Happy 4th of July

Last night was another fantastic evening of racing at the Northbrook Velodrome – specifically the women’s racing! I’ve been racing at Northbrook for quite some time, and I’ve always loved it. However, this year everything just seems to be clicking. There’s so much depth in the competition as well as skill and aggressiveness! I’ve certainly had to change my game plan, but I love it and it makes me a better rider – even after all these years. I’m so thankful for the young ladies that have made the happy-4th-of-july-2012-fireworks-flag-usacommitment to keep coming back, year after year. Your hard work is REALLY paying off. I’m thankful for the seasoned racers making their way to the track; you are really helping to push the pace. And I’m thankful to all the newbies. Keep up the good work and your efforts will pay off. With more than half the season still to come, there’s plenty of time to come out and compete.

Well, last evening is a pleasant memory, but this is the 4th of July, the sun is shining and the weather is delightful. It’s going to be a perfect weekend to get out and ride. There are a few racing opportunities, but it’s also just a great time to put in some miles. Join a group ride, head to the trails or race, there’s plenty to do! When you come inside to rest, you can tune-in to the start of this year’s Tour de France. Hello summer!

Events – This Weekend:

Junior and Para Cycling National Road Championships – Currently underway on the roads near Madison, Wisconsin, our up-and-coming youth and para-athletes are competing for national championship titles. The events included are the time trial, criterium and Road Race. See who is on target to represent the USA in cycling. For details, click here.

Illinois State Master’s Track Championships – Attention all master’s racers, head out to Northbrook on Saturday for the 2014 Illinois State Championships. The championships will cover timed, team and sprint events. Get dialed in for Nationals, which will be held next month in Seattle! For information, click here.

Women’s Dirt Day’s #3 – Looking for a little off road fun this weekend? Join the ladies for a day of mountain biking at Palos. All levels of riders are welcome and it’s a great way to learn the trail system. There may be a change in location because of poor trail conditions due to all the recent rain. Check the event link ahead of time for any potential changes. For information, click here.

Coming Up:

Winfield Criterium – This local race draws a good field because of its challenging, yet friendly course. It’s held in a neighborhood in Winfield and the course winds up a descent sized hill and then comes ripping down the other side! There’s plenty of community support, and has the feel of a classic summer race. For details, click here.

Indy Crit –Located in downtown Indianapolis, this 8 corner crit offers up prize money and primes to stir the excitement. The race draws riders from around the Midwest, so it’s sure to be a competitive day of racing. For event details, clickhere.

Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 50K TT – This race is a true test of teamwork. It’s you against the clock, but you share the challenge with a friend. Push hard, recover, and repeat! It’s a great experience and well worth the effort. For race details, 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.

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.

Happy 4th and enjoy a safe holiday weekend.

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