Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Halloween

Halloween_Witches_CastleThere’s more than a little chill in the air these days, but that shouldn’t deter you from all the fun you can have on your bike this weekend. There’s plenty of great racing and riding and with all the candy in your future, you’ll want to stay active to ward off any Halloween lbs!

Events:
Lakefront TTT – Head to the south side tomorrow morning for the unveiling of the new extension of Lakeshore drive. There are still slots available to for the team time trial. It’s 5K where teams compete in either aero or Eddy Merckx (non aero) fields. You’ll never experience a smoother racing surface! For race details, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-3712.pdf.

Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #6 – This week the CCC series heads to Bartlett’s Sunrise Park. The course is the longest in the series at 2.5 miles. Along the way you’ll battle wind up rolling hills and through wooded areas. The course is also known for “Heckle Hill”, so beware! For race information, click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events_files/2013_CCC_ABD_Sunrise_Flyer.pdf.

Coming up:
Estabrook Park – This race is part of the Wisconsin cross series. I mention it because it is a spectacular course that features a bit more off-road than most courses. It’s a beautiful location that’s not far away and is one of my favorites! For more information, click here http://wicycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/EP-2013-flyer.pdf.

Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #7 – Campton Cross is located in Anderson Park in St. Charles. It’s one of the original races in the series and since it occurs right around Halloween, racers are encouraged to dress for the occasion! For race details, click here http://chicrosscup.com/schedule/.

Sadie Hawkins Ride- This event is a race of a different kind. It’s a bit like a scavenger hunt, so riding fast is only half the battle and strategy is key! The best part about this event is that it is a fundraiser for the Chicago Women’s Health Center. Its hours of fun beginning with registration at 3pm in Palmer Square Park and will wrap up with a dance beginning at 9:30pm. Time for a little cross training! For event details, click here http://www.sadiehawkinschi.com/#.

Have a great weekend!

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Double Cross Weekend

Bridge of SighsSomeone turned off the heat off around here! Time to pull out the cold weather gear to make sure your outdoor adventures are not spoiled by a miserable chill. Be sure to wear a decent base layer, and either a long sleeved jersey or a short sleeve/vest combo. Don’t try to be cool, cover up those knees with leg or knee warmers and your joints will thank you later. Mid-weight long fingered gloves will keep your fingers happy and enable you to manage your bike without issue. Lastly, don’t forget your toes. Even a sock-like pair of shoe covers will help keep your toes toasty. Cold feet are not fun.
There, now that you’re prepared to ride, take a look at the current options and get out and have some fun.

Events:
Chi-cross Cup Series Race #4 – It’s time to head out to apple orchard country in Wauconda for this week’s Psycho-cross. This course will challenge your strength with grass, sand, dirt and miscellaneous landscaping materials –ouch! The other big feature of this course is a locally constructed Bridge of Sighs flyover. There are still open slots for racing, so if you haven’t registered, there’s still time to get in on the fun. For race details, click here http://www.psychocrosschicago.com/schedule.

Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #5 – The promoters of the Carpenter Park race in St Charles have timed things right to bring you a great autumn race during Carpentersville’s Oktoberfest. The race will take you over rolling fields and through a twisty corn field. Other obstacles may include the Corn Chucker (a converted water balloon launcher) and Sasquatch. If you make it through to the end, there’ll be plenty of celebrating for all ages at the festival. For event details, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.

Coming up:
Lakefront TTT – Just a week until the unveiling of the new southern extension of Lakeshore drive. Be part of the celebratory team time trial race which will be held on the smooth and fast new pavement! You’ll need a few friends and the race will be over in a flash, but it’ll be so much fun. For race details or to register, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-3712.pdf.

Chi-Cross Cup Race Series #6 – Next week the series heads to Bartlett’s Sunrise Park. The park is one of Bartlett’s largest and features rolling hills and wooded areas – perfect for a master cross course designer! For information on the upcoming race, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.

Bundle up when you head outside and have a great weekend!

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2013 Master’s World Track Cycling Championships

IMG_0248This week’s big news comes to you from Manchester, England, the site of the 2013 Master’s World Track Cycling Championships. Athletes from every continent around the globe have been competing all week for a chance to earn the rainbow stripes (world championship designation). Just as impressive as the athletes is the athletic center here in Manchester. The Velodrome is a wooden 250 meter track with 43 degree banking, which has been host to the world’s best track cyclists. More recently the facility has added an indoor BMX course as well as an outdoor mountain bike park – I’m so jealous! For more information on the events, click here http://www.cyclingmasters.com/site/.

At home there’s still plenty of fun to be had! Check the listing below for the riding options available.

Events:
Kit up n Chat Ride – It’s team Project 5’s annual women’s ride and lunch. The event is open to all levels of riders and it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends or meet new ones! The ride route features scenic flat and rolling terrain and is a no-drop ride. Lunch is provided by the team and is held in the park. For more information, click here https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwOVwWPSYdl8eWdBVUlGT0Fmck0/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1.

Chi-cross Cup Series Race #3 – This week’s race heads back to the south sides Beverly neighborhood in the Dan Ryan Woods. There’s free food for pre-registered riders, including Italian sausage, bratwurst and even Vegan links! Since the Chicago Marathon is on the same day, make sure to allow extra travel time to make it to your race on time! For more information, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.

Coming up:
Chi-cross Cup Series Race #4 – Next week the series heads to Golf Farm in Wauconda for Psycho-cross. This race is a big power course, which is mostly flat with some long straight-aways. The bonus feature is the Bridge of Sighs flyover, which will add some excitement to the racing. For race details, click here http://www.psychocrosschicago.com/schedule.

Lakefront TTT – There’s still time to get yourself and three friends together to hammer out a short, hard effort in this team time trial. It’s a 5.2K race to mark the grand opening of the new southern extension of Lakeshore drive. For race details or to register, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-3712.pdf.

Have a great weekend!

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Chi-Cross Cup Heads to Corn Country

CornfieldThe weather forecast is calling for rain on and off throughout the weekend. For those of us still on the road, we’ll be hoping to dodge the rain and puddles. Cross racers on the other hand will be dreaming of the fun they’ll have in the rain and mud. The precipitation can change the course conditions, adding a degree of difficulty to racing. The savvy cross racer is probably at home right now strategizing on how much tire pressure to use or swapping out one tire tread pattern vs. another. Nothing better than getting pumped up to race!

Check the listing below for rides and races in our area.

Events:
Bring the Noyz Cross – It’s a double event weekend for cross racing in Milwaukee with races on Saturday & Sunday at Noyes Park. The races will take place on a golf course and challenge riders with rolling hills, off-camber sections and grass! For race information, click here http://www.usacycling.org/events/flyer.php?permit=2013-3655.

Take a Mom Mountain Biking Day –Looking for some fun on the trails? Head out to this mountain bike event, which is open to everyone, especially moms and kids. The event will be held at the Diamond Lake Sports Complex. For more information go to the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10151870608408252&set=oa.638794576153056&type=1&theater

Chi-cross Cup Series Race #2 – It’s time to head out to corn country, DeKalb! This week’s race is in located in Hopkins Park and will offer racers the typical challenges, but the course will also include a flyover to shake things up. For event details, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.

Coming up:
Chi-cross Cup Series Race #3 – Next week the cross series will head back to the city’s south side. The race will be held in the Dan Ryan Woods, near historic Beverly. For race info, click here http://chicrosscup.com/.

Kit up n Chat Ride – Whether you’re finished racing for the season or just getting started, this annual women’s ride is always great fun. The goal is to get as many women racers and riders to together to share a great fall ride together. The route features scenic flat and rolling terrain and is a no-drop ride. After the ride the ladies from the Project 5 team treat participants to a lunch in the park. For more information, click here https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwOVwWPSYdl8eWdBVUlGT0Fmck0/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1.

Lakefront TTT – Just when you thought the road season was over, there’s one more race! This event is to mark the grand opening of the extension of the southern-most part of lakeshore drive. It’s a 5.2K four person team time trial, described as similar to a team pursuit effort. For race details or to register, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-3712.pdf.

Have a great weekend!

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