I’ve been in denial for the last few weeks, unable to come to terms with summer turning to fall. But alas, there’s no hiding the fact that the days are much shorter, the leaves are starting to turn and the temperatures are beginning to drop. While nothing compares to training in the summer sun, there are still plenty of options to continue riding when it’s dark and there’s a chill in the air. Invest in a good set of lights (front and rear) and add a few layers and you should be good-to-go!
Riding during the week may add a few challenges to your summer routine, but the weekend still offers plenty of sun-filled options. Check below for all your cycling opportunities.
ABD Fall Cycling Fling – As fall begins this weekend, so does the Fall Fling racing series. Tomorrow’s race is a criterium at Pella Windows in West Chicago. The course looks like a big oval, so it’s not very technical! Sunday’s race is a time trial beginning at Maple Park (near Dekalb). The course is approximately 9.5 miles and includes two 180 degree turnarounds (more technical than the crit!). In all races, participants can compete by age group or race category. For more information, click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events/fling.html.
North Shore Century – Take your summer fitness and enjoy a longer ride on the first day of fall. This event offers multiple ride distances and is fully supported. Whether you’re looking to head out for a relaxed ride or conquer the goal of 100 miles, this event surely has what you’re looking for. For details on the event, click here http://www.evanstonbikeclub.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=690768&module_id=133508.
End of Summer Patio Party & Jersey Swap – The great thing about being a female cyclist in our area is the level of commitment and camaraderie from fellow cyclists and racers. Whether you’re new to the sport, a seasoned veteran or just curious, Tuesday’s event is all about hanging out, talking about your favorite sport and having a couple of good laughs. The event will be held at Happy Village from 7-10. Come out and join us! For more information, click here http://www.meetup.com/Illinois-Women-Cyclists/events/133979302/?gj=ro2_e&a=ro2_gnl&rv=ro2_e&_af_eid=133979302&_af=event.
ABD Fall Fling – The Fall Fling continues next week with two criteriums at the Dupage Business Park. It’s the last of the road season around here, so if you’re looking for a few more races, this is your chance. For information, click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events/fling.html.
Chi-cross Cup Series Race #1 – Okay, here’s that denial thing again! It’s fall and ready or not, it’s cyclo-cross season. The Chi-cross cup is an amazing series and it kicks off with a race in the city – Jackson Park. For race information, click here http://chicrosscup.com/schedule/.
Kit up and Chat Ride – The annual Project 5 Racing team Kit up an Chat Ride is Saturday, October 12. It’s always a great ride and the post ride lunch is always a great time to catch up and share stories of the cycling season. Mark your calendars and plan on joining in on all the fun. More details in the coming weeks.
Have a great weekend!