Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tour of America’s Dairyland

This is the final week of June and although the weather has been a little cool for typical summertime fun, the action in the racing scene is HOT. The final races of the ToAD series are wrapping up this weekend but there’s more on the way with the Prairie State Series to begin mid- July. Read on for all the cycling fun in our area.

Events – This Weekend:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – It’s the final few days of racing in this year’s ToAD series. Although there has been some spectacular racing, the final few days are really top notch!

Saturday is the Downer Avenue Classic. The course is located in Milwaukee’s historic east side which contains a great neighborhood and a buzzing commercial district. There will be food, fans and music to coincide with all the racing.

Sunday the series heads to Wauwatosa for the East Tosa Grand Prix. This is four corner crit with a bit of elevation change to mix things up. The course is located in a great neighborhood so there’ll be lots of fans to cheer you on! For details on the final events, click here.

Morton Community Bank Cycling Classic – Interested in gaining coveted Illinois Cup points? Head south to Peoria for this all right hand turns crit course and earn double points for all ICA categories.  For race information, click here.

Coming Up:

Illinois State Master’s Track Championships – Attention all master’s racers, head out to Northbrook next Saturday for the 2014 Illinois State Championships. The championships will cover timed and mass start events. For information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #3 – It’ll be a quiet holiday weekend, so it’ll be a great time to enjoy a little off-road time on the trails at Palos.  All levels of riders are welcome and it’s a great way to learn the trail system. For more information, click here.

Women’s Events:

Rapha Women’s 100: Chicago Loop – Join women around the world in participating in organized 100K bike rides. The Chicago ride starts at Heritage Bikes in the City and heads north to Highland Park and back. For information, click here.

La Course by Le Tour de France – We’re all excited about the upcoming Tour de France, but wouldn’t it be great to see women have the opportunity to race on such a spectacular course? We’re not quite there, but there will be a women’s single stage race as part of this year’s Tour. Mark your calendar to make sure you watch the race and let it be known you’re in favor of seeing more by sharing your thoughts on social media. Let’s make it happen for women! For information on the race, click here.

Venus de Miles Ride – Looking for a fun, but low key bike ride? Participate in this year’s Venus de Miles ride, which benefits the Greenhouse Scholars. There are three distance options available, which are 13, 28 and 64. After the ride there is a fabulous post ride party with food, beverages, music and other fun pampering services. For more information, click here.

Have a great weekend!ToAD start

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Chicago Velo Campus Women’s Clinic

It’s a no excuses week in Chicagoland! With all sorts of cycling activities ahead, there’s sure to be something that’s perfect for you. For commuters, there’s Chicago’s Bike to Work Week, which includes everything from a commuter challenge to movies to a rally in Daley Plaza. For everyone else, there are clinics, a road race, track races and time trials. The weather’s going to be perfect, so don’t waste a minute and get out and ride!

While there’s plenty going on around here, there’s also a big stage race going on in Minnesota. This race is tough and it is sure to test an athlete’s strength, skill and endurance. We have a few ladies representing our area and they certainly are doing us proud. To check out the action and see how our ladies are doing at the Northstar Grand Prix, clickhere.

Events – This Weekend:

O’Fallon Grand Prix – You’ll practically be in St. Louis, but you’ll be racing for Illinois glory. This two-part series includes a 13.1 time trial and a road race. The road race is the Illinois State race, so if you’re looking to capture the jersey, you’ll need to head down south. For details on the event, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K TT – This is a tried and true time trial course, located in Garden Prairie, IL. Points will also be awarded for the Pave Liga series. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Track Cycling Clinic at the CVC– Curious about the Chicago Velo Campus? This is the perfect opportunity to check out the facilities and experience the thrill of riding on a 50 degree banked track! The clinic includes track certification as well as the basics of track riding and racing. For more information, click here.

WCA Clinic– Are you new to racing or a veteran looking for a few tips to improve your game? Head out to the 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, click here.

2014 Midwest Sprinters Dream – Enjoy the short fast races? Head out to the Northbrook Velodrome for this sprinter’s series which includes the flying 200, match sprints, the chariot and a 4 lap scratch. For more information, click here.

Wisconsin State Criterium Championship – If technical is what you’re looking for, then head north to Wisconsin to fulfill your racing appetite.  It’s an eight corner crit with left and right turns. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Tour of America’s Dairyland – In just a few short years, this series has become a huge success. The promoters really go out of their way to put on a professional series, which includes some great courses throughout the state of Wisconsin. For details on the event, click here.

Team Apache 40K Time Trial – It’s the ABR Illinois State time trial championship in Paw Paw, ILL. Get your game face on and challenge yourself to this hour-ish race. For details on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!womens cvc track clinic

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Tour of Galena

This past Tuesday was Chicago’s viewing of the professional women’s cycling documentary, “Half the Road”. It was a sold-out show and I was in the company of many of my fellow racers; men and women. The documentary highlighted the inequality in our sport such as lack of funding and equal pay. But more disappointing was listening to head of the UCI say that he believes women aren’t physically capable of completing an event like the Tour de France. Really?! On the positive side, the women who were interviewed are truly inspiring. Some are as tough as nails, with a nothing’s going to hold me back attitude. Very badass! Let’s not let their efforts be in vain. Get out there, participate, challenge yourself and push to limits you don’t know exist! Make it known that you belong and you want to see, hear and compete in women’s cycling events.

With that said, here’s what’s happening around here J

Events – This Weekend:

Tour of Galena –Racers competing in the Omnium should already be in Galena,  as the first stage of this series gets underway today with the circuit race. The rest of the weekend includes a time trial, road race and criterium. You can participate by stage or the overall, so it’s a win-win for all. Points will be awarded for the Pave Liga series in the omnium. 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 Dirt Day’s #2 – This weekend 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.

Bong and a Half Time Trial – This is the second in the Bong TT series, this one is a lap and a half of the course, which is 30K. It’s all right turns on this circular course with a little bit of elevation change to mix things up. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

O’Fallon Grand Prix – You’ll practically be in St. Louis, but you’ll be racing for Illinois glory. This two-part series includes a 13.1 time trial and a road race. The road race is the Illinois State race, so if you’re looking to capture the jersey, you’ll need to head down south. For details on the event, click here.

Scarlet Fire 30K TT – This is a tried and true time trial course, located in Garden Prairie, IL. Points will also be awarded for the Pave Liga series. For details on the event, click here.

Women’s Events:

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.

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 the 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.

Be inspired and get out and ride your bike!!Galena

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