Monthly Archives: August 2013

Labor Day Weekend

gateway_arch2The 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.

Events:
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.

Coming Up:
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!

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Nelson VailsLast night was a special evening at the Northbrook Velodrome. Racers and fans were out in full force as it was the Illinois State Championships for the Points Race- one of the favorite mass start events. To bring things to another level, Olympic silver medalist, Nelson Vails was also in attendance. Vails is not only an incredibly talented athlete, he’s also humble and very down to earth. He was more than happy to share in the excitement of the races, asking everyone if they were having fun. For the podium winners, Vails presented the State Championship jerseys. Very cool!

If you’re bummed about missing Vails, don’t be. He’s heading to the Chicago Velo Campus on Saturday for their final Sprint Double Sprint Clinic. The details are listed below.

Events:
Bloomington Jaycee Criterium – If you like corners, chances are you’ll like this course. There are 8 corners in this 1K course and some change in elevation as well. It’s located in downtown Bloomington, so there’s plenty to do on and off your bike. For details on the event, click here http://blmcrit.com/.

Sprint Double Sprint Clinic – Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Olympic silver medalist, Nelson Vails at Chicago Velo Campus’ final sprint clinic of the season. For details on the event click https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoVeloCampus#!/events/420879108017306/

Double Bong Time Trial – It’s the Wisconsin State Time trial held on the infamous Bong Recreational Center course in southern Wisconsin. For details on the event, click here http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/bong8-25.htm.

Jackson Park Two Person Relay Cross – This is the Chi-Cross Cup Series big kick-off event. It’s fun, but still very competitive. From crazy costumes to a Le Mans style start, it’ll be a busy day on the south side. For details, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-2994.pdf.

Coming Up:
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.

Have a great weekend!

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Rodger Delange Race

Last night was the Rodger Delange race at the Northbrook velodrome. It was special evening celebrating the life of Rodger Delange, who had dedicated so much of his time to the cycling community. Also honored was Franco Panveno, a fixture at the track and the entire cycling community. His race number was retired in a ceremony just before the racing got underway. It was a spectacular evening with high-speed racing, just the way Roger and Franco would have loved!
If your passion is cycling, then don’t waste a minute and get out and enjoy all that is offered. Life is too short to have excuses. Check the listings below for all your upcoming cycling opportunities.
Events:
Kirk Vie 20K Time Trial – This time trial is touted to be the most scenic course in the MATTS series. The course has varied terrain including steady straight-aways, challenging uphills and speed-seeking descents. Sound fun? For more information on tomorrow’s race, click here.
Village Verdigris Junior CX Clinic – Juniors, don’t miss out on tomorrow’s cross clinic with instruction by Team USA’s David Lombardo along with SRAM’s 4 time Illinois Cat 1 Champ Scott McLaughlin.
The clinic is open to all, however is limited to 30 riders. For more information, click here.
Villa Park Grand Prix – This race is close to home, but offers the basics of what crit racers love. It’s flat, fast and has four corners! Head out and enjoy some great local competition. For more information, click here.
Coming Up:
Bloomington Jaycee Criterium – This race is held on the streets of historic downtown Bloomington. It’s a 1K course, which means the laps will go fast. It’s just a short 2 hour drive away, so don’t miss out on the fun. For more information, click here.
Double Bong Time Trial – It’s the Wisconsin State Time trial held on the infamous Bong Recreational Center course in southern Wisconsin. For details on the event, click here.
Jackson Park Two Person Relay Cross – I can’t believe this race is upon us, but it is! Such a fun way to start the cross season with this competitive, but light-hearted team competition. It’s located in Jackson Park, which is on the south side of the city and so close to home! Get your partner and get in a practice or two to be ready to this year’s event. For details, click here.
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.
Have a great weekend!

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Summer Racing Continues

Medals and JerseysLast week our local riders were shining bright on the big stage! Congrats to Kelli Richter, Cady Chintis, Jannette Rho and Daphne Karagianis for a spectacular performance in the pro race at Elk Grove Village! Our master’s riders also made a good impression at Master’s Track Nationals in Indianapolis. We took home several national championship jerseys and plenty of hardware! Lynn Rivier, Rita Kacala, Kristen Meshberg, myself and Stacy Mosora represented our area well. For a recap on all the events at Nationals, click here http://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?permit=2013-15.

This week we’ll focus on things close to home, but fun nonetheless. Check out what’s happening and take advantage of the beautiful weather forecasted for this weekend.

Events:
Wood Dale Criterium – This is a favorite local course, which is used multiple times each season. It’s in an industrial park, so there’s plenty of space to park and even warm up. The course is not too technical, so it’s great for any level rider. For details on the event, click here http://www.ambikerace.com/2013/flyers/WoodDale.html.
Women’s Dirt Days #4 – Join Becky Welbes for another adventure on the trails. This Saturday she’ll be heading out to Kettle Moraine in Southern Wisconsin. For ride details, click here http://www.meetup.com/Illinois-Women-Cyclists/events/103439102/?gj=ro2_e&a=ro2_gnl&rv=ro2_e&_af_eid=103439102&_af=event.
Vernon Hills Grand Prix –Another local favorite known for its long straight-aways and not-too-technical corners. For details on the event, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-2543.pdf.
Roger Delange Trophy Race – This race is one of the highlights of the summer at Northbrook. Over the years, the race has attracted top level cyclists from around the country. Whether you’re participating or spectating, this is an event not to miss. For a little history on the event and details on the upcoming race, click here http://www.northbrookvelodrome.org/events/roger-delanghe-trophy-race.
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Coming Up:
Villa Park Grand Prix- Summer may be winding down, but there’s still great racing ahead. Villa Park is a great local race, so plan to head out for some fun! For details on the event, click here .
Village Verdigris Junior CX Clinic – Team USA’s David Lombardo will be leading
the clinic along with SRAM’s 4 time Illinois Cat 1 Champ Scott McLaughlin.
The clinic is open to all, however is limited to 30 riders. The clinic will be held on Saturday, August 17 in Arlington Heights. For more information, click here https://www.bikereg.com/Net/20238.

Have a great weekend!

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