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Glencoe Grand Prix and Cobb Park Criterium

It’s showtime for the Chicago area bike racing scene! The Glencoe Grand Prix gets underway tomorrow morning and it’s part of the NCC (National Criterium Calendar), so the big guns from around the country are headed our way to take part in the action. We had a little preview of the talent at Northbrook last night. Professional racer Rahsaan Bahati rushed in from O’Hare, assembled his bike and had a little fun in the Thursday night track racing. There are so many opportunities and the weather is going to be delightful. Get out and have some fun!

Events – This Weekend:

LAPT/Trek Midwest Road Race – Located just north of Kettle Moraine, this road race promises to be challenging and scenic. For details on the event, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix –This event is top notch when it comes to course, competition and event. The course is technical and the elevation changes add to the challenge. The event draws local and national talent, so be sure to have your game face on come race day. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – You won’t see Laurent Fignon or Bob Roll in Kankakee this weekend. They made their mark on this course years ago! You will see some great competition on this historic course along the Kankakee River. Many of the pros who are in town for the GGP are heading south on Sunday for more action. It’s a one-two punch for extreme competition. For more information, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of Galena –Stage races are practically non-existent in these parts, so it’s a real treat to have the Tour of Galena. You can participate by stage or the overall. The stages include a circuit race, time trial, road race and criterium. The courses are very hilly and challenging, except for the crit, which is nice and flat! For details on the series, click here.

River City Bicycle Classic – Located in Evansville, Indiana, this race is a short flat crit course with wide sweeping turns around a lake. It’s a feel-good event, with some of the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Events:

Women’s Dirt Day’s #2 – This time the ladies are heading to the Kettle for a little off-road fun. Kettle Moraine is a little bit of a drive, but there are lots of trails; short and long. Plan to head out for a day of fun. For more information on the event, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the CVC– Plan to attend this women’s only track clinic at the Chicago Velo Campus. The clinic includes track certification as well as the basics of track riding and racing. For more information or to register, click here.

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Memorial Day Weekend

Holy cow, this is an action packed weekend. Locally and around the Midwest there are riding and racing opportunities galore! Get out and ride and then enjoy some summer fun over this holiday weekend. Check below for details on many of the events in our area.

Events – This Weekend:

Quad Cities – The summer racing really heats up with this must-do series in the Quad Cities. It’s a 4-race weekend which includes the Burlington road race, the famed “Snake Alley” criterium, Melon City criterium and the flat and fast Quad Cities criterium. For more information on the races, click here.

ABD Master’s Series – For master’s racers who want to stick close to home for the holiday weekend, thecriterium series inWood Dale satisfies racing and staying local. The courses are located in an industrial park and offer some technical aspects as well as some slight changes in elevation. They’re always a lot of fun! For details on the races, clickhere.

Milwaukee Mile – You may not be able to race in the Indy 500 this weekend, but you can race your bike on the Milwaukee Mile, a race car track in Wisconsin. The course is a 1.9 mile loop, which includes the historical car track. For details on the event, clickhere.

Chicago Velo Campus – This Sunday’s race schedule is individual timed events. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your track cycling techniques and speed, and if you’re a little nervous about racing at the CVC, this is a great chance to get your feet wet. For details on the races, click here.

Mosh Criterium –Touted as a technical criterium, this course is a .8 mile loop with both left and right turns. For details on the event, click here.

Bike the Drive – This annual event draws thousands of riders to the famed Lakeshore Drive. It’s a chance to pedal your way down the magnificent roadway at your own pace and enjoy the spectacular scenery. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

LAPT/Trek Midwest Road Race – Located just north of Kettle Moraine, this road race promises to be challenging and scenic. For details on the event, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix –This event is top notch when it comes to course, competition and event. The course is technical and the elevation changes add to the challenge. The event draws local and national talent, so be sure to have your game face on come race day. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium  – There’s a lot of history in this race course. Back in the day, professionals from the 7-11 cycling team competed here. It’s located along the Kankakee River and has several technical turns. For more information, click here.

Women’s Events:

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the CVC– Mark your calendar for next month’s women’s track cycling clinic at the Chicago Velo Campus. The clinic includes track certification as well as the basics of track riding and racing. For more information or to register, click here.

Two Day WCA Clinic and Ride – Are you new to racing or a veteran looking for a few tips to improve your game? Head out to this women’s racing clinic where top level riders will share their knowledge of the art of bike racing. The second day is a WCA fundraising ride. For details on the two day event, clickhere.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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Fox River Omnium

It was a chilly night for last night’s season opener at the Northbrook Velodrome, but the heater was pumping warmth into the chalet and there was hot coffee from Intelligencia, the evening sponsor. It was great to see familiar faces and even better to see new smiling faces! So, despite the chill in the air, there was plenty of heat in the races and it was a good start to Northbrook’s track season! There’s plenty more to come, so plan ahead for the next several Thursday’s during the racing season!

The fun continues this weekend with great racing and riding. Check the details below for local options.

Events – This Weekend:
Fox River Omnium – This two-race series will test your cycling skills and endurance. The first race is the Psi-Met Elgin Cycling Classic, which is a somewhat technical course, where keeping your momentum is key! Sunday’s race is the Fox River Grove Criterium, which is a challenging loop with a hill that’ll make mountain goats tired. For details on the events, click here http://www.psimetracing.com/fox-river-omnium/.
Wheel & Sprocket Criterium – Located in Neenah, Wisconsin, this criterium is the exact opposite of what you’ll find in Fox River! The course is flat and it outlines the Kimberly-Clark office complex. For details on the event, click here http://wicycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FL_2014-1746.pdf.
Kankakee 20K Individual TT – Time trials are all about focus and pushing yourself to the limit. That might be a challenge at this weekend’s time trial in Kankakee. The course races along the river on rolling and twisting tree-lined roads. Sounds beautiful! For more information, click here http://www.midamericatimetrialseries.com/Kankakee_20k_TT_2014_m_2-21.pdf.
Arlington 500 – If you’re looking to ride, but in a non-competitive setting, head out to the Arlington 500. There are several fully supported routes. Distances range from 28-69 miles. The event starts in Barrington and covers roads in the Lake County area. For more information, click here http://www.cyclearlington.com/events/ah500_14/2014ah500.pdf

Coming Up:
Quad Cities – The summer racing really heats up with this must-do series in the Quad Cities. It’s a 4-race weekend which includes the Burlington road race, the famed “Snake Alley” criterium, Melon City Criterium and the flat and fast Quad Cities criterium. For more information on the races, click here http://www.memorialdayweekendbikeraces.com/.
ABD Master’s Series – For master’s racers who want to stick close to home for the holiday weekend, there’s the criterium series in Wood Dale. The courses are located in an industrial park and offer some technical aspects as well as some slight changes in elevation. They’re always a lot of fun! For details on the races, click here http://www.abdcycling.com/events/masters.html.
Bike the Drive – This annual event draws thousands of riders to the famed Lakeshore Drive. It’s a chance to pedal your way down the magnificent roadway at your own pace and enjoy the spectacular scenery. For details on the event, click here http://bikethedrive.org/.

Women’s Events:
Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the CVC- Mark your calendar for next month’s women’s track cycling clinic at the Chicago Velo Campus. The clinic includes track certification as well as the basics of track riding and racing. For more information or to register, click here http://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2014-1961.
Women’s Racing Clinic – Are you new to racing or a veteran looking for a few tips to improve your game? Head out to this women’s racing clinic where top level riders will share their knowledge of the art of bike racing. For information, click here Fox Photohttps://www.facebook.com/events/868105019882177/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all the moms out there! The events this weekend are really geared to providing moms and all women many opportunities to enjoy time outside and on a bike. Check all the listings below for event details.

Races – This Weekend:
Monsters of the Midway – What better way to kick off Mother’s Day weekend than by enjoying a race all about moms? MOM is always held on Mother’s Day weekend and what’s even better is that you don’t have to go far to participate. The course is run on the University of Chicago campus’ famed Midway Plaisance, which features wide open corners and long straight-aways. For more information, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2014-406.pdf.
Muskego Park Race – If you’re looking for elevation in your racing this weekend, then you’ll need to head to southern Wisconsin. The Muskego Park criterium offers a noticeable climb and an opposing sweeper descent within its 1.2 mile loop. The course is challenging and fun. For details, click here https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2014-1510.

Women’s Events:
Women’s Dirt Days #1 – Palos – If you’re looking to go off-road this weekend, then plan to meet up with the Dirt Day’s crew at Palos on Saturday. It’s a low key and fun group to share a little time with 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.
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/#IDfor the Chicagoland options.

Races – Coming up:
Opening Night at Northbrook – Thursday night racing begins this coming week at the Northbrook Velodrome. Come out on Monday for a preseason social, bike swap and number pick-up event. It’ll be a great time to check out the competition and maybe even pick up a bike part or two. For details on the happenings at Northbrook, click herehttp://www.northbrookcyclecommittee.org/ .
Fox River Omnium – This two-race series will test your cycling skills and endurance. The first race is the Psi-Met Elgin Cycling Classic, which is a somewhat technical course, where keeping your momentum is key! Sunday’s race is the Fox River Grove Criterium, which is a challenging loop with a hill that’ll make mountain goats tired. For details on the events, click herehttp://www.psimetracing.com/fox-river-omnium/ .
Kankakee 20K Individual TT – Stray Kats Racing presents this time trial, which is part of the MATT’s series. For more information, click here http://www.midamericatimetrialseries.com/Kankakee_20k_TT_2014_m_2-21.pdf.

Have a great weekend!

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Women’s Track Cycling Clinic -photo by Catherine Watkins

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Last weekend we saw a record turnout for the women’s ¾ field at Hillsboro Roubaix. There were 75 women on the line to start the race – just incredible! I hope we can keep that momentum going as we head into the heart of the racing season. Besides road racing, there’s also track racing, which is near and dear to my heart. If you haven’t tried track racing, this weekend you can see what it’s all about at the Women’s Track Cycling clinic being held at the Northbrook Velodrome. See the information below for all the details, and BE there!

Races – This Weekend:
Urbana Grand Prix – This year’s course is new and features a 1.6 mile loop with an uphill finish. The race is being held in Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. For more details, click herehttp://www.scarletfireracing.com/images/2014_URBANA_GRAND_PRIX_flyer.pdf .
Single Bong Time Trial – This time trial series always draws a little extra attention with its name, but there’s nothing funny about the course. Located in southern Wisconsin, the course covers the area around the Bong Recreational facility. It’s a circular loop, so it’s safer than most since you don’t have to cross traffic. The first in the series is one loop, which is 20K. For race information, click here http://www.midamericatimetrialseries.com/Bong_Flyer_2014%20m5.pdf.

Races – Coming up:
Monsters of the Midway – You don’t have to go far to participate in this race. The course is run on the University of Chicago campus’ famed Midway Plaisance. The course has wide open corners and long straight-aways, so it’s a great place to get your feet wet in criterium racing. For more information, click here https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2014-406.pdf.
Muskego Park Race – This is another oldie but goodie, located in southern Wisconsin. Similar to Whitnall Park, the 1.2 mile loop includes climbing and descending. The course is challenging and fun. For details, click here https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2014-1510.

Women’s Events:
Women’s Track Cycling Clinic – The women’s clinic is this Saturday at the Northbrook Velodrome. No bike? No problem, there are loaner bikes are available. Just show up in your cycling gear, including your helmet, pedals and shoes and you’ll be set to go. For clinic details, click herehttp://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2014-1153 .
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 went on sale on April 30. The sales have been very successful, but you can still get in. To reserve your tickets, click herehttp://www.tugg.com/events/8703 .

Have a great weekend!

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