Monthly Archives: November 2014

Basin Racin

This week we’ve had record breaking low temperatures, but this weekend we’re in for a thaw! The forecast is not only for warmer weather, but wet weather as well. For many cross racers, the rain and mud will be welcome features, others, not-so-much! Whatever your preference, you’ll need to be prepared with lots of gear and a good strategy to tackle the challenges in this week’s racing. Get ready!!

Events:

Chicross Cup Race Series Event #10 – This week the series heads to Mt Prospect for the Melas Park Basin Racin. The main feature of this course is a very large water retention area (the basin), which is at least 50’ deep with sides sloping about 30 degrees. The course also features a double sandpit, a hill and a wooded area. For details, click here.

Winter Training Clinic – Wondering how you are going to get through the coming winter and be ready to race next spring? Attend this upcoming clinic at BFF Bikes and learn about training devices and methods. Get a jumpstart on your training and plan to attend. For details, click here.

Coming Up:

Norge Ski Jump Cyclo-Cross – With an off-week for the Chi-cross Cup series, and the State Championships the following week, make plans to keep your training intact and head out to Fox River Grove for this post-holiday race. The Ski Jump course doesn’t have a ton of space, but what it lacks in land, it makes up for in challenges.  Plan ahead for vertical obstacles and plenty of turns. For details on the event, click here.

Chicross Cup Race Series #11 – The final event in this series is the State Championships, at Montrose Harbor. While parts of the course are a given – Cricket Hill, others are not. The course is located on the lakefront where things can change significantly, overnight! Be prepared for sand, wind and typically snow and cold. For details, click here.

Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!rain

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Double Header Weekend

What a difference a week makes! That’s something we as Midwesterners understand all too well, at least when it comes to the weather. Last Weekend we enjoyed pretty typical crisp fall weather. This weekend as we head outside, we’ll need our cold weather gear and depending on what Mother Nature decides, we may also need to consider proper equipment for snow. Whatever the conditions, it’s a big race weekend, so pack your bag and equipment for any and all conditions.

Events:

Jingle Cross – All cross racers will be have their eyes on the races in Iowa City this weekend as the 11th annual Jingle Cross gets underway. There are three days of racing, which include amateur and professional classes.  There’s a lot on the line and with the potential for crazy weather conditions, the racing may be more exciting than in years past. For details on the events, click here.

Chicross Cup Race Series Events #8 & #9 –This double header weekend is a favorite with the younger racers, as they typically enjoy the weekend away, racing and enjoying a party scene in the non-race hours. The race is on the golf course at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. You’d think that would boring, but the promoters do a great job on course design. The features include a steep hill, several sand traps, undulating grass sections and paved cart sections. Head out for one or both days! For race information, click here.

Kringle Kross – Named the official state pastry of Wisconsin, the Kringle Danish not only brings you a favorite treat, but a great race as well. Head just west of Milwaukee for a fun-filled cross race. For details on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Race Series Event #10 – Next week the series heads to Mt Prospect for the Melas Park Basin Racin. The main feature of this course is a very large water retention area (the basin), which is at least 50’ deep with sides sloping about 30 degrees (sounds like a velodrome to me). The course also features a double sandpit, a hill and a wooded area. Plenty of work at this race!! For details, click here.

Winter Training Clinic – Wondering how you are going to get through the coming winter and be ready to race next spring? Attend this upcoming clinic at BFF Bikes and learn about training devices and methods. Get a jumpstart on your training and plan to attend. For details, click here.

Dress for the weather, get out and have a great weekend!

Jingle Cross

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Sadie Hawkins Style Ride

Sadie Hawkins

They’re predicting colder temps, rain and snow next week, but this weekend we’re set with perfect crisp fall weather and sunshine. Don’t waste a good day inside, instead, get out and enjoy the many events this city has to offer.

Events:

Sadie Hawkins Style Ride – This isn’t your typical bike race, but strategy, skill, style and teamwork will get you to the finish line ahead of your competitors. Sound interesting? Even better, the race is a fundraiser for the Chicago Women’s Health Center. Registration begins at 3pm in Palmer Square Park and the race will kick off at 4pm. Post-race activities include a dance beginning at 7:30pm. For event details, click here.

Camrock Cross – Head north to Cambridge, Wisconsin for another great cyclo-cross course. This race is held in Camrock Park, which is a 422 acre park with many outdoor options – including cycling! For details on the race, click here.

Chicross Cup Race Series Event #7 – This week the series heads to Woodstock for the Psi-Clocross for Life race. This course has a variety of challenges including wooded downhills and climbs, wide open grass power sections, a few off camber turns and a volleyball pit. You’ll need all your skills to power your way through this course, but it should be fun. For race details, click here.

Coming Up:

Chicross Cup Race Series Events #8 & #9 –This double header weekend is a favorite with the younger racers, as they typically enjoy the weekend away, racing and enjoying a party scene in the non-race hours. The race is on the golf course at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. You’d think that would boring, but the promoters do a great job on course design. The features include a steep hill, several sand traps, undulating grass sections and paved cart sections. Head out for one or both days! For race information, click here.

Kringle Kross – Named the official state pastry of Wisconsin, the Kringle Danish not only brings you a favorite treat, but a great race as well. Head just west of Milwaukee for a fun-filled cross race. For details on the event, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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