The racing has already started for some Chicago-area racers. Many headed south for the Joe Martin State race in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The series offers category and age group options for women, which is practically unheard of in our area. The courses are challenging, and the competition is always tough, but it’s an excellent event and it’s a smooth operation. Think about it for next year and wish all the Chicago area racers well this year. For up-to-date information on the stages, click here http://www.joemartinstagerace.com/.
Races – This Weekend:
Hillsboro Roubaix –Hillsboro is the first road race in Illinois new Pave Liga series. The race is located near St Louis and it offers some wide-open, typically windy sections of road, leaving racers battling it out for good position. It’s also one of the longer road races around, so it’s a bit of a gem for the Midwest. For race information, click here https://www.bikereg.com/22460.
Whitnall Park Criterium – This criterium is a classic course in southern Wisconsin. It’s been part of the famed Superweek series, as well as a regular spring classic. Momentum is key and it’s great fun! Check it out if you’re looking for a race not too far from home. For race information, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2014-815.pdf.
Races – Coming up:
Chicago Velo Campus Sunday Race Series – The CVC is set to kick off its racing season next Sunday. It’s a challenging track, but the atmosphere is relaxed and fun. Make plans to participate in this race series this summer. For track and series information, click here http://www.chicagovelocampus.com/.
Urbana Grand Prix – A not-so-typical criterium course set in Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. It’s a 1.6 mile loop with an uphill finish. Up for the challenge? For more details, click here http://www.scarletfireracing.com/images/2014_URBANA_GRAND_PRIX_flyer.pdf.
Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – Don’t’ miss out on this year’s Women’s Track Cycling Clinic next Saturday at the Northbrook Velodrome. If you’re curious about learning how to ride a fixed gear bike or riding on the Velodrome, this event is for you! Loaner bikes are available, so there’s no excuse for not giving it a try. For more information, click here http://www.northbrookcyclecommittee.org/calendar/.
Cyclofemme Chicago Ride 2014 – Celebrate Mother’s Day by starting your day with a relaxed and easy paced women’s ride. There are a few Chicago area rides to choose from, click here http://cyclofemme.com/2014-rides-2/%23ID for the latest options.
Women’s Dirt Days #1 – Palos – Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker or just want give mountain biking a try, the Women’s Dirt Days series is a great opportunity to have fun on the trails. For information on the first event, click here http://www.meetup.com/Illinois-Women-Cyclists/events/175892942/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=175892942&_af=event.
Half the Road – Tickets for the June 3rd Chicago showing will go on sale on April 30. To purchase tickets in advance, click here http://www.tugg.com/events/8703.
It’s going to be a busy weekend. Enjoy!