Monthly Archives: May 2015

Glencoe Grand Prix & Illinois State Criterium Championships

 

GGP ClinicThere’s no shortage of excitement this weekend with a USA Crits Championship race tomorrow and the Illinois State Criterium Championship on Sunday. Toss in some crazy weather and we’re in for a wild ride! Have fun!!

 

Events:

CWEC Development Series Event #7 –Our final Development series clinic is this evening. We’re teaming up with riders from the Pepper Palace professional cycling team to help you learn skills and tactics which will be essential for racing well at tomorrow’s Glencoe Grand Prix. For clinic details, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This race draws riders from near and far to compete, as it is part of USA Crits Championship series. The course is technical and fast with a bit of an elevation change. Come out and race and then stay for all the festivities. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This year’s Illinois State Criterium Championships will be held at Cobb Park in Kankakee. This is a classic course with loads of history, including having several Tour de France riders compete here, back in the day! It has some technical corners as it loops around the park and through the neighborhood. For race details, click here.

For the Love of Mud – Come out to see a great cyclo-cross movie at the Logan Theater and raise money for the Big Marsh Park. It’s 278 acres of open space on the south side of the city. The goal is to make the space an eco-friendly outdoor recreation destination. Come out for a fun evening and help make this project a success. For event information, click

Track Events:

Sprinters Omnium I – Saturday will be the first in a series of sprint tournaments at the Ed Rudolph velodrome. Racing begins at 9AM. For event information, click here.

Madison Races – The main event in this coming Thursday’s lineup is the Madison. The race is a team event, where riders take turns being in field through a hand sling exchange. It’s always exciting and even more fun to watch. Racing begins at 6:45PM each Thursday evening during the summer at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbook.

Coming Up:

Tour of Galena – It’s the only stage race anywhere close to home, so it’s a great opportunity for racers to experience the challenge of a multi-day/stage cycling event. The courses are challenging and have a fair amount of climbing in scenic Galena. You can go for the overall or compete in each stage independently. For race information, click here.

LAPT/Trek Midwest Road Race –Our neighbors to the north have some great road race courses and this weekend is no different. Located about 30 miles north of Lake Geneva, this 7.5 mile loop has some spectacular scenery and the climbing is not too crazy. For race details, click here.

Women’s Dirt Days Event #2 –Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker, or just beginning, this series is perfect to get out and have fun on the trails in a non-competitive environment. Event #2 will be held at the Kettle, setting off from the John Muir trailhead. For more information, click here.

Set a Goal:

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Memorial Day Weekend

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As we head into the unofficial start of summer, there’s no shortage of cycling events to fill your holiday weekend. From crits to road races and fun rides, you’re covered! Now, if the weather cooperates, we should be doing great. Check the listing below for all the cycling events in our area.

Events:

Memorial Day Weekend Races –There’s a lot of great racing and tradition in this holiday weekend of racing in the Quad Cities. The series stars off with a road race on Friday, followed by the infamous Snake Alley Criterium on Saturday, the Melon City Criterium on Sunday and the flat and fast Quad Cities Criterium on Monday. The courses are challenging and the competition is always tough. It’s a series every racer should conquer. For event details, click. here.

Memorial Day Weekend Master’s Crit Series – This master’s series is close to home and offers great racing action for the entire weekend. All three races are in the same complex, but have a slightly different course each day. For series information, click here.

Palmyra Road Race – There are not too many road races, so if you’re looking for something other than a crit, this race is perfect for you. It’s a 23 mile loop in scenic and hilly southern Wisconsin. For race information, click here.

MOSH Criterium – Located just west of Milwaukee, this race course packs a lot of punch in a .8 mile loop. There are both left and right hand turns and 50 feet of climbing each lap. For race information, click here.

Concordia University Criterium – Can’t get your fill of crits, no worries, the Concordia crit is located on the university campus and it’s just north of Milwaukee. For race information, click here.

Bike the Drive – Looking for a fun cycling event where there’s no pressure to compete and the goal is just to have a good time and enjoy the scenery? Head out to this annual ride where you’re treated to a ride on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive! For event details, click here.

Coming Up:

CWEC Development Series Event #7 –It’s the final event in our Development series and we’re teaming up with riders from the Pepper Palace professional team to help you learn skills and tactics which will be essential for racing well at Glencoe Grand Prix. For clinic details, click here.

Glencoe Grand Prix – This race draws riders from near and far to compete, as it is part of USA Crits Championship series. The course is technical and fast with a bit of an elevation change. Come out and race and then stay for all the festivities. For event details, click here.

Cobb Park Criterium – This year’s Illinois State Criterium Championships will be held in Cobb Park in Kankakee. This is a classic course with loads of history, including having several Tour de France riders compete here, back in the day! It has some technical corners as it loops around the park and through the neighborhood. For race details, click here.

For the Love of Mud – Come out to see a great cyclo-cross movie at the Logan Theater and raise money for the Big Marsh park. It’s 278 acres of open space on the south side of the city. The goal is to make the space an eco-friendly outdoor recreation destination. Come out for a fun evening and help make this project a success. For event information, click here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

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Fox River Grove Omnium

 

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There’s a full line-up of cycling events this weekend beginning this evening with the East Dundee Shootout which, is part of the Fox River Grove Omnium series. From clinics to time trial to courses of varying terrain, we’ve got you covered this weekend. Read on for all the details.

Events:

CWEC Development Clinic Series Events #46–We have a full line-up of events in conjunction with the Fox River Grove Omnium this weekend beginning with a Meet n Greet with Alison Powers this evening, a Vision skills clinic on Saturday, and a Follow-Up Discussion with Alison on Sunday. For details on Saturday’s Vision clinic, click here. For details on all the CWEC FRG events, click here.

Fox River Grove Omnium – This three day series includes a fast twilight crit this evening. Saturday’s a somewhat technical course, which includes a fast downhill/uphill combo. Sunday’s race is for the mountain goats, with a repeat of a long uphill and downhill, lap after lap! For information on the FRG series, click here.

Wheel & Sprocket Criterium – You’ll have to travel a bit to get to this race from Chicago, but if you’re into flat, fast and not-too technical courses, it may be worth the drive. For race information, click here.

Kankakee 20K TT – If you’re looking to improve on your time trial skills, this is a great course. It’s relatively flat and not too technical, except for one tight spot as you cross over a narrow bridge. It’s a great place to focus on going fast! For race information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Silver Lake Criterium – This race is labeled a crit, but it’s more like a circuit course. It’s a scenic 1.5 mile loop with rolling hills, and a few technical spots. For race details, click here.

Coming Up:

Memorial Day Weekend Master’s Crit Series – This is a great master’s series that’s close to home but provides great racing action for the entire weekend. All three races are in the same complex, but have a slightly different course each day. For series information, click here.

Bike the Drive – Looking for a fun cycling event where there’s no pressure to compete and the goal is just to have a good time and enjoy the scenery? Head out to this annual ride where you’re treated to a ride on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive! For event details, click here.

CWEC Development Series Event #7 –It’s the final event in our clinic series and we’re teaming up with riders from the Pepper Palace professional team to help you learn skills and tactics which will be essential to the Glencoe Grand Prix. For clinic details, click here.

For the Love of Mud – Come out to see a great cyclo-cross movie at the Logan Theater and raise money for the Big Marsh park. It’s 278 acres of open space on the south side of the city. The goal is to make the space an eco-friendly outdoor recreation destination. Come out for a fun evening and help make this project a success. For event information, click here.

Set a Goal:

Midwest Women’s Road Race Championships – Plan ahead to head out to this spectacular women’s race. Make it your goal to come home with the Midwest Road Racing Champions jersey. The course is a 14.6 mile loop with a short uphill kicker, sweeping rollers and flat sections through the farmlands of Ohio. It also includes sections once used in the 1980 Olympic qualifying event, which featured three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. The course starts in the small town of Zanesfield Ohio and also goes through the quaint village of Alexandria. For race information, click here.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Wishing all moms a very happy Mother’s Day. Make time to enjoy your big day and may it include your favorite sport, cycling! Take a look below for all your upcoming cycling activities.

Events:

Monsters of the Midway – It’s Mother’s Day weekend and it’s time for Monsters of the Midway (MOM). The course is located on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. This annual race is a favorite among local riders. The course features long straight-aways and wide open corners and since the course is so close to the lakefront, wind is always a factor! For details on the event, click here.

Muskego Park Criterium –This is one of my favorite courses. Like many classic Wisconsin races, this is held in a park and the course travels the perimeter. There is one sweeping turn at the bottom of a hill, but it’s not too technical. There is a two-step uphill, but it’s not too tough and makes the racing exciting. For more information, click here.

Annual Cyclofemme Ride – If you’re looking for an enjoyable ride that’s not too fast, has plenty of good conversation and allows you time to enjoy the scenery, this Mother’s Day ride is just for you! The ride will depart from BFF Bikes on Armitage in the City. For ride details, click here.

Thursday Night Track Racing – Opening night for the 2015 track racing season at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook is Thursday, May 14! There will also be a pre-season social and bike swap on Monday, May 11. Come out, pick up your race number, see if there are any good deals, hang out with your favorite riders and get ready for the racing to begin. For information on upcoming events, races and clinics at Northbrook, click here.

Coming Up:

CWEC Development Clinic Series Events #46–We have a full line-up of events in conjunction with the Fox River Grove Omnium (May 15, 16 & 17) including a Meet n Greet with Alison Powers on Friday night, Vision skills clinic on Saturday, and a Follow-Up Discussion with Alison on Sunday. For details on Saturday’s Vision clinic, click here. For details on all the CWEC FRG events, click here.

Fox River Grove Omnium – This three day series includes a fast twilight crit on Friday night. Saturday’s a somewhat technical course, which includes a fast downhill/uphill combo. Sunday’s race is for the mountain goats, with a repeat of a long uphill and downhill, lap after lap! For information on the FRG series, click here.

Wheel & Sprocket Criterium – You’ll have to travel a bit to get to this race from Chicago, but if you’re into flat, fast and not-too technical courses, it may be worth the drive. For race information, click here.

Kenosha Velosport Silver Lake Criterium – This race is labeled a crit, but it’s more like a circuit course. It’s a scenic 1.5 mile loop with rolling hills, and a few technical spots. For race details, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy May Day!

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Happy May Day! Looks like the new month is bringing the warm weather we’ve been dreaming about for so long. There’s an assortment of cycling activities ahead including mountain biking, road riding and track cycling. Get out and try a little of everything, especially if you haven’t tried it before!

 

Events:

Women’s Dirt Days Event #1 – It’s time once again to hit the trails with Pretty Fast Women’s Cycling, headed up by Becky Mikrut. Event #1 is at Kettle Moraine in southern Wisconsin. No matter what your level, this group is welcoming and all about having fun on mountain bikes. For more information, click here.

Urbana Grand Prix –This is a great course which features one technical turn, changes in elevation, and a stroll through the park! It’s a lot of fun and not too far away. For race information, click here.

LaCrosse Omnium – It’s three days of racing which includes a time trial, road race and criterium. It’s a bit of a drive, but well worth it to get in some great racing. For details on the event, click here.

Single Bong Time Trial – It’s time once again to head to southern Wisconsin for the first in a series of three time trials. The course is a single loop with four right turns on a rolling course. It’s probably the safest tt course around since you never cross traffic. For more information on the event, click here.

Coming Up:

Monsters of the Midway – Next weekend is Mother’s Day and so is Monsters of the Midway (MOM). The course is located on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. This annual race is a favorite among local riders. The course features long straight-aways and wide open corners and since the course is so close to the lakefront, wind is always a factor! For details on the event, click here.

Thursday Night Track Racing – Opening night for the 2015 track racing season at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook is Thursday, May 14. There will also be a pre-season social and bike swap on Monday, May 11. Come out, pick up your race number, see if there are any good deals, hang out with your favorite riders and get ready for the racing to begin. For information on upcoming events, races and clinics at Northbrook, click here.

CWEC Development Clinic Series Events #46–We have a full line-up of events in conjunction with the Fox River Grove Omnium (May 15, 16 & 17) including a Meet n Greet with Allison Powers on Friday night, Vision skills clinic on Saturday, and a Mentoring clinic on Sunday. Allison will be around all weekend to offer up expert advice. Don’t miss out on the racing or the knowledge. For details on Saturday’s Vision clinic, click here. For information on the FRG series, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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