Monthly Archives: July 2013

Franco Panveno Master’s Cup

FrancoThis weekend we celebrate the life of a wonderful cycling friend, Franco Panveno. His untimely passing in November of last year left most of us in shock and incredibly sad. He was a character to say the least, but he was a friend to everyone. Each Thursday evening in the summer he’d head out to race at the Northbrook Velodrome. He’d set up camp in the infield complete with seating, a blanket or two, a gear bag filled with every possible piece of clothing, parts and tools to take care of any adjustment or emergency. He’d also have one bike set up to ride in-between races and one bike to race. All of that may seem somewhat normal, but then there was his food and that is just another story all together! We miss our Franco and this weekend we’ll celebrate by racing in the inaugural Franco Panveno Cup. Check the details below for details on this special event and race.

Windfield Criteriums – It seems like yesterday this was a brand new race series, but time does have a way of slipping by and this series is now considered a bit of a classic! The courses have a few hills to mix things up, but smart racing can still be the winning ticket. Head out to Oakwood Park on Saturday and Creekside Park on Sunday for some fun racing. For more information, click here

Franco Panveno Memorial Master’s Cup- This is a two day Master’s track event at the Northbrook Velodrome. Saturday features timed events and Sunday the mass start races will take place. There’s a lot of great action ahead! For more information on the event, click here

Spring Prairie Road Race – The Wisconsin State Road Race Championship is this Sunday and it’s being held on the beautiful, but painfully hilly course in southern Wisconsin. There is one major climb with an 18% grade (ouch), several rollers, false flats and most likely cross winds. Are you up for the challenge? For more information, click here

US Master’s Track Nationals – There’ll be a lot of action on the track in Indianapolis, but it won’t be cars, but track bikes. The Master’s Track Nationals will be held July 30th through August 4th at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. Several local riders will be participating in the events, so we’re hoping to bring a little hardware back to Chicago! For information on the events and schedule, click here

Coming up:
Tour of Elk Grove – It’s another big series for Chicagoland! For the women’s pro ½ field, there is a stage race option including Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition, there is a women’s open race on Saturday for all women’s categories. The course is known for is long straightaways and hairpin turn. It’ll be fast and fun! For more information, click here

Bryce Master 19K Time Trial – It’s not your average time trial distance, but it’s still about speed. The race is located in Harvard, IL and it’s another great option for challenging yourself to push yourself to the limit. For more information, click here

Have a great weekend!


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Summer Cycling Continues

Last night was Ladies Night at the Northbrook Velodrome and the ladies and the crowd didn’t disappoint. To begin with, it was great to welcome back a few top notch ladies. Combined with a good showing of the regulars, we had some fast and fun racing. Thanks to our guest announcer, Andrew Nordyke, who was responsible in raising over $100 in crowd primes for the final ladies race. If you haven’t made it out to the track to race or spectate, it’s not too late. The Thursday night series continues through mid-September.
If you want to hear about bike racing or just want to get in a little morning ride, join Vanessa Buccella, the Illinois Cycling Association’s secretary and cycling promoter extraordinaire. She’ll be rounding up riders at 8:30AM this Saturday at 4700 N. Damen in Chicago. The ride will head north into Skokie and returning home by 11AM. For ride details, click here.
Prairie State Cycling – The next big series is underway, kicking off with the Food Folks and Spokes criterium in Kenosha. Tomorrow’s race, the Chicago Criterium has been cancelled, but the races will continue on Sunday with the Tour de Crystal Lake. For more information on the entire series, click here.
The series is also promoting World Bicycle Relief, a charity that provides bicycles to people in Africa, making a serious impact on their ability to find work. Donations can be made at the race series and donations will be matched up to $5,000.00.
Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 2 Person 50K Time Trial – If you’ve been watching the tour, then you’ve seen what time trials are all about. My personal favorite is the team time trial, which can be brutally hard, but so rewarding. Not quite the large team tt of the tour, but an effort in teamwork nonetheless is the 2 person time trial. The course is a 25K loop, which is covered twice during the event. For details on the event, click here.
Coming up:
Dr. Schultz Memorial 40K TT – This is the same flat and fast 40K course held in Cordova, IL and it’s the perfect practice distance for Olympic distance triathletes. For details on the event, click here.
Palos Meltdown – Calling all mountain bikers! The Palos Meltdown is one of the few mountain bike races in northern Illinois. It’s a great course and a lot of fun, so don’t miss out. For details on the event, click here.
Have a great weekend!

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Giro Rosa

giro rosaThe Tour de France is undoubtedly the biggest event in the cycling world. What’s even more important is the opportunity for women to be recognized in the sport and given the same opportunities as the men’s fields. The Giro Rosa, which is the Tour of Italy for women began on June 30th and has been incredibly exciting. Marianne Vos of the Netherlands seems to be unstoppable in whatever discipline she rides and the road is no exception. Vos is currently leading the series, having won several stages. The top US rider is Evelyn Stevens, currently in 4th place! Lauren Hall, whom you might remember from the Vera Bradley Women’s clinic a few years ago, placed 4th in stage 2 and is racing well for the US team. Emily Collins who also helped out with one of our local women’s clinics is also racing in the Giro Rosa. Click here for results as of stage 4.

Make-up Women’s Track Clinic at the CVC – If you were unable to stick around to weather out the rain at the last women’s clinic, we’re having a make-up day this Saturday. Registration opens at 8AM and the clinic goes from 9 til noon. For information on the velodrome or directions, click

Dirt Days #3- Dirt Days are back at Palos this Saturday. Join Becky Welbes and crew for another great adventure on the trails. For more information, click!/events/541055862617359/

Illinois State Masters Track Championships –Calling all masters track racers! Go for the title and fine tune your racing for the upcoming national championships later this month. Timed events and sprints will be contested this Saturday at the Northbrook Velodrome. For more information, click here

Sprint Series – It’s sprinters day at the CVC this Sunday at the CVC. For more information on the event, click here.
Homewood Classic – The South Chicago Wheelmen have a long history of racing and putting on great races. This course looks to be a great crit challenge with plenty of corners to test your technical skills. For information on the event, click here

Rapha Women’s 100 Challenge – Join the ladies in the Chicago edition of the Rapha Women’s challenge. The ride will start at 7AM on Sunday on the lakefront and the distance will be 100K. For more information, click!/events/369178579857787/

Coming Up:
Prairie State Cycling Series – The Prairie State Cycling series kicks off next Saturday with the Chicago Criterium followed by Tour de Crystal Lake on Sunday. The series takes a few days off in between and then starts up again Wednesday with a road race. For a listing of all the events in this series, click here

Wolfgang Freitag 50K Two Person TT – Get your teammate and head out to this two-person challenge. The course is mostly flat, but does have a little kicker to spice things up. For details on the event, click here

Venus de Miles – Looking for something a little less competitive? The Venus de Miles ride is a great event where you can put in some miles, raise funds for a great cause and get pampered at the finish. For information on this women’s event, click here

Venus de Miles is also looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Christina Glen at cglenn@greenhousescholars org
Have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

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