The road racing season is winding down, but track is still holding out for a few more weeks at Northbrook and the CVC. Next Thursday Northbrook hosts the State Championship Madison races. Not sure what a Madison is? You should come and check it out! The Madison is a mass start, two-person team, Points Race competition. One teammate is always in the race, but teams typically switch out riders every lap. The exchange is done by the exiting rider flinging the entering rider into the field, with the field riding over the exchanges. It’s a crowd favorite, but it’s also a lot of fun for the competitors. Come and see what it’s all about. For information, click here http://www.northbrookvelodrome.org/.
Despite the holiday, there are still lots of riding and racing options for this weekend. Check below for some great opportunities.
Gateway Cup – This is the last major series for the summer in the Midwest. There are four days of racing around the St. Louis area and the courses and competition is typically top notch. If you’re looking for one more, big hurrah, this is the ticket. For event details, click here http://gatewaycup.com/.
USAC Illinois State Time Trial Championships – The Illinois State Time Trial Championships include both 20K and 40K courses. Licensed riders competing for championship jerseys need to preregister. For information on the event, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-2912.pdf.
Cherry Valley 20K TT – Head out to another local favorite. This 20K course is located near Rockford and offers a great experience on and off the bike. For information on the race, click here http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/returntocherryvalley.htm.
ABR 4-Person Time Trial – This is one of my favorite events. It’s all about teamwork and understanding how to be a good racer. Get a few of your friends and prepare for this great event. For more information, click here https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=9220.
Harmon Hundred – Interested in something a little less competitive? Here’s your chance to tour some scenic roads in the western burbs. You can select various ride distances from 25 to 100 and the rides are fully supported. For details on the event, click here http://www.wheelmen.com/harmon.htm.
Women’s & Transgender Cross Clinic – If you’re new to cyclo-cross racing, this is the perfect event to attend. The clinic will be taught by Samantha & Skylar Schneider at Horner Park on September 15. For clinic details or to register, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/21342/.
Tri Smart 101 Ride to Support Breast Cancer Research – Mark your calendars for a great ride to support breast cancer research. The ride is on September 15 in New Lennox, IL. For ride information and to register, click here https://beta.active.com/new-lenox-il/cycling/tri-smart-101-ride-to-support-breast-cancer-research-2013.
ABD Fall Cycling Fling – This road racing series is held over two weekends. The first weekend’s races include a criterium and a time trial. The following weekend is two criteriums. Get your last bit of road racing in for the season! For more information, click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events/fling.html.
North Shore Century – It’s a few weeks away, but you’ll want to prepare to go the distance at this year’s North Shore Century. This is a favorite fall ride which begins in Evanston and heads as far north as Kenosha. For details on the event, click here http://www.evanstonbikeclub.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=690768&module_id=133508.
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!