The international cycling union (UCI) launched Women’s Cycling Week ahead of La Course by Le Tour de France. A highlight of this week is bringing together pro women with women cyclists of all levels from around the world. They are riding from the Netherlands to Paris, in time for Sunday’s big race. What’s even more remarkable about this tiny group of women cyclists is that we have a local representative, Daphne Karagianis. Daphne has been racing for the last several years in Chicago and has grown into a fierce and friendly racer. We’re proud that she is representing Chicago women on this international stage! To read about Women’s week, click here. To see what Daphne’s teammates have to say about her big trip, click here. We’ll all be waiting to hear what she has to say when she gets home; hopefully I’ll be able to share some of that with all of you!
Most importantly, no matter where you are this Sunday, be sure to tune in to watch the La Course! For information on the televised race, click here.
Events – This Weekend:
Prairie State Cycling Series –This series began last weekend and continued on with a road race on Wednesday, a pro-only race on Thursday. Today the series heads to Elmhurst for a flat, but technical course. Saturday’s race is in the city and it looks to be a 4 corner crit, which may be music to some people’s ears! The final stage of the series will be in Downers Grove, the former course for the National Pro Criterium Championships. For details on the remaining events, click here.
Wisconsin State Road Race – Located in Spring Prairie, this course is known for its very tough climb at the start/finish, false flats and cross winds. If you’re feeling strong and are up for a challenging race, this one is a good one! For details on the event, click here.
ABR Track Nationals – The ABR Track Nationals are this Saturday & Sunday at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. Events will include timed, team and mass start races and will include junior, senior and masters categories. For details, click here.
Chicago Velo Campus Event #6 – This week’s main event is the Keirin, which is one of the more exciting events on the track. Get behind Emanuele Bianchi on his derny bike and get ready to race the Keirin! For event details, click here.
Two Rivers Road Race – Looking for a road race? This one is relatively close to home and not too hilly! You’ll put in a fair amount of miles and there may be some wind to contend with, but it sounds like a great race. For details, click here.
Illinois State Track Championships – Northbrook will host this year’s timed and team championships on August 4th and 5th. For a listing of events and schedule, click here.
BFF La Course Viewing Party – Join the ladies of BFF Cycles at their viewing party for La Course. The event will be held at the Map Room on Armitage. For information on the event, 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.
Whew! Have a great weekend!