Monthly Archives: March 2014

Half the Road

There seems to be a new surge to promote women’s equality in the workplace. Women in the United States have represented 50 percent of the college graduates since the early 80’s, yet we lag salaries or holding the top spots at major corporations. Kathryn Bertine explores the in inequalities in women’s professional cycling in her documentary “Half the Road”. To help bring the film to our town, they have partnered with tug.com to enable us to create an event. If enough interest is shown, they’ll bring the documentary here. We can certainly do that! For more information on creating an event, click

Events:
Kenosha Velosport Training Crits – This is the final race of this spring crit series. This week’s race will be held at Silver Lake Park, which will be a 1.5 rolling terrain course. For race details, click h
Beginner Road Clinic – There are just a few spots left for tomorrow’s beginner road clinic. Don’t miss out on some great coaching from former US National team rider, Greg Meeker. For more information, click
Gapers Block Crit Series – This spring beginner race series is finally here. Get ready to get in lots of good crit practice next week. The races will be held in Calumet Park on the South side of the city. For details, click

Coming Up:
Tuxedo Thunder Beginner Road Clinic – This skills & drills road clinic was originally scheduled for a few weeks ago. We all know what the weather was like then, so rescheduling is perfect for everyone. The clinic will be held in the Labagh Woods. For more information, click
Spring Super Criterium – This race is host to the inaugural Pave Liga series as well as the season opener for the Illinois Cup Series. It’s fast, free of traffic and held on a car racing track! What could be better? For details, click
Indoor Time Trial Series – This final race of the TT series is held OUTSIDE! The John Frasier Memorial time trial is a 10 mile course held in Maple Park, IL. For details, click

Mark your Calendar:
Women’s track cycling Clinic – Mark your calendars! This year’s women’s beginner track cycling clinic will be held at the Northbrook Velodrome. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3. For details on this and other events at the Northbrook Velodrome, click half the road

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Spring is Here

We may be experiencing a less than perfect spring so far, but we are heading in the right direction. Slowly the temps and sunshine are increasing, bringing us closer to the weather we’ve been dreaming about for months. No matter what the weather, the springtime events are still queued up and ready to go. See the details below for cycling events in our area.

Events:

Kenosha Velosport Training Crits – This weekend is the second of the three spring training criteriums. This week’s race will be held at the Business Park of Kenosha. For race details, click http://www.ambikerace.com/2014/flyers/KV_Criterium_2014_kb.pdf.

Coming Up:
Beginner Road Clinic – Getting ready for the upcoming road racing season? If you’re new to racing and need to work on skills, attend this road racing clinic to pick up some great tips to help you navigate the peloton. Former US National team rider, Greg Meeker will be guest speaker for the event. For more information, click http://halfacrecycling.org/events.

Gapers Block Crit Series –Attention all new racers! Don’t miss out on the 6th annual week-long criterium series just for beginner racers. It takes some time to figure out how to race and build on tactics, so having the opportunity to try again and again is really helpful. For information on the series, click http://halfacrecycling.org/events/2014/3/31/gapers-block-crits-2014.

Other Items:

Half the Road – This documentary explores the challenges women face in professional cycling. Be inspired to do your part to keep moving women forward. Click Spring-Flowers-Wallpapers-4p://vimeo.com/65941045″>http://vimeo.com/65941045 to view the documentary trailer.

Have a great weekend!

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International Women’s Day

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. On this day we can reflect on and be inspired by the women who have done so much to move us forward. It’s also a day to bring awareness to what we still need to strive for. On the cycling front, much has been done to bring equality to our sport. Women have been campaigning to get equal opportunities for all levels of racers. Do your part to get involved and keep the momentum going. You can make it happen! For more information on the International Women’s Day, click

It’s one thing to be inspired, it’s another to get out there and do something. There are plenty of events planned to help you keep moving towards the target, just check the list below.

Events:
Ray’s MTB Women’s Weekend – Women’s weekend is well underway at Ray’s in Milwaukee. Today is filled with clinics for every level of mountain biker. The rest of the weekend, ladies get half off the price of admission and an assortment of other perks. It’s not too late to be part of the fun. For information, click ..

Clothing Swap & Bike Shorts (short films) – The racing season will be here soon and what better way to get inspired than to hang out with fellow cyclists, watch a few cycling films and swap out some cycling clothing. The event will be held at West Town Bikes this Wednesday. For more information, click .

Coming Up:
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 .

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 .

On the Calendar:
Women’s Track Cycling Clinics at Northbrook: Interested in learning how to ride a track bike or race on the Velodrome? This summer the Northbrook Velodrome is offering two women’s clinics. The first will be held on May 3rd and it will be more of an introduction to the sport. On July 12, a second clinic will continue from where the May 3rd clinic left off.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at Chicago Velo Campus- The CVC track, at first glance, can be a little more intimidating, but with a little education and encouragement, it can be a wonderful place to ride. Come and see what it’s all about at the Women’s clinic on June 14th. Write it down!!
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Remember to Spring Forward this weekend and have a great one!

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