Earlier this week I attended the End of Summer Patio Party & Jersey Swap. Although the road season is barely over, it was great to catch up with a few of my favorite racers (without being dressed in lycra) and it was a chance to meet some very enthusiastic riders and new racers. I left the event feeling inspired and so happy! There’s so much promise in the future of women’s cycling and events like this certainly builds the momentum to keep our great sport going and growing. Yay!
While it’s great to dream of all the fun you can have on a bike, it’s also great to get out and participate. Below is a list of events happening in our area. Get out and have some fun on your bike!
ABD Fall Fling – The Fall Fling continues week with two criteriums at the Dupage Business Park. Both courses offer a change in elevation and Sunday’s course includes a 180 degree turn. The courses are closed to traffic and other than the 180 degree turn, they’re pretty wide open. Come out for some light-hearted competition and a good workout! For information, click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events/fling.html.
Chi-cross Cup Series Race #1 – There’s a lot of buzz on the street about the start of the cross season. Jackson Park is a favorite because of its location on the city’s south side and because it’s the kick-off race. Check out all the action! For race information, click here http://chicrosscup.com/schedule/.
Fun Race Day – Looking for one more day of track racing? The Chicago Velo Campus is hosting a Fun Race Day this Sunday. The event will begin with a flying lap to determine race groups and races will consist of sprints, a scratch race, miss n out, a keirin and a points race – whew! For more information, follow the link to their Facebook event page. https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/651667118199042/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar
Bike the Ridge – Get your chance to ride on Ridge Road in Evanston at this annual cycling event. The non-competitive, city-sponsored event will be held on September 29 between 9AM and 1PM. For details, click here http://www.cityofevanston.org/festivals-concerts/bike-the-ridge/.
Take a Mom Mountain Biking Day – This event has fun written all over it! All are welcome from beginners to experienced riders. The event will be held at the Diamond Lake Sports Complex on October 5th. The event is co-sponsored by M&M Cyclery, IMBA, and the Mundelein Park District. For more information go to the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10151870608408252&set=oa.638794576153056&type=1&theater
LSD TTT – Just when you thought the road season was over, there’s one more race! This one is to celebrate the opening of the extension of Lakeshore drive on the south side. It’s a team time trial, with both aero and Eddy Mercyx style (non-aero) divisions. The course is only 5.2K, so it’ll be fast and fun. For race details, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-3712.pdf.
Have a great weekend!