Monthly Archives: February 2014

March Rolls in Like a Lion…

…and I hope it goes out like a lamb! We can’t seem to get out of this cycle of arctic cold, slight warm-up, snow, repeat. The beginning of March seems to be starting out in the same pattern, but this winter’s just got to let up soon. There are outdoor races starting very soon and there’s a large community of Chicago cyclists just waiting to head out on the roads.

Good weather or bad, the upcoming events are a go. Check out what’s ahead and plan to get out and ride!

Events:
Ray’s MTB Women’s Weekend – The weather may not cooperate for this weekend, but it doesn’t have to since this Milwaukee Mountain Bike Park is indoors. No matter what level of rider you are, this weekend is perfect for you. On Friday they’ll have Hall of Fame member, Leigh Donovan and her coaching staff lead clinics. There’ll be everything from the basics to the extreme jumps and everything else in-between. For the rest of the weekend you can continue to practice your skills and the bonus is that women are admitted for half price! For more information, click here.

Road Racing Clinic – The Tuxedo Thunder cycling team is putting on a skills and drills road clinic on Sunday, March 16. If you’re curious about racing on the road or need to practice your bike handling skills, this is the perfect opportunity. For more information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Training Crits – This is the 35th annual spring crit series and over the years cyclists have raced in wind (always), snow, rain and sunshine. We’ll see what this year holds, but we’ll be hoping for good weather. The races will be held at the Business Park of Kenosha on March 16th & 23rd, and at Silver Lake Park on March 30th. Get a jump on racing and make plans to head out to this annual event. For details, click here.

Gapers Block Crits – Registration is now open for this year’s series, which will be held in Calumet Park Monday, March 31 through Thursday, April 3. The races are just for beginners and the goal is to give you plenty of practice before the season gets going. For information, click here.

Have a great weekend!
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Chicago Bike Winter Art

Chicago Bike Winter Art Show

The 2014 Winter Olympics are almost over, but for a few more days they’ll continue to bring us amazing examples of great sports and competition. The parallels between the winter sports and cycling are many and each athlete, no matter what their result, gives us inspiration to keep up with our own goals. Enjoy the last few days of the games and bring a bit of Olympic enthusiasm to your workouts.

While winter seems to go on forever, spring is coming soon and with it, the first set of races for the 2014 season. Check out what’s happening this weekend and what’s just around the corner.

Events:
Winter Bike Art – Interested in a little bit of culture that represents your favorite sport of cycling? Attend the art show at Ancien Cycles this Friday from 6-11PM and again on February 28. For details on the event, click here.

ABD Indoor TT Series Race #3 – This is the last indoor time trial for this series – the final race will be outside, which is something to look forward to! This weekend’s race features a course with rolling terrain, which will be favorable for all. For race details, click here.

Coming Up:
Kenosha Velosport Training Crits –This series is for all levels of racers and offers an opportunity to tune-up your racing skills before the season really gets going. The course is a 1.5 mile loop with rolling hills and a few nice corners, which offers challenges for all types of riders. The event dates are March 17, 24 and April 7. For more information, click here.

Yoga for Cyclists – Cycling can be tough on the body, so maintaining core strength and flexibility is key to a solid foundation and a happy body. Yoga is a great addition to any cyclists training regimen and a class geared to cyclists is even better. Classes will be held on March 12 & 19 at 6:30PM at the Bloom Yoga Studio. For more information or to register, click on the link http://bit.ly/1aBGLzY

Gapers Block Crits – Calling all beginner bike racers to the starting line! The annual race series is coming soon and it’s designed to give you lots of practice at criterium racing so you’re ready for the summer season. Plan ahead and get ready to practice, practice, practice! For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend and take advantage of a few days above freezing!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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What’ll sweeten up any cyclist’s heart up in the middle of winter? Warmer weather, of course! We’ve been suffering through one of the toughest winters in years, with no let-up in sight. That is, until this weekend! Temps in the 40’s are expected by mid-week. Oh my, that’s a happy Valentine treat!

While your fingers, toes and heart are warming up with the weather, spread the love with your BFF’s! Do your part to help launch BFF Bikes, a new bike shop in the city for women and run by women. Their fundraising campaign ends in one day and they still need your help! As an added incentive, you can receive an Abus Bordo or Abus mini lock for your contribution. For details, click here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-launch-bff-bikes.

Events:
Winter Bike Swap 2014 – Join the Chicago Bicycle Coalition, Chicago Bike Winter and Break the Gridlock tomorrow for another opportunity to get some great deals on cycling gear and equipment. The event is being held at Jak’s Tap on West Jackson. For more information, click here http://bikewinter.org/node/369.

Coming up:
ABD Indoor TT Series Race #3 – The next indoor time trial for this series will be held on Sunday, February 23. This race features a course with rolling terrain. Plan ahead and get in on a little bit of friendly competition during the off-season. For race details, click here https://francinehaas.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php.

Have a great Valentine’s Day and enjoy some much needed warmer weather.

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Sochi Olympics

Olympic ringsThe Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia have just started. If you’re a fan of the games, as I am, you can view them as an inspiration to your own athletic endeavors. There’s no cycling in the winter games, but there are plenty of cross-over sports which can improve your fitness and provide a change of pace while we’re suffering through this Chicago winter. Go USA and go, You!
Coming up:Winter Bike Swap 2014 – Join the Chicago Bicycle Coalition, Chicago Bike Winter and Break the Gridlock next Saturday for another opportunity to get some great deals on cycling gear and equipment. The event is being held at Jak’s Tap on West Jackson. For more information, click here http://bikewinter.org/node/369.

Illinois Cup – This week the Illinois Cycling Association announced the list of races in the Illinois Cup series. Build these races into your goals for the upcoming season. To view the list of races, click here http://illinoiscycling.org/illinois-cup.

ABD Indoor TT Series Race #3 – The next indoor time trial for this series will be held on Sunday, February 23. This race features a course with rolling terrain. Plan ahead and get in on a little bit of friendly competition during the off-season. For race details, click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events/ttseries.html.

Yoga for Cyclists – Riding a bike can cause stiffness and tension, learn how to loosen up! Are your quads tight from all that grinding (or spinning)? Shoulders tense? Neck got a crick in it? Lower back achy? Jaw clenched from growling at all those drivers who cut you off? As any cyclist knows, riding a bike is liberating! It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re peddling under your own power with the wind in your hair (or scalp). But as we also know, riding a bike can cause imbalances in the body that can lead to stiffness, tension and if we are not careful, injury.
Dates: Wednesdays: March 12th and 19th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 if registered in advance by March 9th, $40 thereafter. Drop in for a single session for $20
Location: Bloom Yoga Studio 4663 N Rockwell Chicago, IL (across the street from the Rockwell Brown line CTA stop)
Register on-line at http://bit.ly/1aBGLzY or call 773-463-YOGA (9642) The program is designed for cyclists and no previous yoga experience is required.

Have a great weekend!

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