for this year’s Tour of Galena. The event has an overall/omninum competition, but you may also sign up to race individual races as well. Today begins with a circuit race and in the following days there will be a time trial, road race and criterium. For details on all the races, click here http://www.tourofgalena.com/.

Women’s Dirt Days #2 – This time the ladies are heading to the Kettle to get in a little off-road action. It’s a great opportunity to learn a few skills and explore new trails on your mountain bike. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/614312621912523/

Harvard 33.3 Time Trial – Get your mental game on and head out to this classic course in Harvard, IL. For details on the event, click here http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/harvard.htm.
Coming up:
Bike to Work Week – If you’ve been looking for a good reason to start riding into work, this is it! This coming week is Chicago’s Bike to Work Week. There’ll be special cycling events all week long, including the Commuter Challenge and the Bike to Work Rally. It’s going to be a great week, so throw out your excuses and start riding to work. For details on the upcoming events, click here http://www.bikecommuterchallenge.org/?utm_source=7+June+2013&utm_campaign=7June13&utm_medium=email.

O’Fallon Grand Prix Omnium –It’s a bit of a hike to get to O’Fallon, but there’ll be a full weekend of racing to make the drive worthwhile. The omnium includes a time trial, the Illinois State road race and a criterium. For information on all the races, click here http://www.ofallongrandprix.com/.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the CVC – Come out and join us for a great day of track riding. You’ll learn the basics as well as the skills you need to ride on a steep track. The clinic will include track certification and a few practice races AND to celebrate we’ll have a post event bbq! For details on the event or to register, click here https://www.usacycling.org/register/2013-1657.

Scarletfire 2 Person Time Trial – It takes a lot of mental toughness to race well in time trials, but the pain can be a little more satisfying if you’ve got someone to share the work with! Get your partner and head out to this classic Midwestern course in Garden Prairie, IL. For information on the event, click here https://www.truesport.com/index.php/events/truesport_event/119.

Have a great weekend!

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