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
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 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/868105019882177/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular